How to Find a Job in Your School District

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Every state in the United States has designated school districts often denoted by neighborhoods or other geographical locations. Each school district has its own hiring practices, which are regulated by state mandates. To find a job in your local school district, you will need to locate your district’s administration offices and call for a job application. Often districts have a website that you can check for current open employment positions from bus drivers to cafeteria workers and teachers to principals.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone or computer with Internet
  • Phone book
  • Resume
  • Teaching license (optional)
  • College transcripts (optional)
  • Application
  • Call information or locate the telephone number in the phone book for the school district administration office. You can search for this information online as well.

  • Call and request the office hours so you can come in and complete a job application. Often you must have an application on file with the district before there is a job opening and you are called when there is an available position. Sometimes there is a waiting list if your district is a highly sought-after place of employment.

  • Go to the administration office and complete the job application for the position(s) you are interested in obtaining. If there is a current open position, you will be told and probably informed on the hiring/interview process that is standard procedure for your district, otherwise your application will be kept on file. Jobs such as teachers and principals will require resumes and a copy of your teaching license and sometimes college transcripts.

  • Provide all information necessary for a background check. This is usually social security number, driver's license information and sometimes a birth certificate. You will not be hired without a background check. Each district determines, according to your state’s laws, what is acceptable and unacceptable as far as arrests, etc. that may or may not be present in your legal history.

  • Ask to be notified by mail or email when job openings become available. Usually districts send out a newsletter type of publication with open jobs. Checking a district’s website is the best way to stay up to date on the availability of job positions within the district.

Tips & Warnings

  • References from teachers or principals or school district administrators already in the district are a huge plus in your job application. Likewise, if you are a former graduate of the school district or married to a former graduate, note this somewhere on the application. Many districts give preference to their alumni in hiring for all positions. It also helps to note whether or not you live within the district. Many districts require teachers and principals to live within the district in order to work in the schools.

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