Manager, Navigation Safety & Health

Port of Portland
February 2, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Port of Portland's Navigation division works with the US Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the Columbia River channel depths for inbound and outbound vessel traffic. The Port's Manager, Navigation Safety and Health collaborates with the Port’s Director, Safety, Health, and Loss Control, the Director of Navigation and the business management team to develop, implement, and administer the Port's Safety Management System and an Accident Prevention Plan for Navigation. The successful candidate in this role will manage Site Safety and Health Officer staff to serve to eliminate hazards, prevent injury and illness to employees, project visitors, and the public.

This individual will also be integral in preventing loss or damage to property and ensuring operations are consistent with Port, OSHA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Coast Guard safety policies and regulatory requirements.
We believe that diversity of thought can enhance the quality of any work environment and we are looking for applicants to bring their knowledge, lived experiences and cultural background that will convey a personal perspective and unique outlook to this role. Everyone brings unique ideas and talents to work -- and we're committed to making sure yours are considered and recognized.

We are looking for someone that will share the Port's commitment to valuing differences among individuals, has a passion for being inclusive and advancing practices, strategies and behaviors that promote inclusion, equity and opportunity for all.
* This position is classified as FLSA exempt, therefore it is not eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of a 40-hour work week


  • Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, and Control health and safety issues and implement continuous improvement practices in support of the current version of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) Safety and Health Requirements Manual (specifically EM385-1-1), OSHA, USCG and other applicable health and safety regulations.
  • Conduct daily job site and work area inspections, develop and implement strategies, goals, measurements for Accident Prevention Plans (APP) and processes to continuously improve the Port of Portland's Safety Management System
  • Provide lead technical assistance, consultation and compliance services on a wide variety and range of safety issues to minimize and eliminate hazards which could result in employee or public injury or illness
  • Serve as oversight of the Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) role and lead safety contact for project site visitors, government officials, Port employees and vendors on safety-related issues
  • Respond to emergencies and conduct all necessary follow-up actions required to meet the program goals and regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with the Navigation Director and Director of Safety/Health & Loss Control on respective budgets relating to safety and the administration of contractors
  • Provide policy & procedure development, compliance oversight and annual planning with the Navigation Director, Supervisory staff, and Engineering
  • Prepare quarterly status reports on meeting the safety guiding principle and objectives obtained
  • Utilize internal consultation to collaborate with Supervisors to prepare incident investigations and complete reporting requirements for Port, USACOE, and USCG
  • Emergency preparedness, planning and coordination with contractors and stakeholders
  • Program administration for: Shipyard Competent Person & Fall Protection Competent Person
  • Equipment repair and maintenance oversight relative to the Accident Prevention Plan
  • Develop contracts, provide subcontractor supervision, management planning & documentation for Safety/IH consultants
  • Prepare daily reporting and tracking and follow-up notifications
  • Written hazard assessments and PPE Hazard Assessment submitted to the COE
  • Environmental protection oversight, spill response, drills, and training Navigation Drug and Alcohol program management with Human Resources
  • Manage complex projects that support the Project Safety Management Plan and Accident Prevention Plan
  • Manage the APP and SSHO responsibilities and accountabilities which include supervising the Site Safety & Health Officer and
  • Designated Representatives that are assigned to the Navigation business
  • Evaluate current programs, processes and resources to improve efficiency and effectiveness in providing services within Navigation.
  • Coordinate and provide safety education and training for the Navigation business.
  • Design, develop, deliver, administer, and measure effectiveness of Safety and Health training coursework.
  • Accountable for employee safety training database, certifications and other records, ensuring that training information is documented and updated to meet US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM385-1-1)


  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Safety and Health with eight (8) years’ experience as a safety professional in a marine or construction setting OR any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties (required)
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision of employees (required)
  • Advanced understanding of disciplines, approaches, and methodologies associated with marine and industrial safety regulations, programs, and procedures; including an understanding of regulatory agency roles and their regulations related to health and safety
  • At least one (1) of the following certifications at the time of hire (required):
    • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
    • NFPA Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) may be acceptable with significant safety responsibilities
  • Ability to be accepted as a Site Safety & Health Officer by the USACOE per EM 385 (required)
  • Valid driver's license (required)
  • Experience in managing contract services (preferred)
  • Safety Department budget development and tracking experience (preferred)
  • Advanced knowledge of US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements manual (EM385), OR-OSHA regulations and interpretations for General Industry, Construction and Marine Terminals (preferred)
  • Hazwoper 40 hr. training (preferred)
  • Completion of Shipyard Competent Person and 24-hour Fall Protection Competent Person (EM385)
  • Ability to:
    • Demonstrate the Port's commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive
    • Work effectively in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
    • Develop and conduct training programs to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies and internal policies and procedures
    • Perform incident investigations of injuries or property damage as requested
    • Respond to emergencies and EOC activities.
    • Promote safety as a guiding principle and a regular practice in accomplishing work.
    • Show the utmost respect for others and be a proven team player
    • Access all work areas, including transferring via launch boat to barges and scows; climbing narrow, steep stairs; traversing sandy fill sites; donning fall protection gear to access heights as needed; entering confined spaces such shipboard tanks and voids as needed
    • Learn the unique tasks which comprise working in Dredge operations at the Navigation Yard and at remote sites during the Dredge operating season
  • Skilled at:
    • Communicating effectively under stressful situations while maintaining composure and verbally conveying clear concise information
    • Expressing ideas clearly and concisely in writing
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel Organizing workload and prioritizing tasks to meet changing priorities and deadlines


Salary: $87,532 - $136,802 Annually DOE


Safety: The Port promotes safety as a guiding principle and practice in accomplishing work by complying with safety and health policies and procedures and consistently seeking improvements that support operational excellence.

Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don't just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents
as instructed during the application process.

Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other safety-sensitive positions.

ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that they need an accommodation should contact Human Resources at 503.415.6000

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