Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is one of the largest school divisions in Alberta, serving the education needs of approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. Every day, the staff and students of EIPS are encouraged to pursue opportunities to grow and to discover their passions in life. We pride ourselves on providing our staff and students with the tools to achieve success by offering dynamic programming, up-to-date resources and practical professional learning opportunities.
EIPS is recruiting a permanent full-time Senior Planner (12-month position) for our Student Transportation department.
Our Student Transportation department is located at our Central Office in Sherwood Park.
Commencing December 28, 2020
40 hours per week (8 hours/day - Monday to Friday)
Open to Internal and External Applicants
EIPS offers a comprehensive benefit package for permanent employees
The function and purpose of this position is to provide safe transportation for students in kindergarten to grade 12 while meeting criteria such as legislation, policies, and procedures. Collaborate with Bus Operators/Bus Contractors, School Administrators, Parents, Safety Monitors, School Districts regarding scheduling, safety concerns and behaviour incidents.
KEY DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITITES
Designing, implementing and scheduling of computerized bus routing using VersaTrans software
Revision of regular routes to meet operational standards, address safety issues and improve efficiencies.
Supervise Safety Monitors at transfer sites.
Oversee transfer sites for safety, scheduling and efficiency.
Measure service performance and make adjustments/improvements as needed to ensure compliance with district criteria and all applicable legislation.
Optimize bus routes as directed in order to create cost efficiencies.
Validate monthly route eligible distance for Bus Contractor pay.
Prepare reports on routing and route optimization for Director of Student Transportation.
Monitor and confirm route paths and student scanning using GPS VersaTrans Onscreen software.
Coordinate individualized busing requests with Student Support Services for students with special requirements (i.e. wheelchairs, underage students, etc.).
Create and adjust school boundaries as directed.
Troubleshoot system malfunction and liaise between Tech Services and VersaTrans support.
Build computerized mapping in growth areas.
Provide data for boundary planning and reviews.
Provide reports and data analysis for Director of Transportation.
Assist Director of Transportation with Alberta Education yearly funding application.
Provide direction on messaging for SynreVoice call outs.
Assessment of individualized equipment for students with special needs in conjunction with Student Support Services and Safety and Compliance Coordinator.
Interpret changes to legislation that affect Student Transportation.
Provide Bus Schedules to parents in April and August.
Inform parents of any route schedule changes.
Complaints and Discipline
Investigate and resolve parent/guardian/School Administrator concerns.
Review data collection and provide information to Director/School Administration in order to provide appropriate action.
Supervise Planner Assistants.
Transport students to school or home who must be removed from the bus because of disciplinary issues and/or safety concerns.
Bus Operator Training and Safety
Conduct meetings with school Bus Operators and/or Bus Contractors.
Monitor bus operator compliance of Alberta Transportation regulations and Alberta Traffic Safety Act utilizing GPS software.
Instruct MELT program to train new bus operators.
Instruct School Bus Driver Improvement program to bus operators and conduct assessment for S-Endorsement certification.
Coordinate with Safety and Compliance Supervisor and supervise yearly bus evacuation practices at school locations.
Provide advice and guidance to Bus Operators in order to adhere to EIPS policies and procedures.
Attend bus accident sites and provide support to Safety and Compliance Coordinator.
Review and approve yearly route assessment submitted by Bus Operators.
Assessment of school sites for traffic safety concerns in conjunction with Safety and Compliance Coordinator, EIPS Facilities Department, School Administrators and County/City Officials.
Assist Director in bus cancellations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Degree or Diploma in a related field or equivalent experience
The following education requirements would be considered an asset. The successful candidate may obtain these requirements during employment.
Class 2 Driver’s License with S-Endorsement condition
Melt Driving Instructor
School Bus Driver Improvement Program Trainer Certification
Emergency First Aid Certification
Seven to ten years combined experience in the following:
Student Transportation department
School or business environment
Planning or Logistics
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ATTITUDES
High aptitude and knowledge of routing software
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to remain calm and act decisively in Emergency situations
Adjust rapidly to changes and tempo of work activity in order to multi-task effectively due to frequent interruptions
Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and written
Clear understanding of the policies, regulations and procedures governing Student Transportation
Understanding of functionality of equipment (GPS, video surveillance, student scanning, safety harnesses, two-way radio)
Crucial Conversations training
For more information, please contact Lisa Weder, Director, Student Transportation at 780-417-8153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only online applications will be accepted.
Elk Island Public Schools appreciates and considers all applications; however, we only contact candidates who are selected for interviews.
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