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Medford to host job fair Thursday

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneTeacher Kellie McCollum gives 2nd-grade students an air high-five towards the end of class at Washington Elementary School in Medford Tuesday.

The Medford School District and its partners have more than 100 job openings to fill and they’re hoping to get a good start on tackling that worker shortage Thursday at the Medford School District Job Fair, at the Medford School District Education Center.

The job fair, which will include MSD partners Sodexo, First Student and EDUStaff, will be heldfrom 4 to 7 p.m. at 815 S. Oakdale Ave. (the main entrance is off Monroe Street).

The job fair isn’t held annually, but less than two months before the district is slated to unveil its first-ever Summer Experience, the need to shore up the staff warranted such a move.

“I think post-pandemic a lot of different businesses and organizations are kind of going through the same thing, where we have a lot of positions open and currently not a lot of people applying,” said MSD communications specialist Leah Thompson. “So we’re trying something new that we haven’t done in a while with the job fair.”

Thompson said the district will set up six booths or tables, with each providing information on jobs ranging from human resources to elementary teacher and custodian. In separate rooms on site, job hunters can get information on vacancies from the district’s food service provider Sodexo, transportation provider First Student, and substitute teacher provider EDUStaff.

A link to the jobs currently available can be found on the district website, www.medford.k12.or.us. Openings run the gamut, and include seven elementary teaching positions, and jobs for a media center technician, Summer Experience teachers, Title 1 specialists, special education teachers, custodians and various middle school and high school teaching positions. The district is also looking for a new principal at Jackson Elementary.

“Most of (the jobs) have been posted since February,” Thompson said, “so it’s not like these positions have been open for a long time and have just been sitting there. … I just think right now it’s harder to hire people than ever before and that’s why we’re seeing such a large number. It’s just so hard to hire people right now.”

Thompson can’t say for sure whether this will be the last job fair of the year.

Those who show up Thursday can also meet their potential supervisor and apply for jobs on site in a computer lab.

“We really are looking forward to the opportunity of meeting people face to face,” Thompson said, “even with our mask on, and being able to talk about what the Medford School District has to offer and hear what potential new employees have to offer about themselves.”

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com.