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Aviation, Safety Manager, AirTrain JFK

Job ID: 40928
Department: Aviation
Location: JFK Airport


The Aviation department of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is looking for an experienced AirTrain System Safety Manager to manage, develop, monitor and the implement a comprehensive system safety assurance program for AirTrain JFK. 

Under the direction of the General Manager, Rail Operations – AirTrain JFK, the AirTrain System Safety Manager will:  

  • Plan, direct, manage and oversee and reinforce the safety activities and operations of AirTrain Operator’s System Safety Department including industrial, environmental, operational, safety engineering, occupational safety, accident investigation and reporting programs
  • Ensure adherence to Port Authority AirTrain Safety Oversight Board (ATSOB) Safety and Security Program Standards, Policies and Procedures, the Air Train Operator’s Safety Management System and Training Plan
  • Manage the Operator’s closure of Corrective Action Plans and Hazard Log resulting from ATSOB Triennial Audits, incidents, accidents and other sources.
  • Evaluate proposed system and operating procedures modifications and refer proposed changes to management as needed for review and approval. This includes review of temporary change notices, engineering change notices and field modification instructions issued by the Operator
  • Oversee the AirTrain Operator’s investigation of all AirTrain accidents and incidents in accordance with the AirTrain Operator’s procedures and evaluate the AirTrain Operator’s recommendations for corrective actions to prevent similar accidents or incidents
  • Oversee AirTrain Operator’s response to system failures, recovery responses and restoration of system operations for adherence to proper procedure and protocol
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly summary reports, KPIs and safety metrics, for trend analysis
  • Maintain and update PA Audit Plan and perform internal audits including audits and inspections of safety, facilities and maintenance records.  
  • Coordinate with PAPD and facilitate interdepartmental emergency drills utilizing tabletop and field simulation of emergencies
  • Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager of Rail Operations. Represent AirTrain General Manager in their absence
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in depositions, hearings, or other legal matters as required by PA Law Department

Responsibilities related to Emergency Management:

  • Ensure coordination with AirTrain Operator and PAPD in preparation and responding to emergency
  • Coordinate AirTrain’s Emergency Response Plan with PA and Regional plans as required
  • Review and coordinate procedure changes as a result of industry standard
  • Participate in JFK Airport and AirTrain full scale exercises
  • Support PA in threat & vulnerability identification and resolution for the AirTrain


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (or related)
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of safety management or systems safety management experience
  • Knowledge of safety rules, regulations related to any Transit Safety Based entities like OSHA, FRA, FTA or DOT
  • Ability to respond to airport emergencies, AirTrain outages, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) duty, snow duty, etc. 24 hours/seven days a week


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Experience establishing comprehensive, detailed plans with specific timelines, milestones and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goals
  • Experience establishing comprehensive, detailed plans with specific timelines, milestones and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goalsin (system) safety management with at least three (3) years in the rail transit or rail transportation industry with an understanding of applicable mechanical, electrical and communications equipment– Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Preferred
  • Experience in planning, designing, operating, maintaining or overseeing transportation related services
  • Experience organizing a demanding workload with the ability to work in a high-pressure environment with multiple tasks due in a tight timeframe
  • High literacy and communication skills with proven written and verbal communications, including demonstrated experience interacting with management, tenants, contractors, vendors and the general public

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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