BEND, OR -- Local school districts are joining forces for a regional job fair on Monday. Bend-La Pine Schools’ Human Resources Director Debbie Watkins says it’s for licensed teaching staff. "We’re looking for some counseling positions, we have some certified teacher openings that run the range from our elementary schools all the way up to the high school."
Watkins tells KBND News the annual event is designed to streamline the recruiting process for the districts and applicants. "By working together with our partnering districts, we have a lot larger and coordinated draw for people to attend the job fair in Central Oregon. Bend-La Pine will be there, Redmond, Jefferson County, Crook County, Sisters School District, High Desert ESD, and then some outlying districts as well. So, we’re able to work together and then the people that are coming to apply for positions, they can actually connect with all of the districts in one spot."
Bend-La Pine Schools will host a different job fair Saturday for support staff. Watkins says those are classified positions, "The people that are working to keep our schools maintained. So, it could be our custodial crew; it’s our summer mow crew, that is in charge of keeping the grounds mowed and green and taken care of all summer long; could be the nutrition servers that are working in our kitchens; and the office staff that help in the front office of our schools." She says most of the available positions at Saturday's event are for this spring and summer. "This is actually only our second classified job fair that we’ve had. So, our ideal going forward is we’re going to have two a year, so we have the opportunity to meet with members of the community that may be interested in working for Bend-La Pine schools. Each job fair, depending on the time of year that we have it, may have a different focus."
Saturday’s classified job fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at High Desert Middle School. Monday’s regional certified teacher job fair is at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, from 1 to 6 p.m. Click HERE for more details.