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Railway Supply Institute, Inc.

Job Opening: Director of Safety & Regulatory Affairs
Location: Washington, DC

About RSI: The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is a trade association representing more than 260 companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. RSI connects members to their customers and partners, supports the improvement of the industry, assists members in the global marketplace, and represents the industry during the regulatory and legislative process. America’s railway suppliers represent a $28 billion/year industry supporting more than 100,000 American workers.

Position Responsibilities: The Director of Safety & Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for:


  • Developing technical and regulatory strategies related to safety and operational issues of concern to RSI members and help advocate for those positions with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipelines & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Surface Transportation Board (STB).
  • Managing the work of the organization’s project committees, including the American Rail Car Institute (ARCI) Committee’s work on rail car engineering, design and manufacturing; the Equipment Leasing Committee’s advocacy on behalf of companies that own and lease railcars; and the Quality Assurance Committee’s (QAC) efforts to drive quality and best practices across the industry. The Director will work closely with the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) Safety & Operations team and support RSI involvement in their committees while advocating on behalf of the organization.
  • Collaborating with members and key RSI stakeholders to promote policies that incentivize the development of new technologies that enable safety and efficiency in railroad operations.
  • Helping to develop positions, policies, briefings and evaluations addressing regulatory initiatives related to the safety and operational efficiency of the rail supply industry
  • Staying abreast of federal regulatory activities and the work of AAR committees, assess the possible impact to RSI members, and help direct the organization’s response while building strong relationships with FRA, PHMSA, STB and AAR staff
  • Managing committees of industry experts and consultants compiling data, conducting testing, and evaluating best practices on a broad range of rail supply issues
  • Monitoring and critically evaluating technical literature and regulatory analyses related to the rail supply industry; building coalitions with other organizations (e.g. railroads, component manufacturers, shippers)
  •  Serving on outside committees and expert panels; managing development of industry submissions to regulatory agencies; and providing technical support to RSI communications and legislative affairs programs
  • Managing ARCI rail car data tied to orders, deliveries and backlogs, which is collected from our members and published each quarter by RSI. S/he would also be responsible for identifying other potential opportunities for RSI to publish meaningful industry data.

Railway Supply Institute, Inc.
425 Third Street, SW | Suite 920 | Washington, DC 20024 | phone (202) 347-4664 | fax (202) 347-0047 | www.rsiweb.org

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Engineering or a related field and significant knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes. Previous experience with a railroad or rail supplier would be advantageous. S/he must have strong verbal and written communications skills and the ability to articulate technical information in a concise and easily understandable way. S/he must be able to work with corporate executives and regulatory officials at all levels of their organizations.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary and bonus opportunity commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance is available.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the Railway Supply Institute via email to leach@rsiweb.org by May 15, 2018