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Transportation Assistant Manager - IDEA Hope (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: IDEA Hope
Region: Tampa Bay, FL
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The Transportation Assistant Manager will assist the Campus Transportation Manager to coordinate and oversee all transportation needs at his/her campus.  The Assistant Manager will work towards learning, adapting and surpassing the goals set forth by the department and includes but not limited to the following:  coordinating school bus routes, scheduling and learn daily operations of buses and bus drivers.  Ensure to follow all federal, state, and local regulations and applicable laws, train and develop the usage of software for mapping, routing, and services that ensure the fleet is running efficiently.


What You’ll DoAccountabilities:


The safe transportation of all 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
  • 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.
  • Receive and respond to emergency calls after hours and on weekends.

Maintain an efficient operation that does not exceed a Cost Per Mile is <$3.70

  • 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 to assure costly repairs are avoided
  • Serve as a substitute Bus Driver when needed.

Create a work environment where team members thrive with a minimum of 85% transportation staff retention

  • Manager will screen employees to ensure only qualified, quality, and dedicated individuals are brought on
  • 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

Utilize Transfinder to create/update routes at the campus level.

  • All routes are created and kept up-to-date
  • No route exceeds 10% more than its rosters are rated for
  • Driver records are kept up-to-date in Route Finder
  • Student Records are kept 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Bus Drivers

What You Bring -- Competencies:

  • Communication skills: Being able to develop the Transportation Assisting Manager (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 supervisors 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 large passenger vehicles; or an equivalent combination of experience and training; ability to manage student behavior
  • License or Certification: Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with class P (passenger) and S (school bus) endorsements
  • Completed bus driver safety training course
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Pass alcohol and drug tests
  • DOT Physical Examination

What We Offer



  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $20.34 for 0 years of experience and $25.42.
  • This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.


Other Benefits:

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.


To Apply

Please submit your application online through Jobvite. It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.


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. 



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