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Part Time Shuttle Operator

Date: Nov 18, 2022

Location: Washington DC, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


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The Part Time Shuttle Operator operates a 30,35,40 foot or larger commercial transit bus or any other University owned or leased vehicle in a safe and efficient manner, in accordance with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) Parts 382, 383, 387, 390-397, 399, and 40 with specific instructions without detailed or continuous supervision incurring additional responsibilities as needed.

Essential Functions

  1. Operates a 30 foot or larger transit bus or any other University owned or leased vehicle in a safe manner pursuant to the USDOT-FHWA’s FMCSR Parts 390-397, and 399, while utilizing prescribed standards for operating handicapped lifts, air brakes, and emergency equipment in order to transport members of the University in a safe manner.
  2. Communicates and interacts with a diverse passenger base by practicing customer relations. Serves as an informational resource by providing route and schedule information, service updates and changes, and any other information relative to shuttle operations and the University.
  3. Conducts daily regular maintenance and service checks of the transit buses pursuant to USDOT-FHWA’s FMCSR Parts 392, 393, and 396, while communicating vehicle problems to the Supervisor of Shuttle Operations and other members of the University, when required.
  4. Participates in various activities and training to enhance organizational effectiveness within the University with a primary focus on adherence to University personnel policies and procedures. Displays awareness and knowledge of transit-related issues and keeps abreast of these issues via training and professional development opportunities.
  5. Reports all accidents, incidents, unusual occurrences, and any other matters that could affect the University to the Supervisor of Shuttle Operations and Public Safety. Completion and submission of administrative reports (i.e. route manifests, vehicle inspection, attendance and leave, accident, incident, etc.).

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position reports directly to the Supervisor of Shuttle Operations. This position exercises duties with minimal supervision and is required to maintain awareness of USDOT and FHWA regulation. Additionally, this position possesses an awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its implications in the transit industry.
  • The Part Time Shuttle Operator has a working knowledge of the operation and functions of specialized equipment (i.e. handicapped lifts, air brake systems, emergency equipment, etc.).
  • Transports an average of one million riders per year. Operates a transit bus in excess of 15,500 miles per year.

Required Education and Experience

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate. A minimum of two years continuous active experience in the operation of a motor vehicle at the time of appointment. Minimum of one year successfully demonstrated experience operating a commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of at least 10,000 pounds and satisfactory work attendance records are desirable.
  • Applicant must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to acquire knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle code of the jurisdiction(s) in which the incumbent will be operating the vehicle. Knowledge of, or the ability to acquire the knowledge of an assigned vehicle in order to evaluate its general operating condition. Ability to understand and follow instructions. Ability to work variable hours and shifts. Ability to perform a variety of manual tasks under continuous exposure to various weather conditions. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to operate the vehicle in a safe and efficient manner. Ability to take direction and work under minimum supervision.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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