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Campus Transportation Manager - IDEA Lakeland (Immediate Opening)

School Year: 2023-2024
Location: IDEA Lakeland
Region: Tampa Bay, FL
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The mission for the Year 0 Transportation Manager is to collect 100% of applications by Lottery and achieve 100% Projected Enrollment while onboarding 100% of new families and ensuring the campus is safe and operational before the start of school.


What We Offer




  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $22.57 for 0 years of experience and $28.22
  • 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.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more. 


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:


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 behavio
  • 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 21 years old 
  • Pass alcohol and drug tests 
  • DOT Physical Examination
  • Bilingual Preferred (English/Spanish)

What You’ll DoAccountabilities:


The Transportation Department is sensitive to the organizational priorities of Enrollment, ADA and persistence. Therefore, we feel that a Launching Transportation Manager should be able to build capacity with internal and external customers to ensure they:


  • Focus recruiting efforts within the 8-Mile Radius or the Authorized School Bus Operating Zone for the campus they are recruiting for.
  • Explain to internal and external customers that School Bus Transportation will not be guaranteed for students living outside the 8-Mile Radius or the Authorized School Bus Operating Zone.
  • Understand that our buses may not be equipped with AC, therefore the further we recruit, the longer the bus ride without AC.
  • Are conscious that in average, it takes us 8 minutes to arrive to each stop and 55 minutes to cover an entire route that stays within 8 miles from campus.
  • The Transportation department does not provide “door to door” transportation, instead we provide community stops located in areas accessible for a number of students. A minimum of 5 students is required for a new community stop to be opened.


100% of Applications collected by lottery (3:1 ratio for OGL)

  • Achieves 100% Projected Enrollment by the first day of school
  • Executes student recruitment efforts that target families with school-aged children within the 3-mile radius immediately surrounding their school
  • Ensures all new families are effectively on-boarded beginning with Welcome to IDEA and throughout their first year
  • Builds relationships with business partners and secures community assets
  • Hosts information sessions for interested families and new applicants

100% Projected Enrollment for Academy and College Prep by first day of school (FDOS)

  • Enrollment goal is consistently hit every week after the first week of school
  • Maintain copies of forms, event information, and answers to frequently asked questions for the campus site and IDEA Public Schools
  • Organizes essential forms and documents for families including FARM applications, uniform guide, applications, etc. in a binder, portfolio, etc.
  • Copies materials to ensure there is always a supply of all documents at hand
  • Communicates effectively with campus lead team and campus ops team to ensure all documents for activities, events, etc. are current

90% New Family Persistence (Lottery to FDOS)

  • Supports efforts to create an environment where students learn, thrive, and have fun (school culture, praise and recognition, in and out of school events calendar, etc.)
  • Monitors and reviews with APO, parent and student feedback, particularly as it relates to non-instructional services and support
  • Onboards new families from the time a parent applies come to IDEA through their first year in our schools
  • Answers phone calls by providing general information and/or connecting call to appropriate staff
  • Maintains familiarity with various roles and duties of staff to direct inquiries appropriately
  • Manages list of phone extensions and ensure list remains updated

Campus safe and operational one week before First Day of School (FDOS)

  • Ensures 100% of staff have school ID by FDOS or within 2 work days of starting
  • Sets up Raptor system and ensures it is in working order
  • Reviews required documents for new staff members to complete and submit I-9, Part 2 and notarizes their SB7 form (Texas only)
  • Achieves a 3.5 average score on parent BOY survey
  • Serves as a liaison between parents, students, and staff
  • Exemplifies IDEA core values and exemplary customer service skills
  • Provides lead team support as needed
  • This role will also serve as the backup for the Nurse/Health Aide

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. 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 


At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures. Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment. 


To Apply 


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


IDEA Public Schools in Florida intends to promote and establish a Drug-Free Workplace Program to maximize safety and productivity in the workplace, enhance our competitive position in the marketplace, without experiencing the costs, delays, and tragedies associated with accidents that result from drug or alcohol abuse by employees. A Drug-Free Workplace means that of our employees must remain Drug-Free both on and off the job, and free from alcohol on the job.In holding to this policy, all staff members will undergo drug testing prior to starting in their new role with us. 


To read our full policy, please click the following link: 




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