The Bus Driver is under the direct supervision of the Site Administrator and is responsible for safely transporting children to and from the Head Start Program. The Bus Driver must adhere to all transportation policies and guidelines outlined in Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles CDL Manual, the Head Start Transportation Manual, and the Office of Head Start Transportation Services Monitoring Protocol.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
1. Drives school bus on daily scheduled routes and/or on all types of trips supporting Head Start activities.
2. Maintains a safe environment, upholds all safety regulations, is careful and responsible, and is aware of and follows vehicle emergency procedures. Conducts monthly fire drills on the vehicle.
3. Assures that all children are contained in approved safety restraint systems during the entire bus route.
4. Follows the proper protocol in the event of an accident or mechanical problem, ensuring children's safety at all times.
5. Conducts pre-trip and post-trip inspections; ensures that children are safely off the vehicle at the end of each vehicle route.
6. Has knowledge of the proper operation of all bus equipment and accessories, including, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, highway warning kits, wheelchair lift, first aid kits, etc.
7. Reports any malfunction of bus operation or equipment to the Facilities and Transportation Coordinator and Site Administrator.
8. Provides transportation safety and policy training at parent orientations.
9. Maintains positive relationships with parents.
10. Attends required training, as assigned.
11. Is familiar with and follows program Performance Standards, Virginia State Licensing Regulations, service area plans, and follows New River Community Action and Head Start policies.
12. Maintains strict confidentiality of family records and information. Breach of confidentiality at any time can be grounds for dismissal.
13. Personally reports to Department of Social Services all suspected child, aged or incapacitated adult abuse and neglect as required by law and document accordingly. The Commonwealth of Virginia mandates reporting suspected child abuse and neglect within 24 hours to the local DSS. Informs supervisor of all reports to Department of Social Services.
14. Performs all other duties that advance the philosophy and goals of the program and NRCA.
Must maintain regular attendance and satisfactorily perform job duties and responsibilities. Notifies supervisor by 6:00 am if unable to report to work.
Must be friendly, positive, responsible, and capable of exercising good judgment in dealing with children and adults.
Must maintain regular attendance and satisfactorily perform job duties and responsibilities.
Before employment, the applicant must sign authorizations for NRCA to perform DMV and Criminal Record Checks to demonstrate that a satisfactory driving record and no pending or found charges or convictions related to abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of children or adults (or other felony or misdemeanor charges which would conflict with the mission and philosophy of the agency).
Must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and safe driving record. Must be able to drive up to 4 hours per day, but may be required to drive more than 4 hours in a given day.
Must pass a physical exam in which a physician documents employee's capability of transporting clients. The physical must also include a TB test and document that the employee can perform essential duties specified in his/her job description.
Must be capable of lifting, pushing, or pulling 50 pounds, occasionally lifting to 80 pounds.
Must be willing to abide by the following Code of Conduct:
1. Respects and promotes the unique identity of each child and family and refrains from stereotyping based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, or disability.
2. Follows program confidentiality policies concerning information about children, families, and other staff members. Maintains strict confidentiality of family records and information.
3. No child will be left alone or unsupervised while in the care of Head Start staff.
4. Uses positive methods of child guidance and will not engage in corporal punishment, emotional or physical abuse, or humiliation. Will not employ methods of discipline that involve isolation, the use of food as punishment or reward, or the denial of basic needs.
Education and Experience:
A High School diploma or GED is required and one year of CDL driving experience.
Must possess at least a Class C Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements.
Wage, non-exempt position. This position is 20 hours/week, a 9-month position (academic calendar).
This position is classified as grade 4 on the current salary table. Minimum pay wage of $15.87/hour.
Application Deadline: August 6, 2021, at 5:00 pm or until the position is filled. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. EEO/AA