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Vice President


Chicago, IL, USA

Salary: $155,000 - $175,000 a year


Reporting to and under the direction of the Chief Safety, Security & Control Center Operations Officer, the Vice President of Safety directs the functions and activities of the Authority’s Safety Department related to the development, implementation, audit, inspection, and analysis of safety programs and initiatives. He or she oversees the investigation and analysis of all Authority accidents and incidents and leads the Safety Department in safeguarding the safety of the Authority’s customer, employees, and communities.



  • Formulates and recommends strategic plans and departmental goals that meet Authority expectations.
    • Defines programs, procedures, and methodologies to monitor, evaluate, and document safety activity.
    • Plans and establishes System Safety objectives in compliance with Authority goals and mission statement.
    • Establishes and leads strategic partnerships with oversight/regulatory agencies, other transit agencies, and trade/industry groups to maintain positive working relationships and an awareness of the industry standards in regard to safety.
    • Develops strategies for the department in providing a safe environment and safe transit for the Authority’s customers and employees.
    • Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, department work plans and provides project management on the implementation and management of Authority-wide safety projects, including the Safety Management System (SMS).
  • Leads the System Safety programs and establishes safety objectives to ensure that the Authority and the general riding public are given the highest degree of safe and secure transportation service.
    • Administers programs that ensure passenger and employee safety.
    • Ensures compliance with requirements and regulations of oversight/regulatory agencies (i.e., Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), etc.).
    • Directs System Safety Program Plan for Rail and Bus mandated by federal, state, and local, if applicable.
  • Provides oversight for all safety activities and operations.
    • Coordinates all operational activities to ensure safety standards are met.
    • Oversees Authority compliance with all federal, state, city, and regulatory agency rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Oversees the investigation and analysis process for all Authority accidents and incidents.
    • Analyzes and troubleshoots problematic issues and recommends alternative solutions.
  • Hires, trains, develops, monitors, and evaluates performance of staff to ensure adherence to Authority programs and policies and the attainment of goals and objectives. Reviews and recommends personnel actions for approval.
    • Evaluates the performance of the staff for compliance with Authority programs and policies, along with federal, state and local laws and regulations to ensure that the established goals and objectives of the division are achieved.
    • Plans, assigns and reviews work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hires, trains, develop, and manages staff to ensure that qualified personnel exist to meet the agency’s objectives. Approves and finalizes clearances for staff promotions, transfers, and discharges.
    • Coordinates and leads all training initiatives for the Department.
  • Reviews current trends and equipment related to transit safety in order to maintain and provide safety to the Authority's customers and employees.
  • Works closely with federal, state, and city agencies on projects of common interest to set priorities and supervise the department’s resources needed to accomplish common goals.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Reporting to this position may include the following jobs:
Job Title

  • Chief of Fire Protection, Response and Training
  • General Manager, Transit System Safety
  • General Manager, Occupational Safety & Environment
  • Senior Manager, Analysis & Compliance
  • Senior Manager, Construction Safety & Safety Certification
  • Senior Manager, Safety Assurance
  • Senior Manager, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety
  • Senior Manager, Emergency Preparedness
  • Senior Manager, Environmental Compliance
  • Senior Manager, Transit System Safety


  • Ensuring system safety on all CTA-provided transportation in a large, fast-paced metropolitan city.
  • Dealing with people who have suffered severe injury/death during accident investigations.
  • Dealing with stress due to “24-hour on call” nature of the job.
  • Keeping abreast of all CTA operations in connection with safety aspects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management, Occupational Safety, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, or a related field plus ten (10) years of experience in developing, implementing, and administering workplace and system safety and accident mitigation programs, of which five (5) years are in a management role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience related to the position.
  • Master’s Degree highly desired.
  • Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) training certifications (TSSP) preferred.
  • Must maintain Rail Safety Certification.
  • Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.


  • Requires sitting for extended periods of time, standing, visual acumen, manual dexterity, and fingering for working with computer keyboards.
  • Demands include extensive walking (up to 3 miles at one time), sometimes on rocks and on narrow catwalks, and climbing (such as onto trains and back down and up and down ladders of various sizes).
  • Random nature of incidents leads to irregular work hours.


  • Detailed knowledge of state and federal safety/occupational health regulations, state and local life system codes and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and USDOT/FTA regulations.
  • Detailed knowledge of American Public Transportation Associations standards.
  • Detailed knowledge of National Incident Command Systems (NIMS) and emergency preparedness programs.
  • Detailed knowledge of rail, bus, and van safety techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the procedures and practices in accident investigations, industrial safety, and hazard analysis and resolution.
  • Working knowledge of statistics, occupational health, railroad operations, and computer programming principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of loss prevention, safety management, and/or occupational health principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the methods and practices in leadership, team building, motivation, and conflict resolution.
  • Working knowledge of industry best practices regarding “fit for duty” in a transit work environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills with a variety of audiences.
  • Strong management skills.
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills with the ability to plan, review, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate managers.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills.
  • Intermediate budget planning and administration skills.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of managerial and professional staff; effectively train and evaluate staff.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate facts and to prepare and present concise oral and written reports.


  • General office environment. Required to carry a paging device and cellular phone.
  • Working conditions are varied and include all weather ranges (from extreme cold to extreme heat, rain to snow and ice, etc.).
  • Conditions also include working at extreme heights; working near electrified third rail; working in subway tunnels with limited clearance, visibility, etc.
  • On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • Standard office equipment.
  • Personal computer and related software (Microsoft Work, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point).


Additional Details
Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate and may be higher or lower than target.

Applicants, if hired,must comply with CTA's residency ordinance.


No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, unfavorable military discharge, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws; except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for our workforce and supporting the communities we serve. CTA will make reasonable accommodations for the known disabilities of otherwise qualified applicants for employment as well as its employees, unless undue hardship would result. If you require an accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact prior to the submission of your application or upon notification of your actual test date. CTA will work with you to determine if an accommodation can be provided.

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