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Sr. Safety Systems Coordinator Featured

  2023-09-07     TriMet     4012 SE 17th Ave     122,923 year  

The Senior Safety System Coordinator leads and supports TriMet's agency-wide systems and occupational health and safety programs, promoting a culture of safety for employees and contractors. 

They perform journey-level work to help ensure that TriMet maintains compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. The Senior Safety System Coordinator supports each agency function in identifying hazards, assisting in developing mitigation strategies and conducting system assurance audits to support the communications between front-line employees and management to assure agency commitment to safety remains as a core value, which guides all aspects of our work. 

Other duties may include leading and supporting TriMet's Engineering and Construction Division in all aspects of its Construction Safety Programs, including accomplishing safety certification program goals from design to construction and commissioning on various projects throughout the TriMet system. The Senior Safety System Coordinator provides guidance to System Safety Specialists and assists department leadership with safety management system initiatives and goals.

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.
Serve as a good steward of TriMet by regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers’ experiences and of TriMet’s product and service offerings.

Essential Functions

  1. Create policies and procedures to assure implementation and monitoring of various safety management systems (SMS) programs at TriMet’s rail and bus operations and maintenance facilities, right of way rail alignments and corridors, capital project and engineering construction sites.
  2. Act as subject matter expert and provide technical assistance with interpreting rules, regulations and industry best practices in support of department programs.
  3. Lead the development of a safety surveillance and inspections program of TriMet assets, properties and construction sites to assure accountability and compliance with federal, state and local requirements and safety best practices guidelines.  
  4. Provide internal safety technical assistance for hazard identification and mitigation; suggesting resolutions for agency programs, policies and/or procedures. Assist projects with tracking and resolution of safety hazards, security threats and vulnerabilities identified in pre-construction studies and from any on-site observations.
  5. Participates on a variety of committees to include but not limited to Safety and Security Certification related committees, Fire/Life Safety Committee,  Rail Activation Committees, Operational committees and others as assigned to provide safety-related technical guidance and advance safety program goals.
  6. Act as senior investigator for TriMet incidents, accidents, near-misses, and hazardous conditions or unusual occurrences. Document results, facilitate corrective actions plans, and act as agency liaison with regulatory entities. Evaluate effectiveness of contractor and subcontractors Incident Investigation & Reporting practices to ensure that project activities are completed as per contract, TriMet Construction Safety Program and according to applicable the Site-Specific Safety Plan. Provide technical guidance when required.
  7. Provide guidance and support in developing safety management system and occupational safety training according to agency needs and/or Agency Safety Plan.
  8. Lead development and implementation of the safety auditing process and conduct workplace safety audits, ensuring that TriMet remains in compliance with local, state and federal legislation and to gauge effectiveness of agency-wide safety management system programs.
  9. Conducts technical reviews of project design and construction submittals; contractor site-specific safety plans, test plans and procedures to assure safe conditions and compliance to the TriMet Construction Safety Program
  10. Provide technical guidance on safety and security design criteria requirements for facilities, passenger and work vehicles, and infrastructure to be incorporated into capital designs and improvement projects, including equipment, to achieve District safety goals.
  11. Support the development, implementation and administration of Safety and Security Management Plans (SSMP) and Safety and Security Certification Programs (SSCP) for capital projects and improvements, as applicable, in accordance with Federal Transit Administration requirements.
  12. Provides technical supervision of staff and consultants involved with System Safety, Fire/Life Safety and System Assurance functions; and provides support to project start-up and testing.
  13. Be available and respond to serious accidents within the District's service area by participating in a rotating on-call duty schedule with each duty period lasting 24-hours a day over 7-days.
  14. Provide support on special projects for the division, this may include data analysis, report writing, preparing and conducting presentations.
  15. May assist in developing and/or conducting safety training. May be a lead for the Safety Management Information System.

Position Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree is required.

A Bachelor's degree in Safety, Engineering, Manufacturing, Aviation, Transportation, Risk Management, Industrial or Occupational Health is preferred.  

A Master's Degree in Safety, Engineering, Manufacturing, Aviation, Transportation, Risk Management , Science, Public Health, Industrial or Occupational Health or any a related field is preferred.
A minimum of four (4) years total credited experience are required.*

Four (4) years of experience in safety within transit, manufacturing, change management, large industrial/manufacturing operations or a similar industry are required.

Four (4) years of experience in the safety field, including: transportation, commuter or heavy rail, fleet safety, aviation, manufacturing, construction, oil and gas safety, public health, or other another applicable dedicated safety job role, are preferred.

Four (4) years of experience in safety management systems, change management, industrial hygiene, ISO lead auditor, project management, data analytics, six sigma, kaizen or lean manufacturing are preferred.

A TSSP - Transit Safety and Security Program (Bus and Rail) certification is required within 3 years of hire.

An ARM, OHST, CHST, STSC, ASP, CSP or CIH (Professional Safety Certification), OSHA 30-hour General Industry or Construction Industry Training, OSHA #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, OSHA #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction, or HAZWOPER Certification is preferred.

A current valid driver's license with clean driving record is required.

Or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the "credited experience".

Selection Criteria

Type of Position / Grade / FLSA
Grade 14, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time

Salary Range
Minimum: $81,948.00
Maximum: $122,923.00

Salary offers will be determined by a candidate’s education, training and relevant experience. Any final offer of employment will fall within the range stated above.  For transparency, we choose to list the full available grade range, however, TriMet’s salary administration process will ultimately determine the final salary offered.

Selection Process 
Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:
1. Application Review (please include: Cover Letter and Resume)
2. Panel Interviews
3. Reference Check

Supplemental Information
Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.
ADA Statement
As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet's accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee's preferred accommodation. 

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