Job Posting: Director of Transportation, Tacoma Public Schools

Job Posting: Director of Transportation, Tacoma Public Schools

Tacoma Public Schools
Invites applications for the position of

Director of Transportation

Location: Tacoma, Washington
Enrollment: 30,000 students
Base Salary: $104,749 to $127,520 (DOE) plus benefits package
Days/Year: 260 work days; 12 months
Status: Exempt – 1.0 FTE
Closing Date: April 24, 2017 (but, open until filled)
Start Date: July 1, 2017

About the Position


This position plans and administers all student transportation services for the district; works with all contract carriers in providing transportation-wide services; defines policies and procedures; and responds to inquiries from parents and district personnel regarding transportation.

For a full description of the position responsibilities see the Job Description at and click on “About,” “Careers” and then “Administrative.”


Oversees services provided by contractors; evaluates effectiveness and efficiency of contractors; reviews contracts for compliance; analyzes current and future use of contractors.
Determines transportation needs for district; develops plans for student transportation; implements bus routes; reviews existing bus service; evaluates requests for added service.
Recommends policies for Board action; develops guidelines and procedures governing establishment and operation of the district transportation system; ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Supervises assigned staff; makes hiring recommendations; appropriately evaluates, commends, and disciplines employees; approves leaves and overtime; assigns and reviews work; provides for and encourages participation in professional development opportunities; promotes a quality customer service environment; ensures staff receives district-wide and department information that will enhance the overall quality of the Transportation Department.
Oversees the scheduling, implementation and operation of the approved transportation system, including contracted carriers; evaluates transportation services and makes changes as required; recommends closure of schools due to inclement weather.
Plans, prepares, tracks, and defends transportation budget; oversees expenditure and ensures accountability of funds; provides general support and training to all transportation staff in procedures related to accounting, reconciliation, and balancing of data in manual and automated systems; regularly audits all budget functions.
Responds to inquiries from staff members and the public; investigates or directs investigation of service complaints and responds to same.
Maintains liaison with district staff, community and school organizations to develop sensitivity to local attitudes and objectives; makes public presentations regarding transportation issues.
Develops and prepares a variety of routine and non-routine spreadsheet and database reports for administrative decision making; develops and implements procedures to comply with department reporting requirements and to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data.
Plans for short-term and long-term transportation needs; determines emergency procedures.
Serves as consultant and member of a district negotiating team as assigned; administers district contracts with outside transportation providers.

Other Job Duties
1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills necessary for success in the position by participating in professional development activities.
2. Manages special projects and performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university;
Five years of experience in transportation services/operations, or equivalent, in an administrative or supervisory capacity;
Experience in a large urban school district or public transportation system is preferred; or
Any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills & Ability

The successful candidate should have knowledge of:

Laws, rules, and regulations governing school district transportation
Driver training and safety education principles
Vehicle maintenance procedures
Supervisory practices and procedures
Fiscal management practices and procedures
The successful candidate should have skills in:

Obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information
Decision making and problem solving
Promoting a quality customer service environment

The successful candidate should have ability to:

Ability to supervise assigned staff
Ability to develop and monitor budgets
Ability to work under pressure and meet established deadlines
Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow-through procedures
Ability to coordinate activities
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting
Ability to participate as a member of a team

Required Licenses/Special Requirements

1. Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.
2. Valid Washington State driver’s license.
Working Conditions

Experiences frequent interruptions; required to deal with distraught or angry people; required to work extended hours; required to travel to district sites.

How to Submit an Application

For more information about the position and to submit an application visit the District’s website at or please contact:

Laurie Jo Dumas
Tacoma Public Schools
Central Administration Building
P.O. Box 1357
Tacoma, Washington 98401-1357
Phone: 253-571-1244

Please include a resume and letter of interest with your online application.

Tacoma Public Schools is an equal opportunity educator and employer