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Director Work Planning & Safety Compliance

Job ID: 6703
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Date Posted: Apr 5, 2024


JOB TITLE: Director Work Planning & Safety Compliance

SALARY RANGE: $156,214 - $172,022



SUPERVISOR: Deputy Chief/Chief Safety Officer

LOCATION: 420 Lexington Ave Broadway New York, NY 10170

HOURS OF WORK: 8:00am - 5:00pm

DEADLINE:April 4, 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.


The position is responsible for implementing and maintaining theGrand Central Madison Operating Company safety program for its contractors. The position ensures work planning and coordination between the Grand Central Madison Operating Company facility maintainer contractor(s) and Long Island Railroad, meeting MTA Grand Central Madison Operating Company obligations to the facility maintainer contractor(s) and ensures all maintenance activities are performed.

The GCM Facilities Maintenance contractor is responsible for developing and submitting for approval a Safety Plan. This position works with the Deputy Chief to review, comment, and approve the plan once all requirements are met. Once the plan is approved by the MTA the work is to ensure contractor compliance with all elements of the plan and review and approval of any amendments.

This position is responsible for efficient coordination of resources between the contractors and Long Island Railroad for access to assets. Access can include RWIC/flagging support, track car pilots and room escorts for communications and power facilities. Additionally, any work that will have a potential customer service impact is organized in a way to minimize the impacts. Responsibility includes a weekly schedule coordinated with all parties who have work in the territory. This position coordinates directly with LIRR Special Projects and Transportation to schedule required resources with a minimal impact to the operations.


  • Direct the maintenance work in the Grand Central Madison (East Side Access) territory, to include the Grand Central Madison station, tunnels, and Mid-Day Storage Yard. This work is managed through the weekly scheduling process designed to allocate track time, room access, and identify and resolve conflicts. Work is performed by both Long Island Railroad and facility maintenance contractor(s).
  • Coordinated work is required for safety, to maximize limited track access time, prevent conflicts with Long Island Railroad operations and maintenance, avoid negative customer impacts and efficiently allocate MTA staff.
  • Ensure contractor(s) compliance with safety requirements, including field visits. Review and recommend approval of contractor safety submittals including staffing, safety plans and job specific safe work plans.
  • Work is required to ensure safety.
  • Review Facility Maintainer contractor submittals, including CDRLs (Contract Deliverable Requirements List - especially the Safety Plan and Safe Work Plans), key staff proposals (resumes), invoice packages including KPI calculations, and contract correspondence and ensure safety, asset management, and work planning elements.
  • Ensure a cohesive and efficient execution of the project management and planning to prevent problems and minimize costs.
  • Develop, coach, and direct the ongoing activities of staff, including setting goals and objectives to align with GCMOC goals.
  • 24 hour, 7 days a week availability with the ability to work weekend and overnight shifts as needed to support safety initiatives.
  • Develop on-call coverage schedule for safety issues, forecast and manage workflow among the team, ensure team is meeting deadlines, escalate issues.
  • All staff of the GCMOC, as a lean agency, have shared responsibility for oversight of GCMOC contract operations and maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated safety-first approach.
  • Must have knowledge of the Long Island Railroad work scheduling process, including contractor flagging and room escort requirements.
  • Must have knowledge of the safety requirements of GCMOC.
  • Knowledge of railroad industry, understanding of FRA regulations, economic operating/equipment considerations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all internal levels within the LIRR and external stakeholders, including the MTA agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and meet regular timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to convene meetings and achieve consensus to move work programs forward.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key internal and/or external stakeholders.
  • Must have strong managerial skills to effectively direct subordinate staff of in implementing the short- and long-term goals and direction for the area(s) of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated analytical capabilities and quantitative skills.
  • May need to work outside of normal work hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
  • Travel may be required to other MTA locations or other external sites.



  • Bachelors degree in Business, Transportation, Public Policy or a related field from an accredited college.
  • Minimum 10 years related experience, including at least 3 years in a similar role in a large, multi-faceted, fast-paced organization or governmental body preferred.


  • Masters degree in a related field.
  • Familiarity with the MTAs policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with the MTAs collective bargaining procedures.


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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