As our district continues to grow, the Human Resources Department is constantly posting, advertising, interviewing and hiring high quality candidates. What was once a seasonal hiring time is now happening 12 months of the year. With a shortage of teachers, it is even more important that HR be up to date with the latest hiring and retention strategies. As a department, we are consistently refining our practices so we can better serve the public and our school board employees.
Recruitment Efforts Underway
Did you know our district is looking for high quality teachers and non-instructional personnel to help fill upcoming openings in the 2020-21 school year? If you are interested, read below to learn more about our college/university visits and our upcoming job fairs.
College and University Visits
Our district recruitment team made up of administrators and teachers have already started attending education fairs at different colleges and universities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The fairs allow our representatives the opportunity to talk with education majors about teaching in our school district. With over 15 events scheduled this spring, we are looking forward to talking to motivated education majors who have a passion for working with students and teaching in St. Johns County. Our recruitment teams will be visiting Flagler College, College of Charleston, The Florida Fund Minority Teachers in Tampa, University of North Florida, Daytona State College, Valdosta State College and the Florida Teach-In to name a few.
The St. Johns County School District held a Teacher Recruitment Fair this past November. With over 75 participants, we were pleased to hire both December education graduates and teachers who attended the fair. The focus of the fair was to provide interested educators the opportunity to learn more about teaching in St. Johns County Schools and current openings. Based on the fair’s feedback form, 96% indicated that the Job Fair truly met their needs and they enjoyed it. Many of the attendees expressed how grateful they were to have had the opportunity to interview face-to-face with administrators as well as how well the event was organized. Well over three quarters attending shared they learned about the fair through our district’s recruitment website.
Saturday, February 22
Our next fair will be held Saturday, February 22 from 8 AM to 2 PM at Nease High School. This fair is open to all teachers Prek-12 and to education majors graduating in May. Registration will be done online. Participates will sign up for multiple interviews that will be scored and tabulated. Based on the tabulated results, some of the participants will be invited to the Invitational Teacher Recruitment Fair being held March 28.
Saturday, March 28
The Invitational Teacher Recruitment Fair will be held March 28 at Nease High School from 8 AM-2 PM. This fair will allow principals and assistant principals the opportunity to meet and interview candidates for hire for the 2020-2021 school year.
Monday, June 15 – Summer Teacher Recruitment Fair
An early summer Teacher Recruitment Fair is planned for June 15 at Nease High School from 1-4 PM. This fair will give principals the opportunity to meet teachers for positions they have to fill for the upcoming school year including associate teachers. This gives principals and candidates the opportunity for a face-to-face interview. We look forward to meeting recent graduates, teachers who have moved into the area, or teachers who want to transfer from a different school district. It is our hope that this fair will help principals fill open positions early in the summer.
Tuesday, July 21 – Instructional and Non-Instructional Job Fair
On Tuesday, July 21 there will be a job fair for both Instructional and non-instructional participants who are interested in securing a position for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be looking for teachers, paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodians, bus operators, bus attendants, extended day workers, clerks and maintenance department workers. Participants must register online so we can plan accordingly for the numbers who will be attending and to assure department supervisors are in attendance. Participants should bring a copies of their resume to share with schools and departments in attendance.
Critical Need Positions Identified
St. Johns County recently identified hard-to-fill teaching positions and will be focusing on finding high quality educators to fill open positions for the 2020-2021 school year. Areas identified include Speech/Language Pathologists, Chemistry/Physic teachers, Algebra II and higher-level math teachers and teachers of self-contained Exceptional Student Education (ESE)classrooms that include Pre-K, Access Points, and EBD classrooms.
In addition, we are in critical need of highly qualified paraprofessionals, bus operators and bus attendants. We also are looking for extended day workers and custodians.
Individuals with certification or experience in the particular positions mentioned above are encouraged to complete an application online to select and apply for positions that post on our school district website daily. If you need assistance with your online application, please call our Application Help Desk at 547-7518.
New Employee Induction Sessions
Each new employee will have the opportunity to attend one of three scheduled induction sessions. Over the summer our sessions will be held at Pacetti Bay Middle School for two consecutive days. Superintendent Tim Forson welcomes attendees the first morning followed by Human Resources, Instructional Technology and Curriculum Cast Members sharing information. The second day is a conference style day where participates can pick and choose from a variety of different sessions offered throughout the day. The sessions are scheduled for June 24 – 25, July 15 – 16, and July 29 – 30.
In addition, there are many opportunities for ongoing professional learning throughout the year. These include but are not limited to:
- Monthly sessions for newly hired teachers
- Principal Pipeline
- Fall and Spring Inservice days for Instructional and Non-Instructional personnel
- Leadership Learning Sessions (various topics)
- Fall and Spring Teach-In Mini Conferences
As a school district, we are always seeking teachers who want to share their passion for teaching students. Come join us as teachers work collaboratively using the PLC process where they have opportunities for professional advancement, growth and development while accessing district resources to help learn and grow.
Be sure to visit our Staff Recruitment website for more information.