Transit Safety Officer

Date: March 02, 2017

Company Name
King County

Contact Person
Jen Montoya

201 S Jackson St
Seattle , WA 98104


E-mail Address

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Job Title
Transit Safety Officer

Job Responsibilities
Position Purpose Under the supervision of the Transit Safety Superintendent, Transit Safety Officers investigate rail, bus and industrial accidents/incidents and make root cause determinations. Our Safety Officers also plan, develop, coordinate, and implement effective safety education and accident prevention programs for Metro Transit. This includes ensuring and promoting a safe environment for employees and customers and reducing loss and risk to publicly owned resources in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. This is a fully proficient professional classification and incumbents function as technical experts serving across all departments within King County Metro. JOB DUTIES: ⢠Evaluate information to determine compliance with standards, using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. ⢠Deliver a comprehensive safety program for the base or facility to which assigned; promotes safety awareness to the employees of assigned base or worksite. ⢠Conduct occupational, rail, and fleet accident investigation and analysis; function as lead in accident investigations; conduct re-reads; chair accident review boards. ⢠Develop and implement and/or assist in the formulation of safety policy. ⢠Conduct safety meetings; identify and resolve safety problems for the division. ⢠Perform safety training which may include but is not limited to new employee safety orientation, OSHA 10, blood borne pathogens, lockout/tag out, right of way, and fall protection. ⢠Audit system safety programs and associated rules and procedures. ⢠Monitor work sites for health and safety hazards; identify and develop solutions for work hazards; recommend changes to safety and working conditions to maintain a low accident rate. ⢠Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists. ⢠Assist with Job Hazard Analyses to determine appropriate safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators. ⢠Knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment to evaluate the safe operation of such equipment. ⢠Participate as a member of various committees involving safety and security issues and resultant committee activities such as emergency responder drills. ⢠Make technical recommendations. ⢠Wear common protective / safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets. ⢠Coordinate information regarding accident/incident with NTSB, FTA, WSDOT, DOSH, City of Seattle, Sound Transit and/or public information staff. ⢠Perform other duties as assigned.

Education Requirements
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS: Minimum Qualifications An Associate of Arts degree in Industrial Safety or closely related field, or two years of training in Industrial Safety or a closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of three years of work experience in industrial, construction, plant, transportation, rail, traffic or public safety OR any combination of education and experience that provides the ability to perform the duties of the position. Additional requirements include: ⢠Knowledge of accident investigation techniques and principles that include photography, evidence gathering, report writing, and root cause analysis. ⢠A working knowledge of local, state and federal industrial safety regulations, rules of evidence, rail or traffic safety and rail or traffic accident procedures, hazard identification, rules and regulations for vehicle operations and the ability to apply these regulations. ⢠Excellent speaking/oral communication skills to convey information effectively. ⢠Excellent writing skills to communicate effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience, including report writing. ⢠Skill in effectively handling multiple competing priorities. ⢠Critical thinking and analytical abilities to exercise judgment in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, mitigations, conclusions or approaches to problems, safety hazards, and/or accident scene actions ⢠The ability to make decisions, initiate action, show leadership, and gain .compliance to resolve safety-related problems. ⢠Skill in accomplishing objectives through coordination, facilitation and negotiation; skill in recognizing and dealing with conflict. ⢠Ability to work with diverse groups and accommodate their unique interests. Ability to develop and maintain relationships with coworkers and work effectively as a team member. ⢠Able to be discerning and adroit in handling sensitive and confidential situations. ⢠Initiative and leadership skill, showing ability to identify and develop solutions to agency problems. ⢠Skill in the use of personal computers such as Excel, Outlook, Word, SharePoint and PowerPoint. ⢠Ability and willingness to work out of doors in all types of weather. ⢠Must be available for on-call response or rotating shifts. Desirable Qualifications ⢠Transit experience is desirable but not required. ⢠Certification as an IH (Industrial Hygienist), CUSA (Certified Utility Safety Administrator), CSP (Certified Safety Professional), or other Occupational Safety and Health Certification. ⢠Bachelor's degree or higher in the principles of safety engineering or equivalent ⢠Experience with accident or loss investigation and root cause analysis. ⢠Experience with hazard investigation and mitigation in an industrial environment. ⢠Experience with collision investigation and reconstruction. ⢠Statistical analysis and presentation skills, using appropriate spreadsheet and presentation software. ⢠Knowledge and experience in the application of ergonomic principles to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. ⢠Experience working in the Trades or Construction. Necessary Special Qualifications ⢠Valid Washington State driver's license and an acceptable driver's record (Out-of-state candidates will need to have their Washington driver's license by date of hire.) ⢠Ability to pass a CDL medical exam. Ability to obtain a Class B CDL (Commercial Driver's License) within 90 days after hire (Incumbent will occasionally be required to operate a revenue-service vehicle. CDL training will be provided.) ⢠Ability to obtain rail operator certification after hire.

Salary Range
$82,326.40 - $99,528.00 Annually

Application Instructions
King County Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in getting people places quickly, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. King County Metro's fixed-route service provides 115 million passenger trips and carries passengers approximately 500 million miles annually. Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of innovations that have made us a leader in this nation's public transportation industry.

Great Benefits
King County encourages flexible work schedules where possible, and provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region). We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner, a competitive sick leave and vacation plan, twelve holidays annually, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS), as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and all King County employees. Note: One career service vacancy and one term-limited-temporary vacancy may be filled from this recruitment. This recruitment may also be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates to fill future career service, special duty acting and/or temporary vacancies in this classification that may occur over the next twelve months.

Required Application Materials
An online employment application at with employment history going back at least ten years if you have ten years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience), answers to the supplemental questions, a resume, and a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position. Please see application instructions at the end of this posting for more details.

Work Schedule
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime pay. The work week is normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must be available to work some evening, nights and/or weekend hours, or work extended hours to respond to job responsibilities. Must be available to work "on-call" in rotation with other Transit Safety Officers.

Work Location
Majority of work may be performed at an assigned base. Some supporting work will be performed at main safety office on Marginal Way South, rail facilities, and in the field. Field work is conducted out of doors in all types of weather.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Jen Montoya
Human Resource Analyst
(206) 477-5997

King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Department of Transportation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

Application Process
Applicants should complete the online application, which includes the Supplemental Questions, and attach or paste in your resume and cover letter. NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, salary, etc. Your job history in the employment application should go back ten years (if you have ten years of employment). Earlier jobs should be included if they are relevant in some way to this job. If you have questions about this, please contact Jen Montoya as stated above. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Jen Montoya, at 206-477-5997 or

Selection Process
Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. There may also be a written exercise. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, drug screens and a drug and alcohol background checks. Reference checks and reviews of driving records will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment.

Physical Characteristics
This position requires the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time. The position also requires the ability to crouch, kneel, stoop, crawl, walk, bend, twist, and climb. The majority of the work is conducted in an indoor environment.

Union Membership
The position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees Local 17, Professional and Technical bargaining unit.

Class Code: 2334400 (Safety and Health Administrator IV)

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.
If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

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