Transit Systems 2022-09-13 2022-10-18

Director of Safety & Security

Pompano Beach, Florida

Job ID: 145191
Job Status: Full-time

All Aboard, Tri-Rail!

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (“SFRTA”) is seeking to fill the position of Director of Safety & Security.  The Director of Safety and Security is responsible for overseeing and directing all work in Safety and Security to provide a safe and secure transit system for SFRTA’s employees, contractors, and passengers by developing, implementing and managing system safety and security programs and plans. This position is responsible for ensuring railroad compliance.


Posting #: 2023-13 Closing Date: October 4, 2023*
Job Title: Director of Safety & Security Department: Safety & Security
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director Supervisory: Yes
Starting Salary Range: $101,498 - $125,572** Position Salary Range: $101,498 - 197,793
Pay Grade: Exec 1 EEO Category: Officials and Administrators
FLSA Status: Exempt FLSA Exemption: Executive
Telework Eligible: N/A Emergency Critical: Yes
Location: Pompano Beach, FL Work Schedule: Mon - Fri; 8am - 5pm
Railroad Retirement Eligible: No Florida Retirement Services Class: SMS***
Closing Date.  Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews scheduled with qualified candidates.  Closing date may change without notice.
** Stating Salary Range.  Priority will be given to qualified candidates with a minimum salary requirement within this range.  Applicants with a minimum salary requirement exceeding this range may be considered based on experience.
*** Florida Retirement Service (FRS) Class. This position is classified Senior Management Service (SMS)


South Florida

South Florida, comprised of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, is the fifth largest urbanized area in the United States with more than five million residents.  Key to the region’s economic vitality is a transportation system that provides mobility for existing and future residents and visitors, alike.  Providing greater mobility in South Florida, thereby improving the economic viability and the quality of the community, region and state is our vision.  


The Benefits of Working for SFRTA

SFRTA’s total compensation package includes a highly competitive set of employee benefits offered through the State of Florida Department of Management Services and SFRTA sponsored plans.  Benefits include:

  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • State of Florida Insurance Benefits
    1. Health insurance (over 90% employer paid)
    2. includes prescription drug coverage
    3. Dental, vision and supplemental insurances
    4. $25k Life Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
    5. Employer Assistance Program (100% Employer Paid)
    6. Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Participation in the State of Florida 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Paid Vacation, Personal, Sick & Compensatory Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 2x Salary Life Insurance (100%Employer Paid)
  • Long-term Disability Coverage (100% Employer Paid)
  • Employee access to free transportation on Tri-Rail to/from work; a savings of up to $1,860/yr. 
  • On-site Parking & Free EV Charging Station.
  • Flexible Schedule & Telework eligible positions.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer under the U.S. Department of Education’s PSLF program.
  • and more!


  • Project Manager for the SFRTA security agency contracted provider.  Directs, oversees and manages the Security Request-For-Proposal (RFP) for compliance.
  • Manages and coordinates with regulatory agencies, FRA, FDOT, FTA, TSA and NTSB including coordination with inspectors during audits and site inspections; ensuring required reporting.  Provides follow-up and corrective action responses to defects and violations and participates in joint investigations.
  • Sets policy based on review and analysis of  crime, safety, injury, and other incident reports.  Identifies trends and develops programs to address safety and security issues.
  • Conducts threat and vulnerability assessments and manages the vulnerability program including identification, analysis and resolution of threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Collects investigative information and provides depositions and/or testimony as needed.
  • Oversees the maintenance of statistical data on all security and safety related incidents; reviews/prepares and distributes safety, security, injury and litigation reports.
  • Manages Hazard Management System and Hazard Management teams using a proactive hazard identification process to identify analyze and mitigate hazards.
  • Manages all system security and safety program plans, including security plan, safety plan, hurricane plan, and emergency preparedness plans.
  • Develops and conducts Emergency Preparedness programs and training in compliance with all FRA Guidelines noted in 49 CFR Part 239.  
  • Ensures compliance of federal regulations through the SFRTA audit program.
  • Coordinates activities with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Agency Designated Employee Responsible (DER) as defined in part 40 and in CFR parts 219 and 655 for compliance of all FRA and FTA drug and alcohol plans for contractors.
  • Oversees the accident/incident reporting 49 CFR 225 using the AIRG reporting system for the FRA.
  • Supervises a professional staff with varying levels of responsibility; conducts performance evaluations; ensures employees follow SFRTA and departmental policies and procedures; makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations in conjunction with Human Resources.



Knowledge of:

  • security and safety systems and procedures including all FRA, FTA, FDOT, APTA, OSHA, DHS, NTSB and TSA requirements and regulations; 
  • procedures and requirements for securing security grants (i.e., DHS/ODP);
  • working knowledge of system safety as working knowledge of security practices such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED.)


Skills in:

  • managing first responder training program and coordinating/conducting full scale exercises and drills. 


Ability to:

  • handle crisis/risk situations in a manner as to protect the Authority;
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • analyze data and prepare comprehensive reports;
  • understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; 
  • interact professionally and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, coworkers, government officials, and the public;
  • work in a fast paced, automated environment with many interruptions;
  • manage multiple projects with competing priorities.




  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in criminal justice or a related field.



  • Eight (8) years command/supervisory position with law enforcement and/or security agency.


Any equivalent combination of related education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be substituted. Relevant experience should relate to commuter rail industry.



  • Five (5) years of progressive management level experience in the commuter rail/railroad industry.



  • Ability to work with a personal computer in a Windows environment.  Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.



This position will serve an essential role in the Agency’s disaster preparation and/or disaster recovery efforts, as may be designated by the Executive Director.  During occasions of local emergencies, this position may be required to report to perform emergency tasks, which may result in extended work hours as well as extended periods of time away from family members.



The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (“SFRTA”) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.  It is the policy of SFRTA to provide a professional working environment that provides equal opportunities for all employees.  To accomplish this, we will comply with all applicable laws, prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, marital status, medical condition, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran or military status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.  

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority shall not discriminate against an individual on the basis of disability.  SFRTA shall make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority participates in E-Verify.



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