Bus Driver/Custodian

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012102 - Human Sciences- Early Childhood
Location: Harrison County
Categories: Support Staff, Head Start Positions
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

7/Minimum:  $19,600

Department Profile:

Throughout its history, Mississippi State University-Extension (MSU-ES) has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to programs that directly impact young children and their families. In the past decade, MSU-ES has distinguished itself as Mississippi’s premier infrastructural support of high-quality early childhood education

Area of Specialization:

MSU - Extension Head Start Programs, Harrison County

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for the following core functions and performs other tasks as needed:

Bus Driver
• Obeys all applicable laws and regulations to ensure the safety of passengers.
• Follows the safest and most efficient routes given.
• Drives for regular class days, organized field trips and occasional evening meetings.
• Requires driving in all weather conditions including rain, snow, ice, wind and heat.
• Establishes a relationship of trust and rapport with the parents and the children.
• Ensures that parents and children follow the program rules when riding the vehicles.
• Shares information on a daily basis with classroom staff and parents.
• Reports any information or concerns about families.
• Ensures the bus is empty at the end of each run and that all children are accounted for.
• Coordinates with staff when a parent is not home or there are problems with
• Knows the routes, location of stops and which children should board or exit at each.
• Familiar with Department of Transportation regulations and Commercial Driver’s License
• Monitors and maintains all vehicle fluid levels.
• Keeps the vehicle clean at all times.
• Reports any damage or malfunction immediately.
• Performs emergency bus drills.
• Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary
• Responsible for gas and oil receipts and submitting totals to the supervisor.
• Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.

• Ensure the quality of work, cleanliness of buildings, and to certify that safety procedures
are followed; document, report, or correct any infractions.
• Cleans all facilities over which s/he has primary responsibility, including regular cleaning of exposed spaces, bathrooms, and floors.
• Performs a monthly inventory of supplies; survey equipment within schools and ensure
that repairs are made in a timely manner.
• Replenishes and distributes supplies and equipment in a timely manner to ensure the
continued performance of custodial services and assigned locations.
• Ensures, through documentation, that all team standards and procedures are performed at assigned sites.
• Reviews and tests new cleaning products for vendors; recommend new products for
• Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.

Non-Essential Duties:
• Performs any and all other duties (or functions) as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required.
• High school diploma or GED
• Current in-state Commercial Driver’s License with a School Bus and/or Passenger
• Must have a good driving record
• Successfully completes and maintains basic First Aid and CPR certification
• Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
• Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings
and functions.
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

• AA/AS preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrated computer literacy skills, especially Excel and basic data systems in MS
Office and internet navigation.
• Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
• Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
• Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers – typing and/or
• Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and
figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading).
• Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
• Ability to exert up to 45 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects

Work Environment:
• Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business
office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices).
• Standard office equipment generally used includes:
• Telephone
• Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
• Printer/Photocopy Machine
• Calculator
• Fax Machine
• Will be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of dutie

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at by submitting: the completed online application, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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