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District Mechanic - Lower Rio Grande Valley (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Lower 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 Service Finder work orders are completed within 48 hours.


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. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include:

  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability.
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost.  


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses and professional development. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.



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 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 

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 a multi-state network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools.    


IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves over 80,000 college-bound students in 143 schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.     


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. 


At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family members.  Learn more about our Commitment to Core Values here: 


To Apply 


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