Campus Transportation Manager - IDEA Weslaco (Immediate Opening)

Weslaco, TX, United States
May 13, 2019
Position at IDEA Public Schools

IDEA Public Schools:

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that each and every one of our students graduates 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 2001 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. Under their continued leadership, today, we serve tens of thousands of students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students in communities across the country. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you in the coming months-our upcoming schools will be in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Midland/Odessa (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you aren't just an employee. You are a 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.

To learn a bit more about IDEA, check out this video:

About the Rio Grande Valley:

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy County) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.

RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all as only 1 out of 17 students graduate college-ready. Our mission holds true as we have 2,400 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 150 colleges and universities across the country.

Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022.

Role Mission:

Provide safe transportation for up to 1,000 students on a daily basis while reducing operational cost. Successfully manage a team of up to 20 people as well as interacting and partnering with campus leaders to drive success.

  • The safe transportation of all students is the #1 priority. This will be achieved by having "0" preventable incidents/accidents.
    • Potential candidates are screened and tested to show they possess or are acquiring excellent skills in operating a school bus
    • Drivers are fully trained in Pre/Post Trip inspections
    • Culture of safety is placed first in all they do. This means setting the example and holding team accountable for all safety initiatives
    • Drivers maintain and carry up-to-date credentials at all times
    • Drivers complete all required trainings on time
    • Compliance with time schedules and applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations.
    • Oversee the daily operations of the dispatch office; monitors two-way radios to effectively address bus problems, lateness and accidents.
    • Receive and respond to drivers' accidents; drives to accident scenes and conduct internal accident investigations; gather information, take photos and assist students and staff; obtain accident reports from the highway patrol and police agencies.
    • Receive and respond to emergency calls after hours and on weekends.
  • Maintain an efficient operation that does not exceed a Cost Per Mile is <$3.70
    • Develop a schedule for all drivers that creates an environment where drivers are fulfilling their primary role of driving while on the clock
    • Continuously audit team's participation to ensure systems are not being abused. "Inspect what you expect"
    • Monitor preventive maintenance to assure costly repairs are avoided
    • Serve as a substitute Bus Driver when needed.
  • Create a work environment where team members thrive with a minimum of 85% transportation staff retention
    • Manager will screen employees to ensure only qualified, quality, and dedicated individuals are brought on
    • Will ensure employees understand expectations and work conditions before being hired
  • Maintain fleet in safe operating condition while having a 7% savings on maintenance cost over previous year
    • Ensure that maintenance supplies are not over purchased
    • Ensure PMs are done in a systematic order
  • Utilize Transfinder to create/update routes at the campus level.
    • All routes are created and kept up-to-date
    • No route exceeds 10% more than its rosters are rated for
    • Driver records are kept up-to-date in Route Finder
    • Student Records are kept up-to-date in Route Finder
  • Utilize Synovia to analyze reports
    • Planned vs. Actual Routes
    • Know when each bus should be at each stop and see when they arrived
    • Generate and analyze reports of the fleet's overall activity, then drill down into stop-by-stop data to see exactly how each driver and each bus is performing.
  • Provide excellent customer service
    • Communicate with school site staff, administrators, parents and outside agencies to exchange information, coordinate activities and resolve issues, concerns and questions regarding transportation services, student behavioral problems and special accommodations for students.
    • Communicate with school site staff, administrators, parents and outside agencies to exchange information, coordinate activities and resolve issues, concerns and questions regarding transportation services, student behavioral problems and special accommodations for students.
  • 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.
  • Leadership Development
    • 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 skill

    • GED or High School Diploma
    • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with class P (passenger) and S (school bus) endorsements
    • Completed bus driver safety training course
    • Must be over 18 years old
    • Pass alcohol and drug tests
    • DOT Physical Examination
    • Experience in the operation of large passenger vehicles; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.
    • Ability to manage student behavior

    • Salaries for this role typically fall between $17.07 and $21.35, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

    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.