Employee Health and Safety Coordinator – City of Renton

Job Description

In addition to the salary posted, the City provides 4% of the salary that is contributed to the employee’s deferred compensation retirement savings plan. 

The City has an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a variety of city teams in the coordination of the employee’s COVID response and return to work protocols. This is a full-time, limited-term position scheduled to last for a two year period. Perform technical, analytical, educational, and professional tasks in the City’s effort to reduce the risk of exposure of COVID-19 and other public health risks in the workplace. Work is performed independently and as part of a team. Tasks are completed with general guidelines and require some independent judgment. Contribute to the City’s vision, mission, and goals in the performance of all job duties.
About the City of Renton:
The City of Renton embraces a diverse and inclusive workforce and prides itself on promoting collaboration and teamwork in a positive environment while providing high quality services to the community.
Renton, with a population of 107,100 (2021), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton’s strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, and the Seattle Seahawks.
The city encourages people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.


Reports To:  Risk Manager
Supervises:  None


  • Research and maintain knowledge of the most current guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) and Washington Department of Health, King County, Washington Labor & Industries, and other authorities, with regard to Covid and other public health related matters.
  • Advise leadership on Covid and other public health related matters, as needed.
  • Maintain, recommend, and update the City’s COVID related policies and procedures.
  • Assist all levels of leadership with exposure, workplace contact tracing and positive case management; maintain any tracking, if applicable. Provide approved procedure information, making resource referrals, as appropriate;  providing insight on status of employee quarantine or isolation to manager, and/or HRRM, as appropriate.
  • Answer supervisor and individual employee questions regarding Covid and other public health related matters and serve as a resource and support.  
  • Provide communication and education regarding compliance, PPE, and regulations; to include evaluation of current trends and safety measures; maintain mandatory signage, when required.
  • Prepare and provide regular and special notifications, including internal notification with unions, employees and external communication with King County Public health, if required.
  • Maintain current employee vaccination verification records, adhering to applicable privacy laws.
  • Work closely with HR team to support Workers’ Compensation COVID claims.
  • Plan with and coordinate city’s “re-opening” team to include precautions related to safety/health/COVID in the on-site workplace.
  • Provide information and resources for employees on the city’s internal website.
  • Manage vaccination/weekly testing program, if mandated.
  • Oversee and lead changes to the “Lobby Hub” services to the public, as appropriate, to include coordination of staffing.
  • Assist departments with public facing plans, events and services, as they relate to COVID and other public health concerns; refer public inquiries to the appropriate source.
  • Monitor for and share current and future grant opportunities related to COVID.
  • May assist the Communications division with public facing communications related to COVID and city operations; as appropriate.
  • Contribute to an environment of teamwork and respect.
  • Foster a culture of equity and inclusion by recognizing the diverse needs and perspectives of groups and individuals.
  • Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to field.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • May be assigned to support City priorities during emergencies.


  • Associate’s degree or any combination equivalent to college-level course work in public health, industrial hygiene, business, human resources, emergency management, education and/or employee safety, and
  • 2 years of public or private health or safety experience; 
  • Or a bachelor’s degree in any field;
  • Or 4 years relevant education and experience.
  • Successful passing of a required background check.  


  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Customer service focus.
  • Ability to handle confidential information and follow HIPAA regulations.
  • Build collaborative relationships.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Anticipate problems and develop contingency plans.
  • Show initiative while performing job tasks.
  • Remain flexible to changing priorities.
  • Determine priorities, make difficult decisions, and take prompt action.
  • Positive interactions with all individuals.
  • Commitment to racial, social and economic equity issues and working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Meet deadlines and respond timely to achieve common goals.
  • Be cognizant of the attitudes, feelings or circumstances of others and aware of influence of one’s own behavior on them.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with others to achieve common goals.
  • Conflict-resolution skills.


  • Operate a computer and other office equipment.
  • Potential to perform field work.
  • Communicate with City employees and community members.


  • 90% of work is performed in an office environment and 10% is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, and involves moving throughout the facility and community.
  • Limited work during the evening and/or weekend hours, as needed.

 Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.Selection Procedure

Telework Program
The City of Renton supports workers performing in a hybrid capacity (partial telework/in-office) where job responsibilities can be performed remotely. This position may be eligible for a telework arrangement, working certain days/times remotely, based on the operational needs of the City and specific Department.  Regardless of job title or telework arrangement, City of Renton employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

The City of Renton is dedicated to building an inclusive, informed city with opportunities for all.  In alignment with that goal, the City has adopted an anonymous application process that prevents hiring managers from seeing personal identifiers, including candidates’ names, addresses, and other similar information.  This eliminates the possibility of unintentional or implicit bias during the screening of applications.  For that reason, you will not have the ability to attach any documents to your application, including a cover letter or resume.  Please make sure to submit a complete, detailed, and updated job application.    
Communication from the City of Renton:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from rentonwa.gov and/or governmentjobs.com should be placed on your safe domain list to ensure you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.