Deputy Chief, Rail Safety Investigation

Washington D.C
Oct 13, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Transportation, Safety Management, Engineering, or a related field
    • In lieu of bachelor's degree, a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED), and four ( 4) years experience in Transportation, Safety Management, Engineering or a related field.

  • Minimum ten (10) years direct experience in a mass transportation system to include prior senior management and supervisory experience in a related safety function and extensive rail accident investigation experience

  • Possession of a valid motor operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence.

  • Master's degree in Transportation, Safety Management, Engineering, or a related field
  • Certified Safety Specialist or Certified Safety & Security Director designation from the World Safety Organization
  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certificate designation from the Transportation Safety Institute.
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) of Certified Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • Professional Engineer (PE)

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 Deputy Chief, Rail Safety and Investigations oversees comprehensive investigations to determine the root cause of accidents/incidents and contributing factors. The incumbent recommends corrective actions required to eliminate or significantly reduce the potential for reoccurrence. This job also entails the preparation of comprehensive incident/accident reports. This role has significant influence on the company's overall performance in the areas of rail safety and associated structures for the rail system. The Deputy Chief, Rail and Investigations is also responsible for maintaining effective workplace safety programs to maintain a positive safety culture. The incumbent must be willing to work varied day/night shifts based on operational needs of the Authority.

  • Leads detailed investigations, to determine root cause of accidents/incidents and prepares comprehensive investigation reports.
  • Develops and institutes procedures governing accident investigation with follow-up, data analysis, prevention programs, procedures and verification of implementation.
  • Provides regular written reports, as well as other production-related results and updates to the Executive Vice President & Chief Safety Officer and Vice President & Assistant Chief Safety Officer.
  • Reviews internal safety policies and practices to ensure they are current and appropriate; conducts hazard and risk assessments and develops new or, where necessary, amends safety policies and procedures.
  • Develops and provides technical and administrative direction on all safety policies and programs which bear critical importance to the Authority's corporate objectives and operations.
  • Directs implementation of strategies to effectively resolve Safety issues negatively impacting all areas within scope of responsibility.
  • Directs and coordinates the oversight of the Authority's compliance with the standards and regulations of the following agencies; Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC), Federal Transit Administration (FTA); and the regulatory agencies of the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and local jurisdictions.
  • 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