The Bakersfield City School District is looking to hire upwards of 100 new teachers in both special education for elementary and Jr. high and regular education for the same grade levels.
BCSD’s Director Of Human Resources Matt Diggle said BCSD recognizes that it’s been a difficult year for everyone, especially for teachers who have had to adapt to virtual instruction. As they approach their virtual job fair on February 20th, he said the district wants candidates to know they here to support them.
“We have a team mindset here at BCSD,” Diggle said.
The district anticipates the hires to be back in the classroom in the fall but recognizes that could change.
“There are so many things outside of the district’s control, but in terms of bringing people back in-person, we work closely with our teacher’s union to make sure everyone is safe and secure,” Diggle said.
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Diggle added teacher support doesn’t stop there. BCSD has a new teacher development department to assist hires in the transition process. They also have two credential analysts to help teachers who are not intern eligible or have credentials to get on the pathway to teaching in BCSD, if they have a bachelor’s degree.
As their job fair is virtual this year, Diggle explained that the way you approach the interview should be tailored to the platform.
“Be honest and forthright. Be prepared to give your points and present yourself fairly quickly,” Diggle said. “Just understand that each interviewer you come into contact with has 15 to 20 minutes at the most.”
Above all else, he said come prepared with knowledge of the district and the position.
Diggle pointed to the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing for more information on specific job requirements.
Those interested should apply to their desired job before the job fair. The base salary range for a BCSD teacher is about 66 to 85 thousand dollars a year, according to Glassdoor.