Date:  Jun 6, 2024


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Requisition No: 829003 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind

Working Title: SCHOOL BUS DRIVER - 48008444

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 48008444 

Salary:  $35,552.40 - $40,052.40 

Posting Closing Date: 07/01/2024 

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Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB)

School Bus Driver (Career Service)

Position Number 48008444

Department: Transportation

215 Day Position


Who are we?

FSDB is a state public school available at no cost to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind, including boarding and transportation services. FSDB is nationally recognized for its comprehensive educational services, designed for the unique communication and accessibility needs of students. FSDB also provides educational outreach programs for children ages 0-5 and their families. The FSDB experience provides students with the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more.



How you will make an impact

This incumbent of this position operates a school bus and transports students on scheduled routes in a safe and secure manner.

  • Demonstrate, model and reinforce the agency's fundamental values of fairness, cooperation, respect, commitment, excellence, honesty and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate these values in interactions with co-workers, supervisors, students, parents and other departments; in personal contributions to work assignment and projects; and when representing the Agency or the State.
  • Transport students to and from assigned locations using specified routes. These students may be day or residential students.
  • Responsible for transportation support of academic and residential programs; responsible for student weekly homegoings.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in scheduling for any trip, vehicle or function necessary in the service of the FSDB.
  • Support safety programs and maintain a safe and clean workplace. Apply and follow all Safe School recommendations and policies.
  • Performs pre-trip inspections of vehicles for safety.
  • Responsible for daily under hood check of fluid levels, fueling and cleanliness of assigned vehicle. Transports vehicles to service departments for repairs.
  • Operate a wheelchair lift, if necessary.
  • Required to maintain an adequate driving record, for the purpose of driving students to and from school-related activities.
  • Support safety programs and maintain a safe and clean workplace.
  • Performs other replated duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to be physically capable of operating the vehicle as determined by physical examination Form ESE 479, prescribed by the Commissioner and given by a physician designated by the school board and as determined by a dexterity test administered by the school district.
  • Knowledge, skill and ability to meet the standard for the Florida Department of Education 40-hour School Bus Driver Training Certification.
  • Knowledge, skill and ability to operate safely all school buses and equipment utilized by FSDB.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills to use e-mail.
  • Ability to work a varied shift including weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to communicate by use of cellular telephone.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and be able to communicate with students, parents, staff and co-workers.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate assignments.
  • Ability to prepare reports.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Class A or B, CDL Florida License with Passenger Endorsement, Air Brake Endorsement and School Bus Endorsement.
  • Ability to Exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.
  • Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired in CPR.
  • Ability to obtain sign language proficiency level in accordance with FSDB O.P.P.1.24
  • Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired during CPR and CPI.



Five years of licensed driver experience; a valid Class A or B, CDL Florida License with Passenger Endorsement and School Bus Endorsement




Sign Language Requirements

Applicants who are selected for hire will be encouraged to learn sign language.

Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.


Hiring Salary Range: 215 Day Position $35,552.40 - $40,052.40 annually. This range is inclusive of verified experience and education. Position also eligible for split shift pay; $63.00 per biweekly period; $1354.50 annually.

*Base $35,552.40

Associate Degree $1500.00

Bachelor Degree $3000.00

Master Degree $4500.00

Additional Related and verified Full-time Experience (20 year max) @ $150.00 per year

Sign Language Proficiency Level: Survival Plus $300.00, Intermediate $450.00, Advanced $600



Hours: Varies, 40 hours per week; Includes evenings and weekends or split shift.




FSDB will prepare each student for a lifetime of success.




The mission of FSDB is to utilize all available talent, energy, and resources to provide free appropriate public education for eligible sensory impaired students of Florida. As a school of academic excellence, the school shall strive to provide students an opportunity to access education services in caring, safe, unique learning environment to prepare them to be literate, employable, and independent lifelong learners. The school shall provide outreach services that include collaboration with district school boards and shall encourage input from students, staff, parents, and the community. As a diverse organization, the school shall foster respect and understanding for each individual. (Section 1002.36, Florida Statutes)




Integrity & Respect – The FSDB community is a cohesive group that serves with honor, care, kindness and responsibility.

Safety & Security – The FSDB community is committed to the protection and well-being of stakeholders.

Innovation – The FSDB community welcomes change and embraces a continuous improvement mindset to encourage new methods to solve problems and foster creativity and growth.

Trust – The FSDB community is committed to high quality services and accountability through honest, reliable and consistent actions.



Our benefits include:

  • Automatic enrollment into the Florida Retirement System.
  • Medical insurance coverage is $90 per pay period for family coverage; $25 per pay period for employee only.
  • Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions. Employees may purchase additional coverage.
  • Low-cost supplemental benefit packages that include dental, vision, and much more.
  • Professional development opportunities and ability to learn American Sign Language on campus at no cost.
  • Tuition waiver program – earn up to 6 credit hours per semester at state universities.
  • Biweekly accrual up to four (4) hours of sick leave and annual leave.
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.



     Additional Info specific to Bus Driver:

Guaranteed 40 hours per week

The average ridership is 24 students per route

A chaperone is assigned to each bus

All buses are air conditioned



How You Will Grow

FSDB provides staff members with opportunities to grow professionally, enhancing their ability to support students' growth. School- and state-required training and skills development is offered both online and in-person for academic and non-academic staff members.



Condition of employment

Applicants under consideration for employment at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will be required to complete background investigation.  Fingerprints will be taken and sent to the Florida Department of Law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a background check of your criminal history record(s) at the state and national level. This position requires a post offer drug screening for the successful candidate.



To apply

Applications accepted through People First only.

An attached resume is not a substitute for the information required on the application. It is the responsibility of all applicants to keep their application current.

All members of the Florida Retirement System are required to contribute 3% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.

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Take this opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life and become part of a great School. Apply today!

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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