Head Start Bus Driver, 10 Months

JOB SUMMARY:        

Assisting parents in the role as their child’s first and most important teacher by operating the bus safely, relating effectively to parents and to the children being transported, and responding effectively to emergency situations.


1.         Assures the safe transportation of all Head Start children, staff, and volunteers.
2.         Follows all agency, and state rules and federal regulations regarding transportation; abides by all highway laws; practices safe driving procedures.
3.         Adheres to established procedures and policies as outlined in the transportation manual and personnel policies.
4.         Maintains vehicle in a condition that provides complete safety for children, staff, and volunteers.
5.         Keeps bus locked at all appropriate times.
6.         Provides ongoing education on safety of children being transported; completes three bus evacuation drills per program year.
7.         Uses effective and developmentally appropriate discipline techniques with children to maintain order on the bus at all times.
8.         Maintains and submits timely, complete, and accurate records as indicated on the driver’s timeline.
9.         Arranges working hours to include those resulting from schedule changes; attends transportation/staff meetings, trainings and workshops.
10.       Participates in mandatory drug and alcohol testing procedures.
11.       Manages the transportation system providing all information necessary to parents and staff.
12.       Participates in field trips providing assistance to teachers as requested.
13.       Adheres to the Head Start Performance Standards.
14.       Participates in Head Start recruitment, advocacy and parent involvement activities as required.


Performs other duties as assigned.


Education:        High School diploma preferred.

Experience:       Must possess a valid Minnesota Commercial Driver’s License with passenger endorsement (CDL/P) and car insurance.  Prior experience transporting children in a similar setting preferred.


Special:  In order to carry out the responsibilities, bus drivers will have the skills or training in these areas:  Traffic and safety laws, First Aid and CPR, daily maintenance checks, record-keeping, understanding child behavior, constructive discipline and defensive driving skills.  Ability to lift 40-60 pounds and carry children.  Ability to submit accurate and timely data.  Flexibility.  Good oral communication skills.  Deal with all kinds of people, often working with distractions.