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Portland General Electric Senior Safety Specialist/Safety Specialist in Portland, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Senior Safety Specialist/Safety Specialist

Gresham Line Center

Job Function

In this role, you'll design, develop, implement and oversee the organization’s safety programs to safeguard employees and the public and to ensure compliance with laws, standards and regulations.

Key Job Information:

Senior Safety Specialist 6145 Grade 7

Safety Specialist 6147 Grade 6

Career Level: Senior Safety Specialist P3

Key Responsibilities

Reporting and Analysis:

  • Conducts routine and complex investigations.

  • Develops and runs reports.

  • Analyzes trends and prepares presentations and communications.

  • Coordinates follow up on action items related to reports and investigations.

Program Management:

Develops and administers safety programs, guidelines and initiatives to meet business objectives and comply with all relevant state and/or federal laws and regulations. Integrates industry best practices into existing programs.

Consultation/ Education:

  • Serves as a subject matter expert to managers and employees.

  • Analyzes business needs and develops and implements innovative solutions to safety-related business problems.

  • In collaboration with other departments, designs and delivers educational programs to managers, employees and/or community organizations on employee and public safety.

Special Projects:

  • Under general guidance, leads special projects to meet corporate objectives engaging closely with other departments.

  • Facilitates safety meetings and other safety processes.

  • Depending on position may assume leadership roles in emergency and incident response.


  • May respond to requests for information from regulators.

  • Prepares legally required filings and reports.

  • Ensures programs, policies, and procedures comply with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Analyzes changes in regulations and recommends and implements appropriate action.


Education Requires a bachelor’s degree in science, business, human resources or other related field or equivalent experience.

Experience Typically, five or more years in professional safety and/or in electric generation, transmission and distribution operations; or, depending on position, drug and alcohol or ergonomic program management.

Certifications, Licenses and Training Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Construction Safety & Health Technician (CHST), Occupational Health & Safety Technologist (OHST), Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) preferred depending on position Journeyman card or equivalent trade or operator qualification and/or ergonomic certification preferred depending on position

Please note that we can consider candidates with less experience (2 -5 years at the professional level 2), duties would be less complex and performed with more supervision. Knowledge, skills and abilities would be at the working/intermediate level. We are happy to provide a detailed job description on request.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Intermediate knowledge of employment laws related to area of discipline

  • Intermediate knowledge of PGE’s policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements and benefit plans

  • Intermediate knowledge of industry best practices related to area of discipline

  • Intermediate skills in project management

  • Advanced skills in writing reports Intermediate skills in facilitation and presentations Intermediate skills in systems and programs used in functional area, including data retrieval

  • Advanced customer focus skills.

  • Advanced safety leadership skills

  • Intermediate skills in analytical thinking

  • Advanced skills in problem solving

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills

  • Advanced interpersonal skills Intermediate decision-making skills

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills

  • Intermediate knowledge of business process interrelationships

  • Advanced business acumen.

  • Advanced skills in change leadership Intermediate risk management skills

Physical and Cognitive Demands

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to work long hours [typically for exempt positions; if included in nonexempt positions, overtime applies]

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities

  • This position requires a valid driver's license and a history of safe driving practices.

  • Frequent driving/travel/commute within service territory

  • Occasional overnight driving/travel/commute inside or outside of the service territory

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling/carrying: Up to 50 lbs.

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance :

  • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)

  • Confined spaces

  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

  • Stairs (over 10 steps)

  • Ladders (over 10 rungs)

Environment: Indoor, outdoor, plant

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

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The posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below:

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.