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SPECIAL EDUCATION TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the transportation services for the Special Children Services Early Intervention and Preschool Programs The incumbent in this position is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of all children participating in these programs. An employee in this class develops bid specifications for contracts and uses federal, state and DOT guidelines and regulations to set Onondaga County policy to minimize liability to the County. Supervision is received from an administrative superior. Supervision is typically not a responsibility of this position. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Investigates and responds to all transportation questions, complaints and incidents; accident investigation and reporting.
Point of contact for communications with program providers, parents, transporters on all transportation related matters.
Establish and monitor transportation services for Early Intervention and preschool children.
Verify contract compliance and recognize contract breaches.
Safety and compliance inspections at the program sites, on the road, etc.
Assesses liquidated damages for non-compliance by a transporter.
Advises County of current and amended Federal, State, Special Education and DOT laws in reference to vehicles, drivers, children and monitors.
Assist with the reconciliation of transporter invoices.
Maintain transportation databases.
Periodically conduct transportation meetings for providers, transporters and the County.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and physical abilities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of current New York State Motor Vehicle, Department of Transportation and Education Laws, rules and regulations as applied to the operations of school buses.
Good knowledge of Federal, State, and DOT laws regarding vehicles, drivers, children and monitors.
Good knowledge of standard safety practices as applied to school transportation programs.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of school bus operation.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of program management including contracts, bus routing and bid development.
Ability to prepare and maintain comprehensive reports and records.
Ability to gather, compile and analyze pertinent data for a school transportation program.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships between staff, parents, principals and students.
Five (5) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in school transportation management, which must have included responsibility for school transportation planning and safety, dispatching and vehicle inspection.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT:
Possession of a valid CDL Class B motor vehicle license with Passenger (P) endorsement issued by the State of New York; and,
Possession of a valid Certificate as a certified 19-A Examiner for School Bus Drivers from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles; and,
Possession of a certificate as a Child Passenger Safety Technician from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and,
Possession of School Bus Driver Instructor (SBDI) certification from the New York State Education Department.