Van Driver (full time and per diem opportunities)

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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The Van Driver provides the safe transportation of students to/from campus based on an established route. General qualifications include a valid driver’s license, successful completion of the College’s driving test and excellent communication skills; previous driving experience and general knowledge of local and surrounding areas/roads preferred.

Available Schedules:

  • Full-time (40 hours/week): 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Saturday/Sunday and Wednesday through Friday).
  • Per Diem (casual, as-needed basis).

Bennington College offers a comprehensive benefits program to eligible full- and part-time positions. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance and long term disability insurance, a matching retirement plan, healthcare and dependent care spending accounts, generous time off benefits (paid vacation, sick and holidays) and educational benefits for the employee, spouse/partner and dependents. The current hourly wage is $18.03. The College also offers staff the use of the Meyer Recreation Barn, a free, on-site fitness center.

Responsibilities:

  1. Operate a 15-passenger van or other College vehicles in a safe and professional manner. Drive established van loop/route to/from campus. Drop off and pick up students along the route as requested.
  2. Ensure that the customer service experience is welcoming, courteous and responsive. As appropriate, respond to inquiries and questions. Resolve issues quickly and appropriately. Where appropriate, educate the passenger and provide meaningful and resourceful recommendations that may enhance the student/visitor/guest experience with the College. 
  3. Maintain operation of vehicle; fuel vehicle as needed. Report suspected maintenance issues with vehicle to the Director of Campus Safety in a timely manner. 
  4. Maintain regular and effective communication with Campus Safety Office for duration of shift.
  5. Observe and abide all Federal and State traffic regulations in the respective states in which operating.
  6. Ensure the smooth transfer of duties when starting/ending shifts by sharing and accepting relevant shift information with other staff members; prioritize information to ensure an effective transfer of duties. 
  7. Assist passengers with placing and securing personal belongings safely in the vehicle.
  8. Communicate to dispatch all pick ups and drop-offs including location. 
  9. Remain aware of surroundings/happenings at all time to be able to effectively respond to a variety of situations. Report concerning incidents to Officer on duty.

Schedules are subject to change according to the academic calendar and special event needs.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent. Professional driving experience preferred. Knowledge of local and regional roads preferred.
  2. Must possess and maintain a clean/valid driver’s license, free from infractions for 24 months. Must complete and pass both road test and online National Safety Council DDC-9 or other College-required defensive driving course. Requires successful background check.
  3. Superior oral and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to accept sensitive/confidential information/situations and to facilitate initial handling/processing. Able to interact, communicate and build/maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels of the College as well as guests/visitors and the general public.
  4. Must have demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision. Work requires continual attention to detail, ability to use good judgment in decision-making and must be able to manage effectively under stress. Must be flexible to changing priorities, able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands.