The Van Driver is responsible for the safe operation of agency vehicles, transportation of individuals served in agency programs, and supervision of clients while in transit.
* Must be a minimum of 23 years of age.
* Current Illinois Driver's License at all times with excellent driving record. CDL preferred. Must be able to obtain Pace Certification post employment.
* Prior experience with transportation of individuals with disabilities.
* Ability to communicate in a professional manner to all staff as well as all individuals transported.
* Knowledge of First Aid and CPR.
* Good judgment in driving for all road conditions (i.e., no speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, going around railroad crossings).
* Ability for verbal and written reporting.
* Good judgment and sense of directions.
* Ability to read all traffic signs.
* Ability to lift 60 pounds on occasion.
* Report to work at designated time to ensure appropriate arrival times at work for persons served.
* Maintain a sequential listing of assigned route which includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and emergency phone numbers of the individuals on the route and have this with them at all times.
* Assure that all occupants, particularly individuals served, are wearing their seat belts before departure from any location and during transport.
* Assist clients being transported to ensure their safety entering/exiting vehicles and during transport.
* Conduct regular safety inspections and ensure proper maintenance of vehicles based upon applicable legal requirements, agency policy, and the needs for safe operation of the vehicles.
* Assure that the vehicle has sufficient gas prior to leaving on route, or to secure gas en route at recommended service stations.
* Conduct a daily inspection of vehicles covering the following and submit the completed report to the Transportation Manager:
- Check doors to see that they open and close properly.
- Check contents of First Aid Kit to see that supplies are sufficient.
- Check safety mechanisms such as windshield wipers, windshield washer, defroster, headlights, turn signals and "trouble blinkers" to see that they are in working order.
- Check brake lights to see that they are both working, and clean the lenses for maximum visibility when the brake lights go on.
- Check level of gasoline tank and condition of tires (i.e., apparent air pressure).
- Check to see that emergency markers are available in case vehicle becomes disabled en route.
- Check all seat belts to assure they are operable.
* Report any defects or needed repairs to the Maintenance Department and Transportation Manager in writing immediately.
* Provide supervision of clients while in transit including ensuring their safety and intervening in the event of any incident which may occur.
* Carry on his/her person at all times, I.D. cards identifying him/her as an authorized representative of Sertoma.
* Abide by all safety rules and regulations while driving and while at the Centre.
* Conduct oneself in a professional manner; i.e., drivers represent role models for persons served. Respect is shown to persons served at all times.
* Maintain attendance sheets on a daily basis.
* Attend all driver training sessions.
* Check at end of route to make sure all clients are off the van.