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ASSISTANT SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
This is difficult administrative work involving assisting the school transportation director in the planning, organization and supervision of the school transportation program in a large school district. This employee may also be responsible for specific areas of assignment, such as scheduling, special transportation, coordination of field trips, driver safety programs and vehicle maintenance. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for independent administrative decisions. General supervision may be exercised over subordinates. An employee in this class is on call 24 hours a day when school is in session. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Assists the School Transportation Director in the operation of a school transportation program.
Depending upon area of assignment, may be responsible for some or all of the following:
Determining efficient routing technique and time schedules;
Initiating continuing follow-up procedures to update bus routes throughout the year;
Determining eligibility of students for transportation;
Interviewing prospective drivers and mechanics and making recommendations for hiring;
Oversees driver training, orientation and evaluation programs;
Ensures compliance with government mandates pertaining to school bus operators including contract carriers;
Provides transportation services for field trips, interscholastic athletics and other special requests;
Supervises the safety programs and their formulation as well as employee driving safety records;
Acts as the transportation safety and accident investigator;
Supervises and directs a comprehensive program of school vehicle maintenance and repair;
Maintains necessary records involving payroll, personnel, material costs, equipment and parts inventory, etc.
Responsible for the preparation of reports on all aspects of school transportation;
Requisitions supplies and equipment;
Prepares specification for equipment and supplies, reviews bids and recommends appropriate purchases;
Acts as liaisons with the public as well as outside agencies;
Responsible for timely and courteous replies to inquiries and complaints from parents and school administrators;
Reviews state aid forms and contractor billing against mileage and maintenance records;
May drive a school bus.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of standard transportation methods and programs as related to pupil transportation including:
1.) New York State Motor Vehicle laws, rules and regulations.
2.) New York State Education Department regulations on transportation.
3.) Standard vehicle safety practices.
4.) District transportation policies.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices used in the purchasing and requisitioning of school transportation vehicles, tires, gasoline, oil and sundry automotive parts.
Good knowledge of the methods and terminology used in the repair of school buses.
Ability to produce and maintain comprehensive reports and records.
Ability to supervise in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, school administrators and the State Education Department.
Ability to gather, compile and analyze data pertinent to a school transportation program.
Ability to give oral and written reports.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status as a School Bus Dispatcher or School Transportation Safety Officer.
Four (4) years of experience, or its part time equivalent in school transportation or a related field such as commercial bus or trade transportation, one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity including responsibility for routing and scheduling of vehicles, personnel, and the care and maintenance of vehicles.