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Frequently Asked Questions About SDCOE Employment

​Do you have any questions about the employment, recruitment, and/or application process at the San Diego County Office of Education? Check the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions. You will most likely find the answer right here on our website.

How do I apply for a job with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)?
We utilize the Education Job Opportunities Information Network (EDJOIN) for our job postings and on-line application process. You must submit your online application by the posted closing date and time as listed on the job announcement/posting in order to be considered.

How will I know if a job is open for recruitment?
All current openings are posted on EDJOIN (Job Postings). Job announcements are also posted on designated bulletin boards at the SDCOE and in the Human Resources Office. Individual job postings are also sent by electronic mail to current SDCOE employees.

How do I know that Human Resources has received my application?
You will receive a notification email that your application has been successfully submitted.

What does “open until filled” mean?
Applications are accepted until there are sufficient numbers of qualified applicants to be considered. Examinations (classified positions) or selection interviews (certificated positions) may be scheduled as needed until a valid eligibility list is established or a qualified candidate has been identified for that particular classification.

What does “promotional only” mean?
Only qualified permanent employees of the SDCOE or individuals on appropriate reemployment lists may submit their application for consideration.

What happens to my application after the posting closes?
Generally, applications are prescreened within one week of the filing deadline.

Classified positions – Applicants who pass the prescreening are invited to participate in the examination process (tentative exam date(s) may be noted on the job posting), which may include a performance, written and/or oral test components designed to assess the minimum qualifications and ability to perform the duties advertised for the position.

Certificated positions – Applicants who pass the prescreening will be invited to participate in the selection interview process that may include a brief presentation and/or writing exercise.

How do I find a description of the job I am applying for?
The job description is attached to the EDJOIN posting, under Job Description.

How long does the recruitment process take?
It varies depending upon many factors including: number of other recruitments currently in process, the classification, applicant pool, testing plan, as well as availability of testing rooms and subject matter experts. However, as a general guideline our goal is to have the recruitment process completed within four (4) weeks of when the position was announced.

What is an eligibility list? (For classified positions only)
An eligibility list is a ranked list of candidates who have qualified for employment consideration in a specific job classification. Once established, the list is valid for a period of six months or until there are fewer than three ranks of eligibles who are willing and able to accept appointment.

I made it onto the eligibility list for a specific classification. What happens next? Eligibility lists are good for six months (unless there are fewer than three ranks of eligible candidates who are willing and able to accept appointment) and will be used to fill the current and future openings in that classification. When a vacancy exists for that classification/title, the top three ranks may be contacted for an interview with the hiring manager.

When applying for certificated positions, what does “eligible for credential” mean?
You have completed all of the requirements for the needed credential as defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and have applied for the credential with all necessary fees and background information. A copy of your CCTC application or temporary county certificate must be attached to your application by the filing deadline.

Out-of-state applicants may review requirements for California certification at the Commission's website and must provide documentation to support their eligibility for the required credential (e.g. transcripts, CBEST card, out-of-state credential, work experience, etc.). 

I want to apply to several job postings listed. Do I need to submit a separate application for each job classification?
Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the minimum qualifications of the job classification for which you are applying. Once you have completed an initial applicant profile on EDJOIN Profile submitting an application is a fairly quick process.

May I submit my attachments directly to the SDCOE via email or hand deliver them?
No. All required attachments must be included in your EDJOIN application by the filing deadline in order for them to be considered.

Do I have to apply through the EDJOIN website?
Yes. We are unable to accept application materials in person or via fax or email.

I cannot access the on-line application in EDJOIN. What should I do?
If you have problems while applying on-line, please contact the EDJOIN Helpdesk​ at 800-398-9580 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Pacific Standard Time, Monday to Friday.

I don't have a scanner. How will I get my attachments online?
You will need to find a location where you can scan your materials. You may choose to go to your local library or print shop.

How will I receive notification regarding the status of my application?
The email address you provide in your EDJOIN application will be our primary way of contacting you.

My contact information has changed. How do I update my application?
You will need to log on to your EDJOIN profile and make the change in “My EDJOIN” screen.