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Title: Safety Manager (Safety Officer)
Company: Durham City Transit Company dba GoDurham
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 135847
Reporting to the General Manager, the Safety Manager (Safety Officer) is responsible for supporting the achievement of company safety expectations and goals.

Establishes and promotes a safe, accident free, and healthy work environment. Ensures compliance with County, local, state, and federal regulations regarding transit operations such as vehicle safety and appropriate driver certifications. Conducts regular safety meetings with applicable staff with emphasis on prevention of accidents and mitigation of risks.


Knowledge: Must have thorough understanding of Durham area and of GoDurham transit operations and related regulations. Post-secondary training in safety, training, or related fields is desired.

Bachelor’s degree in related field a plus. Demonstrated understanding of federal and state safety laws essential. Certifications in Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) and/or Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) desired.

Experience: Three years of experience in workplace safety and/or transit operations is desired. Prior experience in a supervisory or leadership position is a plus. Experience conducting investigations into accidents and/or safety incidents, delivering training and performing safety inspections desired.

Internal candidate’s personnel and attendance records will be reviewed for compliance with company policies and procedures.

Skills: Must have well-refined verbal and written communications skills. Organization skills and self-directed work ethic are essential. Must be a strong communicator with effective listening skills. Able to prepare and present clear, concise, and accurate reports to members of management. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel programs is required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: Must have the ability to work the hours and days required to complete the essential functions of the position, as scheduled, including occasional nights and weekends. Vision, hearing, speech, and manual dexterity are required. A valid North Carolina CDL driver’s license is necessary. Must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret general information concerning organizational needs and operations. Other normal office-related physical demands may be necessary.

Mental Demands: Must have the ability to listen, reason, think, concentrate, and interact with others. The ability to exercise self-control and work under stressful conditions is necessary, particularly in employee relations situations.

  • Participates in the investigation of accidents and injuries and cooperates in the preparation of material and evidence for use in hearings, lawsuits, and insurance investigations.

  • Formulates general safety policies and procedures to be followed in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations; Ensures that drivers meet and comply with all federal, state, and local health and safety regulations, including CDL requirements.

  • Working within budget, develops and implements incentive programs to support safe operations and achievement of safety targets.

  • Understands and applies meaningful operations and safety performance metrics.

  • Leads Safety Committee and works with Operators to establish and maintain a strong safety culture including participation on committees, helping to organize safety displays, managing safety incentive programs, organizing & conducting bus rodeo, assisting with Employee-of-the-Month program, and similar activities.

  • Trains employees as necessary to ensure safe and reliable operations within contractual guidelines, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and applicable state regulations and laws.

  • Coaches, mentors, and develops employees to meet position and safety objectives.

  • Conducts the monthly safety training modules for all employees and determines additional safety training needs.

  • Administers and implements all safety programs. Identifies and analyzes risk trends and problems with a focus on proposing solutions to management.

  • Observe employees and work environment conditions for any safety issues and corrects and reports them to General Manager immediately.

  • Oversee entire company safety training programs, Operator Qualifications, Drug/Alcohol Testing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) law and regulations.

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