Region Safety Director (34274)

First Student is a leader in transportation of children K-12.  As the largest provider of student transportation in North America, First Student is more than twice the size of the next largest competitor.  Industry-leading safety programs, strong customer relationships and service record are the key differentiators.

At First Student, the Region Safety Director provides safety oversight, day-to-day management, customer interface, and required reporting and compliance mandates (both internal and external) for a specific area within a region. They support the safety/security of all operational, facility and workshop activities within the region. They also provide the regional oversight to support compliance with all company, Federal, State, Provincial, Territorial and Client regulations. The Region Safety Director serves as the conduit for the collection and reporting of all safety performance related data from the region.

Region Safety Director Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the safe transportation of passengers to and from their destinations.
  • Measures and monitors compliance with company policies procedures, FTA, FMCSA, DOT, OSHA/OHS, DHS or other applicable Federal, State, Provincial, Territorial and Client regulations. This will include ensuring the training being conducted meets all First Group America Guidelines and is in keeping with best practices.
  • Coordinates the support, roll out and project management of all new safety initiatives, training and other safety activities within their region.
  • Builds positive relationships with employees, local school officials, parents and the community. Resolves safety concerns with employees, local school officials, parents, and the community..In conjunction with the AGM and ASM, supports fair and consistent recognition and/or corrective discipline.
  • Manages and collects all information and data from locations within the regions necessary to complete monthly safety reports in accordance with all deadlines. This includes the RSM preparing the actual reports.
  • Leads by example. Builds and maintains a strong positive Area/Location Safety teams through effective recruiting, on-boarding, training, coaching, team building and succession planning. Prepare and participate in the preparation of staff development plans for each Safety employee who is a member of the Area/Location Safety team. Assess the skills and skill levels necessary to achieve Location Safety objectives. Ensures all on-line learning courses required have been completed by location Safety staff including their own individual completion.
  • Works with the locations to ensure a proper analysis is conducted of each safety event occurring in the region which results in an injury to an employee, passenger, motorist, pedestrian etc. or any other serious safety event which may not have included an injury.
  • Identifies safety trends within the regions/locations and using the trend information to recommend corrective actions.
  • Trains the trainers, safety personnel and managers within the region on all safety programs.
  • Supports the development and creation of any regional written materials including, procedures, safety posters, safety alerts, lesson plans, power point presentations, etc.
  • Promotes new company initiatives and supports changes. Champions new changes or company initiatives within their region. Ensures all safety employees at the locations are supporting the changes or initiatives.
  • Assists with the Risk Department with management and legal support for injuries and collisions within the region. Participate on region claims review calls.
  • Has direct responsibility to ensure proper driving trainer staffing levels. Work closely with operations and HR to identify trainer needs and effectively administer driver onboarding.
  • Other responsibilities as requested or required


Region Safety Director Experience and Skills Required:

  • College degree preferred;
  • Safety certifications
  • OSHA 10-hr./30-hr. course highly recommended.
  • 7 years proven experience in Safety/transportation and/or student transportation or comparable service industry showing a consistent successful upward employment progression with multi-site responsibilities or 5+ years management experience
  • Collision Investigation training.
  • Demonstrate leadership, decision-making and team building skills
  • Strong proficiency in computer literacy essential with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Experience with other software such as timekeeping and payroll systems is preferred.
  • Advanced skills in technology used to manage the operation to include but not limited to FGA approved Smart technology, Apps, encrypted drives, shared drives and other Smart technology.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical and time management skills
  • Ability to interpret data and perform root cause analysis and assist others
  • State/Provincial Instructor Certification in at least one of the States/Provincial in the Region.
  • Certified Smith System Defensive Driving Instructor.
  • Must be able to lead behavioral change by motivating others and inspiring them to become safety leaders.
  • Travel required at least 80% of the time


First Student’s commitment to putting our customers first, dedication to safety, and an ambition to deliver dependable transportation makes for a working environment you’ll love. As a huge company with 120,000 staff and over 2.5 billion customers worldwide, you’ll also enjoy security, a brilliant future, and excellent training.


Apply today to join our team!

FirstGroup 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 or veteran status. FirstGroup is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, FirstGroup will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance.

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20923 - Little Rock
5400 Murray Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, 72209
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    First Student
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    Full Time
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