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Fall into an education career, Richland School District to host teacher job fair Nov. 14

The Richland School District announces that position openings for elementary and special education teachers are now posted for the 2018-2019 school year. Talented applicants are being actively recruited.

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Richland School District is casting a net far and wide for teaching talent in our region.

Amid teacher shortages, the District is already actively recruiting teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.

District leaders told Action News they know they have a great need for educators, so they're jumping on the job market now.

"As we grow, we need more teachers, so when there's fewer applicants and there's more positions, you end up with more competition," said Tony Howard, executive director for human resources at RSD.

Howard said the competitive market has influenced the district to take a more active approach to hiring.

"It's really sped up our process, we're posting our positions now in October and November instead of February and March, so we can really take advantage of the marketplace."

Coming up, the District is hosting a Job Fair for interested candidates on Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Marcus Whitman Elementary School (1704 Gray Street, Richland).

"It's a good chance for candidates to network with the people who make the hiring decisions and the principals to which they'll work with," Howard said.

The district has dozens of high profile positions they need to fill for the 2018-2019 school year—both at the elementary level K- 5th and in special education at all levels and all programs.

Initial interviews for both open positions will take place in early December. The RSD has a goal of filling at least twelve elementary positions and five special education positions by the end of 2017.

The District is home to 18 school sites, about 13,600 students, over 2000 employees, and serves the communities of Richland and West Richland.

"We're going to tell our story to anyone who will listen to us that we think we're a pretty good darn place to work and we're looking for the best to join the best," Howard said.

Howard highlights the District’s newly remodeled 21st century schools and state-of-the-art technology, along with a supportive community that allows them to provide a first-class educational experience.

“RSD teachers enjoy one of the most lucrative contracts in the region with a strong compensation and benefit package,” Howard said. “We have low class sizes with access to a diverse variety of instructional, curricular, and staffing support.”

District leaders said by getting a head start, they’ll have a considerable amount of time to make sure they are taking advantage of all the best candidates.

For more information, contact the RSD Human Resources Office at (509) 967-6023 or e-mail tony.howard@rsd.edu with questions about the positions, hiring protocols, and application processes.

Interested candidates can apply by going to http://www.rsd.edu/jobs and uploading the information.

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