Director of Safety in New York, NY at MV Transportation

Date Posted: 5/22/2023

Job Snapshot

Job Description

MV Transportation is seeking a Director of Safety to lead regional 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), California Highway Patrol (CHP) rules and regulations.
  • 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 within the region.
  • 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.
  • Provide support to the VP of Safety or respective VP of Operations on matters as directed.

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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Handle sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner.
  • Effective organizational, analytical, confidentiality, quantitative, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • An aptitude toward leadership and influence within a matrix organization structure.
  • Ability to effectively delegate tasks and provide appropriate supervision and follow up to department staff.
  • Ability to analyze, define, diagnose, and resolve problems based on sound logic and rationale.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to set clear expectations, coach, develop and motivate staff.
  • Attention to detail and thorough reporting / documentation skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with an ability to influence people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to supervise and work effectively with a diverse workforce.
  • Intermediate level use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and other windows-based computer operating systems.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to read, write, and speak English.
  • Capacity to understand and apply purposeful operations and safety performance metrics
  • Ability to hold the respect and confidence of all employees.
  • Ability to work independently and objectively.
  • Knowledge of project specific vehicles, components and data/communications systems.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal regulations, including but not limited to Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), California Highway Patrol (CHP) rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of best in class safety and training programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage with a "Safety First" attitude.

Starting salary range: $105,000 - $110,000

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.