Employment Information & Job Opportunities
Positions listed in blue below must be applied for online. Proof of authorization to work in the U.S. required. To apply for a transportation, food service, adult education enrichment, maintenance, or custodial positions please review our Application Guidelines or visit our central office at 130 Wescott Road for a paper application.
Positions that are not processed online can be found below. /o/spsd/page/application-guidelines
Criminal History Record Check (CHRC)
CHRC Approval (Fingerprinting) Instructions
Most jobs in Maine schools require a Criminal History Record Check (CHRC)
CHRC is a 2 step process:
Register online with IdentoGo. There is a $55 fee for this. The location of the fingerprinting is inside Staples at 443 Western Avenue, South Portland. click here for website - select Maine, online scheduling on the next screen, and continue through the registration process. You will need a debit/credit card for this portion.
Complete the application from the Department of Education for Initial Approval, which we can share if necessary. Please provide Central Office with a copy of your Identogo appointment receipt and signed and completed (including the $15 debit/credit card payment).. This is highly recommended as we will fax these materials to the DoE on your behalf – reducing wait time for employment.
If guidance is needed, please call our office so we can assist you with the processing of the DoE application.
If you have not had 5 years of continuous employment in a Maine school district or districts, the CHRC process must be started over (see above).
If you have been continuously employed the renewal fee is $15 (see step 2) – unless coach or substitute.
The MDoE does NOT send you a renewal reminder or CHRC results (fingerprint card). That said, you can access your CHRC information on the DoE website:
Please note, it can take up to 3 months or more to receive a renewal if your CHRC lapses.
A competitive benefits package is available to all permanent South Portland School Department employees. Specific offerings are based on your bargaining group and status (ie full or part time). More detailed information is available here.
Applicants for a food service, custodial, maintenance or transportation position with the South Portland School Department please apply following the guidelines below:
An official South Portland School Department Application form is required when applying for food service, adult education enrichment, custodial, maintenance or transportation positions.
Applications are only accepted for positions currently open and being advertised by South Portland. Open ended applications will be labeled inactive and filed for two years. It is the responsibility of the applicant to re-activate their application.
Application forms must be complete for consideration. A complete packet includes but is not limited to:
A completed application form (available here)
Letter of Application
Copy of Maine certification(s), including fingerprinting (CHRC) approval – see employment section of our website for the Maine State Police and Maine Department of Education links.
Application packets (or any application documents) can not be submitted electronically or by fax.
File folders and plastic/paper wallets of any kind are not kept on file once applications are submitted. Applications are stripped down into paper form for filing purposes and review.
You may be asked to provide original copies of some documents, for our retention upon being selected for an interview.
Applications are not reviewed until the deadline for Applications has passed. Please do not request information as to the status of your application until after a reasonable time has passed.
All requests for application information must be addressed to the Receptionist at the Superintendent’s office: Chantelle Erskine 207-871-0555
Any questions regarding CHRC fingerprinting status should be addressed to the Maine Department of Education, Division of Certification and Placement, Augusta, Maine 04333
All Application materials become the property of the South Portland School Department. None will be returned.
Providing any false or misleading information in the application or screening process shall be fully sufficient grounds to refuse to employ the applicant, or if the applicant has been employed, to immediately dismiss the employee
If you have previously applied for a food service, custodial, maintenance or transportation position with the South Portland School Department:
We keep application packets for two years only.
You must submit a cover letter stating your intent to apply for the new position AND stating that you already have an application packet on file.
Application packets can only be active for one position at a time.
Bear in mind that some of your information may have changed. Make sure that your contact details and references are current.
If you submit a complete application when you already have an application on file, the older application will be destroyed and the two years will recommence.
When applying for multiple positions:
Separate, complete application packets must be submitted for each position.
If you are applying for positions that require different application forms then all application forms must be submitted
The timetable of applications may take anywhere up to or beyond six weeks and is as follows:
Deadline for applications
Applications reviewed by relevant department
Applications may be reviewed a second time by a connected department
Interviews are scheduled
Interviews take place
Interview panel reviews interviewed candidates
A decision is made
References are screened
An offer of employment is made
Once an offer of employment is accepted the interviewed candidates are informed of the decision following which the unsuccessful applicants are informed by mail