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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Director for Public School Facilities and Transportation provides technical and administrative support services in connection with the Arkansas

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Advises School District Superintendents on all facility matters. Coordinates and administers state facilities planning activities related to new school construction, renovation of existing schools, relocating classrooms and other support activities and administers the various programs of state financial participation in support of local academic facilities. Responsible for ensuring the district’s facility plan is fully developed and updated on a regular and timely basis. Evaluates architectural plans to ensure they meet state standards for school facilities. Manages the state facility project programs for Arkansas school districts. Prepares recommendations to the Arkansas Commission on Academic Facilities. Prepares and reports to combined Arkansas Legislators on facility matters. Assists school districts in master planning and operations regarding facilities and transportation. Responds to disaster situations/duty when needed. Oversees contract management, bid development, evaluation processes, and purchasing functions. Provides effective planning of facility construction and maintenance services to minimize disruption to educational programs. Oversees the management of bus transportation services including safety guidelines, bus specifications, bus inspections, and driver training. Serves as state point of coordination to coordinate district’s response to emergencies and issue emergency declarations. Makes recommendations to superintendents on school closures and facilities operational measures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of principles and practices of engineering, architecture and construction management. Knowledge of the appropriate legislation, court rulings, statutes, regulations, and policies and the understanding to apply them. Knowledge of the principles and practices of budget preparation and administration. Knowledge of Federal, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Knowledge of basic principles of construction, school plant maintenance, and custodial operations. Knowledge of repair techniques and grounds maintenance. Knowledge of business research principles, processes, and techniques. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Knowledge of organizational skills and practices. Ability to use collect, organize, interpret, and apply job-related information and data. Ability to read and interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability read and comprehend scientific and technical literature. Ability to understand, prepare, and present analytical and financial data. Skill in managing projects and providing leadership in coordinating interested parties in major projects. Skill in the analysis of complex problems with contractual/legal language. Skill in budget preparation of construction to support state facility programs. Skill in planning construction and modernization projects that meet the needs of students and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent to a master’s degree in construction management, master planning, architecture, engineering, or a related field; plus seven years of prior experience, including four years in a managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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