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Director Safety

Job ID: 6726
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Safety Oversight
Date Posted: May 15, 2024



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


JOB TITLE:                

Director Safety (Emergency Management Operations)                


Construction & Development                


Delivery/Safety Oversight                

REPORTS TO:                

Senior Director of Safety (Emergency Management Planning)                

WORK LOCATION:                

2 Broadway                

HOURS OF WORK:                

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM or as required (7.5HR/ DAY)                

HAY POINTS:                


SALARY RANGE:                

$124,355 to $163,216                


Open Until Filled                




The Director of Safety (Emergency Management Operations) position involves critical responsibilities related to emergency operations, preparedness, compliance, and effective communication. Senior Director of Safety (Emergency Management-Planning), the Director will assist the Director in the planning, development, organization, and administration of C&D emergency management procedures and protocols. This position encompasses a diverse array of responsibilities focused on emergency preparedness and operational response capabilities. The candidate must embody a proactive stance towards emergency management, exhibit exceptional communication skills, demonstrate acute attention to detail, and showcase adeptness in navigating high-pressure scenarios to guarantee seamless operational continuity during emergencies. During emergencies, the Director of Emergency Management will coordinate the emergency response efforts and assist in mobilizing resources, managing response teams, coordinating with external agencies, and ensuring the effective implementation of response plan strategies. Shifts may require coverage on evenings or weekends. May require 24-hour or weekend availability for emergencies.                



Represents the Senior Director of Safety (Emergency Management-Planning) in conducting day-to-day operations and assists as required.                

Assists in emergency planning at other MTA C&D facilities and job sites as required.                

Remains informed on new legislation and regulations and ensures compliance as required.                 

Attends Emergency Operations Center meetings and conferences to represent the Agency in an emergency or event as needed.                 

Prepares and assists in documenting emergency management, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, to promote transparency and accountability.                

Interact with the Business Unit Team and other Agency Emergency Management staff to proactively conduct presentations on various awareness and preparation topics.                 

Assisted in coordinating and overseeing employee participation and completion of emergency response training programs.                 

Manages readiness document submissions and works with project teams and contractors to implement corrective actions and preventive measures.                 

Identify, develop, and deliver training on various emergency response training courses.                 

Evaluate and improve the resilience of emergency plans and procedures based on lessons learned and best practices.                 

Participate and assist in implementing and evaluating tabletop exercises, drills, and exercises to ensure Agency-wide emergency management preparedness and adherence to annual mandates.                 

Provide regular progress updates to the Assistant Vice President  of Safety - Emergency Management.                 

Assist in preparing and releasing Emergency notifications to C&D staff and contractors, as required.                 

Assist in the delivery and oversight of the Emergency Management Program, including developing and implementing policies, procedures, and agency-wide initiatives under the guidance of the Director of Emergency Management and senior management.                 

Coordinate the efforts of various agencies, departments, and organizations involved in emergency response, including fire departments, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and public utilities.                 

Effective communication and collaboration are crucial.                 

Collaborate on efforts to reduce the impact of disasters through mitigation strategies (e.g., floodplain management) and assist in the recovery process by connecting affected Agencies and contractors on capital programs with available resources and support.                 

Prepare assessment reports and presentations on emergency preparedness.                 

All related duties as assigned and required to support the continuity of emergency preparedness and events.                 

Education and Experience                


Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Safety Management, or Construction Safety.                 

Master’s degree preferred.                


Must have a minimum of eight (10) years of experience in a position that is progressively responsible for emergency management, project management, business continuity, public transportation, or public administration, or experience in a large corporate or government organization with responsibility for producing actionable policies and plans.                


Must have a minimum of five (5) years in a management or supervisory role and/or safety manager role in a large, multi-faceted organization.                 


Must have knowledge and practical experience with the Incident Command System (ICS).                 


Must have experience managing multiple competing priorities and deadlines                




Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.                   


The flexibility to make quick decisions as disasters change and develop. The ability to remain calm under pressure.                      


Experience in developing Emergency plans and delivering emergency response training programs.                


Must have experience managing multiple competing priorities and deadlines.                   


The ability to exercise tact and sound judgment.                    


Must comprehend written and verbal directives.                        


Must have knowledge and practical experience with the Incident Command System (ICS).                 


Proficient computer skills (e.g., Windows environment, Microsoft Office, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft, Everbridge, etc.) and strong business administrative skills (e.g., presentations, reports, letter writing, time management, etc.).                


Analytical and strong organizational skills                

Must be flexible to work outside regular work hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).                 


Demonstrated experience in conducting emergency preparedness inspections and audits.                 


ICS Certifications in 100, 200, 230 and 235C.                


Driver's license required.                




Knowledge of federal, state, and local (NYC) plan management best practices and familiarity with emergency plans, document structures, and formats.                


Experience using Everbridge Emergency Management Notification and documentation software.                


First Aid/CPR Certified                 


NYCEM Emergency Management Certification            


FEMA certification or knowledge of NIMS, ICS, or HSEEP is preferred.                 


Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER)                


ICS Certifications 300, 400, 700, 800, 1300,2200 are a plus                


Possess a valid OSHA 30-hour card in the Construction Industry under five years old.                


NYCEM Emergency Management Certification plus                


Certification in Emergency Management (e.g., CEM, AEM) plus                


FEMA certification or knowledge of NIMS, ICS, or HSEEP plus                


Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER)                


Other Information                

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”).                

Selection Criteria                

Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.                


How to Apply                

MTA employees must apply via My MTA Portal. You can submit an online application by logging into My MTA Portal, clicking the My Job Search ribbon, and selecting the “Careers” link. Logging in through My MTA Portal will link your BSC ID number to your job application to identify you as an internal applicant.                 


Equal Employment Opportunity                

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are equal opportunity employers, including those 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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