Vehicle Driver


Job Purpose:
To provide scheduled program transportation from pick-up and drop-off locations and also door-to-door transportation within our member agency communities. To assist the Program Leader with assigned duties during general programs and special events.

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age and have a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

  • Must have the ability to provide a current Illinois Driver’s abstract.

  • Must be highly committed to providing a timely and safe transportation service to FVSRA participants.

  • Must have an interest and commitment in working with individuals with disabilities.

  • Must have a basic knowledge and understanding of recreation programming for individuals with disabilities.

  • Must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with FVSRA staff.

  • Must be highly motivated and enthusiastic in order to provide a quality experience for those participating in the program(s).

  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, FVSRA staff, FVSRA member agency staff, part time coaches, parents/guardians, participants, schools district personnel, community agencies, as well as members of the general public.

  • Must be able to work independently and solve simple to complex problems relating to the transportation of individuals with disabilities to and from programs.

  • Be safety conscious.

  • Must display confidence, maturity, flexibility, and professionalism.

  • Willingness to obtain Handle with Care (HWC) Certification and First Aid/CPR are required.

  • Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion.

  • Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

Vehicle Driver Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Will adhere to program assignment schedule/transportation schedule determined by the Operations Manager, Support Staff Manager and Program Leader.

  • Will safely transport participants of varying ages and abilities to and from scheduled and door-to-door pick-up and drop points.

  • Must be able to safely load and unload individuals in wheelchairs in and out of vans.

  • Pays strict attention to housekeeping of the vehicles and general facility conditions.

  • Must follow all vehicle/driving laws and regulations.

  • Maintain all vehicle/driver paperwork; i.e. pre-trip inspection form.

  • Perform other duties related to the Vehicle Driver when necessary, or duties in the best interest of the Association when requested by the Operations Manager and Support Staff Manager.


Program Assistant Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to all FVSRA safety policies and procedures and the FVSRA Policy Manual.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to follow directions of the Program Leader and carryout such instructions in a safe and appropriate manner.

  • Must be able to communicate regularly with FVSRA Program Leaders regarding any program-related concerns and direct any questions or concerns to the Program Leader.

  • Must assist with the supervision of participants of varying ages in FVSRA programs, encouraging participation in activities and promoting appropriate interactions.

  • Must at times be responsible for up to four participants, including awareness of dietary needs, medications, allergies, seizures, behavioral management needs, and daily living skills.

  • Upon Program Leader’s request, be willing to assist participants who may need one-on-one assistance with personal tasks, daily living skills, and/or assistance with individuals who use wheelchairs.

  • Must be able to take initiative and help the Program Leader with program preparations such as setting up, greeting participants/parents/guardians, collecting lunches, decorating for an event, and/or serving refreshments.

  • Attend meetings, in-services, trainings and orientations relating to FVSRA when required.

  • Must be able to respond to needs of individuals with disabilities.

  • Immediately reports all accidents and unsafe conditions to the Program Leader.

  • Cooperates and assists in the investigation of accidents.

  • Provide timely responses to phone calls, voice mails, and written materials, whether received by mail, facsimile, text, and e-mails, which are sent by FVSRA.

  • Communicate clearly with small groups of people and individuals.

  • Treats public concerns with the utmost and courteous attention.

  • Perform other duties related to the Program Assistant when necessary, or duties in the best interest of the Association when requested by the Support Staff Manager and Program Leader.



Collaboration – Promotes and supports work teams and groups

Reliability – Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions Responsiveness – Focuses on the customer, willingly helps others and provides prompt service

Assurance – Conveys trusts and inspires confidence

Empathy – Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others

Self Confidence – Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability

Initiative – Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks

Communication – Shares information, listens to what others are saying

Adaptability – Makes decisions and solves complex problems

Physical Demands:
The Vehicle Driver/Program Assistant must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions:

  • Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities.

  • Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints.

  • Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain.

  • Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into pool, in washroom facilities, etc.

  • Active participation in programs.

  • Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet.


Working Conditions:

The employee may be exposed to elements when loading and unloading participants and driving to and from programs or when assisting with outdoor functions.  Most activities are performed indoors; these conditions include lighting and temperature.