Expected Start Date: December 2022; As soon as possible
Salary Level: $138,994 - $181,330 DOE
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Additional Information: This position is posted as open until filled with a first consideration date of Monday December 5, 2022.
Include an updated resume and letter of interest with your online application.
Examples Of Duties
This position plans and administers all student transportation services for the District; works with all contract carriers in providing transportation-wide services; defines and implements District transportation policies and procedures; and responds to inquiries from parent(s)/guardian(s), the public and District staff regarding transportation.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Oversees services provided by contractors; reviews contracts for compliance; evaluates effectiveness and efficiency of contractors; analyzes current and future use of contractors.
2. Responds to inquiries from District staff, colleagues, parent(s)/guardian(s) and the public about student transportation services; investigates or directs investigation of service complaints.
3. Determines transportation needs for District; develops plans for student transportation; implements bus routes; reviews existing bus service; evaluates requests for added service; evaluates the routing and scheduling of buses; communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, the coordination of schedules and assignments.
4. Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations; recommends policies for Board action; develops guidelines and procedures governing establishment and operation of the District transportation system.
5. Supervises assigned staff; makes hiring recommendations; appropriately evaluates, commends, and disciplines employees; approves leaves and overtime; assigns and reviews work; provides for, and encourages participation in, professional development opportunities; uses highly developed human relations skills to resolve problems, conduct applicable training and review performance; promotes a quality customer service environment; ensures staff receives District-wide and department information that will enhance the overall quality of the Transportation Department.
6. Oversees the scheduling, implementation and operation of the approved District transportation system, including contracted carriers; evaluates transportation services and makes changes as required; recommends closure of schools due to inclement weather.
7. Plans, prepares, tracks, and adheres to District transportation budget; oversees expenditure and ensures accountability of funds; provides general support and training to all transportation staff in procedures related to accounting, reconciliation, and balancing of data in manual and automated systems; regularly audits all budget functions.
8. Maintains liaison with District staff, community and school organizations to develop sensitivity to local attitudes and objectives; makes public presentations regarding transportation issues; conveys a positive image of the District student transportation services to a diverse population.
9. Establishes and promotes the use of technology in routing, maintenance and management of the District transportation operation; develops and prepares a variety of routine and non-routine spreadsheet and database reports for administrative decision making; develops and implements procedures to comply with department reporting requirements and to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data; utilizes data and key performance indicators to adjust current practices.
10. Plans for and participates with administration in short-term and long-term transportation needs; collaborates with administration in studying demographics and boundaries to forecast District transportation needs; recommends and establishes an effective and efficient plan to meet the District needs; determines emergency procedures.
11. Serves as consultant and member of a District negotiating team, as assigned; administers District contracts with outside transportation providers.
OTHER JOB DUTIES
1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills necessary for success in the position by participating in professional development activities.
2. Manages special projects and performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.
3. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.
Experiences frequent interruptions; required to work with, and defuse, if appropriate, difficult and sensitive situations and/or people; required to work extended hours; required to travel to District sites; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.
Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university; five years of experience in transportation services/operations, or equivalent, in an administrative or supervisory capacity; experience in a large urban school District or public transportation system, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
Valid Washington State driver’s license.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance
Equivalent combination of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources Department for comparability.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing school District transportation.
Knowledge of driver training and safety education principles.
Knowledge of vehicle maintenance procedures.
Knowledge of effective supervisory practices and procedures.
Knowledge of fiscal management practices and procedures.
Knowledge of school District operations and procedures.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in making presentations.
Skill in decision-making and problem solving.
Skill in promoting a quality customer service environment.
Ability to develop and implement procedures and standards.
Ability to exercise good judgment.
Ability to supervise the work of assigned staff.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Ability to develop and monitor budgets.
Ability to work under pressure and meet established deadlines.
Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow-through procedures.
Ability to coordinate activities.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.
Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is one of the largest districts in Washington State serving approximately 30,000 children in preschool through grade 12. The district has 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and 4 early learning centers. TPS has nearly 5,000 employees and is one of the largest employers in Tacoma.