Head Start Bus Driver
Essential Job FunctionsOperate the Head Start bus in a safe manner and follow driver policies/procedures manual and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
- Make sound and immediate decisions based on traffic, road conditions and bus
- Complete pre and post trip bus inspections during scheduled
- Immediately inform supervisor of identified or suspected mechanical problems and follow through with authorized Complete and submit reports as required.
- Report all accidents and/or passenger injuries to Designated Transportation Supervisor and follow policies and procedures.
- Keep an updated CDL with current DOT physical card and maintain a safe driving record; report changes to license status immediately.
- Report to Supervisor and log all employment activities according to Department of Federal Motor Carrier for CDL
- Report to Supervisor any over the counter drugs or medical conditions before performing a safety sensitive
- Pass alcohol/drug testing according to FMCSA requirements.
Pick up/deliver passengers safely per manifest and fixed route ride assignments.
- Inform authorized adults of transportation program policy and procedures.
- Follow all safety procedures.
- Treat passengers in a courteous, positive, friendly, and professional manner and confront situations
- Must perform all duties in accordance with ADA requirements for passenger assistance.
- Child passengers will be seated in a C.A.R.S seat properly.
- Keep to assigned route.
- Stay on schedule.
Provide positive public relations and program awareness by maintaining a clean bus, a professional appearance and participating in community events when assigned.
- Clean bus inside and out between passenger trips.
- Assist with training other drivers when requested.
- Understand and follow MNDOT, Agency, and Program guidelines and philosophy and report to supervisor requests that are unusual or do not fall under said guidelines.
Assist in operations.
- Be available to work Monday-Friday.
- Assist with shuttling buses to and from service appointments and route stops when needed.
Attend conferences, meetings, trainings, and committee meetings as approved by Supervisor.
- Attend agency-sponsored orientations and training.
- Attend and participate in assigned UCAP committees, work teams and meetings.
- Attend Head Start trainings as requested or required.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must possess knowledge of road use, laws, MNDOT and Head Start regulations.
- Ability to relate in a courteous and professional manner displaying sensitivity and caring attitude toward participants and
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to safely operate and maintain 5 - 23 passenger bus and wheelchair lift as applicable in all weather conditions.
- Ability to make appropriate decisions regarding safety issues.
- Know geographic area and ability to read maps.
- Ability to accept guidance, training, and support from other transportation staff.
- Work as a team member in the daily operations and on-going system development.
- Access to a reliable mode of transportation to and from the work site.
- Reliable, regular attendance.
- Must have satisfactory completion of medical exam per Head Start regulations.
- Must be able to pass DOT physical and alcohol/drug testing requirements.
- Must have satisfactory completion of background check.
Education and Experience
- Able to obtain and keep a valid Class C or higher commercial driver's license (CDL) with passenger endorsement and have a good driving record.
- Obtain CARS certification and Pediatric First Aid CPR certification within 90 days.
United Community Action Partnership, Inc. is an EOE/ADA/AA Employer.