Lead Bus Driver Behind The Wheel Trainer/Dispatcher

New Haven Unified School District

Class Title:

Lead Bus Driver Behind The Wheel Trainer/Dispatcher


Under the general supervision of the Director, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation to perform the duties of a bus driver, to assist with organizing and conducting behind-the-wheel training sessions for original and renewal drivers; to assist with conducting required school bus safety and bus evacuation drills for students; to schedule and dispatch regular school bus routes and drivers; to schedule and dispatch extra trip assignments as necessary; and to do related work as required, consistent with job description.


Directly responsible to designated Director, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation.


  • Instructs bus drivers in the proper operation of school transportation vehicles
  • Reports to management regarding driver knowledge and skills in the efficient, safe, and legal aspects of school bus operation
  • Prepares and maintains training records as required by law
  • Qualifies drivers on all district busses
  • Performs bus driver duties as required
  • Schedules and assigns daily bus routes and drivers
  • Schedules and assigns extra trips
  • Assists in scheduling an efficient and most effective routing system
  • Schedules all extra trip assignments; schedules and conducts effective behind-the-wheel training programs for school bus drivers
  • Schedules and conducts effective school bus safety and bus evacuation programs for students
  • Safely operates a school bus.



  • Principles, methods, techniques and strategies for the training of school bus drivers.
  • Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code and the Education Code applicable to the operation of vehicles in the transportation of students and in the training of school bus drivers.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic record-keeping techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Methods, procedures and techniques related to a large pupil transportation operation (as per Behind the Wheel Training, Vehicle Code and California Educational Code).
  • Safe driving practices and methods.
  • Proper lifting techniques.
  • First aid and medical care and emergency evacuation procedures.


  • Plan, coordinate, organize and conduct behind-the-wheel bus driver training programs.
  • As a Behind the Wheel Trainer, monitor and assess bus drivers
  • Assuring a high standard of performance is maintained (as per the Behind the Wheel Training manual, Vehicle Code and California Educational Code).
  • Communicate information between administrators, central dispatch and driving staff.
  • Maintain routine records.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance.
  • See to read a variety of materials, monitor drivers and observe hazards.
  • Sit for extended periods of time.
  • Bend at the waist, kneel or crouch to inspect buses.
  • Climb steps.
  • Operate a computer keyboard.
  • Appropriately handle stressful conditions.
  • Use proper lifting methods.


Possession of the following valid documents: California Class B or class 2 Drivers License California School Bus Driver Certificate First Aid Certificate as required Certificate of Good Health.


Five (5) years of experience as a school bus driver.

Salary Range 32

Revised April 1994 Revised May 2006 Revised September 2011
Approved CSEA Executive Board: 10/6/11
CSEA President Initials: RL Approved District Representative: 9/30/11
District Rep Initials: VB

How to Apply


The application process is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Browse New Haven US job listings and submit an online application on Ed-Join.
  2. When the hiring principal is ready to interview, applicants will be considered and may be selected to interview.
  3. If selected to interview, you will be contacted by the school to set an appointment.
  4. Once you have interviewed, if you are selected for the position, you will be contacted by the personnel department. If you are not selected for the position, you will be notified by the school.