BURBANK WATER AND POWER BURBANK, CALIFORNIA
BWP’s is committed to safely providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable utility services for our community. Our purpose is powering the flow of life, today and tomorrow.
BWP is a vertically integrated, community owned municipal utility serving the City of Burbank, California. BWP is owned and operated by the City of Burbank and is governed by the Burbank City Council and an appointed board. BWP is not-for-profit, delivering service at cost. BWP has 345 employees. BWP’s large customers include Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., NBC’s West Coast Headquarters, Nickelodeon, Amazon and the Cartoon Network. Burbank’s all-time electric system peak was 322 MW. The Burbank City Council and BWP board are progressive and supportive. BWP also enjoys supportive and healthy relationships with its union members and representatives.
BWP safely provides Burbank with reliable, affordable, and sustainable utility services through a strong organizational culture with a family atmosphere, proactive planning and management, application of new technologies, strong relationships with Burbank’s policy-makers and citizens, and a commitment to a human performance and just safety culture. BWP’s track record in these areas is exemplary, including system reliability performance that is among the best in the United States. Burbank is also proud to provide some of the lowest water and electric rates in the southern California region and is a American Public Power Association rated Diamond-level Reliable Electric Public Power Provider.
BWP is committed to prudent innovation for the benefit of its ratepayers: for example, Burbank is one of the few cities in Southern California to have 100% “smart meters” for both electric and water service. Burbank is committed to sustainability as the first city to commit to providing 33% of power from renewable sources by 2020. Burbank met this goal by 2015.
BWP’s business, like other utilities, especially in California is changing in fundamental ways. Many of these changes directly affect BWP’s operations, as California utilities move towards 60% renewable power by 2030 and 100% by 2045. This is an exciting and dynamic time to be joining the BWP team. Some believe the utility business is going to change more in the next ten years, than it has over the past 100 years. The challenge for BWP is balancing affordability, reliability and sustainability in an age of rapid change, resistance and customer demand.
The EHS Officer plays a key role in achieving EHS excellence for BWP. The EHS Officer is a subject matter expert, and a leader and collaborator across all disciplines. The EHS Officer, reporting to the Environmental and Safety Manager, is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating comprehensive health & safety programs, utilizing proven management and engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe working conditions. The position supports the development and maintenance of a comprehensive Environmental, Health and Safety Manual.
Knowledge of – principles and methods of environmental, health, and safety administration, engineering, and training; CAL/OSHA and Federal/OSHA safety orders; National Incident Management System (NIMS); the Environmental Protection Agency’s Hazardous Waste program and CAL/OSHA’s Hazard Communication program; DOT laws and regulations; proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation in order to effectively perform the essential functions of this position (this is not a language restriction as defined in California Government Code Section 12951); principles and practices of sound personnel management and supervision.
Ability to – understand, interpret, and apply administrative policies, rules, and regulations; detect accident hazards in construction, operation, and maintenance activities; investigate field operations and working conditions for unsafe and/or hazardous practices; carefully analyze and evaluate situations and adopt an effective course of action; plan, organize, and coordinate an effective safety, injury, and illness prevention program; work independently; appropriately exercise independent judgment and initiative in the performance of assigned duties; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.
Education/Training – Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance as determined by the City. Example combination includes, but is not limited to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in physical science, biological science, environmental science/engineering, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, public administration, or a closely related field, and two years of progressively responsible experience in environmental, health, and safety engineering and training, or conducting environmental, health, and safety inspections. NOTE: Qualifying experience may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis up to a maximum of two years.
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
- Committed to fostering a healthy organizational culture where we create, communicate, collaborate and reinforce clarity in our mission, purpose, and values.
- Focused on continuous improvement and innovation- Delivering the future by using your experience to provide innovate solutions to move BWP forward.
- Strong Communication– Ability to communicate complex technical information, including EHS program practices, programs and metrics to all levels of Utility organization.
- Hungry for knowledge. Likes reading, exploring and learning. Maintains and applies knowledge of current policies and regulations and uses knowledge for innovation. Seeks to understand and learn from other organizations in order to bring those ideas to improve our community.
- Cares, connects, collaborates and creates experiences which reinforce a genuine concern for people and for the collective community.
- Leads by example. Always models proper behavior. Willing to speak to all audiences to communicate on ways we can improve in a way that builds trust and respect within BWP.
- Result oriented, yet skilled in completing tasks with accuracy. Driven to consistently deliver results and recognizes success is not measured by completion of a single task, but achievement of the desired results or end-goal of the team.
- Organized – Experience in organizing confidential documentation for EHS matters. Ability to juggle dynamic workload with competing priorities.
- Humility – Understands and accepts that success is the result of a team effort. Able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Respectful of others, the community and the environment. Appreciates diversity of people and thought and always believes in the best of others. Communicates clearly and succinctly and actively listens patiently and without judgment.
- Social — enjoys working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Driven to help and provides service to others. Experienced with participating in and coordinating cross-function teams for implementation of department wide initiatives. Ability to communicate complex technical information, including program metrics to all levels of the utility.
- Ethical-High ethical standards and demonstrated experience handling highly sensitive information. Understands and demonstrates code of ethics as written and maintained by the Board of Safety Professionals and Board of Industrial Hygiene.
BWP EHS Officer- Desirable Educational and Experience profile
- Experience with computers and software, including but not limited to, Microsoft office, relational databases Sharepoint and mobile apps.
- Experience with leading cross-functional reviews and audits of elements of a health and safety program. Documenting and tracking CAPA’s
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Experience in successfully communicating complex technical information, including safety program metrics to all levels of a utility organization in a clear and engaging manner.
- Proven ability to participate in and/or lead cross-functional teams, including engineering, office and field personnel, to achieve safety excellence and other organizational objectives.
- Possess excellent organizational skills and experience in managing confidential documents and records for regulatory and safety compliance.
- Familiarity with Management systems and tools used to develop and monitor leading indicators for environmental health and safety performance
- Experience participating in and leading incident investigations, utilizing causal analysis tools, such as 5Whys’s, Fishbone, List of Causes, Barrier analysis or other methodology
- Experience with implementing and maintaining element of emergency response plans
- Possess experience with regulatory research and development of policies and procedures to meet regulatory compliance
CITY OF BURBANK
The City of Burbank is nestled between the Hollywood Hills and the Verdugo Mountains at the edge of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. Burbank’s 17 square miles contain a diverse resident population of 107,000. Its excellent school system, extensive shopping, moderate year-round climate, tree-lined neighborhoods, proximity to ocean and mountains, and many parks make Burbank an excellent place to call home. Los Angeles and its many entertainment and cultural attractions are only a short drive away.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Monthly salary range for the Environmental, Health and Safety Officer is $91,885.56 to $120,829.28, annually, dependent on candidate qualifications. Salary is not subject to social security. BWP offers medical, dental, and vision plans as well as a PERS retirement plan and a retiree medical plan.