Bus Driver

Posted: 09/03/2022

Once your application is complete or if you have questions about becoming a bus driver, please call or email Shirlin Burger at (253) 945-5943, or shburger@fwps.org

ALREADY HAVE A CDL? We have several open routes - 6.0 Hours per day / $26.20 - $28.93 DOE

NEW TO BUS DRIVING? Get paid to get your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) / $22.00 per hour during training In addition to training: $250 paid immediately after passing the CDL road test and additional $250 paid after completing 45 days with FWPS

Position Summary
Operates school buses safely under all types of weather conditions. Transports students and other authorized persons on regular and special programs “to and from school” routes, on field trips, extracurricular activities, and other extra activities as authorized by the school district officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Operate a school bus in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington and policies implemented by OSPI.
• Follow District pupil management policies and procedures.
• Assist students loading and unloading from the school bus as needed.
• Operate wheelchair lift and secure wheelchair for safe transportation.
• Clean and service the school bus to include interior/exterior sweeping, washing and fueling anytime tank is below ½ full.
• Properly operate all hand and foot controls installed in a school bus as required by Washington State School Bus Specifications.

• Prepare work orders on the mechanical needs or problems of the bus or its operating systems.
• Provide support and sustain positive moral with District Transportation personnel.
• Accurately and legibly complete forms, records, time sheets, trip requests, route maps, accident reports, and other documentation or reports as required.
• Perform other school bus driver-related duties as directed by District policies.
The preceding list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

Required Qualifications
Education and Experience
High School Diploma
Must be 21 years of age with five years previous vehicle driving experience

Additional Requirements
Work scheduled hours on a consistent basis
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s License; Commercial Driver’s License, Class B with appropriate endorsements and a clean 5-year complete driving abstract

Condition Of Employment
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Criminal background clearance
Must obtain school bus driver authorization from OSPI
Provide annual abstract of driving record from the Department of Licensing, or sign an authorization form so that the school district may send for one.
Possess and maintain an excellent driving record.
Driving record must show no convictions for DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit and run to be considered for or to maintain this position.
Successfully meet all requirements of WAC 180-20 Possess current CPR and First Aid card
Completion of SECURE training
Knowledge Of School board policies and procedures
Rules and laws of the road
Ability To Organize and perform job responsibilities efficiently and independently without close supervision and able to pay strict attention to detail
Speak, read and follow written or verbal communications
Practice effective safety and security within individual work routines
Develop and maintain positive customer relations with staff and service providers
Work collaboratively with District staff and promote teamwork with co-workers
Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct including the requirements of confidentiality
Relate effectively with parents, staff, students and the public in a multicultural and multiracial community Interact positively with a wide-range of temperaments and personalities
Use a two-way radio
Understand and follow the rules and laws of the road
Continue professional growth to meet job responsibilities
Demonstrate the desire, skill and patience to work with students with special emotional, academic and social needs
Perform job responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES RELATED TO CULTURAL COMPETENCE AND EQUITY: Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools’ commitment to “Each Scholar: A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future.”
Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will constantly stand and walk, bend neck and back, use hands for repetitive grasping and pushing/pulling. The employee is frequently required to squat, kneel, and use hands for fine manipulation. The employee will occasionally be required to sit, climb stairs/ladder, lift and reach overhead, crawl, and lift/carry. The employee must constantly lift/carry up to 10 pounds and must frequently lift /carry up to 20 pounds. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 50 lbs. The employee is occasionally required to push/pull a maximum weight of 10 pounds. Anything over the weight limits should be done as a two-person lift or with a mechanical lift.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outdoor conditions. The employee occasionally may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to properly wear any personal protection equipment supplied by the District. Must be able to work flexible hours with split shifts. Must have the ability to maintain a safe bus environment while monitoring student activity. May have exposure to inclement weather, including but not limited to, snow, rain, fog, ice, sun and extreme heat and cold. Requirements also include, but are not limited to, sitting; standing; walking; bending, stooping, squatting, driving; carrying; lifting; hearing; speaking; writing; keyboarding; and exposure to angry, frustrated, or aggressive individuals.

This position typically works the day shift Monday through Friday during the school year. Hours may vary. Other hours and days are possible if a field trip is obtained.

Position reports to the Dispatcher, Assistant Director of Transportation and Director of Transportation

Public School Employees Union (PSE) SEIU Local 1948 Level Of Compensation Transportation Department on the PSE Salary Schedule.

CLASSIFICATION HISTORY Update 07/2015 Disclaimer The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status. Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee