Role Mission: SPED Transportation Assistant Managers provide safe transportation for SPED and/or RISE students to and from home and campus on a daily basis while reducing operational cost. Successfully manage a team of up to 20 drivers as well as interacting and partnering with campus leaders to drive success.
What You’ll Do – Accountabilities:
The safe transportation of all SPED and RISE students is the #1 priority. This will be achieved by having “0” preventable incidents/accidents.
- Potential candidates are screened and tested to show they possess or are acquiring excellent skills in operating a school bus
- Drivers are fully trained in Pre/Post Trip inspections on SPED buses or approved vehicles
- Ensure all SPED drivers are fully trained on Smith System
- Culture of safety is placed first in all they do. This means setting the example and holding team accountable for all safety initiatives
- Drivers maintain and carry up-to-date credentials at all times
- Drivers complete all required trainings on time
- Compliance with time schedules and applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations.
- Oversee the daily operations of the dispatch office; monitors two-way radios to effectively address bus problems, lateness and accidents.
- Receive and respond to drivers' accidents; drives to accident scenes and conduct internal accident investigations; gather information, take photos and assist students and staff; obtain accident reports from the highway patrol and police agencies
- Start the day with taking rollcall from all drivers at each of the responsible campus
- Receive and respond to emergency calls after hours and on weekends.
Maintain an efficient operation
- Develop a schedule for all drivers that creates an environment where drivers are fulfilling their primary role of driving while on the clock
- Continuously audit team’s participation to ensure systems are not being abused. “Inspect what you expect”
- Monitor preventive maintenance on all campus WF vehicles to include SPED approved vehicles to assure costly repairs are avoided
- Program substitute drivers at the campus level that can fill in as non-CDL drivers and run a SPED Route
- Create a work environment where team members thrive with a minimum of 85% transportation staff retention
- The SPED Transportation Assistant Manager will screen SPED Non-CDL Drivers to ensure only qualified, quality, and dedicated individuals are brought on
- Ensure 100% of new hires go through the onboarding process and ensure they get fully trained on their responsibilities
- Will ensure employees understand expectations and work conditions before being hired
Maintain fleet in safe operating condition while having a 7% savings on maintenance cost over previous year
- Ensure that maintenance supplies are not over purchased
- Ensure PMs are done in a systematic order
- Review and approve any purchase order numbers for vehicle related services
- Familiarization of vehicle warranties
Utilize Transfinder to create/update routes at the campus level.
- All routes are created and kept up-to-date
- Driver records are kept up-to-date in Route Finder
- Student Records are kept confidential and up-to-date in Route Finder
Utilize Synovia to analyze reports
- Planned vs. Actual Routes
- Know when each bus should be at each stop and see when they arrived
- Generate and analyze reports of the fleet’s overall activity, then drill down into stop-by-stop data to see exactly how each driver and each bus is performing.
Provide excellent customer service
- Participate in Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) and Individual Education Program (IEP) Meetings with our Special Education Department and cascade pertinent information to drivers and SPED Monitors
- Ensure Transportation Logs are filled correctly and submitted on time to our billing liaison to bill Medicaid
- Communicate with school site staff, administrators, parents and outside agencies to exchange information, coordinate activities and resolve issues, concerns and questions regarding transportation services, student behavioral problems and special accommodations for students
- Able to travel frequently to campuses that pertain to your region
What You Bring -- Competencies:
- Communication skills: Being able to develop SPED Drivers and other staff (if applicable) to be able to use listening techniques and nonverbal strategies to improve conversations
- Conflict Resolution: Being able to coach the ability to define and identify conflict styles, causes, and methods for handling conflict and improve the department’s or organization’s productivity
- Leadership: Have the ability to delegate and manage a wide variety of skillsets. It is important for the SPED Transportation Assistant Manager to lead their teams in the most effective way by recognizing where the strengths are, where improvement is needed, and how to properly use the skillsets of each team member
- Time management: Be able to balance a heavy workload and time constraints while managing and delegating other employees and projects is an essential skills
- Education: GED or High School Diploma
- Experience: Experience in the operation of passenger vehicles; or an equivalent combination of experience and training; ability to manage student behavior
- Completed bus driver safety training course
- CDL Preferred or willing to obtain their CDL within 90 days of employment
- Must be over 21 years old
- Pass alcohol and drug tests
- DOT Physical Examination
What We Offer
- Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $47,657 and $56,235, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.
We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, com‐muter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.
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About IDEA Public Schools
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States.
IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves nearly 75,000 college-bound students in 137 schools across Texas, Southern Louisiana and Florida and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with new launches in Jacksonville, FL (2022). Cincinnati, OH (2022), and Arkansas (2023)!
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.