1+ months

Program Safety Director

Sacramento, CA 95814
Here is your opportunity to work on the first ever high-speed rail program in the U.S. while growing your career on a groundbreaking project.  The California High-Speed Rail program will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.   
At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach, and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!
WSP is currently initiating a search for a Program Safety Director for our Sacramento, CA office.
In a collaborative working relationship with the California High Speed Rail Authority's Chief Operating Officer, the incumbent is an executive responsible for occupational safety and health program development, improvement and implementation related to the capital program. The incumbent has the responsibility and accountability for employee health and safety programs related to the capital program for the Authority and its consultants. The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the compliance of safety in accordance with capital program contracts, Federal, state and local laws, and industry standards.
The incumbent helps to define and reinforce a culture of safety on the program and makes recommendations for continuous improvement in conjunction with the Authority its consultants and contracted entities. The incumbent will also be responsible for integrating FRA system safety and security processes in conjunction with a safety and security team and aligning them with other program project delivery groups. The incumbent will monitor and provide recommendations for corrective actions related to any findings, observations, reported incidents, incident investigations or other information obtained from the field operations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides executive level leadership, expertise and vision to assist in the development of a safety culture for the program.
  • Coordinate with local and state law enforcement agencies to meet program’s security and policing requirements.
  • Develops, makes recommendations for improvement, and implements existing and new safety programs and processes for the program and Authority.
  • Integrates teams and provides training for Authority and consultant staff.
  • Reviews future contracts and makes recommendations regarding construction program safety.
  • Works with other program leads to evaluate the needs for future occupational health and safety programs as the work progresses.
  • Assists the system safety and security program team with integration and program needs.
  • Coordinates safety meetings as needed
  • Monitor compliance and make recommendations regarding construction site safety program wide.
  • Responds to incidents and coordinates the Authorities response while working with the Program Construction Safety Manager, PCM and DB contractor.
Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • 15+ years directly related safety experience involving heavy civil construction and rail contracts under federal and state regulations, preferably in California, with experience of their workplace rules and regulations as they pertain to safe work practices.
  • A Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline with an advanced degree preferred, directly applicable to the implementation of the role.
  • Experience in developing and delivering high level safety training.
  • Experience in leading cultural change related to occupational safety.
  • Experience working with third parties on behalf of public clients to deliver traditional construction and Design-Build public works transportation projects, ideally in the California statutory and regulatory context.
  • Experience developing program security and policing plans   
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines and analyze and resolve a variety of procurement and contractual issues, with good verbal and writing skills.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of executive level safety management.
  • Active safety certifications, CSP desired.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of safety and security programs and plans in accordance with FRA, OHS, and APT A guidelines and regulations.

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa
WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.
At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.  Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges.  Are you ready to get started? 
WSP USA Inc., WSP USA Buildings Inc., and WSP USA Services Inc. (collectively “WSP USA”) is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status
The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.
This position is subject to and contingent upon client approval of candidates put forth for consideration by WSP.


Posted: 2020-07-16 Expires: 2020-10-17

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