Metra Director of Safety Opening



Director of Safety

Posting No.  774      REVISED           Posting Period:  October 28, 2016 – Open Until Filled
The hiring range for this position is $91,403 to $114,254. 


Summary of Duties

Reporting directly to the Chief Safety & Environmental Compliance Officer, the Director Safety will direct and oversee the activities of the safety division of Metra’s Safety & Environmental Compliance Department. This includes the creation of goals and objectives, utilization of staffing, staff development and resolution of personnel issues. Direct and oversee company activities that focus on ensuring compliance with established safety policies, safety action plans, system safety programs, and Federal, State and Local safety related regulations. In addition, support the organization in achieving accident and injury reduction goals. Collaborate with Metra’s Labor Management and Safety and Interactive Management (SIM) Committees to develop protocols; assist and coordinate with senior management, district directors and labor to ensure safety issues and SIM committee action items are addressed. Resolve safety-related labor/management complaints with unions and labor relations. Serve as liaison for the Safety & Environmental Compliance Department, Operations and Administration, as well as other departments with respect to day-to-day technical support and corrective action implementation plans for safety; review and analyze departmental data trends, recommend and develop corrective actions and procedures. Oversee the development of the annual Safety division audit plan to capture and audit compliance of safety critical rules and procedures, Metra’s System Safety Program Plan (SSPP), and regulatory requirements. Direct and oversee Metra’s regulatory compliance pertaining to safety with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), OSHA and other regulatory agencies as needed. Perform other related duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene OR in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in regulatory oversight, safety and environmental management. Advanced Degree preferred.
  2. In addition to #1, must have eight years (8) years of experience in a safety related field; specific experience with FRA regulated rail safety operations and compliance preferred.
  3. Must have five (5) years of direct supervisory experience.
  4. Must be General Code of Operating Rules and Metra Rules qualified OR have the ability to become rules qualified within 90 days of accepting the position.
  5. Able to possess and maintain a World Safety Organization (WSO) Certified Safety and Security Director (CSSD) or a Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Certified Safety Professional or Associate Certified Professional within 12 months of hire.
  6. Possess a wide-range of knowledge of the principles of transportation procedures and equipment including: vehicles, track, structures, facilities, power, signals, communication, and control systems.
  7. Extensive knowledge of railroad operating rules, federal and state regulations pertaining to the safe operation of railroads as detailed in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations.
  8. Knowledge of AAR and APTA standards is desirable.
  9. Extensive knowledge of operational safety and system safety engineering.
  10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills for presentations and briefings.
  11. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

All employees are responsible for performing their job safely and in accordance with the safety objectives, goals and program of the organization, ensuring compliance with applicable safety rules and regulations.

Other Important Information

Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Metra does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Selected candidates are subject to a physical examination/drug test and background check to verify information regarding education, employment, vehicle and criminal history.  Relocation is not available for this position.

Company Overview

Metra is one of the largest commuter rail systems in North America and provides commuter rail service between the downtown Chicago business district and 241 stations in northeastern Illinois, with over 11 routes totaling about 500 route miles.  Metra operates 700 weekday trains, providing more than 300,000 passenger trips a day.

Response Information

To apply for a position at Metra, please send your cover letter which must include the posting number, job title, and your resume to the following email. Please be sure to list the posting number and job title in the subject line of your email.


Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

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