Join Our Team
San José Unified is home to more than 3,000 full-time employees who make the extraordinary ordinary every day. From teachers and counselors to bus drivers and nutrition specialists to nurses and custodians, we come together to prepare today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.
We pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking employer, providing continuing education, supportive policies, and a collaborative spirit that helps nurture and engage a motivated and successful workforce. We know the lessons we learn from each other are just as important as the lessons we teach.
The next generation depends on the success of this one. If you want to have an impact on our future, you’ve come to the right place.Top
Why San José Unified
We elevate opportunities
San José Unified employees are passionate professionals who believe all students deserve the opportunity to discover their own greatness. The school district’s strategic plan guides the work of teachers, administrators, and support staff in preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.
We embrace curiosity
San José Unified understands that high-quality employees are the key to elevating opportunities for students. We foster a culture in which every employee is challenged and supported to pursue excellence. Our employees thrive in an environment of continuous growth and improvement that values constant feedback, analysis, and refinement of their work. Through collaboration with colleagues, administrators, and community members, our employees are empowered to educate, inspire, and change the lives of San José children.
We go beyond the status quo
San José Unified offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of its employees and their families. In addition to health, dental, vision, and life insurance, the district offers voluntary benefits such as tax sheltered annuities, flexible spending accounts, and short and long-term disability insurance. Employees also enjoy a generous vacation package, paid family leave, an 11-month payroll schedule for teachers, the use of pre-tax dollars to offset commuter expenses, an employee wellness program, and much more.
We are always looking for qualified substitutes in a variety of roles. Click below to apply:
We encourage current substitutes to update their current availability — especially after being released from long-term assignments.
- Steps to become a substitute teacher
Substitute teachers are an important part of our team at San José Unified.
To become a substitute you must have a valid teaching credential or a 30-day sub permit issued by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. To obtain a 30-day permit you must satisfy the following criteria:
- Hold a Bachelors’ Degree or higher
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement, which may be demonstrated with passing scores on the CBEST, CSET, CSU EAP, SAT, ACT or specific AP exams
- Obtain fingerprint clearance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing; this can be completed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)
- Bring your documentation to SCCOE, along with the processing fees, to apply for your permit
After obtaining your sub permit, please apply to join the San José Unified substitute team by submitting an application at http://go.sjusd.org/jobs and attaching your permit / credential and tuberculosis (TB) clearance. If you have any questions please call the SJUSD sub desk at 408-535-6139 (ext 15023).
Important information about your 30-day permit
- It is valid for one year and may be renewed online
- It allows you to substitute for a maximum of 30 days per classroom per year in general education, and a maximum of 20 days per classroom per year in special education.
- Clerical and Instructional Aide Information
Clerical and Instructional Aide substitutes need to provide:
- Photo ID;
- Original Social Security card; and
- Current TB clearance (within the past 60 days)
- District test (*Clerical only)
Induction Admission Requirements:
The San José Unified School District (SJUSD) Teacher Induction Program is approved and accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a pathway for teachers to clear their Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Educational Specialist teaching credential. We are a single-district program providing support, professional development, and assessment for new teachers as they transition from pre-service to credentialed teaching.
A teacher is eligible for the Induction Program if he/she has a California preliminary Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Educational Specialist credential that states “To qualify for the clear credential, the holder of this document must complete a Commission-approved Induction program”. The SJUSD credential analyst determines which teachers are eligible based on their credential. Admission to the Induction Program occurs in teacher’s first year of hire, within 30 days of the start of school. The teacher is matched with a mentor according to credentials held, grade level and/or subject area, as appropriate to the participant’s employment within 30 days of admission.
Induction Completion Requirements:
- Attend Induction Orientation, Goal Setting, and end of the year events.
- Attend all identified professional development events.
- Meet with Instructional Coach no less than an average of one hour each week for individualized support / mentoring.
- Attend monthly Induction Support Workshops if additional support is desired or needed.
- Document professional growth using the following SJUSD Induction Program tools with assigned support providing coach each year.
- Complete program surveys.
Criteria for Clear Credential Recommendation:
Documentation of a candidate’s growth is submitted in a timely manner for each benchmark period.
The induction program team must verify satisfactory completion of all program activities.
The induction candidate shows progress towards mastery of the CSTP by:
- Self-assessment on The Continuum of Teaching Practice at beginning and end of each year in induction program
- Detailed, evidenced-based reflective paragraphs that demonstrate a candidate’s growth towards the CSTPs
- Citing evidence of growth towards ILP goals and activities on required SJUSD Induction Program reflective documents [ILP (all sections), CPDR and Culminating Reflections]
- Evidence includes specific details and examples of how the candidate’s instructional practice has shifted / grown
We welcome family and community members to volunteer in our schools. Please review the following processes and complete this online application.
- New Volunteers
If this is your first time volunteering for San José Unified:
- Review our Volunteer Policies
- Complete the online application
- Get fingerprinted with San José Unified
All volunteers must have the following:
- Proof of COVID vaccination
- TB clearance
- Fingerprint/background check clearance
After completing the online application, you will receive an email with instructions on next steps. You will be invited to complete fingerprinting with San José Unified after you have satisfied the other volunteer requirements. We will send an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer.
- Returning Volunteers
All volunteers must complete this process each year:
- Complete the online application.
We will send an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I find a volunteer packet and guidelines?
What types of ID’s are accepted?
Any form of valid photo ID is accepted (e.g. U.S. State ID or Driver’s License, ID from country of origin, passport, student ID, ACR card, etc.)
How do I know my fingerprints have cleared? We will send an email confirmation that you have been cleared to volunteer.
How long does it take to receive fingerprinting clearance?
Clearance may take up to a maximum of 30 days. If you don’t receive an e-mail within 30 days, please call us at (408) 535-6139 ext. 15030
I’ve had my fingerprints done for another school district. Do I need to do them again through you?
Yes. We do not accept fingerprint confirmations from other agencies, companies or school districts.
Where do my fingerprints go?
Fingerprints go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to check for any past criminal records. We need to receive clearances from both agencies in order to approve your volunteer request.
Does my fingerprint information go to immigration agencies?
No. This information only goes to the DOJ and FBI. We are not interested in knowing the immigration status of volunteer applicants.
Where can I get a TB test done?
TB tests can be done through your own medical provider and are at your own expense. There are many clinics that perform TB testing at a low cost. There is a TB clinic conveniently located across the street from the District Office at the Santa Clara County Health Department.
How often should TB test be done?
Skin or blood tests should be updated every four (4) years. Chest X-Rays (CXR) need to be updated every 10 years.
Can I volunteer at multiple school sites during the same school year?
Yes. Fingerprinting clears you for any school inside San José Unified. You only need to complete one online application even if you are volunteering at multiple schools.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave. San José, CA 95126.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to be fingerprinted before beginning work with San José Unified?
All new employees must be fingerprinted and cleared by a Department of Justice background check of criminal convictions.
- Where do my fingerprints go?
Fingerprints go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to check for any past or prospective criminal records. We need to receive clearances from both agencies in order to approve your volunteer request.
- Does my fingerprint information go to immigration agencies?
No. This information only goes to the DOJ and FBI. We are not interested in knowing the immigration status of a volunteer applicant.
- Do I need to provide proof of any immunizations?
All new employees must be tested for tuberculosis (TB) within 60 days of beginning work.
- Where can I get a TB test done?
TB tests can be done through your own medical provider at your own expense. There are many clinics that perform TB testing at a low cost. There is a TB clinic conveniently located across the street from the District Office at the Santa Clara County Health Department.
- Do you have any opportunities for short-term laborers?
Short-term laborers are used by the Custodial Services Department as needed and are paid by the hour. Call (408) 535-6166, to check for openings.
- Where can I find San José Unified’s non-discrimination policy?
- Does San José Unified have a sexual harassment policy?
Yes. Click here to read it.
Equal Opportunity Statement
San José Unified School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender or sexual orientation, at any district site and or activity.
Our Board of Education has designated the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services to handle all inquiries regarding our efforts to comply with and carry out the above responsibilities:
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
San José Unified School District
855 Lenzen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 535-6139 ext. 15015