Lead System Safety Specialist - 90359697 - Seattle

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Seattle, Washington, US, 98134

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


The Lead System Safety Specialist will develop, direct and support division-wide field implementation of Amtrak Safety programs, rules, policies, and procedures in conjunction with Amtrak’s System Safety Program and applicable regulatory requirements. This position provides technical safety-related oversight, guidance and support to division(s), departments, and contractor stakeholders to eliminate injuries/accidents and reduce workplace risk.


• Monitors field utilization of safety, health, injury and accident/injury prevention programs, initiatives, and activities
• Performs qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and utilizes safety assessments, accident/injury trend analyses, safety performance data and input from other groups to identify potential safety deficiencies and corrective actions
• Oversees/directs regional testing of personal protective equipment and safety-related products, including implementation of Amtrak’s prescription eyewear program. Performs locomotive engineer, yard/train crew and facility noise exposure evaluations, data retrieval, transmittal and result notifications as required
• Partners with division, regional and departmental staff in accident/injury and near miss investigations, risk reduction initiatives and hazard elimination analyses. Participates in the investigation of major rail incidents
• Leads regional efforts to identify opportunities to improve employee safety. Develops and implements programs to reduce/eliminate employee accidents and injuries
• Participates in the development and execution of local and site-specific safety activities/initiatives and the implementation of corporate safety practices, policies, and programs
• Performs verification of implementation of and compliance with Amtrak safety programs through the critical self-assessment (CSA) program
• Supports Transportation, Engineering and Mechanical field safety initiatives. Utilizes Operations department environmental and industrial hygiene resources when required
• Partners with labor/management and local safety committees to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards and to adhere to safety policies, programs, and procedures
• Maintains a working liaison with regulatory agencies, advocacy organizations, and contractors
• Serves as a point of contact for Amtrak with Washington DOT, Oregon DOT, Sound Transit, & their partners on safety program plan activities, as required 
• Provides guidance and support to Senior Director, Assistant Superintendents, Mechanical Superintendents, General Foreman, Facility Managers, Facility Managers, and Front-Line Supervisors with applicable OSHA and FRA safety regulations, and Amtrak rules, safety policies, programs, procedures, and initiatives
• Facilitate and generate content for risk mitigations developed in the System Safety Working Group


• Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Operations Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Transportation or equivalent, OR equivalent combination of education and experience required, including 6+ years relevant work experience
• Working knowledge of OSHA and FRA safety regulations, policies, programs, as well as personal protective equipment, safety engineering, accident/injury investigation procedures and operating rules, Amtrak safety rules and practices; experienced with behavior-based and/or risk reduction safety programs; able to develop Site Specific Work Plans and Job Safety Analyses 


• Excellent presentation and oral, written and presentation communication skills
• Effective facilitation, coordination, and interpersonal skills
• Excellent management and leadership skills
• Five years' experience in a railroad-related or transit-related capacity or position
• Strong knowledge of safety regulations, policies, and programs; injury prevention programs; personal protective safety equipment
• Ability to analyze, interpret, summarize, communicate, and act on quantitative and qualitative data
• Self-motivated and able to work independently
• Demonstrated abilities to interface and coordinate with stakeholders, including division and department management, supervision, and labor as well as regulators, vendors and contractors


• 8+ years’ relevant railroad or safety experience
• USDOT Transit Safety and Security Professional (TSSP) Certification
• Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Graduate Safety Practitioner, or bachelor’s degree in Safety Engineering or a technical or physical science 
• Working knowledge of system safety principles
• Experienced in developing and implementing Safety Management Systems (SMS)
• Ability to analyze, interpret, summarize, communicate, and act on quantitative and qualitative train operations, and safety data.
• Certification and experience with Quality Management Systems (QMS) and standards such as ISO 9001:2015 or AS9100D
• Knowledge of risk and safety management systems software


• Frequently in the field subject to walking on uneven surfaces, climbing over obstacles, and working on and around on track equipment and trains, in tunnels and restricted spaces during the exercise of duties.
• Frequently in the field riding trains, in yard operations, maintenance facilities during assessments, audits, investigations, accident/injury response, remediation implementation and other duties.
• May be required to lift up to 25 lbs. 
• Frequently or occasionally subject to travel throughout and outside the region as required (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile). 
• This position is required to be on-site within the area of operation and able to travel 25-50% throughout the region as required.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $93,250-$120,850. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.​

Requisition ID:158685
Posting Location(s):Washington
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any start or local statue, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.