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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fleet Manager / Logistics Contact for City of North Port, FL

"Fleet Manager, City of North Port, Florida

Post Date: Jan 19, 2012

Salary: $56,434.98

Start Date: 03/01/2012

Application Deadline: 02/03/2012

ICMA Members Only: No

ICMA Credential (Details): not required

Normal Population: 57,357

Seasonal Population:

Employer Location: North Port, Florida, United States

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Responsible professional work managing the Fleet Division; providing for the maintenance, repair, replacement and inventory control program. This position administers and maintains quality standards of service.

DUTIES: Manages the overall operation of the City’s fleet maintenance and repair programs; maintains proper service schedules for all City vehicles; oversees the utilization of outside vendors to perform repair/modification service when necessary; develops, implements and ensures successful operation of computerized fleet management program; organizes and manages the work of Fleet personnel and supervises staff performance, including training, development and evaluation; oversees the fuel program and systems; oversees contract administration, inventory control and the use of supplies/materials/mechanical parts, tools and related equipment; participates in budget preparation and administration; monitors and controls expenditures and performance objectives; maintains a safe workplace and ensures proper disposal of hazardous waste; recommends and examines all new vehicle specifications; oversees records maintenance regarding vehicle repairs, fuel, equipment and supplies; maintains a complete and dynamic inventory record on all vehicles and equipment; prepares and compiles data for statistical summaries and reports related to fleet services; complies with all appropriate rules, regulations, and/or policies a set forth by local, state and/or federal law with regards to the City’s fleet, the maintenance garage and fuel systems. (These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned, including City-directed work assignments in the event of a declared emergency.)

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: Knowledge of current methods, practices, technology, materials, tools and equipment applicable to the maintenance, repair and testing of automotive, heavy equipment and emergency equipment; preventative maintenance and techniques; sound computerized management methods as related to the operation of a repair and maintenance garage; supervision of staff engaged in various phases of automotive and mechanical repair; occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade, including environmental disposal requirements; budgetary development and administration; administrative principles and practices; including accounting, purchasing and inventory functions; and computer applications and various software programs. Ability to plan, organize and use mature judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions in accordance with established policy and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials and the general public. Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in person and in writing.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Public Administration, Transportation Engineering or related field. Six (6) years professional experience in fleet management or public transportation with at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license by date hire and the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License on request; must obtain certification as Fleet Manager by a nationally recognized organization or other accredited institution within one (1) year of employment."

The experiential requirements are akin to several MBA internships outside of finance. Considering all the duties mentioned in the vacancy, it seems the City of North Port wants its Fleet Manager to know incremental budgeting, cost analysis and control, inventory management, human resource management, computerized databases, OSHA regulations, and EPA and DNR laws pertaining to hazardous waste disposal.

Not to mention, the Fleet Manager will need to coordinate emergency responses “as needed,” or approximately every few years when a hurricane plows through. If all those management and administrative duties weren’t enough, the successful applicant must also obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) much like a truck driver would and then obtain official certification as a Fleet Manager to notarize his/her prior fleet management experience as being valid.

I suppose that an applicant might successfully lie his/her way into the job if enough confederates helped as dishonest job references, but the timing of the post-hire certification comes across as another educational/licensing revenue mechanism to create artificial demand in a stagnant economy. If the position-specific license is so critical to successful job performance, why not require certification up-front rather than up to one year after being granted responsibility over an entire municipal fleet? How did that certification lag get by the Risk Management department?

Last but not least, the City of North Port shall purchase the services of the Fleet Manager factotum for an annual introductory salary of $56,434.98. This is quite the steal when considering the medley of oversight and hands-on duties the incumbent performs as well as the fact that North Port would not authorize the tidier sum of $56,435. I bet this position is much more expensive when insurance costs are factored in due to the use of a CDL and the operational liabilities it brings.

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