Our Core Beliefs
We believe that bringing talented adults from diverse backgrounds into our communities makes our institutions stronger and our students better prepared for the real world. We also share a collective belief in the impact that adults in our community can have when they share common experiences with students – experiences related to all races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic classes, religions, and more.
“My professor and advisor at John Carroll told my class about the NEO Diversity in Education Recruitment Event because he thought it would be a great opportunity to see what jobs were available in the area and to get some interview experience. It turned out to be much more! Having the opportunity to hear school leaders talk about their schools gave me a good idea of which schools might be a good fit for me. I learned that Hawken had an opening in the grade level and content area I was interested in, so I was able to have an initial interview that day. After continuing on through the interview process, I ended up being hired as a sixth grade math teacher at Hawken. The whole process was very smooth, and I’m happier than I ever dreamed I’d be.”
Testimonial from a 2017 candidate, hired at Hawken School
Schools & Districts
This fair is unique in that its recruiting organizations are limited in number but not in scope. These 15 – 20 employers representing close to 200 public, charter, parochial, and independent schools are brought together by a common mission to attract talent in a targeted niche market. While the atmosphere at many job fairs can be chaotic and overwhelming, this event is intentionally designed to provide a more intimate environment that is conducive to exploring the differences among the institutions, the variety of employment opportunities available, and the appropriate fit for each individual.
This type of setting also allows candidates and employers to interact and network on a more focused, personalized level. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for same-day interviews at the event.
The list of participating schools is still growing! The following schools are excited to meet you at the event:
The NEO Diversity Event is an annual job fair that is designed to connect candidates from under-represented backgrounds in education and in our schools’ adult communities with employers looking to increase diversity in all of its forms among their faculty, staff, and administration. While our hope is to attract people of color and other visible forms of diversity, we acknowledge that candidates from other countries and cultures, members of the military, and those looking for second careers can enrich our classrooms and community by bringing their diverse experiences and perspectives.
Candidate Qualifications and Interests
The NEO Diversity Event has an educational focus in addition to a practical one. You may find, for example, that the concept of diversity at many of these institutions is broader than most. You may be surprised to learn that many of the institutions represented at the fair do not require certification as proof of talent, expertise, or preparation for the classroom. You will also become aware of the wide variety of available positions within each organization, as we will be looking for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, athletic coaches, technology support, and operations team members. Finally, you will learn about the vibrant city of Cleveland and all it has to offer.
In short, this is a fair that is different from most in both feel and purpose. We look forward to meeting you to learn about your career goals and the ways in which you might help us fulfill our mission.
At the heart of Northeast Ohio, the following organizations provide valuable resources. Be sure to visit with them at the event.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Breakthrough Schools is the highest rated network of tuition-free, public charter schools in Cleveland. Our public charter schools are nationally recognized for our innovative educational models and proven results. Our public charter schools have high expectations for everyone – children and adults – and believe in every student. Like all the best public charter schools, we put children's needs first, and make sure every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and life. Our mission is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Our schools have been honored by local, state, and national organizations for excellence in teaching, leadership, and student achievement. We currently serve more than 3,000+ students across 11 campuses.
CMSD serves 40,000 scholars, their families and communities across the Cleveland Metropolitan area. In 2012, we implemented the Cleveland Plan, an ambitious vision for transforming education. We have since opened innovative new schools, expanded access to early childhood education, raised graduation rates significantly, and attracted talented educators from across the country to continue our movement for educational excellence.
We are looking for talented staff who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by the Cleveland Plan, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. We want strong team players who are willing to do whatever it takes. You’ll be right at home here if you enjoy solving problems, cultivate strong relationships, value equity and diversity, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.
Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized, college preparatory, independent day school for girls, Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coeducational Pre-Primary program. Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls puts the world’s best research to work for girls—at Laurel and everywhere. Laurel School is proud to be an inclusive and equitable school community that welcomes students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or disability or sexual orientation. Additionally, we actively seek faculty and staff without regard to these identifiers or gender.
Founded in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, Hawken School is an independent, coeducational day school with over 1,200 students enrolled in preschool through grade 12 on three campuses, with an additional urban extension campus in University Circle. A community that promotes passionate teaching, engaged learning and confident self-expression, Hawken is committed to eliciting the full academic, artistic and athletic potential in every student. Guided by principles that include an appreciation for differences and individuality, we seek candidates with a proven commitment to a diverse, multicultural community that reflects varying backgrounds and perspectives. At Hawken, innovative schedules support individualized student attention, and educational partnerships with world-renowned institutions offer real-world learning opportunities to instill the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.