Employment Opportunities in the SDMA (1)

Employment Opportunities in the SDMA
Posted on 10/15/2015

The School District of the Menomonie Area employs over 400 full- and part-time people, including approximately 230 teachers, 16 administrators, and over 150 paraeducators, custodians, and other support staff members. Even though the school district enjoys a healthy rate of employee retention, there are often employment opportunities available for people who enjoy working with or around children.

Because a majority of district services follow the school calendar, much of the hiring for contracted or permanently employed positions in our schools occurs during the spring and summer. There are many exceptions, however, so interested candidates are encouraged to monitor postings in local news publications, the online Wisconsin Career Access Network (WECAN), and the school district website.

In addition to regular employment opportunities, our school district is always looking for qualified substitute employees. With nearly 400 employees, subs are needed on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. It takes a license from the state to work as a substitute teacher, but a substitute teacher license can be obtained with fewer requirements than a regular teaching license. In most cases, any four-year college degree will suffice in qualifying for a short-term substitute teaching license.

There are also several other substitute employment opportunities in the school district that do not require a license. While substitute teachers are paid at a rate of $100/day, substitute paraprofessionals are paid over $12/hour, and substitute custodians, food service, and other supervisory personnel are paid approximately $10/hour. Training is available for all substitute positions, and having a successful experience as a substitute employee can sometimes lead toward opportunities for a more permanent position.

So what can a parent or other community member do to become an employee in the School District of the Menomonie Area? Please stop in or contact us at the Administrative Service Center located at 215 Pine Avenue. Our team would be happy to assist you in finding the proper information for obtaining any necessary certification, navigating through the application process for vacant positions, or getting you added to the list of available substitute employees. 

There are also many volunteering opportunities available in the school district that may be arranged by meeting with the principal at the building of interest or by participating in the Senior Tax Exchange Program (S.T.E.P.), which is better detailed on the school district website.  Background checks are required for all employees and volunteers in the school district, but it does not take a perfect record to work in many positions.*

Should school stakeholders have any questions about our schools, or if you have any interest in becoming a regular or substitute teacher or support staff employee, I invite you to visit the Administrative Service Center on Pine Avenue or contact us at 715-232-1642.  More information about our schools can be found on the school district website (www.sdmaonline.com) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/sdmaonline).

*The School District of the Menomonie Area does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, gender orientation or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.