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Transportation Manager

First things First: Who are we? 

Twice the size of our next largest competitor, First Student is the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America. Every day, we complete 5 million student journeys, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization, scheduling, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school districts contracts. 

At First Student, our Transportation Managers are a constant reflection of our company’s commitment to safety and customer service. Our Transportation Managers represent company management with school officials concerning issues of passenger management, route scheduling, billing, charter activities, driver issues, safety, fleet maintenance, and general logistics matters. The Transportation Manager has full supervisory responsibility for recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retention, performance development, performance management, teammate relations, salary adjustments, and termination of direct reports. The Transportation Manager will coach and develop location employees to support company initiatives and location/region goals. They also Identify issues related to resource needs (driver shortage) for the location’s needs and customer requirements

  • Leading from the front! Our most successful Transportation Managers often possess an entrepreneurial mindset and are able to achieve positive results by influencing and motivating the location's employees. 
  • Ability to organize, interpret, and make decisions based on the location's financial data.
  • Maintain a client-focused mindset.


  • Three years of demonstrated people management, ideally in the transportation industry.  
  • Demonstrated experience in being held to a variety of performance metrics.
  • Experience managing operational expenses: Budget Forecasting, Pay, P&L, etc. 
  • Business background in financial, strategic, and operational analysis.

First for a Reason


We offer competitive compensation and benefits (which vary based on role, location, and business), including physical and mental health initiatives, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), and paid holiday/vacation.

  • First Student is a leader in the student transportation space. This role allows you to ensure that our Drivers and other location staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to keep us there!

Professional Advancement

Start here. Go far. We believe in promoting from within which means tremendous opportunities for you, thanks to our strong presence across North America. In addition, our Manager in Development program prepares future leaders at First Student.

Extensive Training

Build skills and knowledge in such areas as safety and security, injury prevention, technology and equipment, and job efficiency.

Diversity & Inclusion

Because we’re stronger together, we aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and diverse working environment for everyone every day.

Community Service & Impact

Go where opportunity meets community. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. As the face of First Student, you’ll have a positive impact on others.

Apply today and get your career on the road with First Student!


We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.

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20189 - Westmont
250 West 63rd Street, Westmont, Illinois, USA, 60559
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    First Student
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