Transportation Director

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Marquette Area Public Schools
Position Details: 


• Bachelor’s Degree or 5 years Exp. as Transportation Director
• CDL / Bus Driver Endorsement or ability to obtain
• Knowledge of school bus traffic laws, safety, mechanics & routing
• Non-Union, 220 work days per year






(Non Union)

REPORTS TO:           Assistant Superintendent


RATIONALE:            To assist with the administration of the District's Pupil Transportation functions. Routing of school buses, scheduling special trips, supervision of drivers and mechanical repair, maintain and promote good community relations.



  1. Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Transportation Director.
  2. Previous experience working in K-12 Schools preferred.
  3. Successful experience in a supervisory position.
  4. Knowledge of school bus traffic laws, safety, mechanics, and routing.
  5. Commercial driver's license with CDL/bus driver endorsement or ability to obtain.
  6. Transportation Supervisor Certified or ability to obtain.
  7. Willingness to obtain Michigan School Business Officials Transportation Director Certification.
  8. Must have excellent customer service skills; the ability to positively relate with school staff, administrators, vendors, applicants, and the public is a top priority.
  9. Knowledge of and experience with management principles and objectives, budgeting, financial controls, purchasing and computer applications.
  10. Ability to work independently and make decisions in accordance with district policies and regulations.
  11. Ability to work cooperatively in an office setting and meet multiple demands.
  12. Must meet health requirements as required by performance responsibilities (sit, stand, walk, talk, stoop, see, hear, lift up to 25 pounds, etc.).
  13. Such alternatives to these qualifications as the Board of Education may find appropriate and acceptable.





  1. Maintain a current district map and a current roster of pupils transported.
  2. Prepare all reports applicable to the transportation department such as route descriptions, pick up/drop off points, pupils, school attended, grade, bus number, etc.
  3. Adjust bus routes following the opening of the school year according to the size of the bus and load.
  4. Ride each bus and learn all routes; establishes loading and unloading procedures.
  5. Inspect bus turn-a-rounds and help determine stops.
  6. Schedule the transportation of disabled students in collaboration with the Special Education Director.



  1. Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of assigned staff including but not limited to: scheduling, work assignments, assessment of work performance, providing assistance and support as required.
  2. Responsible for hiring recommendations, training and evaluation of support staff.
  3. Shall take the necessary actions to address concerns with assigned staff including but not limited to: attendance, work performance, behavior, etc.
  4. Arrange for and/or conducts periodic driver safety meetings for all bus drivers.
  5. Trains, assigns, and secures substitute transportation personnel.
  6. Assists in the promotion of good safety practices and procedures.

            BUS FLEET

  1. Schedule routine maintenance of buses and supervise the bus mechanics.
  2. Keep maintenance records for all buses.
  3. Make periodic on-site inspection of buses.
  4. Works closely with, and is in attendance during, annual inspections made by state authorities.
  5. Is responsible for the investigation of accidents on-site, preparation of accident reports and reporting such to the superintendent and the assistant superintendent.



  1. Responsible for establishing effective relationships with district administrators, staff, union representatives, parents and the public.
  2. Serves as a source of information on areas related to transportation.
  3. Investigate and resolve parent concerns and complaints.
  4. Routes student discipline problems through building administrators.
  5. Keeps informed of new techniques, operations, and changes in laws or regulations.
  6. Completes state forms and reports relating to the Transportation Department.
  7. Checks roads in inclement weather and works with Superintendent to make school closure decisions.
  8. Works on committees relating to the effective operation of the transportation department or district.



  1. Develops short term and long term goals for the Transportation Department.
  2. Prepares the budget for the Transportation Department.
  3. Helps to prepare specifications for the purchase of buses.
  4. Establishes billing rate for field trips, athletic trips, or non-district contracts, and invoices vendors for payment.
  5. Supervises and maintains an inventory of supplies related to transportation matters within the district.




  1. 220 Day Employee
  2. 00 FTE
  3. Benefits per Non-Union Agreement
  4. Non-Union Exempt Position



Annually by Assistant Superintendent


This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be.  It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.