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City of Ames Transit Chief Safety Officer in 50010, Iowa

Transit Chief Safety Officer



Transit Chief Safety Officer


$63,189.00 - $92,381.00 Annually


50010, IA

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11/5/2020 12:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Under the direction of the Transit Director, the Transit Chief Safety Officer administers CyRide's Safety & Security and Transit Asset Management (TAM) Plans, risk assessment and claims handling, fleet safety, safety training programs, emergency planning/response and disaster preparedness and ensures compliance with federal and state safety requirements/reporting. This position also ensures that all agency facilities and transit system operations are in compliance with federal, state and local safety and security requirements while serving as the agency's liaison and point of contact for external safety and law enforcement agencies.

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to education and work history, as well as any required supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Compensation Philosophy:

The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position, we may consider a candidate's education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median. The median salary for this position is $77,785.


Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit:

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Responsible for the analysis of Ames Transit Agency's risk, timely development of its Federal Transit Administration-required Agency Safety & Security and Transit Asset Management Plans, in coordination with the Agency's divisions. Provides various reports and analyzes, including safety trends. Disseminates applicable safety regulations and standards to divisions and assists in developing programs that ensure regulatory compliance. Develops cost saving safety recommendations. In conjunction with the agency's divisions, assumes lead role in formulating general safety and security policies and procedures to be followed by the Agency's personnel in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations. Oversees FTA drug and alcohol testing program. Responsible for development and coordination of FTA Homeland Security regulations. Communicates with federal, state and local regulatory agencies, safety and law enforcement agencies. Leads the Accident Review Committee to determine preventability for the National Safety Council awards.

Researches new regulatory compliance issues for the Agency regarding applicability and assists in developing programs to ensure regulatory compliance. Prepares reports and communicates with the transit agency divisions and employees regarding safety and security policy/procedure changes. Serves as Agency's contact for employees with safety/security inquires, problems or complaints from employees, management or the public. If valid, recommends resolutions to the management team to address concerns.

Manages and evaluates the facility and operational safety of the Ames Transit Agency. Conducts detailed evaluations and assessments of unsafe conditions and incident/accidents and follows up on the status of corrective actions. Develops effective safety performance standards for the maintenance and operational divisions, conducts accident/incident investigations, including determination of preventability and conducting driver counseling. Maintains all accident-related documentation/registers/forms, maintains files and coordinates with the City of Ames Risk Manager regarding claims.

Analyzes safety trends and develops reports that include findings, priorities, recommendations, and cost estimates (savings/costs).

In coordination with the City of Ames Human Resources Department coordinates return-to-duty, light duty and workers compensation issues for the transit agency.

Ensures all staff are adequately trained and understand/executes safety and security standards. Assists the training and maintenance divisions in the development and implementation of semi-annual driver training meetings and maintenance training. Develops recommendations to modify operator and mechanics safety and training. Conducts driver road checks to ensure compliance with safety standards.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree with major course work in risk management, business administration, project administration for safety or related courses, and three years transportation, safety or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations regarding safety and security issues preferred.

Licenses and Certification: Valid Driver's License. Must obtain a Commercial Driver's License with air brake endorsement within 3 months of employment; must maintain CDL. Required to obtain within first year of placement, and keep current, the Federal Transit Administration's safety certification or additional safety training to comply with the federal standards and to satisfy the job functions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of the principles of established risk management practices and procedures. Familiarity with FTA, EPA standards, and ADA regulations. Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal statutes/regulations. Knowledge of risk categories. Knowledge of the methods to motivate supervisors and employees to an increased awareness of safety practices.

Skill in the use of computer applications including spreadsheet, database and word processing software. Interpersonal skills in interacting with others in a variety of business situations in individual and group settings. Good verbal, written and relational communication skills, with an ability to appropriately interact with employees at all levels, including drivers, customers, senior management, union officials and the general public. Fluent in English.

Ability to design and implement new programs in risk management, safety and security. Ability to evaluate and review complex data/reports and make recommendations. Ability to carry out investigations, determine the cause of accidents and initiate corrective action on such causes. Ability to present self in a poised, professional and appropriate manner in a variety of situations, including those of a sensitive nature.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Sitting, talking, hearing, walking, standing, finger dexterity, climbing stairs, balancing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and repetitive motions.

Vision Requirements: The standard for use with those whose work deals with preparing and analyzing data and figures, and the use of a computer terminal.

Environmental Conditions: The employee ordinarily works in an office environment and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. May be exposed to extreme hot or cold weather when investigating accidents and participating with ride alongs.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, a phone interview, an on-site interview and written exercise, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check and motor vehicle records report. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.