School Bus Driver Trainer

Location
Chesterfield, VA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Nov 20, 2020
Ref
06603
General Description

Plans, develops and implements new driver training classes, recertification classes (to include, defensive driving, assertive discipline, and first aid); accident prevention classes for drivers who have avoidable accidents, and other staff development.
Essential Job Functions

  • Prepares lesson plans for staff development using established practices of development;
  • Coordinates and ensures accuracy of the system-wide school bus driver database, including driver information related to staff development, certification, training, retraining, recertification and athletic/field trips;
  • Maintains an accurate, comprehensive electronic file of all individuals completing the driver training class;
  • Sends substitute drivers files to the appropriate area office;
  • Provides support to a specific area by serving as the area trainer responsible for learning the routes and schools, and assisting with specific training for the area that they support. This may include training with students on board or driving to support the area when needed;
  • Ensures training is in compliance with VDOE, DMV and laws that govern transportation for students with special needs;
  • Accurately maintains the school bus accident database and produces a weekly report to designate type of accident/incident, area office and whether the accident was avoidable or unavoidable;
  • Develops and implements staff development opportunities that address training needs; files attendance sheets, notifies transportation area office staff of a driver absences;
  • Coordinates and supervises all Department of Motor Vehicle functions to include, 3 rd -party testing, driver record requests, and managing the “Watch List”;
  • Coordinates the Safe Driver Awards program;
  • Coordinates the annual School Bus Roadeo;
  • Conducts classroom and behind the wheel school bus driver training throughout the year, including summer sessions, that conforms to state and local procedures; files attendance sheets;
  • Reviews current materials as they become available and recommends changes and revisions to the current training program;
  • Provides remediation training tailored to the needs of the individual(s);
  • Evaluates both new drivers and returning drivers according to established procedures;
  • Conducts all training, evaluation and testing necessary and required in order for an individual to be eligible for employment once the program is completed;
  • Serves as a mentor to new drivers by communicating and/or observing at least once a week during the first month of driving, at least twice a month for the first six months, then, as needed;
  • Promotes pupil ride safety by participating in selected events to include Back to School Nights, summer orientation for new, young riders, annual county fair, school career days, etc.;
  • Handles all administrative duties related to each driver training class to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements to include scheduling classes, maintaining the driver database and handling the DMV required functions;
  • Serves as a resource to drivers, assistant directors, and staff by providing staff development training information for newsletters or in-service meetings;
  • Assists with evaluating stop locations to ensure safe pick and drop off for students, and safe maneuvering of the bus.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Demonstrated knowledge, skills and attitudes required of school bus drivers and of school bus operations. Demonstrated ability: to instruct and evaluate new drivers on a variety of topics and using a variety of school buses; to work independently, to understand and follow written and verbal instructions; to analyze and resolve problems related to trainees' grasp of learning and the driving tasks; to communicate effectively both orally and written; to guide, direct, teach, and counsel trainees. Ability and skill to: make assessments of readiness of trainees; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Requires excellent organization skills.
Requirements

Completion & retention of valid certification of the Virginia Department of Education’s course for driver trainers using, “Virginia School Bus Driver Training Curriculum Guide”. Completion of CPR and first aid instructor certification within 6 months of hire. Education and training, or experiences sufficient to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with appropriate endorsements, as well as meets all federal, state and local requirements for a school bus driver in Chesterfield County. This position requires the incumbent to drive. In accordance with Policy 5431, an employee who occupies the position and is assigned a district-owned or leased motor vehicle will be subject to annual driving checks and must maintain acceptable records pursuant to the standards set forth in the policy.

Applicants considered for employment must successfully complete the following background investigations/tests:
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Investigation
  • State Police Criminal History Investigation
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigation
  • Tuberculosis Screening/Test

Chesterfield County Public Schools assures Equal Employment Opportunities for employees as required by Federal and State Orders and Laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. This job description is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements. However, administration reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position and does not imply an employment contract.

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