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037 Director of Transportation

Position Title: Director of Transportation 

Salary Range: Regionally Competitive 

Contract Length: July 1-June 30 

Immediate Supervisor: Chief Operations Officer 

Basic Function: The Director of the Transportation Department is responsible for daily supervision and management of all departmental operations, including governing supervisors, drivers, routers, dispatch officers, and mechanic staff. This fast-paced position combines a variety of daily activities requiring personal adaptability, strong time management, active problem solving, and consistent leadership. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  1. Manage and support Routing, Training, and Safety Supervisors, and Mechanic leadership.
  2. Develop and support a strong professional leadership environment between all supervisors, with scheduled performance reviews and evaluation of job expectations and deliverables.
  3. Assess accidents, incidents, and complaints. Conduct accident investigations. Lead accident review boards and oversee legal, state, and local reporting responsibilities.
  4. Manage bus mechanics with responsibility and accountability ensuring the integrity of buses in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  5. Develop an annual departmental budget, and oversee departmental spending and purchasing, including authoring the annual bus replacement plan.
  6. Seek and assist in writing grants for transportation or instruction/transportation innovation.
  7. Work collaboratively with administrative and instructional staff to assess operational and program needs and effectiveness.
  8. Coach employees and conduct performance reviews, professional development initiatives, and assessments.
  9. Collect and compile departmental data for periodic reporting and departmental assessments.
  10. Evaluate, recommend, and implement departmental improvements to procedures, processes, personnel, systems, budget, and general administrative activities.
  11. Comply with all corporation policy and procedures, and manage the operation within the budgetary plan for the corporation.
  12. Effectively train, utilize, and manage the Secretary to the Director. 

Skills and Competencies: 

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Lead and manage all daily transportation services, systems, communications, and personnel.
  2. Understand and is proficient in the use of computer technology and the logistical technology of K-12 transportation.
  3. Provide strategic direction and develops long-range plans which impact multiple departments or divisions.
  4. Establish programs and policies, and ensure integration of operational objectives across multiple, major departments, program areas and possibly district-wide. 

WORK COMPLEXITY/INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT

  1. Ensure safe and efficient operations of buses, drivers, paraprofessionals, and riders.
  2. Create and approve policy, procedures, and precedents that are created and approved by this position must be aligned to the board’s and superintendent’s strategic goals, as well as state and federal law, including the consent decree. 

BUDGET AUTHORITY

  1. Oversee the development of the budget for each division within the Transportation Department.
  2. Work with building principals, Special Populations, Service Building, and the Chief Operations officer to determine staffing patterns and professional development opportunities. 

PROBLEM-SOLVING

  1. Apply creative solutions to complex problems and develop new ideas and concepts.
  2. Is proficient in running and analyzing reports from logistical and financial software
  3. Review and approve decisions and/or recommendations that may have a significant impact on the curriculum and the entire school district. 

CUSTOMER AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Communicate and collaborate effectively with external and internal entities, including departmental personnel, parents, school administrators, media and all corporation leadership.
  2. Establish customer service standards and feedback mechanisms within the transportation department and towards school, other corporation departments, and the community. 

Qualifications: 

  1. Proven history of professional leadership in departmental management, supervisory experience, and transportation systems.
  2. 5 or more years of experience in transportation-related work, with a preference for school bus systems, departments, and operations.
  3. Must possess an Associates or a Bachelor’s degree, with a current CDL or ability to obtain and maintain an active CDL. Master’s degree or higher preferred. Additional years of experience in K-12 transportation may be substituted for the post-secondary degree.
  4. Extensive knowledge of transportation practices, procedures, rules, regulations, and laws required. Experience in pupil transportation and school systems is preferred.
  5. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred. 
  1. Ability to work with and relate to parents, pupils, departmental staff, and corporate employees.
  2. Must be able to meet DOT physical requirements and maintain an eligible driving record per all applicable employer policies. Must pass State and FBI Criminal Background Check.
  3. Ability to supervise the work of others; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel at all levels, both inside and outside of the organization. 

Physical Demands: 

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other technologies and office equipment, sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time; kneeling; bending at the waist; lifting; pushing; pulling and carrying equipment, supplies, and materials weighing up to 25 pounds; repetitive hand movement and fine coordination to use a computer keyboard; emotional stability to work effectively under pressure and to keep all aspects of the job under control; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; seeing to read; prepare and assure the accuracy of documents.

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