Policy Analyst - School Transportation Planning

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Working Title:

Policy Analyst - School Transportation Planning

Position Designation:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Work Schedule:

8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

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Academic Affairs


Metro Studies (Adm)

Work Location:

Colvard South

Primary Purpose of Department:

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is the primary applied research and public service arm of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Its mission is to meet the community research and technical support needs of the state’s urban and developing areas. A primary geographic focus of the Institute’s activities is the Charlotte Region, the 14 county area surrounding the City of Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas.

Primary Purpose of Position:

This position works independently with minimal supervision, and oversees the institute’s policy work around school transportation planning, including one of the institute’s largest externally funded projects administering the Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) for the western half of North Carolina, on behalf of the NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). The position requires both strong interpersonal skills in working with local education agencies (LEAs, or local school districts) and sophisticated technical and analytic skills as outlined in this position description. It provides supervision for at least one EHRA full-time position, as well as temporary position reports as projects require.

Summary of Position Responsibilities:

This position is simultaneously administrative, relationship-driven, instructional, and technical: (1) Administratively, the position supervises other programmatic staff assigned to the institute’s School Transportation Planning team, and manages project budgets, timelines and deliverables; (2) In terms of relationships, the position interacts with a broad range of clients requiring strong communication skills and the ability to use a wide variety of technical resources for providing high level technical support to clients; on a daily basis, the person in this position may work with school superintendents, upper level administrative personnel, school bus mechanics and /or bus drivers; (3) In regards to instruction, the position requires advanced analytical work and in-depth understanding in providing consultation, support, and/or training to clients on computer or other technology-based systems; and (4) Technically, this position provides advanced technical support for hardware, applications, operating systems and networking for LEAs throughout western North Carolina, requiring a broad understanding of a wide variety of technologies to effectively support clients’ technical needs.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Bachelor of Science in education, computer science, organizational science or other related field, or 8-10 years of equivalent past experience working with school transportation planning at the LEA level; technical knowledge of Edulog software, ArcGIS, Microsoft servers, and Microsoft Office products (with above average skills in the use of Excel, Access and SQL to create and manage a working database).

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Special Notes to Applicants:

The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.

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Open Until Filled:


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Job No:
Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 2/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time