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Manager, CBRN/WMD Detection and Mitigation

Job ID: 7636
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Chief Safety Officer
Date Posted: Jun 3, 2024


JOB TITLE:                        Manager, CBRN/WMD Detection and Mitigation
SALARY RANGE:              $102,024
DEPT/DIV:                          MTA HQ/ Safety & Security
SUPERVISOR:                   Director, CBRN & WMD Detection & Mitigation
LOCATION:                        2 Broadway New York, NY 10004
SCHEDULE:                       9:00am- 5:30pm
*This position is eligible for telework which is currently one (1) day per week.  New hires are eligible to apply for telework 30 days after their effective date of hire.
The incumbent directs a unit that focuses on timely detection of, and countermeasures to, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), in order to deter attacks and mitigate the aftermath. This position oversees a cross-functional operational MTA team that supports this function.
  • Administration of all agencies’ WMD-HazMat Response Team including preparation of unit's budget for equipment and training; maintenance of team's monitoring and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as the associated databases.
  • Respond to suspected WMD-HazMat incidents (HAZWOPER training will be required). Conduct WMD-HazMat Response Team’s training (e.g., to HAZWOPER technician level) pertaining to chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) WMD.
  • Daily management of WMD environmental monitoring programs, which includes being on call to adjudicate system alarms and advise security personnel on response. This incumbent is accountable for overseeing and evaluating contractor performance which includes the following:
  • Observing the work performed by the contractor;
  • Reviewing invoices and approving them if the work has contractual standards;
  • Addressing performance issues with the contractor when possible; and
  • Escalating issues to other parties as needed.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS), which is a federally mandated program under DHS. Monitors MTA’s chemical inventory for susceptibility to theft and sabotage.
  • Assist in the development of suitable on-site test bed(s) for the evaluation of evolving detection technology with DHS and other external agencies.
  • Prepare and participate in interagency exercises as well as those with external agencies. May lead MTA-related exercises in the absence of the Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be a licensed driver.
  • Must have knowledge of chemical, biological, and radiological agent properties, including effect on human exposure.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all internal levels within a given organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact well with external agencies.  External agencies may include the Governor’s Office for New York State, New York City government, elected and other public officials, as well as any staff located at other federal or state agencies or authorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-profile, high-pressure environment effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key internal and/or external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete short- and long-term projects effectively and as efficiently as possible.
  • Demonstrated analytical capabilities and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or comparable applications, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Engineering, Chemical, Biological or Physical Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Safety management or a related field or an equivalent combination of education from an accredited college and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree; and
  • Minimum five (5) years related experience.
  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience with fixed chemical detection systems.
  • At least 3 years in a managerial and/or leadership role.
  • CDL license or willingness to attain.
  • Prior experience working in an emergency response department or organization.
  • Prior experience working in a large, multi-faceted, fast-paced organization or governmental body.
  • Attainment of or in the process of attaining HAZWOPER certification.
  • Familiarity with the MTA’s policies and procedures.
  • Will need to be available for on-call responsibilities.
  • Will work outside of normal work hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
  • Travel is required to other MTA locations or other external sites.
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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