Risk Specialist I (Water Bureau) Job at City of Portland, OR – 3.6 Oregon

The Position

The City of Portland, Water Bureau is seeking a Risk Specialist I to join their team.

The City of Portland, Water Bureau is seeking to enhance its efforts in the areas of employee safety and risk management. As a critical contributor towards this bureaus objective, the Risk Specialist I is responsible for supporting the Portland Water Bureau in the administration of comprehensive bureau-wide safety, risk management, loss control, and training programs. This position will coordinate Water Bureau workers compensation claims by working as a liaison between bureau employees, bureau management, timekeepers, and city Risk Management staff. This position will also be tasked with maintaining records, assisting with incident and accident investigation, analysis, data tracking and database maintenance. This position will also maintain training records and assist in the implementation of new training records tracking systems, and deliver a variety of safety, risk management and training services for bureau managers/supervisors and employees. The Risk Specialist I will lead and participate in safety, risk, and training meetings with work groups and cross-functional teams. The Risk Specialist I will also analyze a wide range of safety, loss, workers’ compensation, training, and other relevant data to examine and report trends to inform bureau managers.

The Risk Specialist I is expected to carry out individual responsibilities with initiative and collaboration, and exercise sound professional judgement and excellent communication skills. The incumbent will need to function effectively across all levels of the PWB organization, utilize expert judgement in a wide variety of circumstances, be able to handle confidential information, advise employees and supervisors/managers with fact-based information and recommendations as well as tact and diplomacy, and play a key role in streamlining bureau processes, analyzing data, and improving systems. Although this position’s initial primary location will be the Maintenance and Construction building on North Tillamook St, the incumbent must also be able to work at the other primary PWB work locations.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City’s core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.

Work Location

Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Knowledge and ability to apply complex federal, state, and local requirements regarding environmental health and safety and specifically workers compensation and OSHA record keeping rules.

Ability and experience entering data into and reporting from various data systems, as well as experience with computer business productivity applications, specifically Microsoft Office Suite products including Excel, Word, and Outlook.

Ability and experience performing incident investigations, performing accident analysis and identifying root causes and trends.

Ability and experience providing internal customer service to employees on programs and services related to safety programs and the Risk Management department.

Ability and experience analyzing data, identifying program needs and making recommendations to resolve issues.

Ability and experience working with safety personnel and Risk Management personnel to minimize liability/workers compensation claims and promote loss prevention activities.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in your resume and responses to the supplemental questions weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Timeline:
Posting: 01/25/21 – 02/12/21

Applications Reviewed: week of 02/15/21

Eligible List: week of 02/22/21

Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 03/08/21

  • Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions: Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.

Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City’s online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers “How to Apply Classes” that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Contact Information

Teresa Dahrens, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

[email protected]

(503) 823-4516

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

About the Company

Company: City of Portland, OR – 3.6

Company Location:  Oregon

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