County Executive Office – Office of Risk Management | Safety and Loss Prevention

The Office of Risk Management – Safety and Loss Prevention Program is part of the County Executive Office (CEO). This office preserves and protects the human and capital assets of the County of Orange to allow departments and agencies to meet their missions without unnecessary cost. It operates as an “insurance company” for the County of Orange and manages numerous programs. The Safety and Loss Prevention Program strives to ensure a safe environment for County employees and members of the public who visit County facilities and receive County services. Safety staff works to meet County goals for risk reduction, and to ensure that state and federal safety requirements are met or exceeded.

The Assistant Safety and Health Manager will report to the Manager of the Safety & Loss
Prevention Program (County Safety Manager). This position will assist with the administration, coordination and management of countywide safety and loss prevention programs, as well as projects to meet program goals under the general direction of the County Safety Manager. Job duties may include managing programs and projects which may involve:

  • Creating, reviewing, revising, and updating safety and loss prevention program policies and procedures to ensure compliance, consistency, and relevancy.
  • Establishing and implementing systems to ensure compliance with safety regulations, and County Safety & Loss Prevention Program policies and procedures
  • Gathering and analyzing data to identify injury and accident trends to help direct programs and practices to mitigate those risks, and creating meaningful metrics to help monitor effectiveness and progress towards established goals
  • Establishing and improving systems to conduct the business of safety and loss prevention efficiently and effectively
  • Establishing and managing a robust program to mitigate risks related to injuries cause by poor ergonomics, including office ergonomics
  • Creating and implementing training programs that efficiently and effectively provide for a better educated workforce with respect to safety and loss prevention, and the creation of greater awareness of County resources
  • Collaborating with County agencies and departments to create plans to mitigate their respective safety risks in a manner consistent with the strategic goals of the Safety and Loss Prevention Program
  • Supervising and leading assigned staff to achieve Safety and Loss Prevention Program goals
  • Other programs and projects as assigned

Desirable Qualifications & Core Competencies
The ideal candidate will possess three (3) or more years of progressively responsible supervisory experience successfully leading programs and teams towards a common goal and a minimum of five (5) years of significant safety related experience and knowledge of being compliant with applicable regulations and laws, mitigating safety risks, and utilizing data-driven decision-making methods. In addition, while not required, the ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a safety or public health-related field; and/or a safety-related certification, such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). In addition, the ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of and experience in the following core competencies:

  • Technical Expertise
  • Understanding, interpreting, and applying existing and proposed laws, regulations and standards effecting the Safety and Loss Prevention Program area (e.g., California
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Fire Protection Association,
  • American National Standards Institute)
  • Interacting with safety regulatory agencies
  • Understanding and application of safety and risk principles
  • Setting and monitoring standards for work product quality and holding others to these standards
  • Using and applying analytical methods (including statistics, root-cause, etc.) to determine trends, associations, and causation


  • Effectively implementing changes by garnering support through the identification of and collaboration with key stakeholders and champions
  • Managing performance of subordinate staff with differing skill levels and styles in a manner that inspires continual improvement and fosters a positive, team-oriented environment
  • Managing hourly staff who may belong to collective bargaining units
  • Influencing people to work towards a common goal
  • Productively resolving conflicts

Customer Service and Results Orientation

  • Collaborating with customers to establish goals that meet both customer and organizational objectives
  • Encouraging customer feedback on an on-going basis and using the feedback constructively

Effective Communication

  • Applying active listening techniques to fully understand issues
  • Addressing and effectively communicating organizational concerns and issues
  • Presenting, discussing, and catering information to various audiences at all levels within an organization (including Department Heads, stakeholders, internal/external clients)
  • Providing persuasive, and well-organized oral presentations and written reports specific to safety and loss prevention related topics