Job Details

Valley Metro: Manager Bus Transit Safety


FLSA: Exempt position, not eligible for overtime compensation.


The Valley Metro Bus Transit Safety Manager reports directly to the Director of Safety Security and Quality Assurance (SSQA). The Manager plans, develops, administers, implements, evaluates and modifies a comprehensive agency safety plan to ensure a safe transit environment for bus transit passengers, visitors, employees and facilities. Confers with and coordinates program activities with internal stakeholders, member agencies, SSQA Director and other federal, state and local agencies to administer Valley Metro’s Non-Rail Public Transportation Agency Safety plan.


Incumbents may be subjected to travel
Considerable field work required with exposure to varied climate conditions 
Subject to normal garage/shop hazards such as noise, dust, grease, moving vehicles, etc.

Primary Duties

  • The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
  • Plans, develops, implements, administers and modifies a comprehensive Agency Safety Plan in conjunction with a Safety Management System (SMS) to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Prepares and administers the program's budget; and coordinates activities and the preparation of funding applications, audits, reports and other documentation required for receiving federal and state funding.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of safety training on topics requiring bus-transit safety subject matter expertise. Conducts or provides for safety training up to and including, CPR/AED, emergency evacuation plans, and safety programs for new employees.
  • Oversees the coordination of safety activities for Valley Metro Bus Operations, Van Pool, and Paratransit.
  • Manages and responds to safety related events and provides emergency response on a 24-hour on-call basis.
  • Develops, implements, and improves programs, plans, policies, procedures, and strategies for preventing injuries and accidents. Serves as liaison with Valley Metro member agencies, Director SSQA, and other federal, state and local agencies.
  • Acts as liaison and works collaboratively with bus operations in implementing SMS and performs safety audits, inspections, and investigations to ensure best practices are utilized.
  • Monitors legislative and other developments that effect the bus safety program; evaluates alternatives and develops and recommends policy, staffing and procedural changes to meet defined needs; modifies program plans and associated documents as required; ensures that all changes are distributed to the proper authorities, contractors and staff.
  • Oversees all aspects of Valley Metro's Non-Rail Agency Safety Plan and Safety Management System (SMS) elements in such diverse areas as workplace occupational safety; identifies workplace hazards at facilities and provides corrective action alternatives that comply with federal and state required Safety, Health and Environmental programs.
  • Investigates safety and health complaints submitted by management, employees, committee members, and the public and/or regulatory agencies; concurrent accident investigations, supplemental reporting and risk analysis assessment; evaluates concerns and alternatives, resolves complaints and makes recommendations to senior management for corrective action.
  • Serves as liaison with federal, state, and local emergency and police/fire services personnel on issues of safety and compliance with the system operating procedures.
  • Maintains accurate records and files related to the program.
  • Reviews safety related procurements and vehicle procurements.
  • Reviews plans for new construction and modification to existing structures.
  • Provides leadership, vision, and guidance for Valley Metro Safety programs.
  • Conducts scheduled and unscheduled inspections of Valley Metro and contractor work sites, facilities and locations to ensure staff and contractor compliance with program standards, contract requirements, and applicable laws, codes, regulations and guidelines.
  • Observes work in progress, documentation and equipment performance to ensure processes and procedures are followed and remain effective. Documents deficiencies, non-compliance and violations of federal, state or local regulations and codes; makes recommendations for corrective actions and monitors the situation and/or issue until final resolution.
  • Works with the Rail Safety Manager, Security Manager and Bus Safety Coordinator to analyze threats and vulnerabilities of Valley Metro owned and leased facilities, including the transit system and its assets; notifies management and applicable stake holders of risks; provides recommendations to management for mitigating risks; and develops and implements plans, processes and/or procedures as required.
  • Confers with and coordinates activities with rail staff, security staff, contractor staff, and public agencies to establish and implement an emergency action plan that complies with federal requirements and meets the need of state and local emergency operations center during a crisis situation.
  • Supervises the Bus Safety Coordinator and provides safety oversight of the fixed-route transportation contractor(s).
  • Maintains and analyzes performance metrics; conducts analytical studies; develops and reviews reports of findings, alternatives and recommendations.  
  • Participates in/on a variety of meetings, professional organizations, committees, and other related groups.
  • Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; establishes appropriate services, staffing levels, and resource allocations Performs other related duties as assigned.

Desired Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Safety or a field related to the work, AND five (5) years of progressively responsible professional-level experience related to the area of assignment, including two (2) years of supervisory experience in an area related to assigned program; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties.
  • Licenses / Certifications  Certification as described in Final Rule 49 CFR Part 672 is highly preferred  Valid Arizona Driver's License - Class B with P Endorsement desired   Applicants with OSHA level certification (30-hour or higher) preferred 

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • 49 CFR Part 673 – Public Transportation Safety Plan, and principles of SMS Emergency Preparedness
  • 49 CFR Part 40 – Drug & Alcohol testing Programs
  • General knowledge of transit operations, facilities, vehicles, rules and procedures desired
  • Principles and practices of technical writing
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulations and requirements
  • Budget development and administration
  • Federal security, safety and environmental regulations and standards
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes & Standards
  • Computer applications related to the work
  • Administering a complex and critical safety program; experience in a public transit setting is required.
  • Eliminating safety hazards through the management of a systematic approach incorporating promotion of safe work practices.
  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Training others in policies and procedures related to the work
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws related to the areas of responsibility
  • Managing projects
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, plans, policies, procedures and other written materials.
  • Exhibit enlightened leadership principles and effective employee direction
  • Incorporate innovative business practices and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Salary Range

$81,191.00 to $121,787.00
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