Somerville Public Schools
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Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3198461 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Re-posted: March 17, 2020 Starting Date: Immediately


Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Full Time Transportation Manager
Bilingual Speaker Preferred

Bilingual Speaker Preferred

Job Goal: The objective of the Transportation Manager is to establish and operationalize an efficient and effective transportation strategy for Somerville Public Schools (SPS). The Transportation Manager performs data analysis, family outreach, project management, and interdepartmental coordination around transportation options for SPS students. Candidates for this position should be highly motivated to ensure that all district students have a safe and positive transportation experience as they access school and programs. The position involves performing administrative and managerial functions. This involves direct support to the English Language and Special Education Departments by developing routes, staff training and general management and administration. Duties will include establishing student rosters, designing effective bus routes, communicating major construction impacts, development and maintaining a transportation database, analyzing bus routes and yields, and supervising support staff.

• Prepares annual bus rosters and mailing to parents, in coordination with relevant departments, regarding the district’s transportation system;
• Processes transportation registration forms and follow up with parents, as needed;
• Updates bus rosters on an ongoing basis with new school and program enrollments and parental requests for changes in ridership;
• Recruits, hires, and supervises support staff to monitor student attendance and safe ridership on vans and buses;
• Liaises with building administrators to ensure safe departure and arrival procedures at schools and programs;
• Liaises with Homeless/Basic Needs Services and supports the administration of contracts with Homeless Transportation providers;
• Develops and oversees Homeless Transportation safety systems before school, after school, and in collaboration with Out of School Time providers;
• Maintains the district’s student transportation database and key contacts;
• Ensures preparation, implementation and evaluation of Standard Operating Procedures for student transportation at all SPS schools;
• Collaborates with the City’s Mobility Division, Traffic & Parking Department, Police Department, and Department of Public Works around capital projects, construction management, operations & maintenance activities, traffic calming interventions, and bike / pedestrian facilities;
• Communicates key construction and capital project impacts to, and develop solutions for, principals and transportation providers;
• Supports in-house review of consultant-generated transportation analysis and reports, including traffic and transportation studies;
• Prints and distributes bus passes and issue replacements, as needed;
• Supports expansion of the district’s MBTA student bus pass program, as needed;
• Communicates proactively with parents and transportation contractors to resolve issues or concerns as needed;
• Responds to and resolves parent inquiries and complaints;
• Utilizes technology to inform families and keep student transportation records updated;
• Develops, revises, and updates as necessary in-district bus routes;
• Assists the Director of Finance and Director of Operations in the development of the district’s transportation budget;
• Liaison with the clerical staff responsible for student transportation rosters in the English Language and Special Education departments;
• Performs other reasonable transportation-related duties as requested by the Superintendent’s Office, Director of Finance, or Director of Operations;
• Other appropriate duties as directed by the Chief of Staff, Director of Finance, or Director of Operations.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, transportation management, or a closely related field and three (3) years’ experience in school districts, municipal government, state agency positions or relevant consulting roles; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Master’s Degree preferred.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge: Knowledge of principles and practices of multimodal transportation planning and management.

Abilities: Ability to read and understand transportation plans and supervise implementation. Ability to work effectively with relevant interdepartmental staff. Ability to formulate findings and recommendations to interdepartmental staff, elected officials, outside agencies, contractors, engineers, advocates and the general public.

Skills: Skilled communicator; excellent customer service, planning and management skills. Strong quantitative analysis skills including Microsoft Excel; strong written and oral communication skills with peers, consultants, contractors, and representatives of other departments. Proven skills managing multiple tasks and deadlines essential. Multilingual skills in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian Creole preferred.

Position Reports to: Chief of Staff

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Jeff Curley
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600