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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
$112,187.41 - $148,087.34  
San Jose, California
United States
Job Categories:
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Advisor/Auditor
Industry Segments:
Transportation - Ground, Transportation - Railroad, Transportation/Logistics Services
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Principal Safety Auditor

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is seeking a Principal Safety Auditor to the team.

Under direction, the Principal Safety Auditor performs a variety of complex audit and analysis functions to ensure agency-wide compliance with departmental, local, state and federal regulations and industry safety standards.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This advanced professional serves as a subject matter expert on safety compliance.  Positions assigned to this class are characterized by their responsibility for preparing and presenting audit reports to Executive Management on maintenance, operations, and capital project procedures.

Incumbents may supervise the work of professional and clerical staff in addition to performing the most complex and responsible safety auditing and reporting duties.  This classification works with a high degree of independence and is expected to carry out necessary activities without direction, except as new or unusual circumstances require.

Classification Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented 

Essential Job Functions

 Typical Tasks

  • Oversees and comments on work, records and documentation to ensure compliance with CPUC, OSHA, Department of Industrial Relations, state, federal regulations and VTA's policies and procedures in areas assigned;
  • Examines, verifies, analyzes and evaluates organizational, maintenance and operations safety procedures and policies to ensure that they are necessary, sufficient, and in compliance with any applicable regulations, laws or ordinances.
  • Assists in the development and administration of safety auditing policies and procedures, SOP's, and other departmental training aids;
  • Interviews employees on sensitive, confidential, and complex issues related to operations, construction, and maintenance activities;
  • Performs onsite audit and field work; observes actual practices; evaluates functional operating techniques and identifies existing or potential problem areas;
  • Reviews, analyzes, monitors, and audits internal controls relating to operations, construction and maintenance procedures, policies, and practices as related to regulatory compliance;
  • Documents audit findings, prioritizes findings and prepares audit reports;
  • Reviews audit findings with appropriate departments and recommends improvement of procedures and methods of control;
  • Coordinates with departmental management on replies to audit reports, recommends corrective action plans, tracks progress and ensures their timely implementation;
  • Responds to supervisory and quality assurance review notes;
  • Coordinates CPUC triennial safety audits of various VTA departments; tracks corrective actions to address audit recommendations;
  • Conducts audits against the requirements of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS);
  • Monitors developments and legislation related to assigned area of responsibility; evaluates impact upon agency operations;
  • Prepares and presents complex technical reports; presents reports to Executive Management; may present to the Board of Directors;
  • May serve as a member of the management team in meetings with unions;
  • Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment while complying with VTA safety rules, policies or other related field procedures;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the above tasks and possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Development of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in safety, occupational health and safety, safety engineering, or other related field, and four years of increasingly responsible experience performing safety compliance audits and complex analyses for a private or public sector organization.

Experience in a lead or supervisory capacity is desirable.

Possession of a valid California driver's license is required.

Special Conditions

Frequent exposure to weather, mechanical, electrical, and physical hazards. 

Supplemental Information

 Knowledge of:

  • Theories, principles, and practices of industrial, operations, construction, and transit system safety;
  • Operational, maintainence, and construction inspection practices, procedures, and techniques;
  • Applicable local, state, and federal safety laws and regulations governing facilities, bus and rail operations, construction projects and environmental protection regulations, including those promulgated by CPUC, FED OSHA, CAL OSHA, and the Department of Industrial Relations, etc.;
  • Regulatory agency administrative, reporting, and record keeping requirements;
  • Principles and practices of regulatory auditing and control;
  • Functions and authority of regulatory agencies in relation to safety;
  • Safety audits and audit management;
  • Report writing and presentation;
  • Principles of lead supervision and training;
  • Operation of common office equipment including personal computers and commonly used software. 

Ability to:

  • Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations;
  • Maintain compliance with federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to safety;
  • Analyze, audit, and inspect safety procedures and conditions to identify potential hazards and recommend corrective actions;
  • Work independently;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports; communicate technical subject matter to non-technical audiences;
  • Develop and perform safety audits and inspections;
  • Effectively supervise staff as assigned;
  • Operate standard office equipment including personal computers and commonly used software applications; create and maintain complex spreadsheets;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Special Conditions

Frequent exposure to weather, mechanical, electrical, and physical hazards. 

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