City of Ottawa
Chief Safety Officer
Ensuring the safety of OCTranspo’s public transit and light rail services is a critical mandate that calls for the visionary leadership and the expertise of a proven safety professional with knowledge of industry best practices and a talent for capacity building and fostering change and innovation. If you’re such a leader, consider joining the City of Ottawa as Chief Safety Officer (CSO) within the Transportation Services Department. With the successful launch of the City’s very new, modern and busy line and it’s second stage already under construction, this is a high-profile opportunity that will offer prospects for career growth while making noteworthy impact on Canadian transportation service excellence and standards.
Reporting to the General Manager of the Department, you’ll provide vision, leadership and strategic direction to the overall Safety Program, including Safety Compliance, Training and Development Services, and planning for expansion plans already underway.
The Service’s two units – Transit Safety and Transit Training – deliver safety and job training for transit services employees, and ensure the compliance, development and implementation of safety standards to protect the general public. As Chief Safety Officer, you’ll also manage the Service's human and financial resources, including contracted services for large capital programs, staff development and performance, and financial planning and reporting. This requires you to lead and oversee a unique and distinct Safety Officer role at an agency that has an intricate relationship with a private sector entity in the delivery of the LRT service and the next stages of that system’s growth. You will understand the implications of contracting out the safety responsibilities of the maintenance portion of the LRT system, while at the same time keeping the overall accountability for complex system engineering and technical issues that will be sure to occur with respect to the LRT going forward. You will be expert in system safety as well as institutionally astute in organizational dynamics, and able to guide and mentor to ensure both collaboration and high performance.