Lead System Safety Specialist - 90212534 - Washington

Date: Dec 1, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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 (Customer Service & Transportation, Southeast Division) is a subject matter expert of Amtrak’s safety programs, operating instructions, rules, policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements. The Lead System Safety Specialist will report directly to the Senior Manager, Operational Safety overseeing field implementation of Amtrak’s safety programs, operating instructions, rules, policies and procedures in conjunction with Amtrak’s System Safety Program and regulatory requirements.  This position provides technical safety-related oversight, guidance and support to division(s), departments, and contractor stakeholders to eliminate injuries/accidents and to reduce workplace risk. This positions’ area of responsibility includes Customer Service and Transportation employees within the Southeast Division and will be headquartered in Washington, D.C.




  • Primarily supports Customer Service and Transportation field safety initiatives and provides support as needed to regional Infrastructure Maintenance and Construction Services or Mechanical teams.  
  • Responds to and supports in the investigation of serious employee injuries and/or major rail incidents within area of responsibility
  • 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
  • Facilitates Operational risk reduction for environmental or occupational safety hazards utilizing working knowledge of regulations and support from subject matter experts within Environmental and Occupational Safety departments.  
  • Partners with division, regional and departmental staff in accident/injury and near miss investigations, risk reduction initiatives and hazard elimination analyses. 
  • Leads regional efforts to identify opportunities to improve customer and employee safety. Develops and implements programs to reduce/eliminate customer and employee accidents and injuries. Performs station safety assessments in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR part 270. 
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Provides guidance and support to Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Road Foremen, Trainmasters, Crewbase Managers, OBS Managers, Station Managers with applicable OSHA and FRA safety regulations, and Amtrak rules, safety policies, programs, procedures and initiatives.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Operations Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Transportation or equivalent, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 6+ years relevant work experience in a railroad-related capacity or position
  • Certified locomotive engineer, conductor, or qualified train dispatcher with a minimum of 3 years.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and FRA safety regulations, policies, programs, as well as personal protective equipment, safety engineering, accident/injury investigation procedures, operating rules,and system safety principles, experienced with behavior-based and/or risk reduction safety programs. Demonstrated abilities to interface and coordinate with stakeholders, including division and department management, supervision and labor as well as regulators, vendors and contractors
  • Effective facilitation, coordination, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent management and leadership skills
  • Strong, state of the art 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



  • 10+ years' experience in a railroad-related capacity or position
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • USDOT Transit Safety and Security Professional (TSSP) Certification
  • Working knowledge of Amtrak safety rules and practices
  • Robust working knowledge of Amtrak’s operations including train operations, station operations, and onboard services


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $94,300 - $122,256. 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:160259
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
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 state or local statute, 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.