Job Vacancy Director of Transportation Albemarle County School


Job title: Director of Transportation

Company: Albemarle County School

Job description: Director of Transportation

Albemarle County Public Schools

Department of Transportation

Full-Time, Exempt, 12 months

VRS-Eligible, Benefits-Eligible

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:

The Director of Transportation provides strategic leadership, management and direction for the Transportation Department. The director is responsible for the safe and efficient student transportation as well as the repair and maintenance of the school division’s vehicle assets. This includes the hiring, support and supervision of employees; training; routing and scheduling; safety program development and implementation; and budget development and management. This position must ensure the effective implementation of policies as required by the ACPS School Board and in accordance with state and federal laws. The Director of Transportation ensures the attainment of the goals of the School Division’s strategic plan as related to Transportation Department functions and incorporates accountability measures for oversight of policies and programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops, recommends, implements, administers, and communicates policies and procedures to guide all activities related to pupil transportation aligned with meeting the strategic and operational aspects of transportation for the School Division;
  • Ensures that all transportation practices are in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and Board policy;
  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates bus drivers, transportation assistants, shop employees and other transportation personnel;
  • Leads, trains, motivates, and listens to department staff and provides guidance, direction, consultation, and assistance as needed.
  • Administers a comprehensive training program for the staff;
  • Attends training to enhance and maintain knowledge of emerging trends and issues in relevant disciplines;
  • Supervises the development and implementation of complex and difficult routing and scheduling of buses and other vehicles to meet federal, state and local regulations; as well as needs of instructional programs and other strategic initiatives;
  • Directs scheduling and dispatching activities to ensure the most efficient use of buses and drivers;
  • Evaluates school bus service through personal observation, conferences with drivers, school administrators and parents;
  • Oversees a transportation safety program and ensures that safety standards are implemented;
  • Confers with representatives from other agencies on transportation matters and weather/road conditions; evaluates road conditions and make recommendations regarding school closings due to weather and emergencies;
  • Supervises the maintenance of school buses and other County government vehicles including police, engineer, and maintenance vehicles; ensures the regular and preventative maintenance of all division-owned vehicles, school buses, and transportation equipment;
  • Maintains records, files, reports and correspondence concerning maintenance activity, labor utilization, transportation system and equipment condition;
  • Supervises the special transportation needs of the school division by providing personnel and transportation for field trips, athletic trips and non-school related charter trips;
  • Maintains effective lines of communication with all employees, departments and schools to address transportation needs and issues;
  • Prepares budget requests and monitors the annual budget for transportation and maintenance; makes purchases in accordance with approved County policies and regulations; projects staffing requirements in conjunction with bus routes and schedule; and prepares periodic reports on the efficiency, effectiveness and future needs of the transportation and vehicular maintenance programs;
  • Develops and implements a bus and vehicle replacement program in accordance with school board policy;
  • Coordinates, develops, and monitors transportation metrics and key performance indicators;
  • Plans and directs implementation of new technology for use in the transportation department to improve service and bus safety conditions in collaboration with the ACPS Department of Technology and promotes the effective use of technology and systems required for a modern transportation department, including best practices for data privacy;
  • Represents the department in dealings with the School Board, media, other departments, parents, and other agencies on all topics related to transportation;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of large-scale transportation and automotive repair facility management preferred. Working knowledge of logistics and computerized routing systems preferred. Must possess the ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive school transportation program. Must possess the ability to organize and manage a diverse staff of employees. Must possess the ability to establish cost effective operations. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, administrators, staff, parents, and others. Must possess excellent human relations, organizational, communication, and supervisory skills. Functional experience with commonly used computers and programs. Demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas effectively both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to manage and engage large numbers of employees toward accomplishing a mission and goals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Graduation from an accredited undergraduate program in leadership, business, management, logistics, education, or related field; supplemented by a master’s degree in a related/relevant area. Minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in relevant work experience, which shall have included at least five years supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience providing the knowledge, abilities, and skills cited above. Experience with pupil transportation and vehicle fleet management is preferred. SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid driver’s license or permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS AND NATURE OF WORK CONTACTS:

Work is typically performed between office settings, an open bay bus maintenance facility and on County transportation routes. Travel on primary and secondary routes during inclement weather during days and nights is required. Occasional bending, stooping and crawling to inspect on and under vehicles is necessary. Handling inspection equipment weighing up to 40 pounds is occasionally required. Regular attendance at School Board meetings at hours beyond the normal workday is necessary. Regular contact with executive level School Division and County Government officials is necessary; contacts with senior School Division and Local Government decision makers, department heads, principals and parents daily is required. Regular contact with the media regarding road conditions is required. Regular contact with vendors and sales personnel is necessary. Contacts require skill in negotiation, tact, and diplomacy.

EVALUATION:

Performance will be evaluated on the ability and effectiveness in carrying out the above responsibilities.

Job Title : Director of Transportation

Primary Location : Human Resources

Salary Range : $103,428 – $168,000.00 / Per Year, depending on education, experience and internal equity

Shift Type : Full-Time

Expected salary:

Location: Albemarle County, VA

Job date: Fri, 26 Jan 2024 01:01:36 GMT

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