L&I Safety Culture Manager


$88,026.00 – $122,844.00 Annually


Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type

Full Time – Permanent

Job Number

WMS 24-05


Dept. of Labor & Industries


Administrative Services – Security & Emergency Management

Opening Date


Closing Date

4/1/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!
 Our Values: 
Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability

EXTRA Salary Information:

*** The Target Pay Range typically considered for this position is $88,026-$122,844 (Range of Consideration) annually. The Full Pay Range for this WMS Band is $74,768-$122,844 (Full band range) annually. Compensation decisions are determined using factors such as job-related skills, experience, and education or training.  We will consider your individual qualifications, should we make you an offer of employment.

Job Highlights
The Team:

At L&I, safety is our why. We believe that a positive safety culture can improve the wellbeing of our employees, enhance the way that we do business, and enable meaningful connection and innovation. The Enterprise Safety Culture Manager reports to the Director of the Office of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (OSSEM) and provides leadership, supervision, and guidance to the Internal Safety and Health (ISH) team and the agency’s safety council. 

The functions of ISH include leading:

  • The development and administration of the agency’s Accident Prevention Program
  • Initiatives and strategies aimed at reducing safety and health incidents and injuries.
  • Development of safety culture improvement programs.
  • Agency safety training activities.
  • Ergonomic program activities.

The Role:

The Enterprise Safety Culture Manager is an innovative and collaborative leader, coach, mentor, and advisor who partners with employees to build a culture of safety across the agency. To build this culture, the position uses effective change management, strategic planning, and human-centered design principles and practices to influence the ways that employees value, think about, and experience safety at L&I.

The position is directly responsible for accomplishing results in the following areas: 

Building and nurturing a positive culture of safety across the agency

Outcome: A workplace culture at L&I where the values, attitudes, and behaviors of all employees reflect a commitment to safety.

Reducing the number of work-related illnesses and injuries at L&I

Outcome: Quantifiable results showing a decrease in the frequency of work-related illnesses and injuries at L&I with a goal of zero workplace illnesses and injuries.

Leading the Internal Safety and Health Program and team

Outcome: The ISH team feels engaged, valued, and empowered to influence meaningful and effective changes to the culture of safety at L&I.

Achieving these results–keeping L&I employees safe and working–is a key contributor to enabling our employees to Keep Washington Safe and Working.


Some of what you’ll do:

  • Partner with employees to develop a shared vision and actionable strategic plan for closing the gap between the current and future state of safety culture at L&I.
  • Align safety culture vision and strategy with agency goals, values, and initiatives, including understanding how psychological safety and inclusion and belonging contribute to safety culture.
  • Define success, approach, and impact of safety culture strategies. This includes identifying key performance indicators, establishing milestones, and adapting approaches based on customer feedback, evidence, and data.
  • Inspire and empower individual contributors, leaders, and teams to make decisions and take actions that reflect a commitment to communal and individual safety.
  • Build partnerships with people and programs to accelerate adoption of safety culture across the agency.
  • Directly supervise, manage, and lead a team of seven safety professionals (six Safety Officer 3s and one Ergonomist 4) based out of the agency’s headquarters in Tumwater,
  • Provide guidance, direction, and support to six Regional Safety Officers located in field offices throughout the state. 
  • Manage program operating budget of approximately $2.4 million.
  • Develop guidance for employees and management to be able to identify, understand, assess, and manage safety risks and promote safety value.
  • Coordinate with L&I’s Office of Strategy and Performance (OSP) when operational safety risks have overlap with enterprise risk management activities.
  • Partner with employees to identify and resolve complex safety issues.

For a full list of duties and responsibilities please request the position description form from Haleigh Missildine (she/her/hers) at miso235@lni.wa.gov.



Bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, business or public administration, psychology, or closely aligned field.


Five or more years of professional level risk management, consequence management, and/or safety management experience, including supervising, managing, and leading teams. 

  • Must have knowledge and experience leading change and be able to form and articulate a clear vision and strategy for leading safety excellence. 
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to building psychological safety and increasing inclusion, belonging, and trust within and across teams.


Qualifying risk or safety management experience may be substituted year for year for education.

L&I Core Competencies

Safety – Understands and is fully committed to creating and maintaining a positive safety culture.

Customer-Centered Actions – Focused on understanding and meeting customers’ needs.

Treats Others With Respect And Courtesy – At all times respects and values others.

Accountability And Dependability – Acts within guidelines and accomplishes job assignments; accepts personal responsibility. Performs duties in a way that reflects public service accountability.

Judgment And Problem Solving – Draws sound, sensible conclusions, and makes informed decisions to resolve issues. Learns and applies Lean methods to simplify work processes, improve service, reduce delays, and eliminate waste.

L&I Leadership Competencies

Managing For Results – Establishes and communicates mission-centered performance expectations, monitors outcomes, assesses progress and takes action.

Leadership – Commits to the agency mission. Plans, takes charge, and inspires people through example. Uses standard work and visual management. Observes and responds to visual measures with problem solving coaching, needed tools and resources, and removal of barriers.

Communication – Conveys clear, concise, timely and persuasive messages that positively influence thoughts and actions of others.

Relationship Building – Builds and maintains effective working relationships characterized by openness, honesty, mutual respect, shared commitment and clear responsibility.

People Management – Maximizes employee talents and success in order to achieve agency goals.


  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation
  • Master’s Degree in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, business or public administration, psychology or closely aligned field.
  • Experience developing and implementing agency-wide/company-wide strategic plans.

Supplemental Information

Things You Need To Know  

To help you maintain a proper work-life balance, teleworking is one of the work schedule options for this position. L&I also offers flexible custom work schedules.

State employees who meet the qualifications will become eligible for a generous retirement package at the end of the employee’s career. Click on the “Benefits” tab to learn more.

At L&I, your voice matters. In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington’s 3.3 million workers. Take a look at this brief video and learn more about why L&I is an employer of choice.

For this position, telework is dependent upon business needs and supervisor approval. The assigned duty station for this position is Tumwater, Washington.

For positions where in-office work is necessary, the frequency of telework will be discussed with the supervisor of the position at the time of offer.

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Application process

We will contact the top candidates directly to interview for this position. Because we base the selection on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that address the required and desirable qualifications described in the announcement.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. cover letter describing specific qualifications.
  2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
  3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Please do not attach or place any medical information (vaccination status included) within the application, resume, or cover letter. If you do, we will have to reject your application to safeguard others from receiving your confidential information. You will have to remove the confidential information before you can apply again.

Background Check Notice:  

Prior to a placement in this position, a background check, including criminal history record will be conducted. Information from your background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining your eligibility to perform the requirements of the position.   

Other information

  • For positions requiring travel, you must have a valid unrestricted driver’s license and have insurance if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization that does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.
  • The Department of Labor & Industries complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal employment eligibility verification form, I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.
  • Please note: L&I may use this announcement to fill multiple permanent and/or non-permanent positions. 

Did You Know?

Washington is America’s Top State to live, play, and work, according to U.S. News (2021). Join the L&I team and enjoy all the Evergreen State has to offer.

In addition to offering a positive balance between life and work, L&I provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We also believe your voice matters. We value our employees and their work-life balance by encouraging flexible schedules. L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington’s 3 million workers. 

Veterans Preference

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Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach to their application a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as Social Security numbers. For further information, contact L&I’s Jobs@lni.wa.gov.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer

L&I employees come from all walks of life. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the agency mission. Having a diverse workforce is this agency’s greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures to provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need accommodation in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call 360-902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.

For more Information

If you have any questions regarding this job posting, program, or the agency, please contact Haleigh Missildine (she/her/hers) at miso235@lni.wa.gov.