Specialist - Transportation
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Plans and manages the daily operation of school buses for an assigned area of the contract or system-owned fleet to include the supervision of school contractors, drivers, aides, substitute employees, training staff employees, maintenance service employees, taxi-cab drivers, and office personnel to ensure the safe, efficient and economical transportation of students. Employee(s) must be capable of performing any and all of the listed duties individually or independently which may vary based upon their work location/assignment and available staffing.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Plans and manages the daily operation and routing of buses for an assigned area of the contract or system-owned fleet to include task assignment and supervision of school bus contractors, drivers, aides, substitute employees, training staff employees, vehicle service employees, taxi-cab drivers, and office personnel.
2. Oversees distribution and updating of routes and schedules to schools, parents, contractors, drivers and the public. Provides parents and pupils with adequate information regarding services available. Assists in the process of making announcement of school bus routes, bus stops, and schedules at the beginning of and throughout each school year.
3. Develops and improves routing by consolidation, re-routing, or extension to provide safe, efficient, direct transportation. Updates computerized route information system as necessary. Observes school walking routes, calculates, updates, and maintains related worksheets. Meets with and informs appropriate administrators, parents and other interested parties of outcome. Assists communities and parent organizations in planning bus stops, walkways and safe procedures related to pupil transportation and pupil pedestrian traffic.
4. Manages the contractual obligations of the various school bus contractors for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
5. Prepares necessary information for the calculation of school bus contracts and other supplemental payments.
6. Provides working supervision over regular and substitute bus drivers; makes regular observation of driver operations; prepares bus road observation reports; prepares driver onboard observation reports; observes student pick-up and discharge at schools and bus stops; makes decisions regarding driver disciplinary actions as necessary.
7. Supervises Driver Training Staff including Driver Training Manager and driver trainers.
8. Participates in the planning, organization, and implementation of driver safety programs.
9. Assists in checking road conditions in winter months to make recommendations concerning possible school closing or early dismissal.
10. Maintains continuing familiarity with the County and its growth. Conducts constant review of all existing communities, new communities, and new roads that affect school bus routes, through on-the-road observations and from information received from the planning division. Initiates route service changes as deemed necessary.
11. Meets and confers with school administrators, parents, students, contractors, communities, governmental agencies, outside agencies and other interested parties to resolve transportation issues within assigned area.
12. Works with school administration to insure proper implementation of Board policy.
13. Resolves issues concerning driver/pupil relations, plans and implements safe traffic patterns on school property, maintains good school/contractor relations.
14. Establishes school hours to optimize vehicle utilization while adequately satisfying instruction requirements.
15. Calculates reimbursement costs to parents of children attending schools out of the County and State requiring the review of applications and the determination of automobile, bus, and air fares to the school locations.
16. Coordinates the inspection of all buses to insure that all Federal, State, and local specifications are met. Arranges scheduling and carrying out at least three thorough inspections of each bus yearly. Sees that the indicated repairs are made. Becomes familiar with all State regulations for equipment and develops local standards as deemed necessary.
17. Investigates accidents involving school buses and prepares reports related to accidents involving school buses. Interviews students, witnesses and drivers as necessary; responds to emergency facilities in the event of injuries, obtains detailed information regarding the accident itself (i.e. picture taking, braking distance, position of vehicles, determination of speed, follow-up information for future reference in the event of legal action, etc.). Makes recommendations regarding continued driver eligibility as a result of an accident.
18. Prepares a variety of divisional reports as required by the Supervisor of Transportation.
19. Responds to off hour emergencies
20. Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor of Transportation.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Bachelor's degree in Transportation or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities deemed sufficient to prepare the applicant to successfully perform the duties of the position.
· Two years of experience in the field operations of school or similar public carrier system OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities deemed sufficient to prepare the applicant to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Familiarity with the use, applications and operations of PC and mainframe computerized record- keeping systems.
· Ability to plan, schedule, and coordinate work of others.
· Ability to communicate effectively with employees, administrators, students and parents, verbally and written.
· Ability to exercise initiative, judgment, resourcefulness, and tact in the timely execution of assigned tasks.
· Ability to direct the activities of a large staff.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook and/or PowerPoint preferred.
· Satisfactory completion of any required tests.
· Possession of a valid Maryland Motor Vehicle Operator's License (Class B Preferred) plus proof of a good driving record.
Career Ladder Requirements
· Must be capable of sustained walking, sitting, and operation of a motor vehicle.