Head Start School Bus Driver

Job Closing: Jun 29, 2018

Division:   Education E/CDP   

Job Code:   53-3022   

Status:   Full-Time, Permanent, Non-Exempt   

SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Transportation Coordinator, the school bus driver will be responsible for the safe transportation of Head Start passengers from their homes to the ECDP building and back home. They are required to possess a NYS CDL class C license with a passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement. The position requires the driver submit to a background check which includes fingerprints, a pre-employment and random drug test. The driver must comply with NYSDMV 19-A regulations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Check the condition of a vehicle's tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order.
  • Comply with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner.
  • Drive gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities.
  • Follow safety rules as students board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops.
  • Keep bus interiors clean for passengers.
  • Maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Maintain order among pupils during trips to ensure safety.
  • Pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.
  • Prepare and submit reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received.
  • Read maps and follow written and verbal geographic directions.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilation systems for passenger comfort.
  • Report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs.
  • Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Assist passengers to ensure comfort or safety.
  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components.
  • Drive passenger vehicles.
  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.
  • Conduct pre and post trip bus inspections and maintain DVIR’s (Drivers Vehicle Inspection Reports) 
  • Notify supervisors of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Comply with NYSDMV 19-A regulations which include annual review of driving record.
  • Read maps to determine routes.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • A High School diploma and a NYS CDL with passenger and school bus endorsement is required. Prior experience driving a school bus is valuable.
  • The ability to communicate with young children is required. The driver will need to communicate with parents in a respectful and polite manner. A willingness to clean up body fluids is sometimes required.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS:

  • Exhibit a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with our employees, fellow associates, parents and community members.
  • Establish and maintain effective and healthy working relationships with others, including staff, family members and others who may be under distress or duress.
  • Communicate and relate effectively with program staff, families and children.
  • Positively deal with crisis situations. Deal with hostile, aggressive persons or situations.
  • Will be aware and sensitive to the needs that may arise when handling stressful and demanding circumstances.  Immediate debriefing will be made available.
  • Will assist in maintaining a safe working environment in the ECDP. 
  • No employee shall knowingly divulge any information or documentation which has to come to their attention as an employee of the Tribe and which it is the duty of the employee to keep confidential; or knowingly, carelessly, or recklessly divulges any information of a personal nature relating to fellow employees or clients.
  • Promote a positive image of the ECDP program through healthy relationships with the families and employees served by the program. 
  • Foster a climate of respect and integrity.

REASONING ABILITY:

  • The ability to predict and respond to emergency situations in a calm and rational manner may become necessary.
  • To implement regulations that govern programs for young children; acknowledging that all staff will cooperate to implement a program that far exceeds minimum regulations.
  • To ensure that the rights and needs of children are the highest priority, while also recognizing the needs of other family members.
  • To contribute to the ongoing review, evaluation and modification of services as needed by the community, families and children.
  • To engage staff in cooperative problem solving, planning and continuing evaluation of themselves and the program.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks.  Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

DRUG TESTING POLICY

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

INTERVIEW

Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.

Must be at least 18 years of age, have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract in accordance with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Fleet Policy.