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Rail Safety Coordinator – SMS #2309-226700-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 8:50 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $68,082 - $85,103/year (salary commensurate with experience)


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Transit Safety Coordinator will promote and provide for the safety of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) riding public and personnel through the collection and analyzing of system data.  They will assist with the implementation of CATS’ Safety Management System (SMS) through developing, implementing, and monitoring safety plans, policies, and procedures. They will conduct audits, investigations, training promoting a culture of safety. The candidate should possess a working knowledge and understanding of rail safety operations to include safety plans, policies and procedures, accident/incident investigations, audits, and OSHA Guidelines. The candidate should obtain the ability to effectively manage and use information to identify patterns for future planning/implementation of plans, policies, and procedures. This position requires working irregular hours including evenings, weekends and/or holidays and will be subject to call-ins during emergencies, and special events. This position is categorized as essential personnel and the candidate may be required to work in inclement weather conditions (in/outside) throughout the CATS service area and locations. This is a safety sensitive position and subject to DOT Random testing.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote CATS Safety Culture
  • Assist in implementing Safety Management System (SMS) and Agency Safety Plan (ASP)
  • Assist in reviewing, developing and implementing safety plans, policies and procedures.
  • Conduct safety audits/evaluations as required by CATS safety plans and NCDOT Program Standards.
  • Prepare audit reports, corrective action plans and document hazards in a hazard tracking log.
  • Provide quality assurance oversight of plans, policies and procedures.
  • Conduct various risk assessments to identify potential safety hazards.
  • Review and update hazard logs and risk register.
  • Develop and conduct safety training classes.
  • Monitor various safety performance measures.
  • Interact with Rail Operations and Facilities on safety issues and concerns.
  • Conduct station and facility inspections
  • Conduct OSHA industrial safety reviews at rail facilities
  • Provide data input and analysis using specialized computer programs. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Data collection, entry, and analysis.

Knowledge of FTA Rail Safety Oversight Regulation 49 CFR 672, 673 and 674.

Knowledge of OSHA industrial safety regulations.

Experience conducting rail operations safety training.

Knowledge of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Agency Safety Plan (ASP).

Knowledge of North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Oversight roles and responsibilities.

Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCTP) certificate is required for this position, must be able to obtain within three (3) years and retain throughout employment.

Valid operator’s license is required with good driving record and must be eligible to obtain and retain a City Driving Permit throughout employment.

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Software (e.g.: Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited university/college with coursework related to Occupational Safety, Statistics, Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field or five (5) years of progressive professional safety experience developing and delivering rail transit safety programs in heavy, light, streetcar, commuter, or freight rail operations.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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