Director of Safety and Training in Austin, TX at MV Transportation

Date Posted: 10/12/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

MV Transportation is seeking a Director of Safety and Training with a background in fixed route administration of a large transportation division. The candidate will be responsible for leading the oversight and management of our safety programs, policies, and procedures in compliance with our regulating authorities, corporate policies, and collective agreements (if applicable).

This individual will introduce and manage various systems and activities to maintain successful regulatory compliance, adherence to policies and procedures, conduct audits and inspections, build/manage safety improvement plans, and monitor metrics reflecting performance. This individual is responsible for continuous safety performance improvement through risk identification, risk mitigation, and process excellence. He/she will report to the VP of Safety.

Job Responsibilities

Compliance Programs & Policy Management:

  • Resides as the expert in Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
  • Oversees the successful completion of all internal and external audits and inspections, including those conducted by the company, client staff, and by provincial and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Provide analysis of internal safety audits and accident statistical data; track compliance of corrective actions / resolutions.
  • Ensure that all accidents / incidents are investigated in a timely and accurate fashion and are documented properly.
  • Prepare and / or provide direction to the local team on producing effective risk assessments, system safety assessments, and root cause analyses.
  • Ensure security awareness and training is conducted in the region for proper identification, assessment, and elimination of risks or threats of a security incident; ensure that all security incidents are properly reported and investigated.
  • Monitor location activity to ensure record keeping and reporting requirements are met.
  • Ensure all safety and training manuals, programs, policies and procedures are current and are adhered to.
  • Provide supervision and leadership for discipline related to safety issues, including suspensions and terminations, according to company policy and in compliance with collective agreement.
  • Represent the company in grievance procedure with safety related issues.
  • Address human resource issues promptly, accordingly and following the principles of progressive discipline where appropriate, emphasizing corrective actions to improve individual performance.
Safety Leadership, Training Programs & Safety Initiatives:

  • Oversee corporate & local safety incentives and ensure programs are managed effectively and consistently.
  • Leverage telematics data and insights to analyze causes of accidents or near misses, identify risk trends, and develop plans to mitigate the risk.
  • Oversee the system safety program for the region and ensure compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements.
  • Establish a management cadence of safety performance reviews with the 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 locations 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; provide training and professional development for local leadership teams.
  • Assist with directing the recruitment, training, discipline, and promotion of Safety personnel.
  • Maintain awareness of internal and industry-wide safety trends, developments, and best practices.
  • Work in coordination with our Risk Management team on risk reporting and requirements for Workers Compensation, General Liability, and Vehicle Auto-Liability in support of loss control.

Talent Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent knowledge in occupational health, safety, training and transportation.
  • Certifications according to local contract requirements.

  • Five (5) years management experience in safety and/or training role.
  • Five (5) years experience in the Workplace Safety (OSHA) required.
  • Five (5) years experience in the Transportation Compliance (DOT) required.
  • Experience with defensive driving programs required.
  • Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certification preferred.
  • Experience working with unionized workforce preferred.
Additional Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate must have transit and/or large fleet experience.
  • Transit safety experience.
  • Experience working in transit, preferably urban public.
  • Previous passenger transportation in current project or similar environment preferred.
  • Current Class B Driver's License with a P endorsement and airbrakes.
  • College Degree or seven (7) + years of safety management experience.
  • Prefer CDS (Certified Director of Safety) and/or CSP (Certified Safety Professional) Designation. Certifications according to local contract requirements.
  • Knowledge of all applicable safety rules, regulations - FTA, FMCSA, and DOT.
  • Knowledge of regulations and corporate safety programs and policies.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with all departments.
  • Ability to work independently and objectively.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively delegate tasks and provide appropriate supervision and follow up to department staff.
  • Familiar with windows-based computer operating systems and Microsoft Office packages.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong Microsoft applications experience.
During the course of employment, employees may receive and have access to confidential information. All employees are expected to respect and maintain the confidentiality of non-public customer and business records and any other information that MV classifies as confidential.

MV Transportation is committed to as policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

Where permissible under applicable state and local law, applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test and background check after receiving a conditional offer of employment.


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