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School Travel Planner, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

Kitchener, Ontario
Deadline August 12, 2016

Job Posting

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR), in collaboration with the publicly funded school boards in Waterloo Region and the three municipalities; is seeking applicants for a newly created position responsible for implementing safe, active and sustainable modes of transportation to and from school.

STSWR invites qualified applicants for this full-time position. Reporting to the General Manager of STSWR, this position will also receive guidance and direction from the School Travel Planning steering committee.

Location: STSWR Office, 130 - 4275 King St. E., Kitchener ON N2P 2E9


The incumbent shall implement school travel planning region-wide on a school-by-school basis. The Planner will be responsible for reviewing practices, policies, and operating procedures to provide suggestions on how both school boards can promote active and sustainable transportation to and from schools. The successful applicant will work with all stakeholders to implement and maintain programs to create a community where the preferred means of transportation to and from school is by active and sustainable modes.

Core hours for this position will be 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (35 hours per week, 12 months per year); however, there will be regular occurrences of early/late meetings to perform this position. It may also include some activities on weekend. Flexible work hours will be provided in lieu of overtime.


  • Work with Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) staff to review practices, policies, and operating procedures to provide suggestions on how both school boards can promote active and sustainable transportation to and from schools
  • Develop guidelines/manuals for school administrators related to pedestrian and traffic management on and around school sites
  • Implement school travel planning on a school-by-school basis by setting timelines, developing procedures, establishing and managing partners, and providing deliverables
  • Design, schedule and conduct field studies and related data collection activities
  • Provide school travel consultation to elementary schools (secondary schools as required) at both school boards
  • Liaise with schools, internal staff and external agencies to implement active and sustainable school travel plans
  • Partner with municipalities and school board planning staff to coordinate implementation and maintenance of related programs and necessary infrastructure for active transportation
  • Investigate and assist with accessing possible funding opportunities to support school-based programs
  • Participate in meetings, which may include facilitation, involving Board staff, school staff, school councils and municipal partners
  • Represent the School Travel Planning partners on various committees and work groups
  • Community-based social marketing, health promotion/behavior change
  • Other related duties as assigned


The School Travel Planner will manage complex relationships, understand local and community needs and traffic issues, be aware of regulations and legislation, and have the ability to tap into municipal resources and build networks as needed. As such, previous experience with Transportation Demand Management and/or Active and Safe Routes to School programs is an asset.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two (2) years relevant experience
  • Successful completion of post-secondary education in Planning, Environmental Studies, Urban Geography or related field, and/or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Excellent communication skills – able to write compelling script and deliver persuasive presentations to groups of varying size
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to rally the support of diverse stakeholders
  • Meeting management skills
  • Excellent organization and data management skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Strong knowledge of software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a private vehicle as required

Desirable Assets:

  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software would be an asset
  • Previous experience in a municipality or school board would be an asset
  • Knowledge of or experience with community-based social marketing and/or health promotion strategies

Please forward your resume with your salary expectations and a copy of your diploma(s)/certificate(s), by 4:00 p.m. on August 12th, 2016, to:

Benoit Bourgault, General Manager  Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region 130-4275 King Street East, Kitchener, ON, N2P 2E9

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified

The successful candidate will be required to produce a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check satisfactory to STSWR immediately upon hire.