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Driver Trainer

Job Description


The Driver Trainer assists in planning, coordinating and conducting training for all school bus driver authorization, and may train others to drive district vehicles. Responsibilities also include recommendations regarding the skills of bus driver applicants; observations and assistance to trainees and regular school bus drivers; and assistance to the Director of Transportation in operation matters.

Reports to Transportation Director


  1. Responsible for assisting drivers with student bus behavior management.
  2. Assists in planning and scheduling entry level and the annual inservice training programs for authorized school bus drivers.
  3. Assists in interviews and processing of applicants, with question and endorsements needed prior to training.
  4. Implements, conducts and/or oversees elements of authorized training program.
  5. Assesses trainees’ abilities to meet acceptable standards and makes recommendations for further training or discontinuing training.
  6. Performs probationary observations of drivers, including observation reports.
  7. Keeps informed of current issues regarding transportation operations.
  8. Performs observations, “ride alongs” and assists drivers with concerns and makes suggestions for school bus drivers.
  9. Assists in implementing retraining for drivers.
  10. Be willing to substitute drive as needed.
  11. May attend training sessions, meetings, and workshops as required.
  12. Assist in organizing and implement safety training at mandatory safety meetings.
  13. Assist in yearly on-the-road/behind the wheel training of drivers.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

May need to work a flexible work schedule.


FLSA: Covered


Education and Experience
High school graduation or equivalent with five years experience in pupil transportation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to instruct new and on-staff personnel in all areas of bus equipment operation, function and handling.
  • Ability to work in an atmosphere where interruptions occur frequently and priorities are subject to change.
  • Ability to meet the physical and mental standards necessary to perform the duties, tasks and responsibilities of a school bus driver.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to read and interpret road and street maps.
  • Ability to interpret rules and laws.
  • Ability to make sound, appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to handle distraught and difficult people effectively.
  • Ability to operate a computer and various software.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, parents and the general public.

Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license with Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Class B / P1 passenger vehicle and “S” School Bus endorsement.
  • Possess Washington State School Bus Driver’s Certificate.
  • Possess a current first aid card.
  • Possess a School Bus Driver Instructor Endorsement.

Updated: 11/2014