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Chief Safety and Security Officer

Hampton Roads Transit

Norfolk, Virginia 23504
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Position:              Chief Safety and Security Officer
Department:       Safety and Security
Reports To:         President and CEO    
Salary:                 Negotiable
Oversees development and administration, and ensures agency-wide coverage and consistency in developing and managing safety and security administrative processes for rail and bus services; advocates and promotes a strong safety and security culture within the agency with regard to transportation services, capital programs, facility operations and maintenance, worksite procedures, employees and customers.
Essential Job Functions:
  • Fosters a safety culture.
  • Provides direction in the development and implementation of comprehensive programs designed to support the organization’s goals, objectives, and short and long-term strategies.
  • Performs as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective interfaces and integration of activities with other organizational units, and attainment of agency performance measures.
  • Ensure the development and completion of the rail certification with regards to safety and security, in accordance with 49CFR, Part 659.
  • Provides accurate and current information to the President and CEO and Executive Team regarding the progress made towards completion of all safety and security tasks necessary for the start of LRT; makes recommendations and takes necessary steps towards corrective actions and/or further work to be completed for safety certification.
  • Supports all departments within HRT by addressing safety and security issues, facilitating training opportunities, and distributing information on all matters related to safety and security
  • Conducts research and compiles information necessary to develop company policy and SOPs for the implementation and management of comprehensive safety and security programs for HRT.
  • Reviews reports, and other technical documentation, to support the needs of all departments in the areas of safety and security, including summarizing requirements and identifying deliverables for departmental response; coordinates with all departments to ensure uniform application of safety and security policies and practices; coordinates and performs on-site safety and security reviews.
  • Supports all departments within HRT by recommending training, and distributing information on all matters related to operational safety and security, as well as work site safety and security.
  • Promotes safety as agency’s number 1 priority in decision-making, reporting, learning, mitigation and follow up.  Zero tolerance for unsafe conditions and acts.  Promotes a continuous improvement of safety culture.
  • Develops and monitors operating budgets and coordinates purchase requirements.
  • Coordinates with the Operations and Human Resources departments and labor union representatives to address working conditions relative to safety and security, properly administer the labor agreement, and enhance employer/union relations.
  • Oversees assignment of personnel; provides direction, verbal or written feedback, and evaluates performance of subordinate personnel; responsible for employee development.
  • Responsible for reviewing, implementing, and updating Emergency Operations Procedures relating to safety
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills essential to Job Functions:
  • Individual must have a strong working knowledge, or ability to quickly gain knowledge, of transit agency capital projects, safety programs, and the FTA/VDRPT requirements for safety certification of fixed guideway transit systems; should also possess general knowledge of OSHA regulations as related to general and heavy construction with the intent of becoming the senior agency expert on the subject; must maintain general knowledge and application of safety policies and procedures as they relate to the operational and structural needs of the entire HRT organization.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of program administration specifically:  Safety Management Systems and Security and Emergency Management
  • Acquires new knowledge and learns new ways of solving problem, thinks and plans strategically, visualizes and communicates a vision, models desired behavior, drives organizational change, recognition and development of staff potential, pro-actively addresses performance issues.
  • Must be familiar with NFPA 130 and its application to light rail systems.
  • Must demonstrate effective supervisory skills and experience in a multi-discipline, matrix organization; excellent coordination and people skills, including the abiproactivelyblish and maintain working relationships with management, members of the Commission, elected officials, leadership of other government agencies, HRT retained contractors and consultants as well as with other public and private organizations.
  • Must demonstrate high levels of patience, diplomacy, tact and courtesy in achieving good interpersonal relations and effective coordination with all categories of staff and conscientiously work to resolve conflicts and develop “work-around” strategies to keep the overall project on schedule with regard to safety certification and safety issues.
  • Effective collaborator and network builder, persuasive, sensitivity to situation and individuals.
  • Must develop and maintain an understanding of HRT organizational functions, policies, and procedures and integrate as required into the rail safety certification process.
  • Must be able to formulate, develop, implement, and administer policies and procedures related to safety policy.
  • Demonstrate skills with software programs for entering, organizing, and retrieving data using computerized spreadsheets and databases, in preparing reports, presentations and correspondence using word processing and other software, including PowerPoint and the internet for research, communication (including email) and data exchange.
  • Ability to train others in safe practices and work rules, either individually or as a classroom instructor.
  • Ability to plan, review, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate managers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse workforce.
  • The incumbent must be able to read, write and fluently speak the English language.
  • Skilled in written and spoken communication of administrative and technical data with strong grammar/spelling knowledge sufficient to screen own work as well as that of others;
  • Must be able to create, develop, and deliver accurate and effective presentations;
  • Good telephone skills and presence.
Required Software Knowledge and Skills essential to Job Functions:
Proficiency in using computer systems and the listed software applications associated with performance of assigned work is essential.  Basic problem solving skills associated with software applications used is expected.   Software usage relevant to job duties will be evaluated.
Software applications:
Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
Training and/or Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Business Administration, Project Administration, or related field; specialized training in safety administration or construction safety inspection; specialized training in document management and meeting facilitation preferred; may be required to obtain Safety Certification or additional safety training to better serve the agency at HRT’s expense.
Required Experience:
Minimum of three-five years of progressive experience in a transit agency environment requiring independent analysis and action; progressively responsible middle or senior management experience in safety and security; specific experience with rail safety operations required; significant experience with software programs related to database management; three years experience monitoring and/or investigating safety practices or incidents; demonstrated satisfactory written and oral communication skills in prior positions with fluent command of English to effectively compose and edit technical documents; ability to independently research technical documents, interpret and organize data and information as required; ability to facilitate meetings and obtain consensus;  Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted.
Licenses or Certificates:
  • Virginia Driver’s License
  • Status as Certified Engineer Technician or Certified Safety Professional optional.
Special Requirements:
  • This position is classified as essential personnel.
  • Must be able to pass federal government background screening process for local military installation access
FLSA Status:
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Work may occur at field locations under construction requiring Personal Protective Equipment, which require walking on rough and irregular surfaces, climbing ladders and scaffolds to reach work locations, and operation of motorized vehicles.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Unusual Demands:
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Work involves meeting multiple demands on a timely basis.  Duties may require some seasonal overtime.  May require evening and/or weekend work.

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