Director System Safety Programs - 90214257 - Washington

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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The Director of Amtrak's Safety Management System (SMS)  is responsible for the management of Amtrak's SMS throughout the organization.  This position partners and collaborates with stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure compliance and adherence to the regulatory requirements as annotated in 49 CFR Part 270 through Amtrak's various programs and policies. These include, but are not limited to Safey Risk Management (SRM) process, change management, SMS training, safety reporting, and serving as the project manager for Amtrak's SMS technology solutions.

The position requires the manager to work with senior and executive leadership across the enterprise in developing new SMS programs, managing and continuously improving Amtrak's existing SMS in support of continuous safety performance improvement, while providing subject matter expertise and technical guidance for various safety and compliance initiatives throughout the enterprise. 



  • Responsible for the development, maintenance, and continuous improvement efforts of Amtrak's System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) as annotated in 49 CFR Part 270.
  • Responsible for the development, maintenance, and continuous improvement efforts of Amtrak's SSPP as annotated per Transport Canada (TC) requirements.
  • Performs and documents internal assessments of the SSPP in accordance with departmental and regulatory requirements to assure compliance and adherence as annoted in 49 CFR Part 270 and Amtrak policies. 
  • Identifies and responsible for coordinating the development of SMS training requirements.
  • Serves as the company SMS representative to the FRA, TC, and other industry and regulatory organizations. 
  • Serves as business lead for SMS technology solutions, applications, and associated projects.
  • Partners with executive and senior leadership to ensure alignment of Amtrak's SMS across the organization.
  • Partners with host, tenant, and state supported services railroads to ensure alignment of Amtrak's SMS. This requires the SMS manager to meet with each entity regularly to review, identify, and coordinate all elements that may conflict with Amtrak's SMS, while identifying and gaining necessary approvals to ensure the integrity of our SMS policy. 
  • Leads the critical internal assessment of Amtrak's SMS and 49 CFR Part 270 requirements to assure compliance with company and regulatory requirements.  The internal assessments should occur at least per FRA and TC's regulatory review and submission requirements.
  • Analyzes and utilizes safety data such as audits, critical self assessments, accident/injury trend analyses, and input from other group or departmental reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of Amtrak's SMS and advocate for changes and improvements as necessary.
  • Oversees department's records management plan and maintain records repositories; including but not limited to plans, policies, and procedures.  Serves as departmental representative to Amtrak IT and Amtrak's senior Records Manager in coordinating and aligning records management policies and solutions.
  • Actively involved in the preparation, coordination, and facilitation of reports and meetings; including but not limited to Executive System Safety Committee, Amtrak Board of Directors, and CSO (SMS) meetings.
  • May occasionally be in the field working around maintenance facilities and rail yards during the course of assessments and mitigation implementation.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 11 years of relevant experience required
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in the development and management of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in a transportation operations environment
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills
  • Effective facilitation, coordination, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent management and leadership skills
  • Strong, recent knowledge of DOT operational safety regulations, policies and programs
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, summarize, communicate, and act on quantitative and qualitative data
  • Demonstrated positive experience managing large, complex projects in large corporate environment
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Experience working with a unionized labor workforce
  • Demonstrated abilities to interface and coordinate with stakeholders, including division and department management, supervision and labor as well as regulators, vendors and contractors    



  • Degree in Business, Safety, Operations or related field. Graduate degree in safety, organizational management, operations or related field preferred. 
  • 13+ years relevant experience preferred.
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • 10+ years experience in a safety-related capacity or position 
  • 5 + years experience in a safety management position responsible for safety program development  
  • In-depth knowledge of OSHA and FRA safety regulations, policies, programs, railroad operations as well as personal protective equipment, safety engineering, and accident/injury investigation procedures; experience with behavior-based and/or risk reduction safety programs.    
  • Prior experience in the rail, transit, aviation industry, and or medical industries  

Requisition ID:51122
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing.  Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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