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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mandatory Job Fair for ATR Teachers on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The following letter, from the Teacher Hiring Support Center, was passed along to NYCATR by our good friend Norm Scott of educationnotesonline. It is mandatory reading for all present members of the Absent Teacher Reserve who are presently placed in Manhattan or the Bronx.
Dear Teacher,

Welcome back to a new school year! While the school year is getting underway, we want to let you know of an upcoming event to meet with principals who have vacancy needs for teachers. On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 the New York City Department of Education will be holding a mandatory recruitment fair for teachers in the Absence Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool assigned to schools in Bronx and Manhattan. Unlike hiring events held throughout the summer, as a teacher in the Reserve pool from one of these boroughs, you are required to attend this event, which is being held from 1:00 p.m. (specific check-in times below). You will be expected to stay until the end of the school day and encouraged to stay until the end of the event at approximately 4:00 p.m.

The event will take place at The Armory Foundation, 216 Ft. Washington Avenue, Manhattan, NY. If you need directions to this location, please use<> for public transportation or<> for driving directions.

You should plan to report to your assigned school at the start of the school day and then travel to the fair. Lunch will not be served at the fair, but you are entitled to the contracted amount of time for lunch on your own before the fair. When you leave the recruitment fair you will be provided with documentation of your attendance to submit to your school. There is no pre-registration for this fair. However, to facilitate smoother admission to the event, we ask that you arrive at the time below corresponding to your last name.

  Teacher Check-In Times

  Last Name

  Arrival Time

A through D

 E through K


 L through Q


 R through Z


As with other recruitment events held this summer, this will be an opportunity for you to meet with school representatives regarding potential vacancies. We encourage you to treat this as you would any job interview opportunity and recommend business attire as well as that you bring 10-15 copies of your resume. Note that you will be asked for a copy of your resume upon check in so that the Division of Human Resources & Talent can provide it to schools with vacancies in your subject area upon request. If you need assistance on resume writing or interviewing, resources are available at the Teacher Hiring Support Center site,< 

If you would like to take advantage of another opportunity to meet with principals, the New York City Department of Education is also holding a teacher recruitment fair on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 for schools in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and for ATRs in those boroughs. You are not required to attend this second event, and doing so would be your own choice. Should you wish to attend, you need to notify your school in advance so they can make appropriate arrangements. This event is also being held from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. with the same check-in time schedule by last name.
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment fair or related job search support, please contact the Teacher Hiring Support Center at<>. For questions regarding your status as in the Absent Teacher Reserve, please contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000. We look forward to seeing you at the event.


 Teacher Hiring Support

  Division of Human Resources & Talent
  New York City Department of Education

Please note: If you have been hired into a fully appointed or provisional position and are no longer part of the ATR pool, you are not required to attend the event.


  1. There were fewer principals at this job fair than usual. According to the grapevine, many principals don't have enough money in their budgets to hire ATRs.

  2. Aren't ATRs paid from downtown? They are not really paid from the school's budget? Am I incorrect?