Senior Manager for Safety & Environmental Services

Organization: Ben Franklin Transit

Location: Richland, Wash.

Deadline: First review of applications: Aug. 29 (open until filled).

Salary: Up to $124,075 DOQ

Description: Ben Franklin Transit seeks a Senior Manager, Safety & Environmental Services to directly supervise the three safety personnel in the Safety Department.

Located among the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington, Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) is a municipal corporation which provides public transportation services in a 616 square mile area in Benton and Franklin Counties. BFT administration offices are in Richland, which, along with its sister cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, make up the Tri-Cities (population 283,000). The area is in the heart of wine country and averages 300 days of sunshine a year, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including water sports, golf, wine touring and outdoor theater.

BFT employs 318 full and part-time employees, both union and non-union. BFT provides fixed route service, paratransit (Dial-A-Ride) services to the Public Transit Benefit Area (PTBA), taxi feeder, Trans+Plus Night & Sunday Service, and Demand Response services, as well as connector services for outside of BFT’s PTBA.

Duties and Responsibilities: Operating on a budget of $421,300, the Safety Department is comprised of four full-time safety personnel, including the Senior Manager, Safety & Environmental Services, Claims & Risk Manager, Industrial Safety Specialist and Bus Safety Specialist. The Senior Manager will directly supervise the three safety personnel in the Safety Department and will report directly to the Director of Operations, with a dotted reporting line/structure to the General Manager. Responsibilities of the position include implementation and administration of a comprehensive transit safety management system and environmental program for the agency. The position will also provide functional oversight and auditing of safety activities and respond to accidents, incidents, and occurrences; conduct audits and inspections, including safety certification of field activities for compliance with safety and security requirements. The Senior Manager is expected to interface with OSHA, Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP), and other state and federal regulatory agencies, and is responsible for day-to-day implementation and operations of the agency’s safety management systems (SMS) and all levels of the agency’s safety culture.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in safety engineering, industrial safety, environmental safety and health or a closely related field from an accredited institution and seven (7) years of experience managing the safety, quality, and engineering construction of a Safety and Quality Assurance division in a transit agency is required. The ideal candidate will have ten (10) years of experience managing the safety, quality, and engineering construction of a Safety and Quality Assurance division in a transit agency, and have certifications in Occupational Safety, System Safety, Accident Investigation and Certified Safety Professional. Candidates may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates their ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. Please see full job description for required licenses and certifications.

Application Procedure: For a complete position profile and full job description, and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Ben Franklin Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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