Director of Transportation (BFD)

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Regular Full-Time
Boston Fire Department
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


The Director of Transportation is the senior executive with direct and primary managerial responsibility for the proper year-round maintenance of the Boston Fire Department's (BFD) fleet of 200+ vehicles of all types and configurations.


Reporting to the Chief of Operations or delegate, the Director is responsible for the 24/7 operations of the Fleet Management Division with direct oversight of all Division staff.


The Director is responsible for preparing and administering the annual budget, overseeing and managing all operating expenses, safety issues, OSHA compliance, and environmental compliance, as well as ensuring compliance with the required mechanic certifications and licenses, including but not limited to: Commercial Driver’s Licenses, Hoisting Licenses, ASE and EVT certifications.



Develops and administers the Fleet Management Division's annual budget. Manages and coordinates the work of staff mechanics, supervisors, and administrative staff. Responsible for the proper preventive maintenance and repair of the Boston Fire Department's fleet of more than 200 vehicles of all types, including fire apparatus and other commercial vehicles. Manages and maintains a working relationship with outside vendors. Directs the development and implementation of appropriate in-house and vendor supplied training materials and programs to enhance employee's mechanical, computer, and managerial skills, overall effectiveness, and value to the Division.


Develops and implements effective cost control procedures to maximize efficiency, reduce overall operating costs, and eliminate waste and duplication of work assignments. Directs and implements the development and design of specifications on all vehicles and safety equipment. Manages the purchase of all parts, supplies, and shop equipment from City of Boston approved vendors, and directs the investigation and pursuit of warranty reimbursement for defects with vehicles and equipment.


Assists in overseeing the BFD’s Motor Vehicle Replacement Program to ensure proper and cost effective decisions are made regarding the removal from service and disposition of vehicles deemed to have reached the end of their useful lives due to age, mileage, excessive operating costs, and/or extensive damage. Assists, as needed, in negotiating trade in values or other disposition of surplus vehicles pursuant to City policy.


Directs and enforces compliance with all applicable federal, state and local safety and environmental laws and regulations, including the maintenance of required records and documents. Partners with the Chief of Operations, the Deputy Commissioner of Labor Relations, HR and Legal Affairs and/or the Director of Human Resources on disciplinary matters involving civilian personnel, including but not limited to workplace investigations, grievance/arbitrations and other litigation as needed.


Performs related work as required.


Required to work any emergency as directed by the Commissioner or his/her delegate.



Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  1. At least five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a certified mechanic, of which two (2) years of experience must have been in the supervision and management of a vehicle fleet operations unit. Education supplemented by specialized training in the maintenance and repair of gas and diesel-powered light and heavy equipment and fleet management preferred. College level course work in management, business or public administration is highly preferred.


  1. Knowledge of principles, methods and practices pertaining to the operation of an equipment maintenance and repair facility; tools, lubricants, equipment and procedures used in servicing, overhauling, repairing and adjusting a variety of automotive and other power-driven equipment; principles and methods used in a program of preventive maintenance; safe work practices; operating and repair characteristics of a variety of gas and diesel-powered light and heavy equipment; record keeping and reporting procedures; bidding and purchasing procedures including preparation of bid specifications, vehicle replacement procedures; principles of labor relations, supervising, training and performing evaluations.


  1. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; plan, direct and coordinate the mechanical repair and maintenance activities of Department vehicles; estimate labor and material costs and requirements for major mechanical maintenance and repair; keep accurate records and prepare reports; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


  1. Must possess strong computer skills, including operating a PC computer and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.


  1. Must possess and maintain a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License. Commercial Driver’s License Class B preferred.


  1. ASE or EVT certification preferred.


  1. Familiarity and/or working knowledge of Vehicle Maintenance Information System software, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Inspection & Maintenance Program, industry standards for labor and time guides.



Pre-employment drug test required.



Boston Residency Required.




Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  Nonunion/MM2-11
Hours per week:  35





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