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Gainesville, Georgia
United States
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Safety Manager/Coordinator: Single site
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Safety Corporate Director/Manager
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Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Utilities Safety Director

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the 5th largest municipal electric utility in Florida, seeks a Safety Director in a key leadership position responsible for the design and implementation of a safety program across all facets of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU). This professional will perform high level independent work planning and directing GRU's overall safety program and safety training programs. The successful candidate will be required to support a wide variety of safety initiatives and will supervise safety professionals throughout different disciplines assigned to each Utility Officer.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and indirectly to each Utility officer working under general supervision to manage and coordinate safety programs throughout GRU. The qualified applicant will be expected to apply extensive industry knowledge of multiple utilities' safety requirements and possess the knowledge base to continually improve systems, tools, and processes that ensures everyone's safety at each GRU facility or remote work sites including but not limited to employees, contractors, and vendors.

The Safety Director will define the requirements and best practices at all GRU facilities; in addition this individual must be both a people manager and a project leader and will be expected to effectively represent GRU to numerous outside entities.    

To be considered for this position you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in industrial engineering, safety engineering, occupational safety and health, or related subject and and at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience as a safety and/or safety training professional, with at least four (4) years of experience in managing safety programs in the utility or similar industry.  and  at least two (2) years of supervisory experience with responsibilities in safety and/or safety training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.   

Also Required: 

  • A valid U.S. driver license is required upon start date.  A valid Florida Driver License is required within thirty (30) days of start date and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.  
  • Boundary Requirement: Anyone appointed to this position after February 16, 2017 must live and maintain a residence within 40 minutes of NW 34th Street and 39th Avenue within one year of start date.
  • Standard CPR and the following (2) Train the Trainer certifications are required within the first six months of employment.


  • Standard First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required within six (6) months of start date.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 500 Construction Industry Train the Trainer and 501 General Industry Train the Trainer authorization to conduct both 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Programs within twelve (12) months of start date.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications desirable.   

The ideal candidate will act as a strategic partner with the General Manager, the COO and the City's Risk Management Director along with other department managers. The Safety Director will assist in identifying areas for improvement and recommend appropriate courses of action related to safety training and safety goals in conjunction with the strategic direction and ongoing business plan of GRU.    

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in: 

  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules, codes, and regulations related to safety and occupational safety training in the utility industry
  • Corporate or division safety managerial experience in a firm employing over 500 people
  • Researching and providing statistics regarding frequency and severity rates for both industrial and vehicle accident
  • Extensive knowledge and demonstrated ability to effectively provide leadership coaching and ability to use training techniques, methods, theories, and procedures to work with professional staff and guide departments to establish and implement safety and/or safety training efficiencies
  • Formulating and implementing administrative and operational safety policies and procedures.
  • Participating in and supporting others in accident investigations to determine root causes and prevention methods.
  • Maintaining positive working relationships with professional groups, consumers, public and community agencies as well as preparing and delivering presentations to external organization such as governmental agencies, civic groups and professional organizations.
  • Training and developing others as safety instructors, and planning, developing, presenting and administering occupational safety and/or safety training programs to generate change and create enthusiasm in participants.
  • Preparing and administering department and administrative policies, procedures and operating budget(s) along with knowledge of principles and practices of municipal utilities, including finance, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, risk management, human resources and organizational structure and operating procedures.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills needed to articulate complex information and issues clearly and concisely.
  • Intermediate level knowledge of personal computers and related departmental software.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact collaboratively with key stakeholders; ability to persuade, lead and encourage
  • Extensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety methods, programs, policies, procedures, and safety equipment used in industrial and utility work.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies in performance of tasks outdoors under various climatic conditions, perform work in extreme temperatures and confined spaces, climb and descend ladder and stairs, and work may require controlled exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals.
  • Work requires physical strength, agility and dexterity to safely perform all essential job functions including the ability to lift, carry, push, or pull 50 pounds without assistance and to stand, kneel and stoop.
  • Requires local travel to other general government or GRU locations within the Gainesville area, to vendors and regulatory, industry and developmental business venues outside of Gainesville area and may require work or attending meetings outside regular business hours.

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Please refer to the detailed job description above. May fill multiple positions. May establish an eligibility list for future hiring. May require additional assessments to fill the position.  

GRU is a citizen-owned, multi-service utility in Gainesville, Fla., providing reliable electric, natural gas, water, wastewater and telecommunications services to more than 93,000 retail and wholesale customers in Gainesville and the surrounding community. As an engaged participant in an innovative community, GRU offers programs and services to help customers manage their utility use and save money. GRU also has a proven commitment to renewable energy. We invite you to research all the positive aspects of living in Gainesville FL, and working at GRU!

Among the many reasons that GRU is a great place to work:
Challenging work with career growth opportunities in a "small organization atmosphere" * An inclusive and diverse culture * Onsite fitness and wellness program with ability to earn benefit discount * Employee purchase plan for sports and fitness equipment including memberships * City of Gainesville Pension * Paid tuition reimbursement and continuing professional development support * Dedicated co-workers with strong work ethic and professional environment * Delightful college town environment designed for fun and fitness * Free City-wide bus transportation * Great cultural and educational activities within Gainesville and surrounding community * Easy access to the ocean, gulf, springs and Jax, Tampa and Orlando