If you go
What: Clover Park School District’s JBLM Classified Job Fair
Where: Rainier Elementary School, 2410 Stryker Ave., Lewis Main
When: March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon
Whether you see yourself working on the grounds crew, food service, janitorial, as a para educator, bus driver, or a substitute teacher, Clover Park School District is offering a foot in the door through its first Joint Base Lewis-McChord Classified Job Fair at Rainier Elementary School March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.
A crew of administrators and other Clover Park staff will be on hand for the event, as a way to introduce the JBLM community to the district and the opportunities offered there.
“We’ve got six elementary schools on JBLM, and our hope is to reach out to the military community and have them see how they can better be part of our schools,” said Lori Liedes, recruitment and retention coordinator in CPSD’s human resources.
“We have military kids in all of our schools, not just those elementary schools, so it’s nice to have staff that relate well to that military (group of students),” she said. “It’s a win for the military and for our schools.”
Applicants are sought for both full- and part-time positions.
Robyn Anderson, also with the HR department, has attended JBLM for Hiring our Heroes job fairs at American Lake Conference Center in order to promote Clover Park jobs; however, she said the district-only upcoming job fair will offer more in-depth information and conversation specific to school district jobs.
Anderson is a military spouse and has worked with Clover Park for about 18 months, since she married and moved here from Texas with her husband, Sgt. Wesley Slauson, of the 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 62nd Medical Brigade.
Anderson found out about her current job through a military job fair and quickly worked her way up from a payroll clerk to her current recruitment specialist position. She said there are several reasons a service member would feel comfortable transitioning into a school district job.
“It’s still a government job, and there are good benefits,” she said.
Although the district has been part of other job fairs on base and previously held its own job fairs at the district office in Lakewood, bringing a Classified Job Fair to a school on base is a way to bring information to service member families, so they don’t have to go to the district office for information, Anderson said.
Liedes agreed, adding she’s glad to be able to meet military families on base.
“We feel like there is this pool of qualified applicants on JBLM, and we want to make sure they know about us,” she said. “And, there are a lot more opportunities than just for teachers.”