Department Safety Coordinator (BTRA)

Oct 26, 2021
Oct 30, 2021
Full Time
Metro's Bus Transportation team is seeking to hire a Department Safety Coordinator specializing in the areas of Safety and Safety training. Our team is seeking someone to spearhead a multifaceted approach to improve workplace safety, driven by ongoing data analysis conducted in partnership with the Office of Transit Performance. The Department Safety Coordinator will use data to develop and implement targeted safety initiatives, revised procedures, and safety forums. Our ideal candidate enjoys engaging with team members, working 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. Broad knowledge of and experience in the following (or similar) areas are an asset:
  • Safety Audits
  • Safety initiatives
  • Safety Project Management
  • Database Management
  • Identifying Safety Hazards
  • Analytical Reporting
    This position offers a flexible work schedule, including some telework days. Travel to different WMATA locations to conduct field visits is required.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Safety, Safety Management, Engineering, Transportation, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related health science field.
  • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma and four (4) years of relevant safety experience may be considered.

  • Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in safety management, to include experience conducting the more complex investigations and developing requirements for special emphasis programs.

  • Possession of or ability to rapidly obtain a valid motor vehicle operator's permit issued from the jurisdiction of residence

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer, World Safety Organization Certified Safety Specialist or Certified Safety and Security Director, or certification as a Certified Safety Professional is preferred.

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.


This position is responsible for safety project management and developing programs geared toward the elimination of hazards, inspection and evaluation checklists and the augmentation of safety training in the offices of Bus/Rail. Responsible for the development of department policies, safety reports, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and recommends changes to existing policies and procedures. In concert with Corporate Safety, this role conducts investigations of department accidents/incidents and produces various reports of investigations and develops intervention strategies to resolve identified unsafe acts and conditions observed in the work place. This position is responsible for analyzing and evaluating complex safety problems and liaisons with Corporate Safety on all safety and environmental matters. A significant portion of this position's responsibilities require travel/visits to field locations.

  • Conducts specific audits of safety at Bus/Rail facilities.
  • Makes regular visits to all Bus/Rail facilities to conduct audits of safety in conjunction with and independently of the Corporate Safety office.
  • Acts as liaison between bus/rail 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 Bus/Rail related Safety projects.
  • Manages master databases (SMS and the training server as it relates to CPR, First Aid and defibrillator training).
  • Monitors master listing of "Required Safety Training" attendees and coordinates completion with appropriate management personnel.
  • Ensures that toxic or unhealthful products are not used in work processes in coordination with EMIH (SAFE).
  • Develops safety related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Plans with appropriate review and sign-off by Corporate Safety. Updates SOPs and policies as necessary to include the use of any new equipment.
  • Develops Bus/Rail Safety Reports and Programs.
  • Develops management information reporting systems in support of hazard analysis, statistical analysis and trend analysis of identified safety deficiencies.
  • Provides project management on all departmental safety related projects.
  • Develops intervention strategies to resolve identified unsafe acts and conditions observed in the work place. Develops action plans to identify and initiate corrective actions of safety hazards.
  • Initiates the procurement process for all safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), in concert with Corporate Safety, ensuring delivery and/or installation is completed timely and ensures employees are trained on the use of this equipment. Coordinates final approval of all PPE with Corporate Safety.
  • Ensures the inclusion of safety related documents on the department website.
  • Represents department at safety related conferences, meetings and other events to stay current with state-of-the-art technology in the safety engineering field.

  • Attends all departmental and local and Departmental Safety Committee meetings.
  • Ensures timely updates to monthly "Rules of the Day", bi-weekly safety bulletins, quarterly newsletter and Safety Program Overview.
  • Conducts safety compliance audits within Bus/Rail Services.

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.

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