Position Purpose

To provide safe bus transportation for Head Start children, assuring that each child is picked up and delivered on schedule. Cooperate with Teachers to promote the health and education of each child, and to work with center staff to assure a smooth flow of written communication between families and Head Start sites.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

Driving & Safety (85%)

  1. Transport children to and from Head Start centers efficiently and safely.
  2. Ensure that all passengers wear seat belts or are placed in appropriate (age or weight) car seats and belted in.
  3. Ensure that any behavioral issues do not compromise the safety of any child on the bus.
  4. Perform daily sign on & sign off sheets, accounting by name all children getting on and off the bus.
  5. Ensure that each child is delivered to the care of a responsible adult upon leaving bus (on the authorized list).
  6. Ensure that no child is ever left unattended while on the bus, following all procedures put in place to prevent a child being left behind.
  7. Visually observe the health of each child on the bus.
  8. Coordinate the paperwork flow between homes and Head Start sites.
  9. Continuous collaboration with site staff , families and transportation manager to design efficient bus routes, mail/message deliveries and staffings.

Maintenance (10%)

  1. Perform a complete visual safety check of each bus driven on a daily basis, completing daily pre and post trip checklists.
  2. Keep interior of bus clean daily, and bus exterior as needed.
  3. Report any needed repairs, and deliver bus to repair site.
  4. Record mileage and gas.

Minor Job Responsibilities (5%)

  1. Pick up supplies as needed.
  2. Other duties as requested.

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Working knowledge of the behaviors and developmental stages of pre-school children, typically gained by working one year or more in a school or preschool setting.
  • Knowledge of safety practices as they relate to pre-school children.
  • Good written and oral communications skills and basic math skills.
  • Ability to maintain schedules while meeting individual needs of children and families.
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License and driving record free of any moving violations within the last three years.
  • School Bus Driver’s License desirable at time of hire, required for continued employment.
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid certified at time of hire or achieve certification within 30 day from date of hire.
  • Employment conditional upon results of the following:
    • Enrollment in Child Care Division- Central Background Registry
    • DMV check
    • Drug Screen
    • Bus Driver Physical Examination and Physical Capacity Examination

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes

  • Physical capability, strength and coordination adequate to drive a 20 and up passenger bussette.
  • Ability to visually assess the health and behaviors of children.
  • Intermediate level decisions needed to adhere to safety and scheduling considerations.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50lbs, typically placing children into seats and ability to carry or drag a child in an emergency situation out of the bus to a safe area.
  • Frequent bending at neck, frequent bending at waist and knees and occasional squatting.
  • Occasional climbing to enter and exit bus.
  • Daily sitting, about 85% of driving time.

Position Information

  • Approx 35-39 weeks
  • Bargaining Unit Position
  • Supervised by Transportation Manager.

This job description was last updated on February 19, 2003. August 2021

This job description was last updated on 08/11/2021. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.
Head Start of Lane County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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