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Human Resources News
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.
The St. Johns County School District is the largest employer in St. Johns County. With over 5,200 full-time and part-time employees, the Human Resources Department stands ready to serve our administrators, teachers and support staff in whatever capacity needed. The department includes Position Control, File Management and Onboarding, Employee Specialists covering certification and personnel, Benefits, Professional Development/Evaluations, Risk Management, and Leadership. Each of these areas work closely together to provide a wide range of services to our employees.
This year our District student population grew to 42,861 students. With a 4.3% student increase, Human Resources continues to be busy working with hiring authorities to recruit and hire new teachers and support staff. To date, we have hired approximately 384 teachers, 331 support personnel and 16 Administrative, Management, and Confidential Staff members and continue to work with schools on their open vacancies. Hiring numbers come from positions where teachers / support personnel have either retired or resigned and where the school is in need of growth positions.
The school district’s onboarding process requires oversight from several HR sub-departments. In the area of applications, the staff members are responsible for assisting both applicants and hiring authorities with all aspects of the application process from completing an application, to applying for vacancies and finally, recommending applicants for hire. The Pre-employment area is responsible for introducing new hires to the way of the district and ensuring that their paperwork is completed as required. Pre-employment also handles employee transfers and adjunct processing. Staff members in the Background Screening/Fingerprints area, as mandated by Law, are required to screen new hires, vendors, adjuncts, and interns before they are allowed on school district property. This area works closely with schools and departments, especially, Community Relations with respect to background clearances.
Position Control plays an important role in monitoring allocated staff positions for the entire District. Positions and employees are monitored to ensure that budgeted positions are posted, filled and maintained in accordance with School Board rules, Negotiated Agreements and past practice. In addition, the Personnel Records area is charged with maintaining electronic personnel files for active and inactive employees. This area is also responsible for acting on public records requests and subpoenas.
During the on-boarding process, our employees meet with their assigned Employee Specialist. Each school has an Employee Specialist who handles each teacher’s certificate processing and any renewals for all certified instructional employees. These Specialists make annual visits to each school to meet with teachers at their convenience during a planning period or lunch break.
In addition, each school also has an Employee Specialist who assists with new employee set-up and setting up all new employees in Business Plus (Human Resources Employee Management Program). In addition, they are responsible for verifying new hire verification of experience forms, sick leave, payroll memos to include new employee information; salary changes; re-classifications; resignations/retirements, payouts, and leaves and transfers for semi-monthly full and part time payrolls. Additionally, they verify the completeness and accuracy of assigned salaries. Each Employee Specialist also completes other tasks as assigned by the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and the Director of Non-Instructional Personnel.
St. Johns County School District offers employees and retirees the opportunity to participate in our self-insured insurance plan. Participation in our self-insured insurance plan includes free health care services at one of our three-wellness centers. Our wellness centers are operated by Marathon Health, one of the nation’s leading onsite and near-site health and wellness services. Marathon offers a full range of services and focuses on promoting a culture of health and wellness and total population health management.
Employees may also participate in our voluntary District Well wellness program, where they can earn incentives for simply engaging in healthy activities. Our wellness program supports the district’s culture of wellness by encouraging participation in physical activities, preventive healthcare, mental health, and financial education and planning.
The St. Johns County School District has had a 4.4 percent growth over the last year when compared to 2016-2017 school year. With growth comes hiring. Our district currently employs 4,961 employees. What has become the new norm is hiring throughout the school year for all positions to best serve our students. To date we have hired 588 teacher and 408 support personnel during this school year. These numbers include growth positions as well as teachers and support personnel who have retired or resigned.
Each new employee has had the opportunity to attend an orientation session. Our first session was held on August 2 at Pacetti Bay Middle School with over 208 attending. All new employees were invited to attend to learn more about our district. Later in the morning, our teachers worked with our district’s curriculum department while support personnel attended civility training. We continue to offer modified orientations throughout the school year to welcome new employees. Our next New Employee Orientation will be held at Gamble Rogers Middle School on March 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Our Employee Specialists have been and will continue to visit teachers at schools throughout the year to offer assistance and guidance regarding many certification needs of new and established teachers.
In addition, Benefits Clerk Angela Taylor will resume site visits in February. Ms. Taylor is available to answer questions of our employees regarding their benefits while visiting. Dates and times of site visits are available from each school’s secretary.
Our Substitute Specialist will be conducting substitute training sessions at the Fullerwood Training Center on Tuesday, January 30 and on Tuesday, February 6. We are looking forward to training our most recent hired substitutes as we prepare them to work in our schools.
SJCSD will be opening two new K-8 schools for the 2018-2019 school year. The Human Resources Department has been doing presentations to school faculty and staff members affected by re-zoning. The presentation includes schools impacted and the process for teachers and support personnel to apply for posted positions. Postings for the new positions will begin the first week of February and will be for internal personnel only.
Teachers and support staff from the affected schools as well as around the district will have the opportunity to apply and interview. Principal Allen Anderson and Principal Jessica Richardson will be conducting interviews at affected schools as well as schools that are geographically located when interviewing teachers. Teacher selections will be made prior to budget meetings beginning in April.