Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a specific open position?

You must have an active application online. Access your online application and use the link titled “All Jobs.” You may view and apply to specific positions from this link. Please note you must have selected the correct application type: for example, positions posted on the Classified Job Board will only be available to applicants with a Classified Application.  Further, if you wish to apply for a certified/licensed or management position, you must select the appropriate application type.  Please note, you can select all three types (certified, classified or management) within a single application.

 

Can I apply for more than one job?

Yes. You can review posted positions and apply if you are interested and qualified. If you wish to apply for a certified/licensed or management position, you must select the appropriate application type.  Please note, you can select all three types (certified, classified or management) within a single application.

 

I created an online application in the past.  Do I need to create a new one?

If you completed an online application in the past, you will need to reactivate it using the Username and Password used previously.  If you are not able to remember your username and password, try using the “forgot username and password link”.  If your email has changed since you last applied, please contact the HR front desk at 503-916-3544. 

 

Does PPS sponsor or co-apply for emergency, temporary, restricted or other provisional teacher licenses or expedite teacher licenses?

No.  The District does not sponsor provisional licenses and will not request expedited processing of licenses for applicants.

 

What if I forgot my Username and Password on my online application?

If you completed an online application in the past, you will need to reactivate it using the Username and Password used previously.  If you are not able to remember your username and password, try using the “forgot username and password link”.  If your email has changed since you last applied, please contact the HR front desk at 503-916-3544. 

 

How do I attach a resume or other documents to my application?

To attach your resume and/or other documents, go to the attachment page of the application and click on the “add” buttonand follow the steps provided.

 

I completed an application but I can’t see or apply to the job posting.  What should I do?

If you saw a job listing and cannot see it from your application and are not able to apply, it may be due to an incorrect application type.  Certified, classified and management positions all require the correct application type.   Once you are in your online application, find the field name “Applicant Type” then move the cursor over to “Change Applicant Type.” You will now see the three different types of applications; select the one(s) you prefer and click “Save and Next.” Please note, depending on the application type you may be required to complete additional sections.

 

How will I know I successfully completed the online application?

If this is your first application with PPS, you will receive an email confirming that your online application has reached Human Resources. If you have applied with PPS in the past and you have updated your application, you will not receive this communication.  You can check to see if your application is compete by clicking this icon in your application:   In addition, if you attempt to log out of an incomplete application, you will be directed to an “Application Incomplete” webpage listing the items that need to be completed.

 

What if I have problems completing the online application?  

First, try clicking the “HELP” tab     located in the application. If you still have questions, please call PPS Human Resources at (503) 916-3544. Portland Public Schools Human Resources has a computer kiosk available during regular business hours for use in submitting online applications. The kiosk is located inside the Human Resources office, on the second floor of the District administrative building (501 N. Dixon St.).

 

What are “Applicant Pool” postings?

Applicant pools are for potential job openings that are for general hiring, not for specific assignments or for specific locations.  These pools are generally for difficult to fill jobs or when the particular locations have not been determined.

 

Once I have applied for a position, what is the status of my application and what are the next steps?

Once the posting is closed, Hiring Managers will begin reviewing applications.  This process could take up to a few weeks or more before applicants are contacted.  If you are selected for interview, you will be contacted.  Once the position has been filled, an email communication is sent to all applicants.  

 

I'm a teacher from a different state; what do I need to do to become a teacher in Oregon?

If you’re a licensed teacher from outside of Oregon, the first step is to contact the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/Out-of-State-.aspx or call (503) 378-3586 for information and guidance on obtaining an Oregon teaching license.

 

How do I know you received my online application?

If this is your first application with PPS, you will receive an email confirming that your online application has reached Human Resources. If you have applied with PPS in the past and you have updated your application, you will not receive this communication.  You can check to see if your application is competed by clicking this icon in your application: In addition, if you attempt to log out of an incomplete application, you will be directed to an “Application Incomplete” webpage listing the items that need to be completed.

 

Do I need to have 2 years of college in order to apply for classified positions?

For some positions that provide classroom support such as, Educational Assistants, Instructional Technology Assistants, Library Assistants, Paraeducators, and Community Agents, at least 2 years of college (Associates degree or higher, 72 quarter-hours or 48 semester hours) are necessary to meet the Federal Paraprofessional HQ requirements.  This requirement can also be met by sucessfully passing the Parpro Praxis exam provided by ETS (http://www.ets.org/parapro/register/)

 

How do I become a Portland Public Schools (PPS) Substitute?

To become a PPS Substitute, you must apply to an open certified or classified substitute applicant pool.  Substitute Teacher Applicant Pools are posted in August and as needed throughout the year.  (Sub Teacher Postings are posted by specific endorsement areas.)  

Substitute Paraeducator Applicant Pools are posted in September and as needed throughout the year.  

Substitute Secretary Applicant Pools are posted in September-October.

 

Do I need an Oregon Teaching License to Substitute teach?

Yes, if you have questions regarding the licensure process or if you are eligible for a license please contact Teacher Standards and Practice Commission (TSPC) at (503) 378-3586 or online at http://www.oregon.gov/TSPC/Pages/index.aspx.

 

What is the Substitute hiring process and how long does it take?

After you have completed and submitted the entire online application, the Substitute Office will review applications according to our district's need. The Substitute Office will only contact you if you have been selected for an interview. Once the interview is completed and you have been selected, you will be invited in to fill out new hire paperwork and to attend an orientation. Prior to the orientation, you may be required to submit additional documents (refer to "Next Steps" under the Certified/Licensed employment process).  After you have attended the orientation, the Substitute Office will conduct a background and reference checks. When this process has been completed the Substitute Office will contact you with your additional information. The entire processing time after orientation is typically between 15 - 20 days.

 

Do you sponsor substitutes and/or expedite substitute licenses?

No, due to the volume of substitutes and applicants we do not have a need to sponsor substitutes or expedite substitute licenses.