Director Safety, Environment & Emergency Management

TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)

Director Safety, Environment & Emergency Management

Status:    Full-Time Regular

British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (BCRTC) maintains and operates two of Metro Vancouver’s three SkyTrain lines on behalf of TransLink, the regional transportation authority. Launched in 1986, SkyTrain is the first and one of the longest, fully-automated, driverless, rapid transit systems in the world. It boasts an average on-time service performance rating of 95 per cent and moves on average 250,000 passengers per weekday.

For nearly 35 years, SkyTrain has become an iconic brand and symbol of our vibrant region. Not simply a transit option, SkyTrain has had a transformative effect on the way residents of this region live, work and play. The rail services we provide have been described as the backbone of Metro Vancouver’s transportation network, a distinction we wear with great pride.

As a Rail Group we are approaching an exciting time in our history with expansion and renewal on the horizon. With dozens of capital projects in development or in progress; the Director, Capital and Major Business Projects will be at the forefront of guiding our company through this change and transformation.

Are you a dynamic change agent with a proven track record in delivering major capital projects? Do you have fresh and innovative ideas on how transform organizations?

Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity to work with one of BC’s Top Employer’s?

If so – we would love to have you on our team, leading us during this exciting time in our history.

Directs the rail group’s Safety, Environment & Emergency Management departments, with the latter also including the security and risk management functions. Leads development, implementation and delivery of the rail group’s integrated management system for reporting areas of accountability. Collaborates with TransLink resources and participates on enterprise committees and teams to ensure alignment of strategies and plans.  Represents the rail group in strategic relationships with a wide range of regulators, emergency response leaders, intelligence agencies, and other related organizations, including Transit Police.

  • Participates as a member of the President & GM’s Executive Leadership Team. Leads development of safety, environment, emergency management, security, and risk management strategies and plans for the rail group, ensuring alignment to the broader goals and strategies of the subsidiary and the TransLink enterprise.
  • Directs development, implementation and delivery of the rail group’s integrated management system in support of passengers, employees and contractors. Involves multiple systems dedicated to safety, environment, emergency management, security, and risk management. Oversees the development and sustainment of a safety culture by developing and building a change plan to support employee commitment and engagement.
  • Provides strategic direction to development and implementation the Safety, Environment & Emergency Management department, including accountability for security and risk management functions, as well as “prime contractor” responsibilities. Drives out plans, initiatives and systems, ensuring alignment with related activities across the TransLink enterprise.  Acts as security officer for the rail group.
  • Collaborates with TransLink leaders/resources and participates on enterprise committees and teams, providing input to ensure alignment of strategies and plans. Shares leadership of enterprise “Connect” communications, involving coordination services and recovery response.
  • Directs the development of standards, practices, policies, and processes for all reporting areas, ensuring the necessary controls are in place to identify and mitigate risk, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements for reporting areas. Alerts the rail group’s Executive Leadership Team to critical issues as they emerge, and recommends required action.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance to the rail division’s executives and management with the goals of promoting a safe and secure rail transit system. Develops presentations, Board reports, regular informal updates and ad hoc reports on specific matters and incidents.
  • Develops and represents the rail group in strategic relationships with a wide range of regulators, emergency response leaders, intelligence agencies, and other related organizations, including Transit Police.
  • Manages reporting staff, providing leadership for hiring, training, development, coaching, performance management, and all other people management practices.
  • Provides 24/7 response to critical emergencies on a rotational basis as a member of the Operating Response Assurance Officers Team. Authorized to shut down systems operations in response to critical incidents or hazards.

The requirements for this job are acquired through a degree in a related discipline, plus achievement of recognized safety and security certification and emergency management training (minimum ICS level 2), plus eight (8) years of progressively related experience in commuter or passenger rail operations/safety & Emergency Management.

  • Expert knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, and techniques pertaining to safety, environment, emergency management, security and risk management
  • Advanced knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulatory requirements related to all areas of accountability
  • Advanced strategic planning skills, with the ability to also establish effective targets and measures, and monitor achievement of results in reporting areas
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills to represent the rail division internally/externally in a strategic planning and emergency response capacity
  • Advanced problem solving and decision making skills to support collaborative resolution of problems and issues
  • Advanced leadership skills with ability to direct, coach, develop and manage performance of reporting staff; familiarity with a unionized environment
  • Ability to obtain Government of Canada Secret Level security clearance. A formal security designation would also be an asset

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

Please note: An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Once in the process, testing will be used to confirm this suitability and all internal applicants will be required to obtain a pass mark of 70% on each component of the testing to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in the position.

Discipline and attendance are performance factors and will be assessed during the job selection process.

In accordance with the Canadian Railway Safety Act - Railway Medical Rules: Section 3.2, employees who work in or transfer into safety sensitive or safety critical positions are required to undergo preplacement and periodic medical assessments that evaluate the impact, if any, of medical conditions on fitness for work.

40 hours per week

Please go to to apply for this position and view instructions on the process.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please save your (1) cover letter and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.

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British Columbia Rapid Transit Company is an equal opportunity employer.

Organization: TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)
Location: New Westminster, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Emergency Preparedness/Planning, Environmental Services, Transit/Rail Services
Posted: September 25, 2018, 11:42 am
Expires: October 26, 2018, 4:30 pm

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