Department Safety Coordinator

Jan 19, 2023
Jan 29, 2023
Full Time
Marketing Statement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA's) Department of Bus Transportation is seeking a Department Safety Coordinator to provide tactical support, to drive continuous improvement in the area of safety performance. This includes administration of a performance behavior analysis program, partnering with the division management and training teams to drive behavior change amongst bus operators, and working to identify and mitigate hazards. The Department Safety Coordinator will support the Program Manager, Safety and Performance Improvement in implementing and maintaining the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) mandated Safety Management System (SMS).

Our ideal candidate enjoys engaging with team members, working with data, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and values safe, reliable, public transportation. They possess the written and oral communication skills required to prepare and present reports to frontline team members and upper management alike. This position offers a flexible work schedule, including some telework days. Travel to different WMATA locations to conduct field visits is required.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Safety, Safety Management, Engineering, Transportation, Chemistry, Environmental Health or related field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of relevant safety experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be considered.

  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in safety management, to include experience conducting inspections, safety data review/management, and coordination with staff to support compliance with established safety policies and procedures.

  • Possession of or ability to rapidly obtain a valid motor vehicle operator's permit

Preferred (Acquired within 24 months of hire and maintained for duration of time in job)
  • USDOT Transportation Institute Transit (TSI) Safety and Security Program (TSSP-Rail and/or TSSP-Bus) certification
  • World Safety Organization Certified Safety Specialist or certification as a Certified Safety Professional

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.


The Department Safety Coordinator executes tasks and deliverables in support of the department's safety programs and initiatives, including the Safety Management System (SMS). The incumbent, conducts safety inspections, identifies and addresses deficiencies in adherence to established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), and supports accident/incident investigations, independently and in collaboration with Corporate Safety. To proactively identify and mitigate hazards, the incumbent reviews accidents/incidents and other safety data daily, partners with local safety committees and makes recommendations to address/resolve unsafe behaviors and workplace conditions. A significant portion of this position's responsibilities require travel/visits to field locations.

  • Performs and leads the implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS) to include capturing new risks, mitigations, and administrating a Good Faith Challenge program.
  • Performs site visits to all assigned Operations facilities to conduct safety inspections and audits, in conjunction with and independently of the Corporate Safety office, which must be formally documented and communicated.
  • Acts as liaison between WMATA departments and corporate safety to identify and address safety concerns appropriately.
  • Ensures monthly reports are forwarded to Safety Committees in a timely manner outlining OSHA injury and accident statistics as well as Local Safety Committee minutes, safety observations and special project updates.
  • Develops task listing for job hazard analysis program.
  • Develops and follows up on all related Safety projects, and tasks within assigned Operations department/office.
  • Recommends safety related training courses, tracks attendees and coordinates completion with appropriate management personnel.
  • Ensures that toxic or unhealthful products are not used in work processes in coordination with Environmental Management and Compliance (SAFE/EMAC).
  • Provides input and subject matter expertise into the development and update of safety related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Plans and coordinates input from Corporate Safety.
  • Develops departmental Safety Reports and Bulletins, providing status and progress updates on initiatives and measures tracked as part of departmental safety programs.
  • Collaborates with departmental analyst on development and management of information reporting systems in support of hazard analysis, statistical analysis and trend analysis of identified safety deficiencies.
  • Serves as project manager for assigned departmental safety related projects.
  • Recommends, develops and coordinates intervention strategies to resolve identified unsafe acts and conditions observed in the workplace. Develops action plans to identify and initiate corrective actions of safety hazards.
  • Provides input into the scope of work for safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), collaborating with applicable departmental staff and Corporate Safety. Supports timely delivery, installation and training on the use of this equipment. Coordinates final approval of all PPE with Corporate Safety.

  • Based on the department, will lead or participates in all departmental, and local Safety Committee meetings.
  • Ensures timely updates to monthly "Rules of the Day", bi-weekly safety bulletins, quarterly newsletter and other materials to support the department's Safety Programs.
  • Conducts safety compliance audits throughout assigned area of responsibility.

The functions 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.

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