Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HAA ($141,918.40 - $177,923.20 - $213,907.20)
Job Summary
Directs, plans, and manages Metro′s Bus and Rail Safety Management System (SMS) programs, Construction Safety program, and Occupational Health and Safety programs; or Metro′s Transit Asset Management (TAM) program or Metro′s Risk program; plans, directs, manages, and monitors the performance of staff and operations related to risk, safety, or asset management; ensures compliance with applicable risk, safety, or asset management policies and statutory regulations; and coordinates risk, safety, or asset management efforts throughout the agency.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides guidance and directs Metro activities to be in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Oversees and directs all agency safety functions and compliance activities for Metro, including Transit Operations Safety programs and Occupational Health and Safety programs, risk management programs, or asset management objectives and initiatives, including compliance with FTA (Federal Transit Administration) TAM Rulemaking
  • Directs the development, implementation, administration, and review of Metro′s comprehensive construction risk, safety, or asset management programs and plans
  • Establishes and implements long-range safety goals, budgets, plans and priorities, KPI′s (Key Performance Indicators), and standards of performance
  • Advises and makes recommendations to management on safety and related environmental matters
  • Conducts trend analysis of safety events, incidents, and hazards; recommends and implements strategies to mitigate and improve negative trends
  • Directs comprehensive transportation safety design reviews to identify and mitigate hazards in facilities, systems, vehicles, and equipment design and implementation
  • Provides direction for development and revision of risk, safety, or asset management policies and procedures
  • Establishes programs to oversee the Third-Party Administrator (TPA) for Claims, including an audit and subrogation program
  • Supports settlement recommendations at Board Closed Session
  • Establishes training programs for TPA staff and oversees implementation
  • Develops strategies to minimize exposure at settlement conferences and mediations
  • Oversees the development of workers′ compensation programs to reduce claims and control loses
  • Oversees establishment and implementation of transitional duty programs
  • Makes recommendations to management on operations risk, safety, or asset management issues
  • Directs all inter-departmental safety task forces, peer reviews, and committees, and represents Metro with outside agencies
  • Prepares and presents written and oral reports to management, the Board of Directors, outside agencies, and the public
  • Coordinates risk, safety, or asset management functions and projects with Metro departments
  • Develops and administers the department′s budget
  • Advises and assists executive management with studies, investigations, and analyses related to Asset Management′s capital condition assessment program, project administration, and FTA compliance
  • Represents Metro on risk, safety, or asset management issues at meetings, conferences, and public events
  • Ensures that department SMS Safety Plans are in compliance with applicable safety laws, rules, codes, and regulations, resources are effectively managed, and corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner to ensure compliance
  • Directs the conduct of studies, investigations, and analyses at the direction of the CEO (Chief Executive Officer), DCEO (Deputy Chief Executive Officer), Chief Risk, Safety and Asset Management Officer, or Executive Officer, including preparation of reports of findings and recommendations
  • Advises and coordinates with management to ensure that all safety, fire prevention, and environmental related activities are performed in accordance with the department SMS Safety Plans
  • Directs the management and coordination of Risk, Safety, or Asset Management consultants support, as required
  • Supervises staff engaged in coordinating and implementing risk, safety (injury, accident, and incident investigations and prevention), or asset management programs and processes
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)
  • Theories, principles, and practices of safety management, including transit safety, system operations safety, fire/life safety, construction safety, industrial hygiene, emergency management, occupational health, transit operations, planning, finance, maintenance, and transit asset management
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transit and employee safety
  • Budgeting and funding for a public transportation agency, including FTA policies
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Design/build construction and planning for new construction
  • Organizational behavior and development
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing transit projects
  • Business process improvement and change implementation
  • Bus and rail systems and facilities designs
  • Safety certification programs
  • SMS and hazard management systems principles and practices
  • Elements of tort law
  • Strategies and procedures of case settlements
  • Fundamentals of self-insurance for workers′ compensation program
  • Applicable local, state, and federal, laws, rules, and regulations of workers' compensation, disability, and vocational rehabilitation
  • Modern leadership and management theories and practices

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Planning, organizing, and directing the work of a department with various organizational functions
  • Devising, planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing programs and plans which will increase proficiency in risk, safety, or asset management
  • Overseeing the performance of safety inspections to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations
  • Motivating employees to practice safe work methods
  • Planning financial and staffing needs
  • Establishing and implementing relevant policies and procedures
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals and department′s mission
  • Collecting data, analyzing situations, establishing facts, defining problems, drawing valid conclusions, developing and implementing solutions that address the issue, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creative decision making in emergency situations
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees, public officials, and outside representatives
  • Providing leadership
  • Managing, supervising, training, developing, and motivating assigned staff
  • Using applicable business software applications

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Manage time and staff effectively and provide oversight of multiple projects
  • Build effective teams
  • Work independently in a highly structured environment
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Make presentations before the Board of Directors and outside representatives
  • Represent Metro before elected officials and the public
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • Bachelor′s Degree in Safety, Public Administration, Engineering, Business Administration, Risk Management, Construction Management, Planning, or a related field; Master's degree in a related field preferred

  • Five years of relevant senior management-level experience administering risk, safety, or asset management programs and plans involving major transportation operations

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Transportation Safety Institute World Safety Organization-Certified Safety and Security Director (WSO-CSSD) preferred
  • Professional Engineering License preferred
  • Advanced Safety Certificate (ASC) preferred
  • Associate/Certified Safety Professional (ASP/CSP) preferred
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) preferred
  • Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) preferred
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Certificate preferred
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) preferred
  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification preferred
  • Available 24 hours, 7 days a week
Special Conditions
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen
  • High dust, dirt, and/or grease environment
  • High noise environment
  • Work on elevated surfaces or below ground level
  • Work on slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals, solvents, and/or gases
  • Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles
  • Exposure to radiant or electrical energy (e.g., ionizing radiation, overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, etc.)
  • Exposure to outdoor weather including extreme heat, cold, dampness and/or humidity
  • Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear
  • Work irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, or 24-hour-a-day on-call assignments
  • Work after designated regular hours in case of special assignments or emergencies

Physical Effort Required
  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Climbing (e.g., ladders, scaffolds, stairs, poles, into vehicles, etc.)
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.