Township schools host job fair for multiple positions

Special-education teachers are in short supply

Gloucester Township schools are hosting a job fair today with positions available  in multiple departments, fields, and middle-school locations.

There are no full-time teaching positions available, but Human Resources Supervisor Orlando Mercado says that full-time special education teachers are always needed in the township.

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“Teaching wise, we are not experiencing any of the teaching shortages that other districts are, but we are struggling to find special-education teachers …” he said.

The fair is meant to attract potential full-time bus drivers, bus and classroom aides, custodians, food service workers, warehouse workers and afterschool program staff.

Another need within the township is substitute teachers. Currently, all substitutes   need is a bachelor’s degree, and once they’re extended an offer of employment, the process for a substitute teaching certificate begins. 

“If you get an offer of employment from us, you go to the Camden County Department of Education and submit your paperwork for a substitute certificate,” said Mercado. “They want your transcripts from school, (you need) to get fingerprinted and submit a payment for a certificate that is good for five years.”

That five-year certificate is good for any county in the state, not just Camden.  . Mercado said the township is one of the highest paying in the county and that substituting for an extended period offers a great opportunity for an “extended interview”.

“I frame it to those that were not selected as full-time positions that this can be a year-long interview,” he explained. “It helps the school [get familiar] with who you are.” 

The job fair will take place at Charles W. Lewis Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon, then again between 4 and 7 p.m. The fair is for positions in all township schools that have openings. 

Positions will also be posted online, with applications available through the school district website.

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