Teachers seeking to increase their job satisfaction often rely on the transfer process to find a teaching position which is suitable for them. While the STA looks upon transfers as a Collective Agreement right, the District has increasingly made it a system which facilitates principals choosing their ‘teams’. Often veteran teachers are surprised by the contents and conduct of interviews, and are disappointed when a junior candidate is awarded the position. Here are a number of tips which can help you succeed in obtaining the position you want.
The posting process itself is done electronically through the Internet or Employee Self Service on the First Class Desktop. A username and password are required. Read Online Transfers-A Guide for Teachers on the District website, click on Staff, then Human Resources, then Transfer Information. If you need assistance, phone the Help Desk at 604 595-6000. Phone early and avoid the rush.
Click on the school name to view the school profile, including the principal, address, and activities at the school. Click on the posting number to see the details of each posting.
Make sure your application records the necessary qualifications, and any additional information which you believe makes you suitable for the position. Refer to the Threshold Agreement for classroom positions. Specialist positions require you to be listed in the book of Teachers Qualified for Specialist Positions. If you keep typing, the boxes will expand. Print out a copy of each application, and take it to the interview with you. Also print out a receipt with the postings you applied for and confirmation number. See Online Transfers-A Guide for Teachers for detailed instructions.
Check your First Class e-mail every morning. The District wants you to respond to interview offers made before 8:00 a.m. by the same afternoon. If you can’t make the first interview time offered, ask if you can have an alternate time. If the District unreasonably refuses to give you an interview, contact the STA immediately. In your e-mail accepting the interview time, request that the selection criteria be e-mailed to you ahead of the interview. This will help you prepare for the interview, and you can ensure that your answers to vague questions address the selection criteria.
In your e-mail accepting the interview time, request that the selection criteria be e-mailed to you ahead of the interview. This will help you prepare for the interview, and you can ensure that your answers to vague questions directly address the selection criteria. If you do not receive the selection criteria, you can check if the STA has a helpful example. The STA has a collection of the selection criteria used at most schools for Round 1 last year.
If you feel you were well qualified, but weren’t awarded the position, check the Closed Report, available online or in schools within two weeks of the positions being awarded, for the seniority date of the successful candidate. If you are the senior candidate, contact one of the Grievance Officers, Joanna Cerazy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Keelan at email@example.com or call the STA office at (604) 594 5353 to discuss grieving. Contact the STA immediately if you feel there has been anything questionable about the interview or other parts of the selection process, such as being intimidated or rushed, being asked about extra-curricular activities, working outside of the regular school day, specific teaching strategies, or participation in scheduled collaboration such as PLCs or Grade Group meetings, experiencing a long delay between your interview and the job being awarded, or hearing rumours of the fix being in.