DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Public Schools are expecting upwards of 600 applicants to show up Saturday for the district’s annual career fair. The event, held at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., allows applicants to pre-register and apply online before arriving, but walk-ins are accepted as well.
Each applicant will have about 20 minutes to show their personality in an interview; the district says, with so many applicants every year, this is the best way for them to get to know everyone before making hiring decisions. Because the district has expanded on its elementary schools, about 30 new teaching positions are available this year, but most of the 250-300 expected hires will simply replace existing teachers who are either retiring or leaving. A state grant is also allowing DMPS to hire more teachers than they could afford, otherwise.
“We’re just a large school district. We have about 3,000 teachers who work for us, and just a natural transition, some people retire and some move on, for various reasons. But, that’s a typical hiring year for us, to hire about 250 to 300 teachers,” said Dr. Anne Sullivan, Chief of Human Resources for Des Moines Public Schools.” And then, with receiving the Teaching Leadership Compensation Grant, that adds another 75 hires.”
Des Moines Public Schools teach 15% of the state’s children. To apply ahead of time, visit the state’s hiring website.