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System Safety Specialist (Rail)

Company: North County Transit District
Location: Oceanside
Posted on: September 10, 2023

Job Description:

Salary : $77,447.76 - $120,510.00 Annually

Location : Oceanside, CA

Job Type: Full-time

Job Number: FY2024-00003

Department: Safety Division

Opening Date: 07/19/2023

Closing Date: Continuous



Under the general direction of the Field & System Safety Manager, the System Safety Specialist (Rail) fosters a proactive organizational safety culture and promotes a safe and healthy environment for all employees, passengers, contractors, and the general public in accordance with applicable federal, state, local, and regulatory laws, rules, and/or guidelines with the primary focus on rail system safety.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This position supports the Safety & Risk Management Division by providing professional level knowledge of safety programs, emergency response plans, and federal and state regulations directly related to transit systems. This position requires prior experience in conducting safety activities and the ability to identify, evaluate, and mitigate public and industrial safety risks.

Supervision Received and Exercised
This position reports to the Field & System Safety Manager and exercises no supervisory authority. This position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.

Working Conditions
Normal working conditions for this position are in both an office and field setting. Business travel may be required periodically between District sites, governmental agencies, consultants' facilities, and other locations as required. The Rail System Safety Specialist may be required to respond to emergencies at any hour; work may at times require more than 8 hours per day or require irregular hours to perform the essential duties of this position.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conducts audits/reviews and prepares reports in support of NCTD's Safety Plans.
  • Identifies and generates reports on trends analysis on indicators to reduce or mitigate incidents and accidents.
  • Edits and proofreads documents and reports.
  • Investigates and performs hazard analyses on all safety incidents and accidents, generates conclusive reports, and makes recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Assists in the management of construction safety consultants.
  • Supports the management of the environmental health and safety programs related to rail operations/facilities.
  • Facilitates and/or attends field safety project meetings.
  • May serve as a liaison with oversight agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Cal OSHA, and various environmental regulatory authorities.
  • Performs field inspections and inspects the day-to-day rail operations and maintenance facilities, transit stations, and other NCTD facilities to evaluate service quality and compliance with contracts, regulatory requirements, and system safety standards.
  • Supports the management and oversight of safety training efforts at all NCTD sites.
  • Supports the management of NCTD's hazardous materials program.
  • Identifies, recommends, and pursues resolution and correction of safety deficiencies.
  • Manages and configures ongoing audit processes for rail operations and facilities to reflect evolving best practices and regulatory trends.
  • Develops and maintains accident statistical data bases for internal and external reporting.
  • Prepares and presents a variety of reports, correspondence, and other documents, and makes presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. Qualifications
    • Bachelor's Degree in in Safety, Public Administration, Computer Science, or related field is preferred.
    • A minimum of three (3) years of directly relevant experience required.
    • Specialized training and skills in the areas of safety systems and emergency management is preferred.
    • Experience administering safety-related programs in a commuter rail environment, preferred.

      A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

      • The successful candidate will be required as a condition of employment to comply with FTA training requirements as set forth in 49 CFR Part 672 by enrolling in the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCP) and must successfully complete the training courses within the three-year timeframe as prescribed by the FTA
      • Must be able to become GCOR Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties after hire.
      • Must be able to obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.
      • Possess and maintain a California driver's license, Class C, with less than 6 points in the preceding 36 month period and no DUIs in the preceding 7 year period.
      • Maintain compliance with the District's policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

        General Requirements
        • Experience with and knowledge of railroad and/or rail transit track, signal, mechanical, and operations discipline, preferred.
        • Experience in preparing and making written and verbal presentations, demonstrating the ability to explain issues clearly and concisely and make persuasive and effective presentations; ability to reason clearly and exercise a high degree of independence in performing routine daily work assignments.
        • Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, analyze situations accurately, and recommend and coordinate effective courses of action, while establishing and maintaining cooperative and positive working relationships with others, both inside and outside NCTD.
        • Experience in auditing, preferably rail agencies, to ensure the compliance of state and federal requirements, such as State General Orders, System Safety Plans, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
        • Experience with investigating accidents; ability to determine probable cause and contributing factors.
        • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite and database systems. Supplemental Information

          Physical Requirements

          The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

          The employee must possess the ability to use the phone and computer for extended periods, manual dexterity to complete clerical functions and work with office equipment and lift equipment up to 25 pounds on a periodic basis. The employee must be able to hear, see, and communicate verbally to exchange information. The employee must be able to physically travel between District locations and other destinations, work in evenings when required, work in hazardous conditions, and negotiate a variety of different and irregular terrain as is typical along a railway right of way. The employee may be subject to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals. The employee must be able to walk, climb, balance, bend, carry, push, reach, sit, and stand.

          Machines / Tools / Equipment
          • Ability to operate a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite programs.
          • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including a fax and scanner machine, copy machine, and telephone.
          • Ability to carry and operate a mobile on-call device. Application Information: All applicants must complete and submit an online application at A job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Salary based upon experience, not to exceed midpoint of stated range. NCTD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

            Retirement: NCTD participates in the CalPERS retirement program with a benefit formula of 1.5% @ 65 for PEPRA new members. Benefits are calculated based on your age at retirement, the number of years of service credit with CalPERS and the average of your monthly compensation over the past 36 months (36 months average highest hourly pay rate). The current employee contribution rate each payroll is 4.75% for new members. Taxes are deferred to retirement.

            457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan: NCTD offers a Voluntary Deferred Compensation Savings Plan through VOYA Financial Services. Employees are eligible to enroll any time after the date of hire. The plan allows you to contribute pre-tax and/or post-tax dollars into selected funds of your choice. The plan also allows you to:
            • Contribute up to amount specified annually by the IRS
            • Catch-up plan for those 50+ of up to amount specified annually by the IRS
            • Is portable, can be rolled over into another qualified retirement plan
            • Employer match into a 401(a) account (50% up to 8% of employee compensation; Max NCTD contribution of 4%)
              Medical Insurance: NCTD offers a rich variety of HMO and PPO plans to choose from and contributes towards your monthly medical premiums, if the coverage you select costs more than the amount NCTD contributes, then payroll deductions will be withheld on a pre-tax basis.

              If medical insurance is selected, NCTD will contribute the listed amount towards your selection:
              • $550/month for single coverage
              • $1,040/month for employee + one dependent
              • $1,392/month for employee + 2 or more dependents
                Dental Insurance: NCTD offers two different dental plans for employees and their eligible dependents (HMO and PPO) from a reliable dental insurance provider. Human Resources can provide information regarding annual insurance provider and available plans. Both plans are part of NCTD's cafeteria plan (pre-tax payroll deductions for monthly premiums).

                Vision Insurance: NCTD offers vision services for employees and their eligible dependents through a reliable vision insurance provider. Human Resources can provide information regarding annual insurance provider and available plan. The plan is part of NCTD's cafeteria plan (pre-tax payroll deductions for monthly premiums).

                The benefits include:
                • $10.00 co-pay for Annual Exam
                • No charge for standard lenses every 12 months
                • $125 retail allowance for frames every 2 years; OR $125 toward the contact lens.

                  Life Insurance: NCTD cares for its employees, and thus provides at no cost to the employee group life insurance in the amount of $50,000 (coverage includes Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Accelerated Death benefits). Additional life insurance is available for you and your eligible dependents at your expense. * Tax reporting is required for any amounts over $50,000, per IRS guidelines. Supplemental life insurance coverage premiums are deducted on a post-tax basis.

                  Long Term Disability Insurance: NCTD offers voluntary Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance. You may elect units of $100 up to 60% of your hourly wage to a maximum of $6,000/month. Deductions are post-tax, coverage 24/7, limitations or exclusions, and benefits are payable to age 65 or for two years (whichever is longer).

                  Flexible Spending Account Plan: NCTD offers two core FSA plans and two Commuter plans. Health Care and Dependent Care plans are "Use It OR Lose It" calendar year plans (Jan. 1st - Dec. 31st). The Commuter Transit and Parking plans do not have a "use it or lose it" policy. Plans are as follows:
                  • Health Care Spending Account:
                    • May contribute up to amount specified annually by the IRS
                    • Dependent Care Spending Account:
                      • May contribute up to amount specified annually by the IRS (including limitations if married)
                      • Commuter Transit Accounts:
                        • May contribute up to amount specified annually by the IRS
                          Disability Insurance: Employees contribute to California State Disability Insurance (SDI). The current contribution rate is 1.1% of earnings and is totally paid by the employee. After the 7-day waiting period, SDI pays a percentage of employee's salary up to a maximum of $1,540.00per week, for up to 52 weeks. SDI may be coordinated with Paid Time Off (PTO).

                          Accident Insurance: NCTD offers voluntary accident insurance. You may elect coverage for you and your dependents for a flat monthly rate. Deductions are post-tax.

                          Critical Illness Insurance: NTD offers voluntary Critical Illness insurance. You may elect coverage up to $10,000 in increments of $2,500, for you and between $2,500 - $5,000 for your dependents, not to exceed 50% of coverage amount. Deductions are post-tax.

                          Administrative Holidays: 9 recognized paid holidays per year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

                          PTO (Paid Time Off):All NCTD Regular, Probationary, and Limited-Term employees shall receive Paid Time Off (PTO). PTO shall be taken at reasonable times approved by the employee's supervisor.

                          PTO shall be earned equally in each pay period during the year in accordance with the following schedule, based on the number of years of NCTD service completed:

                          - 0 through 3.99 years of service completed: 120 hours per year (15 days)
                          - 4.00 through 9.99 years of service completed: 176 hours per year (22 days)
                          - 10 and more years of service completed: 216 hours per year (27 days)

                          Bereavement: NCTD offers up to three (3) days of paid leave. Five (5) days if travel is greater than 300 miles.

                          Transportation Passes: All NCTD employees receive an identification "PRONTO Card" which can be used to ride the following NCTD/MTS transit services (BREEZE, FLEX, SPRINTER, COASTER, MTS Bus, Trolley) at no charge. Eligible family members also receive a pass for NCTD public transportation at no charge (paratransit excluded).

                          Employee Assistance Plan: The EAP offers assistance in areas such as:
                          • Emotional Support
                          • Work/Life Balance
                          • Family Care

                            Family Status Change: This allows you to add/drop dependents from current benefit plan elections per IRS "Qualifying Events." If a "Qualifying Event" occurs, you MUST contact HR within 30 days of event, (Qualifying Event must relate to the benefit change you are requesting).

                            Please contact Human Resources should you have any questions regarding NCTD Benefits.


                            Please be advised that an incomplete application WILL NOT be considered for employment. An attached resume is not an acceptable substitution for a completed application. Incomplete responses, false statements, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification in the selection process. By continuing in the process, you are certifying that all information provided in the application and supplemental questionnaire is true to the best of your knowledge. Select "Yes" to reflect that you have read and understand this statement.
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                              APPLICANT'S ACKNOWLEDGMENT - NOTIFICATION VIA EMAIL: I understand that it is my responsibility to check my email, including junk mail or spam folders, for any communication from the North County Transit District. Communication will be sent via email to the email address I have provided on my application. Select "Yes" to reflect that you have read, understand, and agree to this statement.
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Keywords: North County Transit District, Oceanside , System Safety Specialist (Rail), Other , Oceanside, California

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