Transportation Maintenance Manager (Immediate Opening)

Weslaco, TX, United States
Dec 19, 2018
Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

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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Role Mission: The Transportation Maintenance Manager (TMM) is responsible for the management of fleet equipment at several locations and managing a team of technicians (mechanics) who are responsible for the preventive maintenance and repair of a fleet of up to 250+ vehicles (diesel and gasoline fuel). The Maintenance Manager is also responsible for providing direction, either directly or indirectly, to Campus Transportation Managers, District Mechanics and Campus Bus Driver Mechanics to ensure that all repairs and maintenance to IDEA Public School Buses, trucks and with fleet are performed in compliance with the IDEA's safety and maintenance standards, and in compliance with all federal and state regulations. The Maintenance Manager is responsible for planning and scheduling the repair work for his or her work group to ensure that all work is done in a safe and timely manner, reducing lost productivity within the shop.


1. Make sure bus fleet is in in good working conditions and meeting district, state and federal requirements
  • Establish an on-going effective and efficient system of routine maintenance and preventative maintenance program for all within geographic responsibility
  • Ensure bus fleet is in operational condition before using it to transport students
  • Delegate duties to District Mechanics of how to diagnose school buses properly
  • Maintain accurate records of mechanics operation

2. Maintain fleet in safe operating condition while having a 7% savings on maintenance cost over previous year
  • Ensure that District Mechanics operate within the budget parameters of each campus
  • Oversee coordination, planning/ scheduling of all repair work to increase productivity, while effectively managing department's overtime
  • Audit campuses to ensure DMs and Transportation Managers have an accurate inventory of all parts in their campuses
  • Establish a continuous education and upgrades for each of your District Mechanics in diesel engines and/or alternative engines to better serve our school bus fleet
  • Ensure District Mechanics are using various vendors to better obtain prices

3. Must be able to lead team and hold them accountable of their work performance
  • Can delegate with confidence and lead by example
  • Report to management on shops' performance; implement procedures for process/programmatic changes for improvement or efficiencies
  • Able to communicate negative and positive feedback with District Mechanics and administer disciplinary action
  • Monitor operational performance and efficiency; take action to redirect activities appropriately

4. Must manage multiple tasks by prioritize work
  • Adapting to changing environments while performing various tasks and by prioritizing work
  • Overseeing various tasks simultaneously within established time constraints

5 . Live Values of IDEA
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by 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
  • 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
  • Embodies IDEA's core values

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • This position requires to be directly responsible for 6 District Mechanics and indirectly responsible for 16 Campus Transportation Managers, and over 240 bus fleet.

  • Leadership
    • 5+ years leading an entire Maintenance Fleet function, developing strategies to enhance performance, improve morale, and engage managers, supervisors and frontline employees in organizational goals
    • Scope and scale - responsible for multiple locations.
    • A Champion of employee engagement - can provide creative examples of involvement with team
    • Critical thinking - the ability to ask the right questions, separate facts from assumptions, and determine what is relevant and what is not in the decision-making and negotiating process
  • Technology
    • MS Office Suite - it is imperative for the Leader in this role to navigate at an advanced level within all MS Office programs.
    • Important to plan and execute a new software launch, it is just as important you have demonstrated the ability to learn new technology quickly and teach your teams
    • Can talk through shop floor technology and understand what it means from a diesel tech perspective
    • Experience engine computer diagnostics as well as with onboard GPS tracking
  • Analytics & Process
    • Understand that the Maintenance division is a cost center in its entirety. Proven ability to create cost savings via root cause analysis
    • Present data driven solutions to Ownership

  • Compliance
    • Experience in creating and establishing fleet policies and procedures, from vehicle assignment to replacement cycling, from personal use to accident reporting. May need to edit or update existing policy, or create new one
    • Execute audit performance plans
    • Compliant with internal KPI intervals
    • Subject matter expertise in DVIR process

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent (Master's degree preferred).
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years' experience as a shop foreman for Diesel/Gasoline engines
  • Licenses or Certifications (if applicable): Licensed Certified Mechanic and Valid Class A or B Driver's License with "P" and "S" endorsements

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Five (5) years of experience as a manager within the diesel, gasoline or automotive industry

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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