Bus Driver

Job Number: 
707
Location: 
Head Start - College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology
Department: 
Office of Academic Affairs

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. The Bus Driver is responsible for safely operating the bus or alternative vehicle to transport children to and from their homes and the Head Start centers. In this capacity, the Bus Driver is often the first and the last person that both a parent and a child see each program day.

Responsibilities: 

• Transport children to and from Head Start centers efficiently and safely.
• Ensure that all passengers wear seat belts or are placed in appropriate (age or weight) car seats and belted in.
• Ensure that any behavioral issues do not compromise the safety of any child on the bus.
• Perform daily sign on and sign off sheets, accounting by name all children getting on and off the bus.
• Ensure that each child is delivered to the care of a responsible adult upon leaving bus (on the authorized list).
• 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.
• Visually observe the health of each child on the bus.
• Coordinate the paperwork flow between homes and Head Start sites.
• Continuous collaboration with site staff, families, and transportation manager to design efficient bus routes, mail/message deliveries and staffing.
• Perform a complete visual safety check of each bus driven on a daily basis, completing daily and pre and post trip checklists.
• Keep interior of bus clean daily, and bus exterior as needed.
• Report any needed repairs, and deliver bus to repair site.
• Convey any messages from parents to the teacher, as well as, any incidents on the bus.
• Record mileage and gas.
• Pick up supplies as needed.
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

• High School diploma or GED
• Must be 21 years of age or older and possess working knowledge of the behaviors and developmental stages of preschool children, typically gained by working one year or more in a school or preschool setting
• Knowledge of safety practices as they relate to preschool children, and knowledge about federal, state, local and/or tribal transportation requirements
• Bus Drivers must know the geographic locale and the language(s) spoken by the families served
• Good written and oral communication skills and basic math skills
• Ability to maintain schedules while meeting individual needs of children and families
• Valid Commercial Driver’s License with an “S” endorsement 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:
o Enrollment in Child Care Division – Criminal History Registry
o DMV check
o Drug Screen
o Bus Driver Physical Examination and Physical Capacity Examination
o Passes a tuberculosis (TB) test
o Has satisfactory hearing and at least 20/40 vision with or without glasses

Interested persons should submit an FVSU employment application, letter of interest, resume, official transcript(s), three (3) professional reference letters and a background investigation consent form to:
Office of Human Resources
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313

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