Strong Demand for Certified Teaching Talent at the NYC Winter Career Fair

Over 40 public charter schools located in the New York City metropolitan area recruited certified K-12 teachers and other school professionals today at the 2017 NYC Winter Career Fair. Exhibiting schools came from across the City: 14 from Manhattan, 13 from Brooklyn, 12 from the Bronx, and 3 from Queens. The charter school sector continues to grow and competition for talented urban public school teachers intensifies every year. According to K12connect (parent company of CEO Kent Strong, “This event sold out of employer tables months ago, which is a strong testament to the demand for talent this year .” The number of teaching jobs that are going unfilled for long periods of time increases every year. “Retirement, strong competition from traditional NYC Dept. of Ed. public schools and a decline in enrollment in teacher prep programs has created the perfect storm for charter school recruiters,” says Mr. Strong.

To help the event run smoothly and maximize impact, collects and compiles job opportunity data from employers and is shared with attending candidates so they know what employer tables to visit. Demand for K-12, certified teachers at all grade levels was once again very strong this year. In particular, the following job opportunities experienced highest demand from the 43 charter schools at the event:

  • Special Education Teacher (all grades)
  • Secondary Math Teacher
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher (all subjects)
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Director of Instruction
  • Reading Specialist

Candidates holding valid New York State teaching certificates had the opportunity to explore many different teacher job opportunities and speak directly with hiring managers at the career fair. According Mr. Strong, “The increased focus on serving special needs children within the charter school sector has caused a big spike in demand for special needs teachers in particular.” He goes on to add that NYC Dept of Education “has been aggressively recruiting teachers and seriously stepped up hiring over the past 3 years or so.” This highly competitive market for teachers is likely here to stay for a while.

This career fair is the first of 3 NYC career fairs that will host in 2017. On March 25, 2017 the company will host the 15th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair at Teachers College, Columbia University and June 3, it will host the NYC Spring Career Fair at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy II.


Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017