SAFETY SPECIALIST (5-8-18, open until filled)


The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) is seeking a Safety Specialist to fill a full time position to provide safety services and support to one of our members in central Iowa.  Located in Ankeny, Iowa, IAMU is a trade association serving cities that operate electric, gas, water and/or broadband utilities in Iowa. The association’s 25-acre state-of-the-art training & office complex includes an 11-acre Safety and Training Field.

Job Summary: provide direct assistance and consultation to the Safety Services department that includes, but not limited to training, developing/customizing written plans and processes for IOSHA compliance, reviews, audits, and site assessments; assisting members to comply with regulations.  Representing IAMU in public appearances; working with IAMU staff members on matters of common concern; and, performing such other duties as deemed appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications: safety related four-year college degree or equivalent safety or training work experience in area of service.


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written required. Customer service skills demonstrating an ability to listen, understand and respond to external and internal customers’ needs in a timely manner.
  • Ability to present in a classroom environment.
  • Ability to perform a variety of computer functions along with audio / visual equipment. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational skills, exceptional attention to detail, demonstrated experience in detail-oriented tasks requiring a high degree of accuracy, analytical and problem-solving skills required.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with various staff with multiple deadlines.
  • Team player with passion, drive and the ability to self-start and work with limited supervision.
  • On occasion, duties will require more than 40-hours a week. There could be occasions that the position may require evening and weekend work if an incident investigation arises.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Drivers License.
  • Be able to attain any license, certificate or endorsement that might be required for the position, at IAMU’s expenses.
  • This position requires little to no travel. Reporting site will be the assigned Des Moines facilities with occasional meetings at IAMU offices in Ankeny.

Physical Demand Summary

Essential Function          Physical Demands     

Pushing                           Push up to 60 pounds to open/close vehicle doors. Push or pull up to 26# at 7-53” to access filing cabinets.

Pulling                             Pull up to 60 pounds to open/close vehicle doors. Push or pull up to 26# at 7-53” to access filing cabinets.

Climbing                         Climb up to 15 steps ranging from 13 to 23 inches to get in and out of vehicles, use ladders and step stools.

Standing                          Stand for up to 7.5 hours per day.

Walking                           Walk throughout various parks, fields, and grounds.

Sitting                              Sit for up to 3 hours at a time to complete deskwork, drive, etc.

Lifting                              Lift up to 40-pound tools and equipment from floor to 32 inches.

Carrying                          Carry various equipment weighing up to 40 pounds up to 50 feet at a time.

Gripping                          Grip up to 10# (wide grip) to pull files from cabinet at 7-53”.

Pinching                           Pinch up to 5 pounds bilaterally to handle small parts and tools.

Low-level Work               Low-level kneeling activity for up to 5 minutes to perform various duties.

Above-Shoulder Work    Lift up to 10-pound part from 0 to 75 inches.

Hand Coordination         Hand coordination for writing, using keyboard and telephone, as well as operating various equipment and tools.

Salary $70,000-$78,000 based upon experience. Join a team of dedicated professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our members. If you are interested in sharing your experience and knowledge, you are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. IAMU offers an excellent benefit package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful candidate will be required to pass a post-offer pre-employment criminal background check and a drug and alcohol test.  The position will be open until filled but applications received by May 21, 2018 will get first consideration.

Please submit cover letter, resume and references to:

Dawn Hyler, Director of Finance
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
1735 NE 70th Ave, Ankeny, IA  50021-9353
Phone: 515.289.1999