Job Details

School Bus Driver, Head Start

Community Action, Aloha, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/23/2020

HIRING RANGE:* $14.36-15.80 HOURLY

Under Oregon statute, after July 1, 1996, an offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the results of criminal offender information record check, and possibly fingerprinting, conducted on applicants for employment in early childhood services agencies. Applicants who have been convicted of certain offenses or who refuse to consent to such background checks will not be hired for this position. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. Continuation of all positions is contingent upon future funding.

Special Note on Central Background Registry Requirement:

In order to be offered any position within our Head Start program, you must be currently enrolled in Oregon’s Central Background Registry. If you are not currently enrolled, you may still be considered for this position, but no offer of employment may be extended to you until this requirement has been completed. For information on how to enroll in Oregon’s Central Background Registry, please visit or call the Office of Child Care at 1.800.556.6616.

*Note on Hiring Range:

For applicants with extensive qualifications and/or years of experience, the new hire maximum rate may be exceeded with the approval of the Director of Human Resources and the Executive Director. If approval is granted, it will be based upon careful review of the applicant’s qualifications, experience, internal equity and budgetary considerations. The final rate approved will typically never be at a rate equal to or above the established market rate for the position.

Position Summary:

In support of the Agency’s mission, the Bus Driver is responsible for transporting children enrolled in Community Action’s Head Start program in a school bus in a manner that meets Head Start Performance Standards, Policies and Procedures and is consistent with requirements established by the Oregon Department of Education. Family members may be transported on an occasional basis to scheduled program events. In addition to transporting children, duties also include communicating verbal and written information about program events and schedules in a pleasant and respectful manner.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

• Follow fixed transportation routes to ensure the safest and shortest route possible given the locations of the children and center.
• Maintain bus schedule to ensure timely arrival at designated stops.
• Transport children and, on an occasional basis, family members for regular class days and occasional evening meetings.
• Ensure that children are always accounted for and are correctly released to their parents or authorized guardians.
• Ensure that parents, family members and children follow Head Start policies and procedures with respect to the safe transportation, pick up and drop off of passengers.
• Deliver program materials to parents on route via the children.
• Perform daily inspections of the bus to ensure and maintain proper maintenance of the Agency owned vehicle.
• Report vehicle damage and/or malfunction immediately to Transportation Supervisor.
• Maintain the interior of the bus in a clean and orderly manner.
• Maintain required paperwork for bus maintenance and Head Start program requirements.
• Assist in classroom as needed, and as time allows, under direction of teaching staff and Program Area Supervisors.
• Share appropriate information regarding enrolled children with teaching staff and center coordinators.
• Share appropriate information regarding enrolled children with teaching staff on a daily basis.
• Strictly adhere to all safety policies and procedures at all times and respond/correct any at-risk safety issues immediately.
• Strictly adhere to agency code of ethics and standards of workplace behavior.
• Perform other duties as assigned to meet business needs including regular and reliable attendance and adherence to all company workplace behavior standards.

Marginal Functions and Responsibilities:

• Other marginal functions and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education/Training/Experience:

• Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent.
• Possess a driving record that is sufficient to pass a check of driving and criminal records by the Oregon Department of Education.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, which includes the ability to work and communicate effectively with staff, children and family members. Reads and speaks the English language sufficiently to understand highway signs and signals in the English language, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records.
• Ability to work as a collaborative team member with teachers and coordinators, and a demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.
• Under state and federal law, an offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment screen for illegal substances. Applicants who test positive for certain substances or who refuse to consent to such screening will not be hired for this position. All successfully hired candidates in this position will be required to submit to random drug and/or alcohol screenings in accordance with Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration requirements.
• Incumbents in this position must notify his/her employer of any traffic violation (except parking violations) within 30 days of a conviction regardless of the nature of the violation or the type of vehicle which was driven at the time. The employer must be notified by the end of the next business day if a driver’s license is suspended, revoked, canceled or if he/she is disqualified from driving.
• Must be able to successfully pass applicable background and Oregon Central Background Registry checks prior to new hire processing and beginning actual employment.
• Completion of appropriate DOT physical and TB Testing according to Head Start and Oregon Department of Education regulations prior to date of hire.


• Bilingual in English/Spanish, written and verbal.
• Previous employment working with children ages 3-5.

Required Licensing or Other Special Certifications:

• Hold and maintain a valid Oregon Commercial Driver’s License with endorsements for passenger, school bus and air brakes.
• Hold and maintain an Oregon School Bus Driver Certification (candidates with an expired certificate may be considered if expired less than a year at time of hire).
• First Aid/CPR Certification within 30 days of hire.

Required Physical Demands of Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

• Able to perform the following or similar tasks with or without reasonable accommodations:
o Open and close a manually operated bus entrance door control with a force of at least 30 lbs.
o Climb and descend steps with a maximum step height of 17 ½ inches.
o Operate two hand controls simultaneously and quickly.
o Have a reaction time of ¾ of a second or less from the throttle to the brake control.
o Carry or drag a 125 pound person 30 feet in 30 seconds or less.
o Depress a brake pedal with the foot to a pressure of at least 90 lbs.
o Exit from an emergency door opening of 24 X 48 inches at least 42 inches from the ground in 10 seconds or less.
o Open all emergency exits installed in any school bus they drive.
• Occasionally may be required to work alternate hours and/or weekends.
• Possess the visual and hearing acuity sufficient to pass the physical requirements of a school bus driver as determined by the Oregon Department of Education.
• Possess the emotional and mental ability sufficient to drive a school bus and transport pre-school age children and/or family members in a manner that is safe, controlled, and professional in all situations.
• Work is conducted mostly on a bus or outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Moderate phone use.
• Occasional to moderate use of video terminal and keyboarding.
• Hours of operation are primarily between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and occasional evenings.
• Physical ability to move quickly in order to redirect children for the purpose of ensuring a child’s safety or the safety of others in the environment.
• Ability to respond appropriately both physically and mentally to en emergency or crisis situation, such as to provide CPR and/or First Aid to a pre-school age child, to evacuate a building, etc.
• In normal work day, may stand/walk __2__ hrs/day; may sit _8_ hrs/day; may drive __8 hrs/day; may use hands for repetitive grasping, pushing and pulling, typing and fine manipulation _8_ hrs/day; may use hands at or above shoulder level for _1_ hrs/day.
• Work is sedentary, occasional lifting up to 50 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 lbs.
• May require walking or standing to a significant degree, or sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

How to Apply for this Position:

To be considered we must receive a completed Community Action Employment Application form. You are welcome to also include a cover letter and resume at your option. Transcripts may be required for certain positions. Applications can be completed on our website: or you can print off the application to complete or pick up the application form at either of our following locations:

Hillsboro – 1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro OR 97123
Beaverton – 5050 SW Griffith Dr, Suite 101, Beaverton OR 97005

Be sure to submit your application in a timely manner. If you choose not to complete an online application, you can send your completed application form, optional resume and cover letter and any other required documents via fax at 503.357.6057. If you prefer to mail your application be sure to mail attention Human Resources at the Hillsboro office address above.

All application submissions will be acknowledged with a receipt notification. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you.

All current Community Action employees are encouraged to apply for openings at Community Action which they are interested in. For current employees, some qualifications may be met by an equivalent combination or education and experience at the discretion of the employer.

Benefits: All regular full-time (RFT) status positions of 0.50 full-time equivalent or higher are eligible for our outstanding benefits package including:
• Generous paid sick and vacation time
• 12 0bserved holidays
• Medical, vision and dental insurance
• Free life and long term disability insurance
• Medex travel assistance
• Employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan
• Employee Assistance Program
• Rich and diverse mission-based working environment

Community Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state equal employment opportunity laws. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

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