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Driver Custodian (Tucson Area)
at Child-Parent Centers
Desert Winds Head Start, 12655 W. Rudasill, Tucson, AZ 85743, 8 hours per day, M-F, 7:30am - 3:30pm, 1 opening
If you enjoying driving, cleaning, opportunities to grow your knowledge, and building relationships with children, parents, and co-workers, we have the job for you! Child-Parent Centers is currently accepting applications for our Driver Custodian position at our Head Start center in the Picture Rocks area just northwest of Tucson. We are seeking applicants who are friendly, detail oriented, dependable, and think and act in a safe manner as part of his or her normal routine and overall nature. Child-Parent Centers entrusts the driver custodian to work closely with the assigned bus monitors to provide safe transportation of preschool children to and from the Head Start center and for planned field trips. The driver custodian implements redundant systems to ensure that a child is never left alone on the bus. The Driver/Custodian completes daily, weekly, and monthly custodial activities for the center classrooms, playground, general grounds, and the bus. The ideal applicant is able to identify routine or emergency repair and maintenance needs and works closely with supervisor to report to the agency’s work request system. The driver custodian works 8 hours per day Monday through Friday closely following the Marana School District schedule. A driver custodian will provide direct support to the selected applicant to prepare for the written exam and road test required for obtaining a Class C commercial driver’s license with school bus and passenger endorsements.
- Must be 18 years of age (state licensing requirement)
- Possess a High School Diploma or GED
- Possess a valid driver’s license issued within the continental United States
- 3 year driving history (from the state that issued the driver’s license) must be clear of any citations
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English
- Safety Focus
- Customer Focus
- Attention to detail
- Building Relationships
- Adaptability and Flexibility
Other Requirements (post hire)
- Must be able to obtain a "Class C" Commercial Driver’s License with school bus and passenger endorsement within 15 days of hire. The Agency will allow a maximum of three attempts to successfully pass the required written tests. NOTE: There will be training and support from the agency as needed.
- Must be able to travel to and from various sites as needed.
- Provide proof of immunizations: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Tdap (adult Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and a clear Tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
- Able to pass a company paid physical exam prior to starting work.
- Able to pass a criminal background check.
- Must be able to prove the right to work in the USA by providing appropriate documents to complete the Federal I-9 form.
- Submit a current Fingerprint Clearance Card OR obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card within 90 days of hire.
- Possess a "Class C" Commercial Driver’s License with school bus and passenger endorsement.
- Three (3) years’ experience as a school bus driver.
- Three (3) years’ experience working in a preschool or Head Start center.
This position is eligible for agency benefits package including (paid leave, dental, FSA, HRA, HSA, medical, life, vision, and retirement plan)
Job Specific Duties and Responsibilites:
- Transport children to and from the center and other Head Start related activities in compliance with Office of Head Start performance standards, AZ Bureau of Child Care Licensure transportation regulations, and the agency’s child transportation procedures (including but not limited to trip routing, release and acceptance of children, safe riding practices, alternate routes, and pre and post trip inspections).
- Complete all of the Transportation Safety training modules as scheduled to meet requirements for pre-service and in-service classroom and behind the wheel training.
- Complete pre/post trip inspections for each transportation, and walk through the bus visually checking all seats at end of each trip to ensure that no children remain on the bus.
- Work with teaching staff to update and keep an accurate bus list. Maintain consistent arrival and departure times for daily routes.
- Support bus monitor as necessary to ensure safe transportation. Report safety concerns to bus monitor and supervisor.
- Complete bus safety inspections; maintain bus in a clean and safe condition (return any papers, sweaters, etc. left at the end of daily routes to teacher).
- Notify supervisor of bus repair and maintenance needs including contacting the Work Request System to report service needs at pre-planned intervals and for any breakdowns or un-planned repairs. Deliver and pick up bus for service.
- Follow Fleet Fueling procedures and process for assigned bus including entry of accurate information into "pay at the pump" system.
- Comply with emergency communication system policies and procedures including carrying assigned cell phone on bus during transportation of children.
- Ensure current vehicle registration and certificate of liability are located within the bus at all times.
- Maintain a complete 1st aid kit with required items and conduct inventory of items as required.
- Use cleaning checklists to clean, sanitize, and prepare indoor and outdoor spaces for children’s use. Remove dirt or grime, odors, insects, vermin, clutter, litter, dangerous objects, animal feces, debris, and weeds. Conduct minor landscape maintenance to remove weeds, trim trees, or water plants.
- Identify and notify supervisor of repair or maintenance needs and/or safety hazards in indoor or outdoor spaces including notification to the Work Request System.
- Move and/or store classroom furniture and materials when required by center needs. Assist teaching team with classroom set up at start up.
- Organize custodial storage areas to ensure safety and easy access to supplies and equipment by adults. Maintain appropriate levels of custodial supplies to prevent shortage of necessary items. Complete supply requests and submit to supervisor for review and forward to procurement. Verify supply deliveries from center run and notify supervisor of discrepancies.
- Store cleaning chemicals and hazardous materials (flammable, poisonous, or labeled keep out of reach of children) in a locked area that is inaccessible to children.
- Take scheduled playground equipment from storage area to playground before outdoor playtime begins and return to storage after outdoor playtime is complete.
- Water sand areas as required to promote sand play.
- Water down hot surfaces as temperature dictates (slides, benches, play structure, sand).
- Provide fresh drinking water with easy access by children during outdoor playtime.
- Use caution tape to designate unsafe areas and block access by children.
- Conduct Safety Review Daily to secure facility at the end of the day.
- Identify self-growth, development goals, and strategies for achievement with support and input from supervisor.
- Commit and participate in consistent and planned meetings with supervisor to further professional growth by seeking feedback, reflecting on and assessing own practice, and taking advantage of opportunities to improve skills and knowledge.
Recordkeeping, Monitoring, and Reporting:
- Prepare and submit the bus route list at quarterly intervals to the Physical Resources Director for review (include pick up and drop off locations, directions, and start and stop times for each location).
- Record accurate odometer readings on the Monthly Mileage Log and submit to the Physical Resources Director per schedule.
- File and retain pre and post trip inspections and 1st aid kit inventory for 12 months.
- Submit fleet Fueling receipts to Fiscal as required.
Leadership, Management, and Teamwork:
- Participate in center staff meetings and the planning of center activities. Identify emerging needs, initiate requests for additional assistance, and participate in on-going improvements to program policies and procedures.
- Support other staff in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for children and families by adjusting own routines (when appropriate) to accommodate their needs, sharing pertinent information about children and families with appropriate staff, and working cooperatively as part of a program team
- Exhibit an understanding that families are full program partners by responding to children’s and families’ situations with respect and flexibility, providing them with information, and/or securing help from other staff when needed
- Promotes effective relationships within the community by speaking positively about the program and its staff, services, children, and families and by viewing the program as a valuable part of the community
Responsibilities for all Child-Parent Centers, Inc.:
- Understand and model the agency's vision, mission, and philosophy within the agency and the community.
- Demonstrate approachability, ownership, accountability, and life-long learning.
- Use the agency's communication and problem solving approach.
- Seek perspective of others.
- Identify emerging issues and contribute new knowledge.
- Work to de-escalate when emotions and stakes are high.
- Maintain professional behavior and relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Use agency systems and technologies to accomplish work
- Maintain a high level of attendance to support ongoing service delivery.
- Recognizes children's safety as the first responsibility of all staff and acts swiftly to ensure no child is unsupervised.
- Implement agency policies and procedures for safeguarding confidential or sensitive information about employees and/or program participants. Restrict access to paper or electronic documents to those with a need to know.
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Indoor and Outdoor including extreme outdoor temperatures at peak times of the day
- Daily direct work with cleaning chemicals
- Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens, communicable illnesses, animal feces, and dangerous or sharp objects
- Driving, Sitting
- stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling
- Lift 10-25 lbs.
- Move furniture, chairs, carpet
- Raking and turning of sand
- Work with and dispose of cleaning chemicals
- Pick up and dispose of animal feces or other dangerous objects on grounds
- Climbing on step stool
- Work with tools that may be sharp or heavy (rake, weed eater, shovel, hoe)
Please Note: Child-Parent Centers, Inc. reserves the right to change this job description at any time. This job opening is intended to provide information about the position for employment recruitment purposes only and is not intended to be the basis of any employee contract.
Child-Parent Centers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.