Business Services - Risk Management

Recruitment #2208-0305-001


The City of Tucson's Business Services Department, Risk Management Division, Safety Group is seeking a qualified, experienced, and highly motivated Safety Specialists to join its team. This position will be responsible for coordinating occupational safety and health components and engaging employees throughout City of Tucson departments.

***The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, and are hired on or before September 24, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs.  You will need to  submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption and/or accommodation from your representative***

General Description

The Safety Specialist is responsible for coordinating and supporting safety goals, initiatives and activities both internally within the team and externally with other City departments.

Essential Functions

Performs safety training for the department in accordance with 29CFR 1910 OSHA's General Industry Standards, other nationally recognized compliance standards or manufacturer's equipment guidelines which may include administering hands on drivers training skill testing.

Conducts incident investigations by determining the nature and cause of injury, illness or accidents and making recommendations for correction of deficiencies and/or corrective action plans in accordance with associated rules, regulations or directives.

Obtains mandated certifications when relevant to department functions by attending training sessions and seminars to keep current on regulations as they pertain to safety and health, to include new ideas and techniques in accident prevention, loss control and compliance based safety programs as they relate to 29CFR 1910 OSHA's General Industry Standards, other nationally recognized compliance standards or manufacturer's equipment guidelines.

Serves as liaison for both the Risk Management division with the department of Business Services on safety related matters by conducting safety and work practice observations and studies, recommending and implementing changes to improve employee safety, and developing procedures in consultation with the appropriate division.

Develops and performs safety compliance inspections by conducting vehicle inspections to ensure D.O.T. compliance, and conducting facility inspections to ensure OSHA compliance. Coordinates with Central Safety Services or regulatory agencies to attend meetings/classes to keep current of safety related issues, training classes or new techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years implementing occupational safety and health compliance programs

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Relevant experience in lieu of education will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the minimum qualifications identified above, the ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  •  Professional OSHA 501 General Industry Trainer Certification.
  •  Experience conducting training in person and virtually.
  •  Experience conducting ergonomic evaluations.
  •  Experience conducting industrial hygiene assessments.
  •  Experience in writing safety, health, and environmental report

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile, the responses to their supplemental questions, and their resume. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Written Exam and Oral Board Interview which will include a 5-7 min presentation. The presentation subject will be given to candidates 48-72 hours prior to interview.

  • Virtual Written Exam will be held September 8, 2022 via Microsoft Teams, please save the date
  • Oral Board interviews and presentation will be held September 15, 2022 at City Hall, please save the date
Virtual written exam will utilize Microsoft Teams, please make sure that tool is available to you.  We will also require your camera to be on during this process.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as: 

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 20% of your written exam
  • 20% of your presentation
  • 50% of your oral board interview
Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process, or you may email it to The DD214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you need Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

None unless Field Department then:

CDL Physical

NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.