Deputy Director, Safety & Security

San Mateo County Transit District

Position #:  185
FLSA:  Exempt
Division:  Administrative
Safety Sensitive:  Yes
Department:  Safety & Security
Level: 21

For more information, call Jennifer Powers at 916-304-6661 or go online to apply

General: The Deputy Director, Safety & Security reports to the Director, Safety & Security and is responsible for analysis of bus and commuter railroad transit safety operations, security, and state of good repair for the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) and Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

Examples of Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for evaluating and identifying safety risks of safety systems involving buses and trains.
  • Develop safety improvement programs, safety promotion activities, and positive safety culture.
  • Facilitate annual audits conducted by APTA, FRA, and FTA, and assists in resolving audit findings to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • Responsible for the District’s Emergency Operation Center and Disaster Plan.
  • Monitor conformance to SamTrans and Caltrain’s policies, procedures, goals, and objectives related to safety, and security.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of SamTrans and Caltrain’s Safety Management System (SMS) and security programs.
  • Develop and administer programs regarding fatigue management and enterprise risk management.
  • Supervise staff. Hire, mentor, and take appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action.  Participate in selection, coordinate staff training, establish performance objectives, monitor and evaluate employee performance.

Examples of Duties:

  • Responsible for compliance of safety systems with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Occupational Safety Health (OSHA) standards and regulations.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance on of all safety and health policies and programs including industrial safety, industrial hygiene, construction safety, environmental safety, and vehicle safety aspects of the SamTrans and Caltrain Safety Management System (SMS), and other safety system programs.
  • Provide technical safety information including technical guidance and advice.
  • Conduct safety risk and hazard audits to uncover operational risks.
  • Monitor safety document controls including regulatory filling and reporting.
  • Oversee the Risk Register including ensuring that information is properly reported in the database.
  • Utilize human factor analysis, hazard analysis, peer reviews, safety culture surveys, and principles of high reliability organizing resiliency for operational safety and security.
  • Evaluate job performance of staff which also includes the professional development of staff through the identification of on-the-job and other professional development opportunities.
  • Perform all job duties and responsibilities in a safe manner to protect one’s self, fellow employees, and the public from injury or harm. Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervision:  Works under the general supervision of the Director, Safety & Security who establishes goals and objectives, monitors and evaluates performance.

Minimum Qualifications:  Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Development of the required knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through but not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Business Administration, or closely related field.
  • Six (6) years of professional experience managing safety-related programs in a transportation environment.
  • Three (3) years of experience in supervising professional and technical safety staff.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience with behavior-based or risk reduction safety programs is desirable.
  • Must possess effective written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Must possess a California driver’s license with a safe driving record.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Powers with questions or concerns at +1-916-304-6661.