Director of Transportation

Federal Way Public School District No. 210
Job Description
  • Position Type:
      Central Office Leadership/Director
  • Location:
      Support Services Center
  • Date Available:
  • PLEASE READ: Your application MUST be complete before you can be considered. For this position, a complete application includes:

    • Complete and submitted online application (you must finish the application and click ‘Submit’ for it to show up as a submitted application)
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Two SUBMITTED confidential reference forms – it is your responsibility to track whether or not the forms have been returned, which you can do from your applicant dashboard, and follow up with your references to make sure the forms are submitted. These should be from current or former supervisors.

    This position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to COMPLETE applications submitted by 1/16/17.

    Should you have any questions about any of these requirements, please contact Liz McFarland at
    lmcfarla@fwps.org or 253-945-2021.

    POSITION SUMMARY:  The Director of Transportation provides leadership and administers day-to-day operations for the Department of Transportation. This position is responsible for the delivery of safe and efficient transportation of Federal Way Public Schools scholars. The Director provides leadership and skillful management to all aspects of transportation, including the development and implementation of efficient routing, driver assignments within budget constraints, and maintenance of vehicles. The Director’s oversight includes the ongoing recruitment and training of drivers and support staff, as well as the creative development of transportation programs for students to support educational activities.
    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive, and incumbents are expected to perform all duties as assigned or directed. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, consistent with applicable law.
    • Provide leadership, planning, and direction for the transportation department, aligned with the District’s priorities, objectives, and vision.
    • Develop policies, programs and procedures for the transportation system, including schedules, transportation rates, routes, assignment of drivers and vehicles, other department operations, and make recommendations for policy or procedural changes.
    • Develop short and long-range plans, goals and objectives for the department.
    • Plan, direct, and implement vehicle scheduling and allocations, dispatching, licensing and communication functions in accordance with established policies and objectives to effect economical vehicle utilization.
    • Implement federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to operation of school buses and school bus drivers.
    • Establish and maintain effective communications within the department and with parents, students, building staff and administration.
    • Develop recommendations for development of, and compliance with, transportation policies, procedures and programs.
    • Administer the collective bargaining agreement consistent with the language of the agreement, serve on the District’s bargaining team if requested, and provide recommendations to changes and improvements to the agreement.
    • Administer the budget for the transportation department and vehicle maintenance shop.
    • Oversee the preparation of and submit all information, payrolls, budgets and reports required by state and district authorities.
    • Maintain all records for personnel and department operation as required by law.
    • Conduct regular analysis of vehicle and driver assignments and analyze scheduling to insure increased efficiency and lower costs.
    • Review and analyze reports, including budget and accident documents, make recommendations for change, professional development training, and budget adjustments.
    • Administer the purchase of all transportation supplies and capital equipment.
    • Direct and administer the operation and maintenance of all vehicles and transportation communications systems.
    • Select and recommend personnel for department positions; train and assign personnel for supervisory positions; coordinate people and resources.
    • Work with school administrators, parents, and students to reduce misconduct and unsafe practices which impact student transportation.
    • Oversee the updating of the transportation vehicle replacement schedule including the assessment and recommendations of alternative fuel options.
    • Provide safety programs and training courses for department and district staff, including Type 2 authorizations.
    • Advise the Superintendent and/or designee(s) on road conditions during adverse weather conditions.
    • Evaluate all personnel in the department at least annually and assist department supervisory personnel with the development of their specific objectives and their professional growth.
    • Utilize technologies to assure efficient and cost effective department operations.
    • Participate in various district and community meetings and committees, including construction, bond and levy information, and boundary review.
    Education and Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Central Washington University Pupil Transportation Management Training Certification and six years of relevant experience may be considered
    • Four years of experience in the transportation field in an organization having full vehicle maintenance and operation facilities
    • Six years of management or supervisory experience with increasing responsibility and training or education
    Additional Requirements
    • Washington State School Bus Driver Certificate plus CDL, Class B with P1 and S endorsements or to obtain the certificate and CDL within the first 6 months of employment
    • All certificates, licenses, endorsements and permits as required for this position by state and local authorities
    • Five-year driver abstract, displaying an excellent driving record
    • Must pass performance-based physical assessment to determine physical ability related to school bus driving
    • School bus driver trainer authorization
    • Experience with pupil transportation
    Criminal background clearance
    Valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance
    State laws and local regulations pertaining to operation of school buses
    District policies, procedures and employee contracts
    School transportation issues and funding
    Technical aspects of routing buses
    School board policies and procedures
    Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
    Work with financial and transportation software
    Maintain effective working relationships with other people and promote good public relations
    Supervise personnel, implement transportation routing and scheduling, manage budgets and control inventory
    Oversee vehicle specifications, levies and maintenance
    Participate in business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and leadership techniques
    Evaluate safe walk routes, bus zones and school boundaries
    Know and comply with safety standards, laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to pupil transportation
    Maintain the skill and ability to perform the duties satisfactorily and to accept the responsibilities listed under the heading “Performance Duties and Responsibilities”
    Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures
    Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
    Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
    Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools’ commitment to “All Means All.” 
    Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
    WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
    This position is 12 months per year.
    Position reports to and is evaluated by the Executive Director of Operations
    This position is not represented.
    Director I level on non-represented salary schedule: $124,747
    Update 08/2016
    Updated 12/2016 – moved from Director II to Director I
    The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.  The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. 
    All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.
    Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

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