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Director of Safety and Security


Salt Lake City, UT, United States


Jun 5, 2024



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Join the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), a leading transit agency in one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States! As UTA expands and evolves, we are seeking a dynamic Director of Safety and Security to help us move UTA forward safely for our employees and our riders.
As the Director of Safety and Security, you will be a key member of our executive leadership team, shaping the strategic direction for safety and security across all transit modes. In this pivotal role, you will lead the development and implementation of cutting-edge safety standards, foster professional growth among safety and security personnel, and make a significant impact on the well-being of both employees and passengers. This position offers diverse and dynamic responsibilities, making it a truly exciting and rewarding career opportunity.
As the Director of Safety and Security, you will:
  • Be responsible for leadership of all UTA safety programs systemwide, including the implementation of UTA’s Safety Management System (SMS) standards to control occupational health and safety risks.
  • Oversee the development and management of safety and security programs for all organizational-wide bus, light rail, commuter rail, and paratransit design, construction, activation, and operational activities.
  • Embed safety culture and accountability across the organization, incorporating safety into mission and goals.
  • Oversee Public Safety (UTA Police Department), Facility Security, Video Security, and line Safety Administrators.
  • Develop strategies and implement programs to achieve and maintain safety and security compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Ensure proper training is conducted and certifications are obtained to maximize daily performance in all safety and security areas.
  • Establish and monitor performance goals and targets for UTA workplace, construction, and system safety and security.
  • Ensure the organization is properly trained and exercises emergency procedures for accidents, incidents, and natural disasters.


  • Five years’ experience in managing professionals.
  • Eight years’ experience managing safety, operations or strategic programs with system safety, industrial hygiene, QA/QC, technical, engineering, or related program management responsibility. 
  • Experience performing safety evaluations and coordinating with safety regulatory agencies preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration or related field required, with a degree in industrial safety preferred. 
  • Understanding of safety regulations and programs required.
  • Understanding of industrial safety, industrial hygiene preferred.
  • Strategic Mindset – Looking toward the broadest possible view of an issue/challenge; cultivating innovation; anticipating future trends and implications accurately.
  • Business Acumen – Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of the broader issues affecting field of expertise and organization.
  • Managerial Courage – Standing strong in the face of adversity and taking necessary risk to achieve results.
  • Change Management – Dealing comfortably with the uncertainty of change. Dealing constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes.
  • Communicates Effectively – Creating an open environment in which thoughts are expressed freely and information flows easily.
  • Decision Making – Making sound decisions that consider multiple options, seeking input from others, reaching good decisions in a timely manner.
  • Drives Results – Fostering a strong bottom-line orientation; accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks; exceeding goals successfully; pushing self and others to achieve results.
  • This job requires regular and predictable attendance.
- OR -
An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
[UTA reserves the right to determine the equivalencies of education and experience.]

As a full-time Administrative Employee, your Total Rewards Benefits Package will include:

  • Health, dental, vision, life/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance (eligible after 30 days of employment), with Flexible Spending and Dependent Care accounts. Choice between Traditional Co-Pay or High Deductible Health Plans for medical coverage. HSA with company match available to employees enrolled in the HDHP. Benefit plans include coverage for domestic partners (eligibility affidavit required for coverage).
  • Onsite Health and Wellness Clinics for medical care at no cost to employees, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children.
  • 22 days of accrued paid time off (13 vacation days and 9 sick days), which increases with tenure at UTA.
  • 10 paid holidays and two paid (2) floating holidays per year.
  • Retirement options - Pension Plan with 5-year vesting schedule and 457 Contribution Plan, available for immediate contributions and company matching.
  • Generous tuition reimbursement for higher education, available for any higher education degree (bachelor, master, or PHD). Course of study must be approved prior to enrollment.
  • Training, development, and career advancement opportunities.
  • Paid parental leave for birth, adoption, and child placement (after 12 months of employment).
  • Free transit passes for employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  • Employee assistance program – includes counseling, legal services, financial planning, etc.
  • UTA Well – a comprehensive wellness program designed to support employees and dependents in their health and wellness goals.
  • Free on-site fitness facilities and discounted membership to VASA Fitness and EoS Fitness.
  • Discounted cell phone plans with T-Mobile and AT&T.
  • Pet insurance plan options (tailored plan coverage based on pet’s health and needs).
For more information on UTA’s Total Rewards benefits package, please visit:
Pay Range: $150,500.00 or more depending on experience.
If interested, apply before: Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 @ 5:59 PM MST
* Utah Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer of all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, covered veterans, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process should contact UTA Human Resources at 801-287-2324. A minimum of two workdays’ notice prior to the need for the accommodation is required.
*Utah Transit Authority is a drug-free workplace, subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations under 49 CFR Part 40, 655, and 219. All offers for employment are contingent upon a successful pre-employment drug test. If a pre-employment test returns a non-negative result, an application for employment may be rejected. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing for drug and alcohol use. All safety sensitive employees are subject to random testing for drug and alcohol use.
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