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Director of System Safety and Risk Management

WeGo Public Transit Nashville, TN
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

The Director of System Safety and Risk Management will provide strategic and day-to-day direction, leadership and oversight in the development, implementation and sustainment of WeGo Public Transit’s Safety Management System Plan (SMS) as well as lead the agency in the identification, assessment, analysis and solving of a broad spectrum of safety issues including but not limited to environmental protections and occupational health and safety.

In this leadership role, the successful candidate will also be responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing of a comprehensive risk management program designed to protect the agency from exposure to risks that could have adverse consequences to its operations, financial position, or positive community relations. This individual will introduce and manage various systems and activities to maintain successful regulatory compliance and adherence to policies and procedures, and will conduct audits and inspections, build/manage safety improvement plans, monitor metrics reflecting performance, and direct and provide workplace safety program oversight, training and awareness to departments across the agency.

We are seeking a results-oriented, metrics-driven leader with expertise in Resides as the expert in Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer

Job Functions:

  • Assist in the implementation of the SMS Development Plan including the development of initiatives and programs to prevent injury, reduce and manage risk and assure compliance by integrating actionable, sustainable, efficient and effective SMS processes.

  • Assist in the creation of an Agency Safety Plan.

  • Develop and Manage an employee safety reporting program.

  • Assist in the development of safety performance goals.

  • Develop strategies and programs to ensure continuous improvement of the SMS including effective Management of Change.
  • Work with Human Resources, Training, Security and the Safety teams to create and implement successful methods to assess and trend safety performance through leading indicators, data review, incident history, and audits. Drive the necessary behavioral or environmental changes, creatively, efficiently and cost effectively.

  • Develop and integrate appropriate safety messaging strategies to ensure safety and safety performance-related information is regularly communicated throughout the agency.

  • Prepare monthly causal analysis reports of accidents and incidents and develop and implement strategies to positively impact problem areas and reduce risk.
  • Coordinate and lead monthly worker’s compensation safety meetings with key stakeholders across the agency to facilitate ongoing safety risk assessment and mitigation processes, safety hazard identification, and safety performance monitoring and measurement.
  • Provide leadership and feedback to key stakeholders across the agency to drive results by leading them in the development of strategies designed to eliminate or reduce exposures and drive compliance with applicable standards.

  • In coordination with the Security Manager and Director of Training, implement necessary safety and security training initiatives.

  • Under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, ensure claims and litigation management of Workers Compensation and General Liability cases, including assisting with analyzing and making compensability decisions.

  • Make recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer for the procurement of various required insurance policies and coverages based on trend analyses and risk assessments.

  • Ensure workplace compliance with industry, state, and other company-related safety guidelines or rules.

  • Direct and oversee the performance of routine safety audits/inspections as needed and/or requested including the inspection, review and tracking of agency equipment and machinery

  • Develop strategies to reduce the level of work-related accidents and/or occupational hazards identification and mitigation of environmental risk factors in cooperation with outside partner agencies including but not limited to MNPD, MNPS, Public Works, TDOT.

  • Provide supervisors with tools and resources to effectively direct the daily operations of employees to make sure they follow safety policies and laws

  • Work with the Director of Training to ensure documentation of all required employee trainings, certificates, and licenses

  • Advise agency on safety and job site safety compliance monitoring for contractors and subcontractors including the monitoring of location activity as needed or requested to ensure record keeping and reporting requirements are met.

  • Oversee the successful completion of all internal and external audits and inspections, including those conducted by the company and state/federal regulatory agencies.

  • Provide analysis of internal safety audits and accident statistical data; track compliance of corrective actions/resolutions.

  • Ensure all accidents/incidents are investigated in a timely and accurate fashion and are documented properly.
  • In coordination with the Director of Training, ensure all safety and training manuals are current.
  • Provide recommendations for discipline related to safety issues emphasizing corrective actions to improve individual performance and in accordance with company policy and collective agreement.
  • Represent the company in grievance procedure with safety related issues.
  • Establish standards for safety performance reviews with staff; provide recommended strategies and solutions for improvements; help with the implementation of strategies / solutions.
  • Coordinate with the Executive and Management team, as well as Operations and Maintenance leadership in crafting and executing on short and long-term strategies that build a culture of safety within the Company.
  • Organize and foster a positive safety culture throughout the agency that incorporates operations, safety and maintenance departments and emphasizes the team approach and individual responsibility of all employees to achieve common goals.
  • Mentor management personnel to ensure competency in safety management practices, procedures, and protocols.
  • Maintain awareness of internal and industry-wide safety trends, developments, and best practices.

Job Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong research and writing skills

  • Strong knowledge of and experience in local, state and federal laws that regulate the operation of WeGo Public Transit, specifically applicable laws of the United States Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration.

  • Solid analytical and computer skills

  • Strong communication skills with experience communicating recommendations to management

  • Knowledge of all applicable federal safety rules, regulations - FTA, FMCSA, and DOT.

  • Outstanding team building and leadership skills

  • Ability to effectively delegate tasks and provide appropriate supervision and follow up to department staff

  • Develop strong relationships and work as part of a team within a fast paced, matrix environment with all levels of leadership and employees

  • Experience with workplace injuries or worker’s compensation matters

  • Strong organizational skills


  • Bachelor of Science in safety management or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with equivalent knowledge in occupational health, safety, training and transportation

  • 5+ years relevant work experience as a safety or risk manager/director or comparable experience

  • Experience with OSHA/TOSHA compliance regulations and other relevant industry compliance standards and regulations

  • Experience working with local, state, and federal auditors

  • Demonstrated experience in risk assessment and development of risk management controls and contingency plans


  • 5+ years of experience working within an operational environment

  • Experience developing and conducting training events

  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification

  • Experience working with unionized workforce

  • FTA, DOT or other government experience

  • CDS (Certified Director of Safety) and/or CSP (Certified Safety Professional) designation.

  • Professional Risk Manager (PRM) certification is a plus

  • Experience in transportation compliance

    Performs other duties as assigned

    The principal duties are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job and must be performed unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. Other responsibilities are those functions, which are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of the job. This job description does not imply that the above are the only duties assigned to the position. Employee may be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management.

    Physical Requirements with or without reasonable accommodations:

    Physical activity includes but is not limited to:

  • Sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, walking, talking, writing, repetitive motion, carrying, grasping, holding, clarity of vision, speaking, listening.

  • Must be able to operate office equipment, including but not limited to telephone, computer, printer, copy machine, facsimile machine, and calculator.

    Other Requirements:

  • Possess positive customer relations skills

  • Work with little supervision

  • Ability to promote positive and productive work environment

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with all levels of employees

  • Understand and carry out detailed written or verbal instructions

  • Problem solving skills

  • Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations

  • Ability to compose clear, concise and grammatically correct written communication

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Meet required deadlines

  • Work under stressful situations

    Classification under Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt

    DTO is an EOE

WeGo Public Transit

Why Work Here?

WeGo Public Transit doesn't just hire people, we prepare people.

WeGo is situated in the beautiful and thriving city of Nashville within the Middle Tennessee Region. At WeGo Public Transit, it is our ongoing mission to connect people to their lives and community. We strive daily to become an embraced part of the community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee by providing friendly, sustainable, reliable, trusted public transportation – everywhere for everyone. Our shared values: • Exceptional Service • Security and Reliability • Integrity and Trust • Honest Collaboration • Community Steward If you want to make a difference and contribute to our vision for the City of Nashville, we invite you to submit your resume and letter of interest today.

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