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  • 36528 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION

    Denver Public Schools
    Job Description
    Executive Director, Transportation
    Central Office
    Traditional 235 work days
     
    Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
      
    Essential Functions and Objectives:
     
    -  Provides visionary leadership and fiscal accountability for the department. Responsible for all top level decisions for the Transportation department.  Approves plans and strategies that will advance the mission of the department and enhance the safety of DPS and its environment, Oversees, directs, plans and coordinates strategic activities for the Transportation Department with the help of subordinate staff ensuring department goals are aligned with District goals. 
     
    -  Formulate and champion departmental policies and strategies; promote a healthy, safe, and positive work environment by ensuring policies and procedures are followed.
     
    -  Analyze operations to evaluate performance of department’s objectives against Denver Plan and District policies and procedures.
     
    -  Collaborate in the development of transportation strategic plans and forward recommendations for future District needs.
     
    -  Establish and maintain internal and external communication processes to achieve a high level of satisfaction for internal and external constituents.
     
    -  Direct department human resources activities (e.g., staff selection, organization of major departments); promote a productive, professional, positive department culture.
     
    -  Establish and execute employee appreciation and recognition programs.
     
    -  By establishing leadership goals, assure that planning and implementation of staff development and training is carried out.
     
    -  Promote a productive workplace environment through shared goals, mutual respect, employee recognition, and equal opportunity.
     
    -  Prepare or approve Transportation Department communications to the Board of Education, Superintendent, Chief Operating Officer, the public and other administrative personnel.
     
    -  Directs the collaboration and coordination efforts with Students Services personnel to ensure reasonable, efficient, and timely services are provided in compliance with the Individuals' with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free and Appropriate Public Education Act (FAPE).
     
    -  Lead, coordinate, update and implement efforts for annual contract transportation services with RTD and other transportation providers for students.
     
    -  Act as primary department representative for contract negotiations for bargaining units (e.g., Amalgamated Transit Union 1563 (ATU).
     
    -  Submit Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 40 state transportation report in order to obtain state funding reimbursement for District.
     
    -  Monitor annual operating budget in order to ensure proper allocation of funds; department is providing transportation services in an effective and efficient manner.


    -  Monitor department expenditures in order to keep department spending within current fiscal budget spending limits.
     
    -  Properly monitor the maintenance of District fleet provides the necessary number of buses to transport students to school and home on time.
     
    -  Identify and recommend new processes or procedures that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of District transportation services.
     
    -  Establish, develop, and maintain positive working relationships with District leadership (e.g., principals, parents, community) to improve school bus transportation and safety.
     
    -  Review and analyze pupil transportation legislative proposals, laws, and public policy and provides input or recommends changes to proposals.
     
    -  Ensure safe working conditions at all times and optimize success by observing employees and bus operations and adjusting scheduled activities to accommodate changing weather conditions. Establish and execute contingency plans for inclement weather operations.
     
    -  In emergency situations assume driving or dispatch duties.-  Perform other duties as assigned.


    -  This is a safety-sensitive position within the DPS School District and mandatory position requirements include: a copy of current Driving Record at time of hire, clear CBI criminal/background investigation and compliance with Drug Free/Pre-hire and Random Drug testing conducted throughout duration of assignment.
     
    Knowledge & Other Qualifications
    -  Knowledge of school transportation local, state and federal regulations (e.g., Department of Transportation, Commercial driver license, Colorado Department of Education, school bus operators' rules, minimum standards for school bus, drug and alcohol compliance)
     
    -  Knowledge of the Individuals' with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free and Appropriate Public Education Act (FAPE).
     
    -  Knowledge of the locations and routes to all DPS facilities and other locations in Denver.
     
    -  Ability to work effectively with staff at all levels, in all departments and with the community at large.
     
    -  Consideration of safety and health of others.
     
    -  Ability to inform and collaborate with community leaders, legislators and District policy makers regarding school transportation issues.
                                       
    Education and Licensure Requirements:
     
    -  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
     
    -  Ten (10) years’ experience the transportation industry, preferably with school bus operations and fleet maintenance.
     
    -  Experience conducting long term planning for school bus operations
     
    -  Seven (7) years experience in general management, three (3) years in a senior leadership role.
     
    -  Experience must include budget responsibility and oversight
     
    -  Effective and diplomatic communication skills both verbally and written; experience with group presentations and public speaking.
     
    -  Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). ), and financial software, student information systems, routing and fleet maintenance systems software.
     
    -  Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.
     
    -  Commercial driver’s license (with PS2 endorsements) is required or able to be acquired within six (6) months.
     
    -  Must meet District insurability requirements for driving a District vehicle.
     
    -  Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.
                                                                
    About Denver Public Schools:
     
    Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  
     
    Under the leadership of Superintendent Susana Cordova and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.  
     
    Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.