Senior Safety Specialist

Washington D.C
Nov 16, 2022
Dec 01, 2022
Full Time
On-Site Work Statement:

This is an on-site/in-person work opportunity.

Marketing Statement:

Come be an integral part of Metro's Safety Team as a Senior Safety Specialist. This position is a key member of the Safety Assurance division established to implement a robust Safety Management System (SMS). The Senior Safety Specialist serves as a safety subject matter expert for all transit modes offered at WMATA, directly interfacing with operations and maintenance personnel to identify and mitigate safety issues and ensure the effectiveness of those mitigations. The Senior Safety Specialist will also assist in planning and overseeing the activities of a diverse team of safety specialists to provide safety oversight to all WMATA operating departments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Systems Management, Safety Management, Engineering, or related field of study
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a high school diploma/GED and vocational or technical training in safety risk management and four (4) years of safety auditing, inspecting or compliance administration experience, in addition to the experience stated below (Experience Section), will be considered

  • Seven (7), years of experience with auditing, inspection, data management, and/or OSHA compliance, to include at least one (1) year in a lead or supervisory capacity

  • Valid driver's license
  • Roadway worker protection (RWP), level 2, within 6 months of hire and maintained for the duration of time in position

  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification
  • Experience with ISO Quality Management Systems
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Master's Degree in Systems Management, Engineering, Safety Management, or related field of study.

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The WMATA Senior Safety Specialist is a key member of the Safety Assurance division, established to implement a robust Safety Management System (SMS). The incumbent establishes, manages, monitors, analyzes, and reports on all potential safety hazardous sources and processes to ensure the Authority's practices are in compliance with federal, state, and local standards and regulations. The incumbent also supports departmental safety assurance initiatives for all modes that support the Authority's key performance indicators, as specified in the Agency Safety Plan (ASP). The incumbent may be called upon to perform its duties 24/7 including nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Conducts and facilitates operational Safety Assurance inspections and audit to determine WMATA's compliance and progress with operational safety processes.
  • Guides and performs field inspections and audits of departmental practices and operations and evaluates regulatory compliance to assess WMATA's compliance with regulatory compliance and provide and track recommended corrective actions to mitigate findings.
  • Participates in Safety Committees and other working groups and provides safety-related technical assistance to all departments, supporting WMATA's safety risk management and promoting aspects of the ASP).
  • Provides an oversight function to ensure that operating departments are tracking, and correcting deficiencies identified by safety assessments, ensuring risks are being mitigated and managed to protect employee and customer safety.
  • Leads response efforts to emergencies in the field and performs other assignments as requested. Ensures site activities are safely conducted and the required pertinent information is collected in the event of an investigation.
  • Regularly directs and performs targeted audits of personnel working in the field to evaluate compliance with critical safety related rules and procedures.
  • Guides members of the Operations Safety Oversight team by integrating people, processes, and tools to ensure that safety auditing/inspection activities reveal the root cause(s) and contributing factors, and that corrective actions are completed in a timely manner.
  • Regularly performs targeted audits of contract/construction personnel working in the field to evaluate compliance with critical safety related rules and procedures.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.