The State of Connecticut through the Department of Administrative Services is looking for a new leader for the State’s Auto Fleet, consisting of 3500 vehicles that are permanently assigned or leased to state agencies to help them carry out their missions and objectives. The Director of State Vehicle Fleet Operations has responsibility for an administrative office as well as oversight to three shop facilities and their equipment and parts inventory. The incumbent selected for this position will manage the State Fleet’s Revolving Fund, implement cost control programs, contract through strategic sourcing and develop and revise standard operating procedures regarding the use, maintenance and protection of state owned vehicles.
Main priorities for the Director will be developing a Driver Safety Training program in conjunction with the State’s Fleet Operations Safety Coordinator, as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal safety and environmental programs. The successful candidate will increase efficiencies and guide state vehicle operations and maintenance services towards a safer, more eco-friendly and cost effective operation.
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply for this exciting opportunity! Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and resume with their submission (NOTE: in order to upload documents, you must ensure that your Internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off. Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation into JobAps). Questions about these required documents should be directed to Theresa Judge, at Theresa.Judge@ct.gov or 860-713-5319.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Administrative Services, this class is accountable for planning, organizing and directing State Fleet Operations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs the staff and operations of State Fleet Operations including vehicle repair garages, cost control programs, vehicle replacement, acquisition and disposal, investigation of complaints, billing of agencies for vehicle use and maintenance of accident records; formulates State Fleet Operation goals and objectives; develops regulations, policies and procedures concerning the use, maintenance and protection of State-owned vehicles as well as the use of personally-owned vehicles used for State business; interprets and administers pertinent laws, rules and regulations; allocates vehicles to agencies based on need and budgetary considerations; approves the acquisition of vehicles by State agencies; conducts a continuing program of centralizing ownership of all State vehicles in the Office of Fleet Operations; directs a continuing safety program aimed at reducing accidents involving State-owned vehicles; directs continuing motor vehicle fleet studies to ensure maximum utilization, control and safety of State-owned vehicles; evaluates staff; assists in the preparation of the State Fleet Operation budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the section who might impact on State Fleet operations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of the principles utilized in the use, need, obsolescence forecasting, and management of a large motor vehicle fleet; some knowledge of governmental budgeting principles and practices; considerable ability in the analysis and solution of major operational and administrative problems; considerable ability in the development of data and recommendations influencing policy; considerable ability to direct and coordinate the activities of a diversified technical/administrative staff, considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years professional/technical experience involving the operation, maintenance, or administration of a large motor fleet operation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General experience must have been in a supervisory capacity. For State employees, supervisory level experience is at or above the level of Vehicle Control Supervisor.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in business or public administration may be substituted for one (1) additional year of General experience.
The successful candidate will possess:
- Six years of experience with primary responsibility and accountability for the direction of a large fleet operation consisting of a minimum of 500 vehicles;
- Experience developing capital and operating budgets;
- Experience in strategic planning, anticipating future vehicle needs and requirements with successful implementation of increased operational efficiencies, decreased costs and reduction of a fleet’s carbon footprint;
- Experience negotiating and reviewing vehicle purchasing and maintenance contracts;
- Experience with DOT, OSHA and EPA regulations and compliance;
- Experience in employee safety management both in the shop environment and including the development of policies and practices resulting in increased driver safety and compliance;
- A focus on customer service and the required interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work with all levels of constituents.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.