This is an exceptional career opportunity with the busiest NEW Light Rail Transit system in North America for a strategic transit safety executive and collaborative relationship builder to lead the Safety Program.
Canada's Capital, with over 900,000 residents, the City of Ottawa is blessed with a mix of great urban neighbourhoods and dynamic suburban communities. Ottawa boasts one of Canada's most highly educated and talented workforces and is home to one of the largest concentrations of hi-tech firms in the country. Visitors and residents alike thrive in this dynamic urban environment and can choose from an exciting array of museums, art galleries, theatres and cultural events, parks and recreation facilities, restaurants and shopping venues.
Ensuring the safety of OCTranspo’s public transit and light rail services is a critical mandate that calls for the visionary leadership and the expertise of a proven safety professional with knowledge of industry best practices and a talent for capacity building and fostering change and innovation. If you’re such a leader, consider joining the City of Ottawa as Chief Safety Officer (CSO) within the Transportation Services Department. With the successful launch of the City’s very new, modern and busy line and it’s second stage already under construction, this is a high-profile opportunity that will offer prospects for career growth while making noteworthy impact on Canadian transportation service excellence and standards.
Reporting to the General Manager of the Department, you’ll provide vision, leadership and strategic direction to the overall Safety Program, including Safety Compliance, Training and Development Services, and planning for expansion plans already underway.
The Service’s two units – Transit Safety and Transit Training – deliver safety and job training for transit services employees, and ensure the compliance, development and implementation of safety standards to protect the general public. As Chief Safety Officer, you’ll also manage the Service's human and financial resources, including contracted services for large capital programs, staff development and performance, and financial planning and reporting. This requires you to lead and oversee a unique and distinct Safety Officer role at an agency that has an intricate relationship with a private sector entity in the delivery of the LRT service and the next stages of that system’s growth. You will understand the implications of contracting out the safety responsibilities of the maintenance portion of the LRT system, while at the same time keeping the overall accountability for complex system engineering and technical issues that will be sure to occur with respect to the LRT going forward. You will be expert in system safety as well as institutionally astute in organizational dynamics, and able to guide and mentor to ensure both collaboration and high performance.
Complementing your university degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, Risk Management, Safety or a related field, you bring significant senior level transit industry experience, with a specific background in safety management and a multi-modal transportation (bus and rail) environment. This will have included strong demonstrated experience managing human resources, operating and capital budgets, and external contract resources in a complex public or private sector organization. Canadian Registered Safety Professional Certification (CRSP), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant designation, or equivalent safety-related credentials would be considered an asset.
This senior role will demand strong leadership competencies along with intimate knowledge of applicable principles, practices, procedures, techniques, laws and regulations related to rail and transit regulations in Canada. Equally important, you’ll be familiar with sustainable development, environmental compliance practices, the development and implementation of long-range and short-term Transit Safety strategies, trends and developments in the field, and systems safety engineering principles.
To apply for this mission-critical safety leadership role, submit your application to Phelps, at firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the job title in the subject line of your e-mail. Application deadline: November 22, 2019.
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