PSD hiring for multiple positions; employees share job perspectives during webinar

Studies have shown that individuals from less traditional education backgrounds are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description.

Poudre School District is committed to finding the best candidate for each open position and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.

PSD encourages anyone interested to learn more and apply!

PSD Human Resources recently conducted a webinar to highlight perspectives from current employees in the district’s currently open positions. They shared their perspectives, as well as a typical day in the life of a bus operator, Child Nutrition team member, and more. See their responses below.


Transportation: Insights from a trainerPSD bus

  • What does a typical day look like for a Bus Operator? A typical day starts by getting keys to the bus, pre-tripping your bus and making sure it is ready and safe to run the route. After running the route, you have a break in the middle of the day; then you will come back in the afternoon, pick up students and complete the end of the route.
  • What do employees in your department say they like best about their jobs? Drivers love driving their kids! Interacting with the kids is fun. This job has a great schedule if you have a family – you have weekends, summers and holidays off!
  • What are some of the benefits to your job? A major benefit is flexibility. You work in the morning, and then you have a break and return in the afternoon. Most staff finish around 6 to 6:30 p.m. There is a lot of room for growth in the department, as well.
  • What do you think are key qualities/strengths a person should have to be successful in this position? An ideal candidate is patient. All training is provided that is needed to be successful. You should also enjoy being around kids.

 

Child Nutrition: Insights from a team member

Two child nutrition workers in a school kitchen.

  • What is typical day for a Child Nutrition team member? Team members like knowing that they are providing not just meals, but nutritious meals -- meals that look and taste good. They like the schedule of working school days when students are there and having the time off when students are off (weekends/breaks/etc.).
  • What do employees in your department say they like best about their jobs? This is an awesome job to get out, work with our community directly and build relationships district-wide.
  • What are some of the benefits to your job? There is a lot of flexibility in the department. Schedules could be anywhere from 2.5 hours/day to 7.5 hours/day. We have multiple part-time shifts. Staff do not work, weekends, or holidays. Sometimes staff are invited to help staff parent events in the evenings, which are fun! Direct mentorship is provided. There are opportunities for growth.
  • What are key qualities/strengths a person should have to be successful in this position? Having experience working in a kitchen is awesome but is not required. Somebody who enjoys cooking will thrive in this position. Having a willingness to learn is essential – we will teach all the food safety requirements and skills needed to be successful in the job.

 

Substitute - Insights from a substitute teacher

  • What does a typical day look like for a substitute? A typical day for a substitute is managing a classroom of students for an educator who is out.
  • What do employees in your department say they like best about their jobs? Employees enjoy supporting each other to support kids. Substitutes love flexibility and variety in their work. Every day is a new day and could be different.
  • What are some of the benefits to your job? There are a lot of site-designated positions, which is awesome because you can come back to the same students.
  • What do you think are key qualities/strengths a person should have to be successful in this position? An ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic, heart for kids and a flexible mindset; be organized; have a great sense of humor and a willingness to jump in and help.

 

Custodial Services: Insights from a staff member

A custodial worker cleans a school hallway.

  • What does a typical day look like for a Custodial team member? Our focus is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our staff, students, and communities. Custodians focus on cleaning and sanitizing buildings. Custodial team members also provide customer service support for things like after-school activities.
  • What do employees in your department say they like best about their jobs? Employees love being able to interact with kids. With COVID-19, it feels great knowing that we are helping create a safe environment.
  • What are some of the benefits to your job? The year-round schedule (260-day calendar with vacation time); two different shifts – there is a day shift when people come in a lot earlier and some shifts that start as late at 3:30 p.m. – allows for flexibility. There are also many opportunities for advancement to take leadership roles within the department.
  • What do you think are key qualities/strengths a person should have to be successful in this positions? There is no experience necessary. However, time management skills are required. It helps you to be self-driven, as you could work alone in a building. Excellent communication and teamwork are signs of success in this position.


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