Hillsborough County schools have 723 listed teaching vacancies they aim to fill before students return to classes in August.
They also need to hire 24 counselors, four nurses, 66 cafeteria workers, and 247 school support workers from prekindergarten aides to office secretaries. And the list goes on.
The number of openings doesn’t vary much from previous years, district recruiting manager Althea Walker said. But “all school districts are faced with similar issues in regard to finding qualified applicants,” she added.
Those numbers have been in decline.
So Hillsborough is taking a new approach to its search.
On Monday, the district will hold its first job fair for all employment categories. Job candidates can come learn about the various positions available within the county, and if they’re interested, recruiters will be on hand to conduct interviews.
“People may be offered employment the same day,” Walker said.
To make that possibility easier, applicants can preregister for the event, including submitting online applications. By midday Friday, nearly 600 hopefuls had already done so through a dedicated website, teachintampa.com.
People also can register at the site, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the district’s Instructional Services Center, 2920 North 40th Street, Tampa.
Even after the event concludes, the district will continue to hire, as job openings arise.
“We are always accepting applications for employment,” Walker said. “We are the eighth largest school district in the country. We have to."