The Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC) is recruiting for an Executive Director to undertake the challenges of building, leading and establishing a newly created State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) for the second largest transit system in the United States, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in Washington, DC.
The selected candidate will ensure a commitment to effective safety oversight program administration through direct leadership, role modeling, establishing working relationships with WMATA personnel, building and managing a team of skilled and qualified auditors and implementing practices which promote accountability across all organizational levels. The position is responsible for identifying and developing short, medium, and long-range operational strategies to ensure: strong oversight of WMATA; cost-effective SSOA operations; a positive working relationship with all levels of MSC staff, WMATA personnel and other external stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and governmental bodies; and a safety-focused culture. Furthermore, the Executive Director must comprehend and execute the necessary strategies to effectively and collaboratively support changes underway at WMATA, while remaining sensitive to pragmatic considerations in the operating environment. The Executive Director will perform other related duties as assigned and required by the MSC Board including communicating with other external stakeholders and the media.
The selected candidate will serve at the will of the MSC Board and should possess a minimum of 10 years of executive experience focusing on transportation safety with at least 5 years of experience associated with Safety Management Systems, independent audit or reviews, and/or transportation safety management. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations is required. Candidates must have a degree in business administration, public administration, management, transportation, or a related field.
The Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC) is a new entity that was just formed through a legal compact and will be providing safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system. The MSC is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT).