Safety Mgmt System Manager

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Nov 01, 2020
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.


System Safety

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2020 current employee cost $150.44 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$126,628.91/annually - $164,617.46/annually AFSCME Band H
Initial salary will be between $126,628.91 - $145,623.00 depending on experience and education.

Posted Date

September 18, 2020

Closing Date

Open until filled

Reports To

J. Lau, Chief Safety Officer

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

The successful incumbent will be responsible for implementing, monitoring, and managing the Safety Management System (SMS) throughout the District. The incumbent will act as a program-manager-level safety professional who engages all District employees on the BART Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP), trains and educates them with regular safety communications and training sessions, develops and maintains a District-wide safety performance dashboard, and manages the employee safety reporting program and safety risk management program, both of which comprise the BART's SMS. In addition, the incumbent is expected to exercise considerable latitude and independent judgment within District and department policies, procedures, objectives, management direction, principles and practices of the field.
The incumbent will also assist the Chief Safety Officer in the performance of complex safety activities including those required by regulatory agencies like the CPUC, Cal/OSHA, and FTA.

Essential Job Functions

Manages all aspects of the planning, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the District's Safety Management System (SMS) programs and Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) in accordance with CPUC and FTA requirements; identifying safety management implementation system issues and concerns and address these effectively with agency stakeholders.
Conducts the District's outreach activities and delivers SMS training to engage and educate employees and produce safety communications for all levels within the District.
Engages all employees from top to bottom, across all departments District-wide to promulgate the establishment, value, and benefits of BART SMS and support the transition from the current Safety System Safety Program Plan to the new PTASP.
Leads efforts to ensure a robust safety hazard management program to include accident/incident investigations, hazard and risk assessments, and corrective measures to mitigate identified hazard/risk; ensures the District's hazard and risk assessment activities are implemented and applied to ensure continuous improvement.
Manages the annual review and update of BART PTASP and annual Certification of Compliance per FTA rule.
Develops SMS statistical reports on safety performance data and other records.
Administers SMS-related goals, objectives, policies, procedures and recommend changes as required.
Provides responsible staff assistance to the Chief Safety Officer.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in safety engineering, industrial hygiene or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional safety management system programs or related experience.
Additional professional safety programs experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Other Requirements:
- Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
- Must have completed or complete within 3 years the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program per 49 CFR Part 672.
- Must be willing and able to work off-hours shifts, holidays and weekends.
- Must respond to afterhours incidents and perform field activities including (but not limited to) accessing the BART operating right-of-way, climbing on and off rail equipment, climbing ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, and visiting construction sites.
- Must complete an Incident Command System Training including ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, and IS 700 and 800 by the completion of the probationary period.
- Transit Safety and Security Program certification desirable.
Environmental Conditions:
Office environment; exposure to computer screens; field or shop environment; exposure to heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions.
Physical Conditions:
Must be physically able to conduct field activities which may include (but are not limited to) accessing the BART operating right-of-way, climbing on and off rail equipment, climbing ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, visiting construction sites and operating a motor vehicle.
Knowledge of:
- Operational characteristics, services and activities of a transportation safety program
- Principles and practices of transportation safety and safety engineering
- Principles and practices of program development and administration
- Methods and techniques of safety inspection and investigation
- Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
- Methods and techniques of accident investigation
- Operating principles of rail transportation systems
- Functions and authority of regulatory agencies in relation to operations safety
- Emergency response policies and procedures
- Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
Skill/Ability in:
- Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive transportation safety program
- Conducting safety audits on the performance of rail operations and activities
- Investigating and analyzing accident and incidents
- Participating in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures
- Preparing and administering large program budgets
- Reading and interpreting schematic diagrams and plans
- Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports
- Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals
- Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques
- Evaluating operations safety features
- Interpreting and applying Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations
- Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

Selection Process

This position is represented by American Federation of  State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met.  Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.

The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements.  Pre-employment processing will also include a background check.  (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)

The selection process for this position will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at  Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.   

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART.  Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688. 

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties.  On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at .

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.


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Job Address

Oakland, California United States View Map