Senior Director, Safety (29912)


First Transit is a leading provider of transportation contract and management services, moving more than 350 million passengers annually. First Transit employs more than 19,500 dedicated transit professionals through fixed-route, paratransit, college/airport shuttle services and rail operations at more than 300 locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama and India. With a dedication to safety and outstanding customer service, First Transit sets itself apart from other providers in the industry.


Position Title: Senior Director, Safety (West Region)


Job Purpose or Scope of Job:

  • Provides leadership and direction of safety functions for First Transit operations as well as oversight of the company’s overall safety programs. Directs the establishment, implementation, maintenance of policies and programs instrumental to a safe work environment. Ensures compliance with company policies, state/provincial, local, federal regulations and requirements as they relate to safety and security. Oversight of Driver Training Programs, DMO, and BeSafe Training

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Manages and guides the focus of the Regional Safety Managers (RSM) and understands what issues/problems are occurring at their locations.
  • Supports implementation of ADI recommendations at assigned locations, liaison between field and Senior Vice President of Safety for ADI project roll out, assessment and evaluation of safety staffing supervision, training roll-out support, follow-up location coaching, leading indicators adoption and understanding, support Injury Prevention Reshape Act.
  • Provides support and guidance to help RSM team ensure compliance with DOT, OSHA, SOPs, State/Provincial, NDTP, DMO, and BeSafe training.
  • Helps guide the RSM team in the predictive identification and highlighting of conditions/circumstances warranting management attention prior to the occurrence of a safety or operational security event. Thereby fulfilling the organizational role of independent SME safety advisor for the region/company.
  • Provides oversight to RSM team to help ensure learning takes place by guiding their performance of investigations and RCAs for all significant safety events, this includes coordinating and sharing with corporate safety team
  • Reviews RSM audit results to identify trends and plan Remedial Actions. Ensures audits are conducted at every location and timely Action Plan follow up.
  • Supports region activities/response for safety events, risk management and legal issues
  • Travel required at least 60% of the time.

Minimum Education & Certifications Required: 

  • College Degree strongly preferred, Equivalent work experience

Experience & Skills Required:

  • Minimum 10 years Experience (Transportation industry preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years Safety Experience
  • Expert in Word, Excel, Power Point and corporate databases
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including platform traveling experience
  • Detailed knowledge of regulatory safety and security regulations
  • Must be able to lead behavioral change by motivating others and inspiring them to become safety leaders

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions (include amount of travel):

  • Incumbent must be able to move about the office and between floors; utilize standard office equipment; access filing system/cabinets; and communicate effectively and efficiently in person or by telephone.
  • Travel required at least 60% of the time 
  • Position will ideally be located in Portland, Seattle,Vancouver or Phoenix 

List any additional measures applicable to this position:

  • Ability to understand and interpret regulatory rules and regulations. Interpret audit findings and assist in action plan process. Experience with CBA’s and labor disputes. FTA/FMCSA Substance Abuse Program, Media Relations Training Course, OSHA 30 Hour Course


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

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



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55965 - First Transit Corporate Safety (Portland)
., Portland, OR, United States, 97218
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    First Transit
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