Providence Schools hosts career fair in search for teachers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Public School Department will host a career fair Tuesday morning in hopes to hire and fill a number of open positions.

The fair will start at 9 a.m. at the PCTA fieldhouse on Fricker Street.

When schools first opened in August, the district had more than 200 substitute teachers to help cover vacancies, Nicholas Domings, a spokesperson for Providence schools, told ABC 6 News.

Out of 1,670 positions, 101 were vacant at the time, he said, meaning 94% of classrooms were staffed.

“We’re hiring for a number of hard-to-fill areas today,” said Gina D’addario, a senior director with human resources at the Providence Public School District.

More than 100 people scheduled an appointment to interview for open positions in the district. Tuesday’s fair put a focus on interviewing potential employees in-house and getting them hired and onboarded before they even walk out the door.

“They can fill out paperwork and the hope is that most people can start up next week which would be great,” D’addario said.

The district’s goal is to have 96% of classroom positions filled by 2024, and 98% fully staffed classrooms by 2026.

Providence schools is looking to fill the following positions:

  • Bus monitor
  • Certified and non-certified substitutes
  • Clerks
  • Crossing guards
  • Teachers
  • Teacher assistants

“The Fall Career event is so important for the Providence school community,” said Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Javier Montanez. “Working for PPSD is a very rewarding, fulfilling opportunity, as we continue to build strong educational opportunities for our students, staff, and administration. It’s important to support our students’ successes with the help of family engagement so that all families are informed, involved, and empowered. Our staff, administration, and school leaders are important parts of this. I am looking forward to meeting prospective employees at the Career Event to help us fulfill this mission.”

Word about the job fair spread quickly, with many people walking into the PCTA fieldhouse Tuesday morning looking for a job, that didn’t even have an appointment.

“Hopefully, some people come down and they can fill the positions that are needed,” said Troy Johnson, a walk-in prospective employee.

At the Fall Career event, PPSD will offer a $2,500 bonus to all new, full-time clerk and teacher assistant hires made Tuesday. The bonus will be paid in two parts, $1,250 after completing a six-month probationary period, and the second half after finishing a full year of employment.

Those interested in attending are required to bring two forms of ID and are also encouraged to RSVP to the event.

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