The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
This position supports the School’s mission statement by managing all aspects of the Transportation function for the School. The Transportation program gets students safety from school to sports practices, games, class trips, and outings using a fleet of small and large buses. Some buses require commercial drivers licenses (CDL) to operate.
Essential functions include:
Identify and execute transportation strategy in anticipation of the School’s evolving transportation needs, including environmental concerns.
Manage weekly schedule to ensure adequate driving coverage for school needs; distribute schedule to Athletic Director, drivers, and other appropriate parties, providing updates as needed. Identify need for supplemental vehicles during peak activity seasons; schedule charter bus services as needed.
Confirm and schedule faculty transportation requests; maintain communication with faculty regarding field trip changes and procedures; ensure appropriate student transportation to and from scheduled activities as needed.
The School is introducing a morning bus service for students. Four routes will pick up students from different parts of the city. The Transportation Manager will be responsible for working with a third-party service for Drivers (Northwest vehicles will be used), and seeing that all four routes are staffed Monday through Friday mornings.
Manages the School’s fleet of vehicles including: a) research and purchase recommendations for new vehicles; b) safe and legal parking arrangements for current vehicles; c) maintenance scheduling and documentation; d) DOT vehicle certifications; and e) fueling, cleaning, and scheduling of repair of vehicles.
Train and orient new drivers on driving procedures, including communicating safety issues, Federal DOT regulations, and the School’s policies regarding safe vehicle operation.
Supervise drivers and maintain high level of customer service. Monitor driver performance by completing yearly evaluations for all drivers. Periodically evaluate and identify drivers for re-training as necessary. Manage traffic infractions and apply policies.
Manage transportation needs for Summer Program including forecasting staffing and bus needs, hiring driving staff, ensuring driving coverage.
Create and administer budget and yearly operating expenses for transportation department.
Manage driver hiring process, including identifying openings and interviewing/selecting final candidates.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Supervise student led environment team responsible for cleaning buses and complete student evaluations each school term.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
High school diploma and minimum of seven (7) years licensed driving experience, with three (3) years of commercial driving experience preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Prior experience providing transportation services to the public helpful.
Must have at least three (3) years of experience supervising drivers, preferably in a school environment. Previous fleet management experience preferred.
Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Must understand and keep current on DOT regulations.
Demonstrated skill with computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook), internet research, and the aptitude and willingness to learn new software programs as needed.
Current WA State driving abstract required with no serious traffic infractions in the past five years.
Current DOT physical card or ability to pass a WA State Department of Licensing physical.
Must be willing to participate in and pass a drug screen, both pre-employment and random, as required by the DOT and the School throughout the period of employment.
Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work as needed.
A valid WA State Commercial Drivers License - Class B or higher with Air Brake and Passenger endorsements is preferred. Willingness/ ability to obtain CDL is required.
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.