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.
District recruitment teams made up of administrators, teachers and human resources personnel are geared up and are ready to attend career fairs at upcoming colleges and universities both in and out of state. The fairs allow us the opportunity to talk to education majors about teaching in the St. Johns County School District. With over 18 events scheduled this spring, we are looking forward to meeting high quality teachers who share our passion for teaching our students.
Our recruitment teams are looking forward to visiting Florida A&M University, Florida State University, University of North Florida, Clark Atlanta University, Flagler College, Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Georgia Southern University, College of Coastal Georgia, Valdosta State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Florida, Georgia Southern – Armstrong Campus, University of Central Florida, Savannah State College, College of Charleston, and Bethune-Cookman University to name a few.
St. Johns County School District will be hosting different job fairs this spring. Our district is looking for individuals to join the great teachers and staff in our school district. As the #1 Public School District in the state of Florida, we are proud of our accomplishments as we continuously seek highly qualified candidates that share our philosophy, “It is all about our students.”
Candidates who are interested in learning more about our school district and are interested in attending one of our upcoming recruitment fairs are encouraged to visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/recruitment/
Registration for each of the fairs will begin approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of the fair dates. All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete an online application prior to the fairs. If you know of any teachers or support personnel who will be moving into our area in the near future, we encourage you to pass along this information.