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ISD 518 asks jobseekers to come grow with them

Worthington school district seeks to fill numerous positions.

District 518 brownhouse

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Independent School District 518 Human Resource department serves more than 700 full and part-time employees. The department supports a broad range of human resources services including staffing, new employee orientation, benefits, employee relations and organizational development.

The HR department works to support our district’s mission of providing educational excellence for all learners to be successful citizens in the future — “Excellence in Action.”

ISD 518 is excited about the growth that is happening in the school district and community. We continue to see an increase in student enrollment in all K-12 classes. The district strives to provide all learners the best opportunity to work and develop in their education. We are proud of our school staff and facilities and are fortunate to be leaders in education.

Although the growth is exciting it also brings challenges for the Human Resource department as we continue to try and recruit employees to fill our open positions. The HR department is preparing to hire 50-60 new employees to replace resignations, retirements, unfilled positions from last fall, and new positions as the district continues to grow.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining high-quality educators and staff who are dedicated to helping our students achieve their vast potential. As employers across the nation continue to struggle hiring employees, ISD 518 has increased its efforts by attending Education Career fairs to attract candidates to Worthington. We have also dedicated efforts to email employment information to 20 of the tri-state colleges and universities to advertise our open positions.

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The Department of Teaching and Learning has developed an outstanding Teacher Induction Program to support the first three years of a teacher’s career. To build on the enthusiasm of new teachers, the program focuses on teaching practices and student learning. The Human Resources department is collaborating with teachers and administrators to create a new hire training for our paraprofessionals to provide them with the tools to succeed in their positions to reduce turnover.

Worthington is part of Minnesota Grow Your Own an ambitious program to help paraprofessionals, high school students and other community members become teachers. The district has partnered with Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), and the Southwest Initiative Foundation in the Southwest Teacher Preparation Program, this is part of the Grow Your Own initiative.

The program seeks to recruit and prepare community-based teachers from our own vast talent. The program helps candidates facilitate the access by keeping coursework in the local community via Minnesota West and the SMSU satellite campus. In addition, paraprofessionals in the program keep their current positions, pay, and receive flexibility to complete their residency requirements. which allows them to work and experience our diverse educational setting.

ISD 518 Teachers may qualify for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (Loan forgiveness up to $17,500). For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website,

https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher

We currently have multiple positions open, including K-12 teachers, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, paraprofessionals, custodians and food service staff at all ISD 518 facilities. If you or someone you know is looking for employment, we offer a competitive wage and benefits package. We invite you to apply and move to our growing community with new and exciting opportunities.

Interested parties can apply on the district website at https://isd518.net/district/employment .

Contact ISD 518 HR at 507-372-2172 with any questions.

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ISD 518 is also looking for qualified candidates to sub within our schools. The district partners with Teachers on Call to fill our substitute teacher and substitute paraprofessional positions. If you are interested in applying, visit teachersoncall.com or call 1-800-713-4439.

We are excited about the continued growth and development of ISD 518’s diligent and innovative talent that make up our educational opportunities. Come and grow with us!

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