Director of Transportation Safety in Greater Boston Area


Director of Transportation Safety in Greater Boston Area

Location : Greater Boston Area
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: MBTA – Safety
Job Number: 19-17237
Closing: 4/24/2019 11:59 PM Eastern
Job SummaryThe Director of Transportation Safety is a safety-sensitive senior management position reporting to the Chief Safety Officer (CSO) and coordinating with the Director of Safety Engineering to assist the CSO in designing, implementing and monitoring the Authority’s Safety Program, Policies, and Procedures. This position will work with personnel from all MBTA departments to oversee operational and occupational safety programs across all of the MBTA’s directly operated and contracted modes of transportation (heavy rail, light rail, bus, commuter rail, ferry, paratransit).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide effective direction, supervision, leadership, project management, and oversight to a team of MBTA Safety managers and employees, consultants, and contractors working to develop, implement, and monitor multiple safety programs simultaneously
  • Provide support to the MBTA Chief Safety Officer on matters as directed
  • Represent MBTA Safety on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees
  • Prepare and present to internal and external audiences a variety of high-level correspondence, deliverables, and specialized technical reports, including Hazard Assessments, System Safety Assessments, and Root Cause Analyses
  • Maintain awareness of internal and industry-wide safety trends, developments, and best practices
  • Advise and work in collaboration with senior managers to ensure compliance with all safety-related programs, audits, trainings, and investigations performed by MBTA Safety
  • Monitor and ensure organizational compliance with federal, state, and local, when applicable, laws, statutes, regulations, rules, and guidelines for safety
  • Supervise internal safety audits, analysis of internal safety audits and accident/incident statistical data, and compliance of corrective actions/hazard resolutions
  • Assist with directing and coordinating with all MBTA departments to ensure that all safety related activities conducted by the departments are performed in accordance with the Safety Plan and other program documents, and in compliance with applicable codes and regulations
  • Manage the recruitment, training, discipline, and promotion of MBTA Safety personnel
  • Develop, administer, maintain, and oversee the department’s annual budget; make recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and services; review and approve department expenditures and implement adjustments
  • Respond, either directly or through others, to emergencies twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week
  • Drive a company or personal vehicle to visit work sites and to assist at emergencies and/or events as needed
  • Respond to each inquiry, whether from a customer, vendor, or co-worker in a courteous and professional manner consistent with the Authority’s customer service quality standard
  • Uphold the rights and interest of a workforce by ensuring the fair and consistent application and strict adherence to the rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) and policies of the Authority including the EEO, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies
  • Perform related duties and projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

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  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Public Administration or related field
  • Five (5) years of experience in transportation planning, regulatory compliance, plan development, data analysis and program auditing
  • Working knowledge/understanding of 49 CFR Parts 659 (the State Safety Oversight Program), 672 (Public Transportation Safety and 673 (Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP), and 49 CFR Parts 200-299 (FRA Regulations)
  • Effective organizational, analytical, confidentiality, quantitative, multi-tasking and time management skills;
  • Advanced skill-level in the use of Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft and/or other database applications
  • Ability to pass: a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, background screenings, and the MBTA’s medical requirements, including a physical examination and drug and alcohol screening
  • Handle sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner
  • Have excellent customer service, conflict resolution, negotiation, communication, speaking and writing skills
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a satisfactory work record for the two (2) years immediately prior to the closing date of this posting, including overall employment, job performance, discipline and safety records (infractions and/or offenses occurring after the closing of the posting and before the filling of a vacancy may preclude a candidate from consideration for selection)
  • Ability to work any and all shifts and/or locations as assigned or directed; be available to work twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week
  • Ability to supervise and work effectively with a diverse workforce


  • A Master’s Degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, or Public Administration.
  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification.
  • Additional years of experience.
  • Possession of a World Safety Organization (WSO) Certificate or equivalent.
  • Experience in the transportation industry with commuter, heavy rail, light rail and/or bus systems.
  • Experience with transportation equipment such as vehicles, track, structures, facilities, power, signals, and communication and control systems.

Substitutions Include

  • A Master’s Degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Public Administration, ore related field may be substituted for two (2) years of experience transportation planning, regulatory compliance, plan development, data analysis and program auditing.



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