One of Baldwin County’s biggest employers is holding a recruiting event later this week.
The Baldwin County School District (BCSD), the local public school system, will host a recruitment fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon inside the Baldwin High School Fine Arts Center.
“Every school will be represented,” said Judi Battle, BCSD head of human resources and purchasing. “Building administrators will be there — principals and assistant principals. We will also have central office personnel. We’ll be recruiting for teaching positions as well as non-teaching. … We will also have computer stations set up to accept applications online and we highly recommend that candidates bring an up-to-date resumé. That helps us with our on-the-spot interviewing.”
School officials will conduct interviews on-site and candidates who stand out may even leave with a letter of intent to hire from the district.
For the non-teaching positions, Battle pointed out that the school district needs a groundskeeper, warehouse worker, school nutrition employees as well as bus drivers, which is a position of constant need for not only Baldwin County, but also school systems around the state.
As for inside the classroom, a new crop of teaching talent either just graduated in December or is getting ready to do so in the spring. Those looking for a career landing spot can visit Saturday’s recruiting event to get to know the Baldwin County School District. Battle said particular areas of need are special education and math teachers.
“Those are areas we have a critical need in,” Battle said.
To get a leg up on recruiting, BCSD two years ago ramped up efforts earlier in the year. Baldwin County was losing candidates to other schools and school systems, but the head of human resources has seen the decision pay off firsthand.
“Especially with positions that have been very difficult to fill in the past,” she said. “Starting earlier really has paid off for us.”
In addition to school system personnel, representatives from Educational Staffing Services (ESS), the school district’s substitute staffing contractor, will be on hand looking to increase their pool of substitute employees.
“We invite the community to come out, even if it’s just to learn more about alternative education programs,” Battle said. “For people who are thinking about a career in education, there are different pathways to become certified to teach. We’ll be on-site to answer any questions they might have.”
The Baldwin High School Fine Arts Center is located on the left side of the school building when viewing it from the front at 155 Georgia Highway 49.