Under the supervision of the Safe Environments Manager, the Transportation Specialist is responsible for the overall operation of the transportation program ensuring the safe and efficient transport of children, staff, parents/families between program activities and partner programs. Under the supervision of the Safe Environments Manager, this position is responsible for serving as the liaison and streamlining communication between Early Learning Services staff, transportation vendor, families, partner programs, and community-based schools to provide comprehensive transportation services for children. This position is also responsible for assisting the Safe Environments Manager in updating, monitoring, coordinating and communicating, routing and assignments, for children with disabilities.
Ensure vendor contract requirements meets specifications of school buses or allowable alternate vehicles (AAVs).
Coordinate with the Safe Environments Manger to ensure the contracted transportation vendors meet specifications of school buses or allowable alternate vehicles.
Ensure Carrier compliance meet specifications of school buses or allowable alternate vehicles.
Work with the Safe the Safe Environments Manger to ensure the contracted transportation vendors meet specifications of school buses or allowable alternate vehicles.
Ensure that the safety of the children being transported is the primary consideration when planning routes from/to partner programs and LEA services.
Ensure that transportation services are supported by staff with appropriate training, credentials, and experience in the area of transportation.
Ensure compliance with licenses, insurance, and that other required permits and documentation are maintained to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations including the appropriate licensing of drivers; monitoring a mandatory safety-sensitive (iDOT drug-testing) program; criminal records check, driving background check, certificate of medical examination, and application for employment.
Coordinate and assist with developing systems for the transportation of children with disabilities between partner sites and LEA services.
Ensure that all special transportation requirements for a child with a disability are being met when following the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate meetings between the transportation vendor and program staff as requested.
Maintain an efficient record-keeping system to enable the production of tracking reports and compliance documentation.
Assist the Head Start Leadership team in establishing the program and school readiness goals as they apply to Head Start 0-5.
Implement reflective and relationship-based practices.
All other duties as assigned.
High School diploma or equivalent
2 years of experience in Head Start/Early Head Start.
Valid driver’s license.
Able to work well with all levels of the organization, partner sites, other agencies, and funding source personnel.
Able to manage multiple projects.
Well organized, highly detail-oriented, and accuracy driven.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and supervisory skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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