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Manteca Unified staging job fair next Saturday

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POSTED January 20, 2018 1:16 a.m.

The biggest employer in the South County is looking to hire more than 250 new employees.
The Manteca Unified School District needs to fill everything from teaching posts to school site assistant positions as well as para-professional jobs during a job fair set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the district office complex, 2271 W. Louise Ave.
“We are looking to fill about 200 classified jobs,” noted Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke.
While there are some full-time non-teaching positions available, Burke noted many of the jobs are perfect for retirees and others that aren’t looking for full-time hours.
“They could even try working as a substitute to see if they like the job,” Burke said.
Some part-time positions could also lead to full-time work — especially for custodians and office staff — when positions become available.
The positions dovetail well into some college students’ schedules giving that they are only for a few hours a day.
Information tables for the various classified jobs such as school site assistants, clerical assistants, custodial, paraprofessionals serving as classroom aides, bus drivers, and nutrition services will be available.
All of the paraprofessional jobs — bilingual included — requires some college units or passing a test.
The school district is looking to hire kindergarten through sixth grade teachers (multiple subjects), junior high and high school teachers in various single subject disciplines, special education teachers, CTE credentialed teachers, and adult school teachers.
For teachers, the district will conduct on the spot interviews and make select job offers. Background checks will need to be conducted, thiugh, before the hiring process is completed.
Teaching job candidates must preregister at Mantecausd.net.
In the past the district has worked with teachers who are hired at the job fair and aren’t currently employed to fill substitute teaching jobs until their employment starts with Manteca Unified as a full-time instructor in August.
To avoid not having teachers hired in advance of the start of school in August with enough time to prepare lesson plans and classrooms, the district is hiring educators early in advance of vacancies being created. 
The hiring strategy also means Manteca will stand a better chance of getting even better qualified candidates by essentially getting at the front of the line.
That coupled with starting teachers being the highest paid in San Joaquin County and a policy that allows existing teachers transferring from jobs elsewhere to retain their seniority (up to 21 years credit where most salary schedules top out) eliminates pay as a deterrent to getting applicants.
At the same time the district is aggressively marketing the fact that Manteca is affordable for young teachers that want the culture and social activities that the Bay Area offers or the actives lifestyle provided by everything from the Sierra to beaches.
 Manteca Unified also offers a free two-year teacher induction program, curriculum and training specialist, programs coordinators, and department chairs — all focused on helping a  teacher succeed. The district also offers ongoing professional development opportunities online and in person.
Other incentives are detailed in what Manteca Unified describes as a “culture of excellence.”
That includes digital learning being deployed in transitional kindergarten through the 12th grade, be.tech dependent vocational charter school, traditional high schools on innovative 4x4 block schedule, untethered teaching and wireless projection, Microsoft Global, Showcase Technology District, “maker” mindset for engineering/computing and entrepreneurship, Advanced Placement District Honor Roll recipient, and an environmentally conscious mindset among other pluses.
Filling classified positions is an ongoing challenge
The frequent classified vacancies are the function of two things: a job with more hours elsewhere or the employee taking advantage of the ability to move into other school classified jobs as they become available with more hours and better pay. In many cases, the current fulltime classified employees started in the district in jobs that had only several hours of work a day.
 
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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