Lead Bus Driver/Trainer/Dispatcher
Mountain View Whisman School District - Mountain View, CA

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Employment contingent upon background check and Post-Offer Pre-Employment Physical (POPP)
Employees hired on or after May 3, 2012 will be subject to the requirements of this job description.

Position Description

The Lead Bus Driver/Trainer/Dispatcher, under limited supervision, shall be responsible for the provision of behind-the-wheel and classroom training that addresses school bus operations to provide the District qualified school bus drivers, regulations, and safety procedures for the transporting of students over designated scheduled routes and/or to/from special excursions, sometimes in hazardous conditions in highly congested tourist areas, identifying training requirements for both new and experienced drivers; assessing bus drivers’ knowledge and skills; and maintaining required documentation for audit in compliance with state certification purposes and for meeting district, state, and federal requirements. The Lead shall perform the duties of a bus driver when not performing training duties. The Lead shall assist in the operations of the Transportation Department in the absence of the Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation.


  • Possess a high school diploma and/or its equivalent
  • Possess job-related experience with increasing levels of responsibility desired
  • Possess targeted job-related education that meets organization’s prerequisite requirements
  • Possess a valid California Commercial Class A or B Driver’s license with passenger, air brakes, and school bus endorsements
  • Pass alcohol and drug required testing
  • Possess Medical Certificate
  • Possess California School Bus Driver Certificate
  • Possess California Dept. of Education Instructor Certificate (If certificate is not possessed at time of hire, must make satisfactory progress toward acquisition of certificate and must possess certificate within 1 year of hire)
  • Possess First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Acquire Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI Fingerprint/Background Clearance
  • Possess TB Clearance

Skills, Abilities, & Knowledge

  • Ability to provide training in group and individual settings
  • Ability to apply assessment instruments for the trainings
  • Ability to adhere to safety practices
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records
  • Ability to operate various types of buses under varying driving conditions
  • Ability to read technical information and compose a variety of documents
  • Ability to facilitate group discussions and solve practical problems
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate at a level sufficient to fulfill the duties of this position
  • Ability to carry out assigned work with limited supervision
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions in English
  • Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Ability to lead, coordinate, and guide others
  • Knowledge of basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or rations
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures related to bus transportation

Skills, Abilities, & Knowledge (continued)

  • Knowledge of California Motor Vehicle Code and Education Code applicable to the operation of school buses
  • Knowledge of methods and practices of driver instruction and training
  • Comply with the physical/mental demands as described on the ADA profile
  • Knowledge of correct English usage, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as the functional liaison to state agencies (e.g., DMV, CHP, DOE, etc.) and/or district personnel (Special Education Program) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required for district regulations
  • Plan, develop, organize, and conduct classroom training for the purpose of determining and reviewing bus drivers’ and applicants’ driving skills and complying with state certification
  • Aid, counsel, and assist school bus drivers concerning student behavior management and other pupil transportation related problems and situations
  • Ride with bus drivers and evaluate new bus stops, changes in routes, or driver performance. Provide remedial training as needed.
  • Prepare various management reports pertaining to student transportation personnel training
  • Plan, organize, and supervise the maintenance of bus driver and vehicle mechanic service personnel records including license and certificate expirations, medical expirations and advance training hours for the renewal of the bus driver certificate
  • Plan, develop, and supervise the school bus driver certificate renewal training programs
  • Conduct safe driving and safe working methods and procedures training programs
  • Perform bus inspections with bus drivers and report damage, vandalism, malfunctions and defects
  • Coordinate activities (e.g., driving tests, CHP tests, classes, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring availability of facilities and/or equipment and delivering services in conformance to established guidelines
  • Coordinate scheduling and use of transportation equipment ( e.g., field trips, extracurricular activities, athletic trips) for the purpose of meeting organization’s emergency and routine transportation requirements
  • Maintain bus pass program and act as liaison between site administration and transportation dept. concerning student behavior
  • Instruct school bus drivers and applicants for the purpose of providing behind-the-wheel training and addressing school bus regulations/safety procedures
  • Interpret and implement the California Code of Regulations, Vehicle Code for bus and commercial drivers for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established regulations
  • Investigate the safety of school bus stops as directed for the purpose of recommending alternate solutions to ensure optimum levels of safety
  • Maintain a variety of manuals and electronic documents, record and/or file for the purpose of documenting activities, providing reliable information, and complying with district, state, and federal requirements
  • Maintain transportation personnel information (confidential and non-confidential) (e.g., driver’s licenses, physicals, public record reports, etc.) for the purpose of providing documentation for audit purposes and meeting state, federal, and administrative requirements
  • Maintain training, pull notices and drug testing records
  • Monitor performance of bus drivers and applicants for the purpose of ensuring that state mandated skill levels are met and are in compliance with state certification requirements
  • Prepare training records and schedules for the purposes of identifying training needs (setting up classrooms, behind-the-wheel training, in-service and refresher training) for new and experienced bus drivers as directed
  • Perform functions of bus drivers and applicants for the purpose of meeting student transportation requirements
  • Process training hours for the purpose of ensuring accurate, up-to-date reference
  • Prepare and participate in motor carrier inspections

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (continued)

  • Coordinate bus repairs and 45-day inspections with District vendors
  • Develop and institute an annual student emergency evacuation program.
  • Plan, develop, and implement procedures for all training of school bus drivers and District commercial licensed drivers as directed by Director of MOT for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established regulations
  • Attend meetings, trainings, etc. for the purpose of maintaining skills and meeting requirements of school bus driver trainer certificate
  • Performs other related duties as assigned to meet department needs

ADA Profile

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stopping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 30% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under some temperature extremes and some hazardous conditions.

Physical Demands

(Note: Terms used in this section are defined as follows: Rarely – 1 to 10%; Occasionally – 11 to 33%; Frequently – 34 to 66%; and Continuously – 67 to 100% of the work day)

Sitting: Occasionally
Standing/Walking: Continuously
Bending/Neck bending: Frequently
Squatting/Climbing/Kneeling: Frequently
Crawling: Occasionally
Neck/Waist twisting: Continuously
Pushing/Pulling: Continuously; up to 60 lbs. at a time
Reaching: above shoulder: Occasionally
below shoulder: Continuously
Lifting/Carrying: 0-10 lbs.: Frequently
11-25 lbs.: Frequently
26-50 lbs.: Occasionally
51-75 lbs.: Occasionally

Hand Activities: Repetitive hand use; simple grasping; power grasping; fine manipulation
Hand and arm twisting/turning; computer operation/writing

Other Job Factors

The following conditions are present – exposure to fumes from cleaning solutions; floor strippers and waxes; dust; dirt and wetness; temperature variation and weather conditions when outdoors; occasional work at heights; and biohazards when cleaning restrooms and cleaning up bodily fluids. Must have normal or corrected vision.

Supervised by: Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation
Evaluated by: Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation

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