Chief Safety and Environment Officer


Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, with a dotted line reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, Administration, the Chief Safety and Environment Officer is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of the environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities, the METRA System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) and will represent METRA in all regulatory and public transportation industry forums and/or meetings in which METRA has a vested interest.  Oversee safety and environment department staff and budget. Perform other related duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, Transportation OR in lieu of degree, must have any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in regulatory oversight and safety and environmental management. Advanced degree preferred.
  • In addition to #1, ten (10) years of progressive experience in a transportation agency environment in regulatory oversight and safety and environmental management; specific experience with rail safety operations and compliance preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of direct supervisory experience that includes day-to-day employee management, assigning tasks, providing guidance and training, monitoring performance, conflict management, budgeting, hiring, disciplinary and/or termination.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of transportation safety to include a wide-ranging knowledge of the principles of procedures and equipment including:  vehicles, track, structures, facilities, electric traction power, signals, communication, operations and control systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of operational safety and system safety engineering.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for presentations and briefings.
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of behavioral, occupational, environmental and fire safety and Safety Management Systems (SMS).
  • Familiar and current with safety and environmental regulations and guidelines adopted by the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state and federal oversight authorities,  including freight and inter-city rail safety and environmental practices.
  • Ability to provide leadership and promote a culture of compliance and safety at the METRA.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites with emphasis on database maintenance and record-keeping applications.

All employees are responsible for performing their job safely and in accordance with the safety objectives, goals and program of the organization, ensuring compliance with applicable safety rules and regulations.


Selected candidates are subject to a physical examination/drug test and background check to verify information regarding education, employment, vehicle and criminal history. Relocation is not available for this position.

If you are interested in applying for a position at Metra, please send your cover letter which must include the position title, your resume and salary history to:


Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

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