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VALLEY METRO: Transit Safety Specialist


FLSA: Exempt position, not eligible for overtime compensation.


The Transit Safety Specialist performs, coordinates and monitors safety related functions to ensure compliance with safety programs including system safety, occupational safety, and construction safety, in the area of bus operations. Typical duties include: assisting with safety program development and implementation, conducting safety audits, inspecting facilities and investigating accidents/incidents.

As a member of the Valley Metro’s Safety, Security and Quality Assurance team, demonstrates the Agency’s Core Values of Whatever It Takes, Team Player and Positive Customer Care/Service in performance of daily duties


Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, fumes, odors, dusts, oils, extreme temperatures, and travel.

Work may require extended hours or call back in emergency situations. Night and weekend work on occasion and possible call out, response to bus incidents. .

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.
  • Implements and monitors occupational health and safety program activities including facility inspections, accident investigations and emergency planning; monitors program compliance with mandated laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Provides technical safety information and compliance requirements to management staff, employees, and contractors.
  • Provides safety support and oversight of Valley Metro's facilities, operating divisions, construction sites, contractors, equipment, and safety devices.
  • Conducts proactive inspections and graded audits to identify risks, and drive accountability by assigning corrective action plans and tracking timely closure.
  • Assists with safety oversight of Valley Metro departments, contractors, and construction projects, (if any and as necessary).
  • May represent the agency in internal and external safety meetings and committees to provide comprehensive technical advice.
  • Maintains records and ensures accuracy of all accident/injury reports.
  • Conducts research and monitors safety regulations to develop departmental safety policies and procedures and ensures their implementation.
  • Responds to safety related events and provides emergency response on a 24-hour on-call basis.
  • Acts as liaison and works collaboratively with field operations in implementing and monitoring activities related to the agency’s Safety Management System (SMS).
  • Supports Valley Metro’s SMS program by collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and areas of risk.
  • Assists with accident/incident investigations involving the public, contractors, and employees which involve Valley Metro personnel and/or property, determines the cause and provides solutions and reports as required to regulatory agencies.
  • Assists with the preparation of internal and external reporting requirements; maintains records and develops reports on new or ongoing programs and program effectiveness; prepares statistical reports as required.
  • Works to develop and maintain relationships with bus contractor leads and ensures compliance with safety program requirements.
  • Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Desired Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Engineering, or related field and two (2) years of experience conducting safety program activities, including safety audits, inspections, and Investigations OR equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties. Experience working in Public Transportation is preferred.
  • LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: Must possess a valid Arizona driver's license Applicants with OSHA level certification (30-hour or higher) preferred Professional Safety Certification desirable
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
  • Knowledge of: Bus transit systems safety Applicable OSHA regulations Current occupational safety and industrial hygiene standards Principles and practices of accident investigation programs 49 CFR Part 40 – Drug and Alcohol testing program 49 CFR Part 673 – Public Transportation Safety Plan, and Principles of SMS Proper use of safety equipment and current trends in personal protective equipment Current techniques and methods used in the hazard analysis process to include: •Job hazard analysis •Fire/life safety principles •Principles and practices of construction safety •Regulatory agency administrative, reporting and record keeping

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Skill in: Developing and implementing safety program plans and procedures, conducting investigations, analyzing data, identifying and recommending corrective action Using discretion and judgment with operational issues and problems Using discretion and judgment with operational issues and problems Using a personal computer and applicable software applications (Microsoft Office) Reading and interpreting technical information and contracts Maintaining confidentiality and safeguarding sensitive material Conducting oral presentations, relaying technical information in understandable terms Demonstrates ability to work effectively in a diverse work environment Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others and other departments.

Salary Range

$55,455.00 to $83,182.00
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