Transit Systems 2023-05-16 2023-06-20

System Safety Specialist (Rail)

North County Transit District
Oceanside, California

Job ID: 148717
Job Status: Full-time

Under the general direction of the Field & System Safety Manager, the System Safety Specialist (Rail) fosters a proactive organizational safety culture and promotes a safe and healthy environment for all employees, passengers, contractors, and the general public in accordance with applicable federal, state, local, and regulatory laws, rules, and/or guidelines with the primary focus on rail system safety.

This position supports the Safety & Risk Management Division by providing professional level knowledge of safety programs, emergency response plans, and federal and state regulations directly related to transit systems. This position requires prior experience in conducting safety activities and the ability to identify, evaluate, and mitigate public and industrial safety risks.


Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conducts audits/reviews and prepares reports in support of NCTD’s Safety Plans.

  • Identifies and generates reports on trends analysis on indicators to reduce or mitigate incidents and accidents.

  • Edits and proofreads documents and reports.

  • Investigates and performs hazard analyses on all safety incidents and accidents, generates conclusive reports, and makes recommendations for corrective actions.

  • Assists in the management of construction safety consultants.

  • Supports the management of the environmental health and safety programs related to rail operations/facilities.

  • Facilitates and/or attends field safety project meetings.

  • May serve as a liaison with oversight agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Cal OSHA, and various environmental regulatory authorities.

  • Performs field inspections and inspects the day-to-day rail operations and maintenance facilities, transit stations, and other NCTD facilities to evaluate service quality and compliance with contracts, regulatory requirements, and system safety standards.

  • Supports the management and oversight of safety training efforts at all NCTD sites.

  • Supports the management of NCTD's hazardous materials program.

  • Identifies, recommends, and pursues resolution and correction of safety deficiencies.

  • Manages and configures ongoing audit processes for rail operations and facilities to reflect evolving best practices and regulatory trends.

  • Develops and maintains accident statistical data bases for internal and external reporting.

  • Prepares and presents a variety of reports, correspondence, and other documents, and makes presentations to a variety of audiences.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in in Safety, Public Administration, Computer Science, or related field is preferred.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of directly relevant experience required.

  • Specialized training and skills in the areas of safety systems and emergency management is preferred.

  • Experience administering safety-related programs in a commuter rail environment, preferred.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • The successful candidate will be required as a condition of employment to comply with FTA training requirements as set forth in 49 CFR Part 672 by enrolling in the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCP) and must successfully complete the training courses within the three-year timeframe as prescribed by the FTA

  • Must be able to become GCOR Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties after hire.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.

  • Possess and maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, with less than 6 points in the preceding 36 month period and no DUIs in the preceding 7 year period.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

General Requirements
  • Experience with and knowledge of railroad and/or rail transit track, signal, mechanical, and operations discipline, preferred.

  • Experience in preparing and making written and verbal presentations, demonstrating the ability to explain issues clearly and concisely and make persuasive and effective presentations; ability to reason clearly and exercise a high degree of independence in performing routine daily work assignments.

  • Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, analyze situations accurately, and recommend and coordinate effective courses of action, while establishing and maintaining cooperative and positive working relationships with others, both inside and outside NCTD.

  • Experience in auditing, preferably rail agencies, to ensure the compliance of state and federal requirements, such as State General Orders, System Safety Plans, and the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • Experience with investigating accidents; ability to determine probable cause and contributing factors.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite and database systems.

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