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Assistant Manager, LIRR Rail Compliance

Job ID: 4211
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: Mineola, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Occupational Health Services
Date Posted: Mar 20, 2024


JOB TITLE:                          Assistant Manager, LIRR Rail Compliance

SALARY RANGE:                $90,000-$95,000

HAY POINTS:                      479

DEPT/DIV:                          Safety & Security/Occupational Health Services (OHS)

SUPERVISOR:                     Manager/DER, LIRR Rail Compliance

LOCATION:                         300 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501*


*This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week.  New hires are eligible to apply for telework 30 days after their effective date of hire.




The Assistant Manager supports the Manager/DER, LIRR Rail Compliance with ensuring the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) drug/alcohol testing program is compliant with federal substance abuse testing/detection/deterrence requirements mandated by Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, including those specified under Title 49 CFR Part 40 (Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs), Part 219 (FRA – Federal Railroad Administration), and Part 382 (FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). This also includes compliance with additional requirements set forth in MTA policy.


The Assistant Manager plays an important role in ensuring (1) mandated testing is consistently and successfully managed/performed, (2) employees are restricted/removed from the performance of regulated work following violation of MTA policy, and (3) overall safety is maintained in LIRR workplaces, and for MTA customers.




          To ensure compliance with DOT regulation and MTA policy, prepare testing schedules to ensure all Random and Follow-Up testing is completed as federally mandated, schedule employees returning to duty following a substance abuse-related absence, and coordinate for off-hour drug/alcohol testing.

          To ensure compliance with DOT regulation and MTA policy, retrieve and securely/confidentially maintain LIRR drug/alcohol testing records (electronic and hard-copy), including, but not limited to, pre-placement and post-hire drug test results, employee testing notification forms, supervisor excusal of random/follow-up testing, supervisor referrals for post-accident/reasonable suspicion testing, supervisor/employee training, SAP evaluation and follow-up testing prescriptions, etc.

          To ensure compliance with DOT regulation relative to the placement of job applicants into DOT-regulated positions, obtain drug/alcohol testing history from previous DOT-regulated employers of LIRR job applicants (as well as existing employees seeking placement into a DOT-regulated position) necessary for job qualification and placement.

          Liaise with corporate MROs, specimen collectors, alcohol testing technicians, and SAPs as required to ensure compliance with MTA policy concerning potential drug/alcohol testing violations.

          To ensure compliance with DOT regulation, refer regulated employees for SAP treatment/rehabilitation following confirmation of a drug/alcohol testing violation.

          To meet DOT requirements of federally regulated employers, support inquiries from LIRR field liaisons, supervisors, and employees concerning MTA policy and federal regulation related to drug/alcohol testing requirements, as well as development and distribution of drug/alcohol processing standards/practices, educational material, and related training.

          Select, develop, and motivate personnel within the department. Provide career development for subordinates. Provide prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Responsible for discipline/termination of employees when necessary. Review performance of staff. Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.

          Other related duties as assigned.




          Experience in federal regulation relating to mandated workplace drug testing.

          Strong organizational and time management skills.

          Strong verbal and written communication skills.

          Strong interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with internal/external stakeholders.

          Ability to consistently secure and preserve the confidentiality of regulated testing data and related documentation.

          Capable of working effectively in a high-profile/high-pressure environment.

          Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as video web conferencing tools, such as Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.




          Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Transportation, Safety/Security, Public Policy, Human Resources, Labor Relations, or a related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

          Minimum 3 years related work experience including:

  • Two (2) plus years’ experience relative to federally mandated drug-free workplace.




          Developing and implementing interdepartmental policies/standards/procedures

         Familiarity with Long Island Rail Road operating rules, collective bargaining agreements, as well as MTA policies and system applications




          Travel to various MTA locations is expected.

          Work outside of normal business hours (i.e., evenings, weekends, and holidays) may be required.




Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).


Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.


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