Safety Manager

City of Cedar Rapids

The City of Cedar Rapids is looking for a Safety Manager to lead a team of safety professionals and promote a culture of safety across the City.  The successful candidate will have considerable experience leading safety programs, strong technical knowledge, and be a demonstrated relationship builder with staff at all levels of an organization. The Safety Manager reports to the City Manager’s Office and will manage the employee safety program, OSHA compliance, medical conservation program, and the associated training schedules. Experience leading safety work in a union environment is beneficial but not required. Possession of safety certification(s) and supervisory experience are desired.
At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds. We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here, please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).
What is in it for you? 
The City provides outstanding pay, benefits, and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $75.38 per month for 2023!

Additionally, we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – (The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See more info here. )
  • Generous flex leave (paid time off)
  • Annual pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • Commitment to professional development
  • View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary

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About the Position
This position will oversee a comprehensive Citywide safety and accident prevention program, lead investigations and safety audits, develop training curriculums, assist with monitoring of worker’s compensation cases and employee lost time, and ensure safety related recordkeeping in compliance with OSHA and other related regulations.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Salary: $83,241.60 annually to commensurate with experience
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.
The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.


Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Plans, coordinates, and implements a comprehensive Citywide safety and accident prevention program including implementation of safety standards and regulations in accordance with federal, state and City laws, regulations, and policies and procedures.  
  • Builds collaborative working relationships at all levels of the City and promotes a culture of safety.
  • Responds to OSHA record requests and inspections.
  • Leads investigations of safety incidents to identify root causes, track for audit findings, and ensure timely and complete implementation of corrective actions.
  • Conducts safety audits and field inspections of job sites; recommends proper measures to ensure a safe workplace and work practices.
  • Oversees medical conversation program.
  • Develops safety training curriculum; coordinates scheduling and tracking with Human Resources; conducts training.
  • Assists in the monitoring of workers’ compensation cases and collaborates with Human Resources to reduce employee lost time.
  • Stays current with interpretation of existing as well as new provisions of OSHA and other regulations; revises and updates written programs.
  • Supervises the work of assigned personnel, including assigning and reviewing work, providing guidance, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Ensures maintenance of all safety related recordkeeping in compliance with OSHA and other regulations.
  • Performs related work as required.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in public health administration, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, or related field and
  • Seven to nine years of experience in safety related work or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Valid U.S. Driver’s license 

Desired Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience
  • Safety certifications

Job ID: 85466

Posted 21 days ago

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