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American Public Transportation Association

 Senior Program Manager-Safety & Security

APTA has an immediate need for a Sr. Program Manager-Safety & Security to perform work related to safety and security activities consistent with APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements. He/she will be responsible for supporting security program and standards development as well as supporting safety program management and development.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for program development, contract, grant, and financial management of the Public Transit Information Sharing and Analysis Center (PT-ISAC). Also participates as the APTA representative on the National Council of ISACs;
  • Responsible for industry outreach and education on emergency preparedness issues, events and coordination, management of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force (EPTF);
  • Manages the security standards working groups. Within the APTA Standards Program, oversee program management responsibilities for each work group including the standards development process, financial & programmatic updates, contract management, logistical coordination, federal reporting requirements. Manages various security related websites associated with the security standards program;
  • Develops an inventory and compilation of current and ongoing best practices as they relate to APTA safety and security programs;
  • Develops and manages the dissemination of operations, safety, and security industry issues, agency events and incidents, and other forms of information of value and interest to APTA members and members of the APTA safety and security committees;
  • This position is responsible for establishing and managing a process to enable the monitoring and dissemination of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports as well as to coordinate responses on NTSB recommendations, as may arise; 
  • Provides technical assistance to Rail, Commuter Rail and Bus transit systems relative to system safety programs, audits, and workshops;
  • Serves as a staff auditor on safety management system audits as assigned, in support of APTA’s Rail, Commuter Rail, and Bus Safety Management Programs, to include pre-audit coordination, document review, interview facilitation, writing/editing of all reports and supplemental materials, and providing support to transit agencies on corrective actions;
  • Develops and maintains cooperative agreements and activities with external stakeholders and federal partner agencies, including: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration;
  • Facilitates industry participation in, and supports industry efforts to comply with, all rulemakings relative to safety management system requirements and regulatory oversight activities mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and subsequent amendments to the U.S. Code;
  • Conducts research of safety and security issues on behalf of the transit industry or to address a specific internal or external inquiry. Develops and maintains safety and security training and guidance resources;
  • Supports and maintains the Safety Resource Library section of the APTA website, and collaboration pages for APTA safety and security committees;
  • Manages the Safety and Security Excellence Awards program, to include solicitation of nominations, review of nomination criteria as necessary, facilitation of selection process, and support of planning final presentation of awards;
  • Serves as liaison to various external stakeholder groups focused on the advancement of industry safety and security, including but not limited to: Transportation Research Board (TRB), Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and National Safety Council;
  • Functions independently in the conduct of Rail, Commuter Rail and Bus safety and security training seminars and workshops;
  • Provides staff support to APTA peer reviews as assigned, to include coordination with requesting agency and industry peer panelists, facilitation of document review and on-site review activities, preparation of final debrief presentations, and leading group effort to draft final report;
  • Assists the Security and Safety Sections in preparation of programs for APTA major conferences, meetings and overall departmental efforts;
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


Program Management            

  • The degree to which programs and projects are managed in an efficient and professional manner to achieve work tasks while maintaining cost control and performance to goals, objectives and to schedule;
  • The degree to which programs and activities are managed to ensure proper representation by transit systems and the Association regarding issues in public transit industry security, safety and related areas;
  • The degree to which all elements of program execution are properly coordinated and supervised, as measured by effective achievement of program objectives;
  • The degree to which thorough, meaningful documentation is produced which effectively and clearly presents the results of program work.

Program Development            

  • The degree to which activities embodying objectives, needs, statements of work, budget management, and work schedules are formulated, prepared, presented, and accepted;
  • The degree to which the needs of the industry and APTA membership are determined and accurately reflected in program activities.

Association and Department Activities                          

  • The degree to which a high level of cooperation and communication is achieved and maintained with committees, Association members, APTA staff, government, and other organizations to achieve the stated goals and objectives;
  • The quality and timeliness of support given to other staff members;
  • The degree to which APTA working groups, committees, conferences, and workshops are supported, including but not limited to the thoroughness and timeliness of the organization of meetings and conferences and the quality of the programs organized for such events;
  • The quality and timeliness of support given to APTA peer review panels.

Project Assignments

  • The degree to which research is conducted with meaningful results which are of utility to APTA’s members, with timeliness of research activities, and with effective communication of the results;
  • The quality and effectiveness of all other support given to APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements.


Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Engineering, Mathematics, Science or a safety/security-related discipline. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the transportation industry focusing on security, emergency management or safety topics is required. Specific experience related to program and project management desired. Experience working with Federal and industry organization partners, especially in relation to security issues is a plus. Successful candidate must have strong self-management skills, excellent oral and written communications skills, proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and a passion for providing quality service to our members. Requires the ability to travel to attend and support conferences, seminars, committee meetings and other events related to work objectives.

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