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Title: Chief Safety Officer / Safety Management System Executive
Company: Regional Transit Authority
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 115347
Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer

Anticipated Salary Range: $80,000 - $120,000 Annually

The Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana charged with providing safe, efficient, and reliable public transportation in the City of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. The Regional Transit Authority was created by state legislation in 1979 and commenced operation in 1983. For the first time in the agency’s history, we are building a robust, in-house staff to manage the day-to-day affairs of the agency and the Chief Safety Officer/Safety Management System Executive is seen as a key position in building out the full range of services to be directly provided by the Authority.

Role and Responsibility
The Chief Safety Officer/Safety Management System Executive reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer as the Accountable Executive pursuant to 49 C.F.R. Part 673 and is responsible for development, implementation, and operation of the Authority’s Safety Management System plan.

Responsibilities include:
  • Oversight of hazard management practices.

  • Oversight of transit agency accident investigations across all four (4) transit modes operated by the Authority (fixed-route, paratransit, streetcar, ferry).

  • Coordination of Authority safety activities with State Safety Oversight.

  • Communicating any and all safety related issues to the Accountable Executive and the Board of Commissioners, in accordance with applicable procedures.

  • Oversight and maintenance of the Authority’s safety certification.

  • Management and direction of internal safety audit programs.

  • Development and presentation of training materials to all employees (of either the Authority or its contractors) to ensure compliance with established safety protocol.

  • Other duties as may be assigned.


  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in directing or managing safety compliance as part of a medium-to-large transit agency.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Planning, or other related field.

    • A Master’s Degree in a field relevant to development and implementation of safety plans highly preferred.

  • Must have broad knowledge of federal requirements, specifically the United States Department of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration.

  • Must have in-depth understanding of all federal, state and local procurement laws and guidelines affecting the RTA.

  • Demonstrated supervisory/oversight experience required.

  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification.

  • Certification through the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (49 C.F.R. Part 672).


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