Safety Manager

Company: Pierce Transit View more listings
Location: Lakewood, Washington
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: See Below
Job ID: 89903

PIERCE TRANSIT invites applications for the position of:

Safety Manager

SALARY: $100,320.00 - $150,476.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 04/14/17

CLOSING DATE: 05/15/17 04:00 PM


Pierce Transit is an award winning organization focused on fulfilling the mission of improving people's quality of life by providing safe, reliable, innovative, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected. We are currently recruiting for a seasoned leader with demonstrated expertise in transit safety and program management to take on the new role of Safety Manager in Lakewood.

The individual selected for this position will be responsible for embedding a safety culture that will be experienced at every level of the organization. As a critical component of our core business, this role has been established to ensure the implementation and follow through of systems and practices that demonstrate safety as a fundamental value and priority of the Agency. We are looking for a hands-on business partner that will bring strategic leadership and ensure cross functional accountability as it relates to the management of all bus, paratransit and operational safety and compliance programs. As a member of Pierce Transit's leadership team this person will be a highly skilled communicator, adept at conveying important information when and where it is needed whether that is through the utilization of key data points, through public presentations, in small groups or in one-on-one settings. Some of the duties in this position will include:

•Implementing safety management system standards, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations and requirements.

•Developing policies, strategies, best practices and initiatives to implement and administer a comprehensive safety assurance program that maximizes performance in all assigned safety areas.

•Preparing and directing safety audits and assessments to recommend safety program improvements and risk control measures to effectively mitigate safety risks.

•Preparing, coordinating, implementing and auditing Pierce Transit's System Safety Program Plan, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Accident Prevention Plan, and other safety-related regulatory plans.

•Working with the Public Safety Chief to address the development and implementation of the Agency's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

•Ensuring Agency staff meet the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) certifications and requirements for emergency response.


•Manage and direct Agency bus, paratransit and operational activities safety programs;

•Ensure safety training, certifications and safety programs are in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations;

•Provide leadership and direction to establish a culture of safety across the organization;

•Oversee, draft and implement strategies, policies, standard operating procedures, initiatives, best practices and programs to integrate safety standards and practices across the organization;

•Direct and coordinate with staff to ensure that safety directives and goals are properly implemented and successfully achieved;

•Provide leadership and direction to Safety department staff;

•Develop and monitor implementation of department goals, objectives, priorities, and effectiveness methods to ensure the overall safety system supports facilitating a culture of safety.

•Develop effective safety performance standards for bus operations;

•Review changes in work methods and processes to ascertain effect on established safety practices;

•Determine the level of compliance with required safety requirements;

•Develop action plans to identify and initiate corrective actions of safety hazards; in the event of lapses or deviations, determine cause(s) and recommend appropriate action(s) which may result in disciplinary action(s) and/or training;

•Oversee, draft and implement policy and procedures in support of the system safety programs outlined in Pierce Transit's System Safety Program Plan;

•Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for projects, services, and functional areas within the Occupational Safety and Accident Prevention Program and recommend and administer policies, procedures, and standards;

•Coordinate natural disaster emergency preparedness efforts with the Public Safety Office;

•Oversee and maintain safety data acquisition and information providers;

•Develop and report safety metrics;

•Identify trends, deficiencies and effectiveness of safety programs;

•Prepare and present performance reports and metrics to management, staff, Board of Commissioners, external agencies, community stake-holders and the general public regarding Agency safety activities and programs;

•Prepare, direct and conduct safety audits, reviews, assessments and data analysis to determine the effectiveness of policies, procedures, programs, standards and design criteria affecting operational and passenger safety;

•Review and interpret local, state, federal, and Agency safety standards, manuals, reports, and other communications to ensure compliance; recommend and implement corrective actions, improvements and strategies to increase the Agency's safety awareness, compliance and performance.

•Serve as a liaison with management and staff, external agencies, and other community stake-holders;

•Represent the Agency at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and/or other related events

•Facilitate activities with regulatory authorities and serve as the Agency's representative to safety and regulatory agencies and other safety and community stake-holders;

•Oversee investigations, reviews and reporting of significant incidents, collisions or injuries to analyze causation factors and determine corrective action;

•Develop, integrate and ensure implementation of corrective measures to reduce recurrences;

•Administer the Agency's Accident Safety Review Board;

•Collaborate and coordinate with the Public Safety Office to administer technology and data gathering on buses, transit properties, public park and rides and transit stations;

•Manage, and administer the program's annual budget, participate in budget forecasting for equipment, materials, and supplies. Review and approve expenditures;

•Recommend, purchase, and provide safety protective equipment and materials as needed;

•Demonstrates regular and reliable attendance.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.


To be considered, applicants must: 1. Complete the electronic application to include at least the experience and/or education required, as indicated below.

2. Upload a resume and a cover letter to the application.

Minimum Requirements:

•Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related field (and)

•Five (5) years' of increasingly responsible leadership experience in public transportation, transit operations management or fleet safety management;


•An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


•Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license.

•The individual selected for this position will be required to obtain National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) certification(s) within six (6) months of hire.

Desired qualifications include:

•Master's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Engineering, Industrial Engineering or other related field.

•Comprehensive experience in a FMCSA or FTA safety regulated environment.

•Certification as a Professional in accident investigations, safety and hazard control.

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