Classified Human Resources Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits include sick leave, vacation, holidays, and depending upon the position, may include Public Employees’ Retirement System membership, dental, medical, life insurance coverage, plus optional employee-paid programs.
Jobs are posted during a specific recruitment period only. If a job is posted on the website you may apply. If there is a filing deadline, you must apply by the stated deadline or your application will not be considered. If a job you are looking for is currently not open for recruitment, you may come to the Classified Human Resources Office and fill out an Interest Card, or you may place a request online by browsing our class descriptions.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of district applications, but may be submitted in addition to the District’s application packet. Supplemental questions must be completed for some classifications. Be sure you have completed all application material.
Applications are subject to review for eligibility. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications whose training and experience best meet the needs of the District will be invited to participate in the exam process.
Please be advised that all applications and examination papers are confidential records of the District and shall not be returned to the applicants.
When an examination is scheduled to open, we will notify those who have submitted qualifying applications of the test date. Therefore, it is extremely important that the contact information you provide is accurate. If you apply on-line and later change your address, or other contact information, you may update your online application or you may come to our offices and fill out an interest card.
The provisions of the job announcements DO NOT constitute an expressed or implied contract or offer of employment. Although the information posted here is accurate as of the posting date, it is possible changes have occurred. Downey Unified School District reserves the right to make changes necessary to insure the best-qualified applicants will be considered for vacant positions.
- “Open” examination is a competitive examination open to all interested and qualified applicants, not restricted to District employees.
- “Promotional Only” examinations shall be limited to permanent District employees.
- “Open and Promotional” examinations are open to interested and qualified applicants resulting in an eligibility list with successful promotional candidates ranked first, regardless of final score.
- “Dual Certification” examinations are open to interested and qualified applicants resulting in an eligibility list with successful promotional candidates and external candidates ranked in a single list by the final score.
All exams will be job-related. In some instances, evaluation of application materials will be scored and considered as part of the examination process. The type of exam will be determined based upon the best way to test for the knowledges, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in the job.
In conformance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, this District does not discriminate on the basis of disabling conditions. In order to comply with the Act and provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with special needs, we ask that you advise the staff at the time of application, but in no case later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the examination for this position, of any disabling condition that may require special testing arrangements. Proof of the disabling condition will be required of the applicant in advance of the examination.
Qualified applicants are those who meet the minimum qualifications, and whose training and experience as described in the application packet best meet the needs of the District. Qualified applicants will receive notification by mail of the date, time, and place of examination(s).
Disqualified applicants will receive notification of their disqualification by mail or electronic mail (email).
An eligibility list will be established consisting of names of those candidates who have passed all portions of the examination process. Names shall be arranged in ranking order of final scores.
Veteran’s Preference points may be awarded to specific classifications. If so, they will be granted to applicants for verified service during the following periods:
World War II – Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946
Korea - June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31. 1955
Vietnam - August 4, 1964 – May 8, 1975
Desert Storm - August, 1990 – February, 1991*
* to qualify, must submit Southwest Asia Medal on military service form DD214.
Seniority Credit will be granted only to promotional applicants of Downey USD in “promotional only,” “promotional and open,” and “dual certification” recruitments at the rate of .25 points per year of service, not to exceed 5 points.
Appointments will be made from candidates in the first three rankings on the eligibility list who are ready and willing to accept a position. The names of the eligibles not selected will be returned to the eligibility list for future consideration.
Eligibility lists typically expire one year from the date established. However, there are some eligibility lists that expire after 6 months, or until fewer than three rankings remain. Lists can also be extended upon approval/ratification of the Personnel Commission in ninety day increments.
All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of fingerprint/background check, provision of evidence of freedom from tuberculosis, and clearance following medical exam by District approved/authorized physician. Convictions for violations of law must be fully disclosed. Failure to report convictions may result in dismissal.
Every individual who is employed by the District must complete and sign the United States Government form I-9, and provide documentation required by law showing that s/he is eligible to work in the United States. A list of acceptable documentation is available in the Classified Human Resources Office. In addition, you will be required to provide any proof of necessary licenses/certificates at the time of employment. An Oath of Allegiance must also be signed by all appointees as required by State of California law.
No. A probationary period of 130 days worked, or 260 days worked in the case of management classifications, must be completed before permanent status is achieved in the classified service.