Head Start Bus Driver

Posted: 11/12/2023

Essential Job Functions

Operate 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.
Support and model UCAP’s Behavioral Competencies

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.
Please refer to Job #0623W when applying.
United Community Action Partnership, Inc. is an EOE/ADA/AA Employer.

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