With another school year coming to a close, the carefree thoughts of summer are on the minds of many.
However, for Kenosha Unified School District hiring managers and the office of human resources, this is a very busy time of year.
Throughout the state, spring is considered peak hiring season for school districts. It is a time when teacher and support staff vacancies are posted to be filled for the upcoming school year.
To support Kenosha Unified’s vision to be Wisconsin’s top-performing urban school district, we conduct a rigorous search for top talent.
The hiring managers and human resources team search for skilled individuals who embrace core values that align with the district’s core values — safety, teamwork, unity, diversity, equity, nurturing, trust and stability.
This is important because candidates who align with these values tend to exert the passion and dedication needed in the classroom to help all students achieve success.
The district’s strategic goal of retaining and recruiting highly qualified staff is more vital than ever.
Kenosha Unified is currently working to fill more than 200 full- and part-time positions, including limited term positions, for the 2019-2020 school year. This is typical for the district due to its large size.
Thanks to partnerships with our local colleges and universities, the district has a leg up in the recruitment pipeline.
Our student-teacher partnerships with local colleges and universities often leads to their graduates applying for open positions in the district.
To attract qualified candidates, the district posts on multiple job boards, partners with local colleges and organizations, utilizes social media and participates in many recruitment fairs across the state.
Despite these efforts, some hard-to-fill roles still exist for all school districts simply due to the lack of candidates in the field in general.
Some of these positions include counselors, psychologists, therapists and special education teachers.
If positions cannot be filled, the district may contract with a vendor to ensure necessary services are provided to our students and families.
In addition, the district has been vigorously hiring substitute teachers and substitute educational support professionals.These positions are crucial to ensuring that our students have a productive and successful year.
The district is fortunate to have hired numerous high-caliber substitute teachers and substitute educational support professionals into permanent positions, but this also lends to the continuous need to build the substitute pool to ensure coverage when permanent staff must be out of the classroom for any given reason.
To learn more about open positions and to apply to join the KUSD family, please visit kusd.edu/employment.
Rade Dimitrijevic and Jennifer Hart are human resource coordinators for the Kenosha Unified School District.
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