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District Mechanic - IDEA Lower Rio Grande Valley (Immediate Opening)

School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The District Mechanic (DM) will lead and implement repairs and/or replacements of district bus fleet ensuring the availability of units to be in safe operating condition meeting district, state and federal requirements with the guidance of the District Mechanic Service Manager (DMSM). The DM will support and provide guidance to the campuses they oversee to ensure goals are met regarding Maintenance cost per rider, goal of fleet per campus be in working conditions and ensure ServiceFinder work orders are completed within 48 hours.


What You’ll DoAccountabilities:


Ensure bus fleet is in good working conditions and meeting district, state, and federal requirements

  • Verify operational condition of bus fleet before using it to transport students
  • Delegate duties to Campus Mechanics of how to complete minor repairs on fleet properly
  • Maintain accurate records or operation work orders
  • Stay up to date on district, state, and federal requirements

7% savings on maintenance cost of bus fleet compared to previous year, while maintaining safe operating conditions

  • Operate the budget within parameters set by the DMSM of the Transportation department
  • Assure that all purchased parts are acceptable quality and at the best price available
  • Maintain accurate inventory of all parts

Communicate with Campus Managers regarding fleet repairs

  • Maintain open communication with campus managers
  • Communicate both negative and positive feedback with drivers and managers regarding properly handling fleet

Identify areas of concern and implement corrections

  • Use budget tracker and dashboard report to identify areas of concern
  • Use background knowledge of diesel mechanic to implement corrections

Provide technical and maintenance training to Campus Mechanics as needed

  • Provide periodic hands-on training to Campus Mechanics
  • Make recommendations to vehicle specification in order to improve reliability and reduce warranty cost
  • Maintain continued employee engagement with maintenance staff within the department

Maintain ongoing administration of outside service vendors

  • Process payments in timely manner using purchase order systems
  • Communicate with outside vendors regarding audit work, including trend analysis and recommendations to fleet managers based on report findings

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students 

What You Bring -- Competencies:

  • Experience using purchase order systems
  • Experience using a laptop to diagnose maintenance issues


  • Experience: ASE Certified is a must or willing to obtain certification within the first 6 months of employment.


What We Offer



  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $19.19 for 0 years of experience and $23.98
  • 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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