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Job Title:Motor Vehicle Operator (MVO)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:12-JAC-203E

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$17.61 to $20.57 / Per Hour


Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Wednesday, October 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Jackson, SC United StatesView Map


All interested candidates. You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.


Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our dedicated U.S. Military members?  Our mission is to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.  Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools at Fort Jackson, South Carolina!


The Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) is currently accepting applications under examining authority of 10 U.S.C., Section 2164. 


The primary purpose of this position is to provide transportation for special needs children.  The bus operated by the employee has a gross vehicle weight of 26,500 pounds and is equipped with a wheelchair lift.  It has the capacity of approximately 23 passengers and three wheelchairs.  Most trips are within the Fort Jackson community and to off-post schools.  When not performing Motor Vehicle (MVO) duties, the employee will assist with Laborer and Custodial services.



You must answer ALL Suitability Questions in the Vacancy Questionnaire, numbers 3-8, with a yes or no.  Failure to answer ALL Suitability Questions will result in your application being considered incomplete and your application will not receive consideration for the vacancy. 


This is an Excepted Service Position.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • You must meet the Selective Service requirement
  • You must submit your complete application and all supporting documents
  • You must complete the questionnaire and/or knowledge, skills &
  • abilities/competency statement
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination


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Employee drives the bus to transport small school children and special needs children on the installation and public roads, on scheduled bus runs and special runs, including trips to recreation facilities. The employee is required to maneuver the vehicle in and out of constricted areas such as narrow streets and roads, as well as congested parking lots. The employee assures vehicle is not loaded beyond the rated capacity, completes trip tickets and preventive maintenance service records, fills out driver's accident report in case of an accident, and performs operator maintenance in accordance with established criteria, manufacturer's manual, etc. Assists small children and special needs children getting in and out of the vehicle safely and ensures their safety while on board by following seat belt and other safety regulations. 

Sweeps, mops, strips, scrubs, waxes and polishes floors using brooms, mops, industrial type floor scrubbers and other heavy powered cleaning equipment.  Adjusts, changes and performs minor maintenance on buffers, brushes and other attachments on power equipment.  Maintains restrooms in clean and sanitary condition. Cleans and disinfects lavatories, urinals, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.  Cleans mirrors and water fountains. Replaces toilet tissue, soap, paper towels, etc. Reports water leaks, clogged drains, and conditions requiring maintenance or makes minor repairs (e.g., cleans clogged drains, replaces light bulbs and air filters, tightens screws, bolts and door knobs). 

Periodically packs, unpacks, moves, arranges and stores furniture, materials and equipment as required. The incumbent is frequently required to  move objects weighing up to 40 pounds and must occasionally lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  Moving equipment such as dollies or loading carts are available. 


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Applicants must show that they have sufficient experience and/or training that provides them with the ability to perform the duties of operating as school bus with little or no supervision.  Required to be patient but firm with small children and possess appropriate human relations skills.  Must be skilled in starting, stopping, backing and driving the vehicle and be able to operate the wheelchair lift.  Must be able to operate the vehicle over a variety of roads including interstate highways and narrow and congested roadways.  Must be familiar with the vehicle height, width, length and weight to judge side clearances, turning radius, and safe braking distance.  Must be knowledgeable of the mechanical and operational indicators to tell when the vehicle is unsafe to drive.  Required to know safety rules and regulations and other posted rules for moving vehicles.   Must be able to assist children safely into and out of the vehicle. Must know requirements and procedures for preparation of trip tickets, service records and accident reports. Must know driver's maintenance requirements and procedures for the vehicle. 


 In addition to meeting the qualifications, applicant must possess the following:

    - a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B.

    - must hold a South Carolina School Bus Certificate.


You must submit a copy of your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B license and South Carolina School Bus certification with your application.


Applicants must be able to pass a physical examination.

Applicants must attend accident avoidance training. 

Must meet minimum qualifications to be considered for this position.


Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualifications requirements.  If you are qualified, you will then receive a rating based on the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position listed.  If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.  Your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. 

- Best Qualified - Candidates in the category possess exceptional skill and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements. In addition to the minimum qualifications, will show knowledge of operating a school bus over different terrains, maintaining order and discipline while loading and off-loading students and while vehicle is in motion, ability to operate within state/local regulations, maintain schedules and logs, and identify required maintenance on vehicle.  In addition, will demonstrate experience working with heavy duty industrial equipment. 

- Highly Qualified - Candidates in this category possess the knowledge of operating a passenger bus and its maintenance; can maintain order and discipline with riders, operate within state/local regulations, maintain schedules and logs and have experience in cleaning a variety of surfaces.

- Qualified - Candidates meet the minimum requirement of knowledge of operating a large vehicle, driving passengers and maintaining schedules. 




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Working for the Deparment of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here
For positions with intermittent work schedules or temporary appointments lasting less than one year, benefits may not be authorized.


Positions under this announcement will be filled by appointment in the Excepted Service.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Military Spouse Preference (MSP):  You may be eligible for MSP if you are the spouse of an active duty military member and you are ranked among the Best Qualified for this vacancy. 
If you are selected for this position and are not a current DDESS employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-Verify' system.  Federal law requires DDESS to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies within eight (8) Federal government work days as a condition of continued employment.

All selectees will be subject to a background investigation that must be favorably adjudicated.
Condition of Employment:  Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer as a condition of employment, reassignment, or promotion, in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14-R.


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Follow the steps below to apply online.  Your application and ALL required supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

Paper, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications submitted directly to the agency and not through the USA Jobs program using the instructions below will not be considered.

Step 1:  Create USA Jobs account, including resume and saved documents.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessments vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of compentency that is indicated by the content of your resume.


NOTE:  Your application/resume for Federal employment must include the following information in order to be considered for the position:

   --  Total employment period, i.e., starting and ending dates (month and year) for each work experience, paid and unpaid, related to the job for which you are applying.  You MUST include the hours per week that you worked in each specific position.

   --  For each position listed in your resume, include a description of your duties and accomplishments to include the following:

     --  Employer's Name

     --  Employer's address

     --  Supervisor's name

     --  Supervisor's phone number

     --  Salary

  --  If you are currently employed you must indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

  --  Your resume must show the highest level of education you have completed.

  --  List any job-related training courses (title and year of completion)

  --  List any job-related skills

  --  List any job-related certificates and licenses (current only).

  --  List any job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments (give dates but do not send documents).

  --  If you are a current or former Federal employee, please list your highest Federal civilian grade held, job series and dates of employment.

Step 2:  Answer vacancy questionnaire.  Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

Step 3:  Submit supporting documents.  Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" Section of this vacancy.  If you submit a document using the same document title, the second submission will overwrite the first submission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 755748. Fax your documents to:  1-478-757-3144.

Step 4:  Review application and click Finish.

Step 5:  Edit application as needed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time of closing date.

If you cannot apply online, click the following link to view and print the questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Form 1203-FX can be found at:

Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your faxed transmission.


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  You must submit all required documents; otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.  
  --  Online application (Questionnaire) - Required
  --  Resume (must include beginning/ending month and year for each employment period) - Required

  --  Copy of Commercial Driver's license (CDL) Class B - Required

  --  Copy of South Carolina School Bus Certificate - Required.

  --  Eligibility documentation (SF-50, DD-214, etc.) - If applicable to you
Eligibility documentation may contain:  Copy of latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicant has current or previous Federal civil service experience.

Applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference (MSP) must submit the following documents along with their completed application:
a.  Military Spouse Employment Request Form (Form available online at:
b.  A copy of the sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders indicating authorization of dependent travel.
c.  Copy of marriage certificate
Applicants claiming 5-point veteran’s preference must submit a copy of DD-214 (copy member 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Applicants claiming 10-point veteran’s preference must submit an SF 15 Application for 10-Point Preference (form available on-line at: , as well as the required documentation indicated on the SF-15.  Lack of supporting documentation will result in the agency's inability to recognize veteran status for this announcement.
Note:  Applicants may not be considered or rated if they do not submit all of the forms indicated above and failure to submit the required forms will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.


Phone: (678)364-6619
Agency Information:
South Carolina Fort Stewart Cuba District
700 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, GA
United States


Once your complete application is received and the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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