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Program Coordinator, Transportation Training

Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

Below is specific information for you to consider about this position.

Job Title: Program Coordinator, Transportation Training  and Requisition ID number: 79428

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Transportation (10000103) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE Z.Z; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  AMP(42) 

Functional Area:  Administrative 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




Under general supervision, coordinates MPS Transportation in service trainings for School Bus Drivers; oversees Behind the Wheel trainers as needed and oversees Driver-in-training employees during the training period; assures contracted driver training records are maintained and up to date; assures effective training of public transit regulations, safety and service standards, and MPS policies and procedures.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Plans, coordinates and implements School Bus Drivers training programs; develops and implements Driver training programs, manuals and materials for MPS     School Bus Drivers; ensures training program complies with MPS policies and procedures, public transit regulations, and state and Federal safety standards; oversees School Bus Driver trainees and Driver-in-Training employees while in training program and activities, evaluates performance and identifies corrective actions.
  • Coordinates recruiting and selection of school bus drivers and drivers-in-training; brainstorms recruitment techniques and assists in recruitment events and activities; assists in processing applicants using District systems and supports applicants in new hire paperwork completion.
  • Coordinates work for Behind the Wheel trainers; schedules work, assigns tasks, and allocates resources; monitors work and evaluates performance as trainers.
  • Meets regularly with assigned staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload and technical issues; ensures that  appropriate services are provided, and goals are defined and achieved.
  • Verifies and tracks bus contractor’s compliance with state and Federal laws and MPS policies; resolves compliance issues; compiles technical and financial data for operational reports.
  • Leads district accident review committee; maintains, evaluate, and provide monthly reports on accident report data; assists with investigation of accidents/incidents involving school buses and District vehicles. 
  • Coordinates drug and alcohol testing program and employee background checks according to Federal and State regulations. (FMCSA Clearinghouse) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse - Home (
  • Ensures proper data collection and maintains regulatory compliance data, accident reports, drug testing efforts; compiles data and submits reports.
  • Oversees and coordinates training program instructors; schedules work, assigns tasks, and allocates resources; monitors work and evaluates performance; reports unsafe acts, conditions, accidents, and injuries  .
  • Oversees probationary drivers, monitor’s work and evaluates performance; determines when driver has satisfactorily completed probationary period requirements. 
  • Assists with department response to requests and concerns from MPS staff and the community; assists with conflict intervention; resolves public relations issues with parents and students.
  • Assists in the development and revision of operating policies and procedures.
  • Supports the relationship between MPS and the community by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

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Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in Transportation Management, Business or Public Administration or related field; AND two (2) years of transportation experience, preferably in public education; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:

  • Federal, state and local codes and regulations governing public transportation training programs.
  • Federal and state safety laws and regulations, including OSHA requirements, drug and alcohol testing guidelines for Commercial Driver’s License, and accident investigations.
  • Principles of curriculum development, technical training, adult learning theory, classroom supervision and managing group dynamics.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including customer service and employee supervision.
  • Principles and practices of government record keeping and records management.
  • Local and regional geographical area and road systems.
  • Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient transportation techniques and standards.


Skill in:

  • Coordinating and implementing transportation training functions.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, state and local rules and regulations; and MPS policies.
  • Engaging with applicants, staff and families with an equity lens
  • Planning, organizing, scheduling and conducting training classes.
  • Developing training programs, and effectively presenting information in a classroom environment.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and community
  • Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



  • A valid Minnesota State Commercial Driver’s License.
  • FMCSA ELDT certified instructor no later than 2/2022.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. May be required to operate a school bus or Class III type vehicle. May also be required to perform street duty during to- and from- school transportation. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.




Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Transportation (10000103)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Administrative

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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