Recruitment #2207-4664-001




The Safety Supervisor manages and oversees the Department of Public Works (DPW) Safety Section’s American with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAAA) and injury claims and is responsible for planning safety training and evaluating work sites and procedures for safety.

Essential Functions

Supervision, Direction, and Planning

  • Manage and oversee all areas of the DPW Safety Section, including injury case management, the drug and alcohol program, safety programming and training, and the ADAAA/ Disabled Employee Placement Program (DEPP).
  • Supervise Safety Specialists, coordinate departmental safety compliance, and provide oversight for the City of Milwaukee safety program.
  • Assist in the implementation of divisional and departmental safety plans.
  • Oversee 911 contact reporting and critical incident response.
  • Administer safety evaluations and consultations related to work sites, equipment, materials, facilities, and procedures; assess work injuries and the possibility of subrogation.
  • Coordinate Safety Section and citywide audits, evaluate findings, and implement audit recommendations.
  • Represent the DPW Administrative Services Division at various safety meetings, including safety briefings and union/management safety committee meetings.


  • Ensure compliance with all aspects of Drug and Alcohol testing, including reporting violations and facilitating follow up testing.
  • Serve as the point of contact for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse.
  • Manage the drug and alcohol violation follow-up program, violation meetings, and disciplinary actions, and serve as the designated employer representative for the DPW Drug and Alcohol program.
  • Conduct complex case management and evaluation of ADAAA accommodation requests and placement and transfers to the Disabled Employee Placement Program.
  • Liaise between the Administrative Services Division, the City’s Worker’s Compensation Section, and other entities to coordinate accommodation placements and make placement recommendations.
  • Conduct ongoing research and communicate information on safety laws, standards, and accident prevention procedures to division heads, supervisors, and other employees.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local safety laws, statutes, and regulations.
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct effective safety training sessions for DPW employees.
  • Create and publish bulletins, safe work procedures, and investigative reports.
  • Assist the Streetcar Safety Manager in the safety and security of daily operations of the system and contractors.
  • Attend professional development and joint safety committee meetings.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.

The Safety Supervisor must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Lift, move, or transfer up to 50 pounds occasionally and up to 20 pounds frequently. 
  • Perform field work throughout Milwaukee; visit and inspect worksites, which requires walking, crawling, crouching, stooping, reaching, balancing, and standing. 
  • Be available at all hours to respond to and address safety concerns.
  • Be available to participate in snow “monitoring.” 
  • Be available to work in rotation during snow and ice emergencies.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Regular status as a City of Milwaukee employee, having successfully completed a probationary period for a civil service position, or status as a City of Milwaukee employee in a fixed term position.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in occupational health, safety, human resources, business management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.    
  3. Three years of job-related experience in employee safety and/or accident prevention programs.
  4. Valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and throughout employment.    
  5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 510-Standards for the Construction Industry certification and OSHA 511–Standards for General Industry certification within six months of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor & Human Relations (DILHR) and OSHA occupational safety laws, standards, and principles.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of the physical sciences and engineering principles as they relate to occupational safety.
  • Knowledge of effective training methods.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex laws, ordinances, and workplace standards and principles.
  • Ability to conduct research and perform surveys effectively.

Organizational and Critical Thinking

  • Ability to effectively organize, plan, coordinate, and follow through on program requirements and procedures. 
  • Ability to utilize resources to accomplish multiple tasks according to deadlines.
  • Ability to fully participate in training and field work, including maintaining situational awareness.
  • Honesty, integrity, the ability to maintain confidentiality and a commitment to safeguarding City resources.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, including during critical incident events involving employees.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism, dependability, and a positive team-oriented attitude.
  • Commitment to professional development in the field of public works safety.

Communication, Interpersonal, and Customer Service 

  • Verbal communication skills, including the ability to present safety-related information to staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write reports, correspondence, and training materials.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff and with other agencies.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with others whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.


  • Ability to set objectives, assign and direct work, delegate tasks, and measure and evaluate work outcomes.
  • Ability to train, develop, coach, and counsel staff.
  • Ability to participate in hiring decision-making and make disciplinary recommendations as warranted.
  • Ability to build an effective team.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion and respect for all.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 1DX) is $59,632-$78,342 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $61,421-80,692 annually. Appointment shall be made in accordance with the salary ordinance.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of related education, experience and accomplishments, written tests, interview, or other assessment methods.  The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral, performance tests or personal interviews. Information from the selection process will be used to make a hiring decision. Selected candidates will be transferred and/or promoted to the position.

INITIAL FILING DATE – The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the selection process at the time and place designated by the hiring authority.

NOTE: Transfer/Promotional Opportunities and Promotional Examinations are not open to Milwaukee Public Schools employees or to the public. Only current City of Milwaukee employees and civilian personnel in MFD and MPD hired through a City Service Commission process who have successfully passed a probationary period for a Civil Service position or who have status as a City of Milwaukee employee in a fixed term position will be considered. Individuals with exempt, provisional, temporary, or emergency appointments are not eligible for transfer.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO Code = 102

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.