The Tucson Unified School District will hold a job fair Saturday — just days before classes are scheduled to resume — to fill 150 teaching positions.

The openings cross all grade levels and subject areas, although the need appears to be greatest for exceptional-education teachers — a traditionally hard-to-fill area.

The shortage occurred despite TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez’s effort to avoid this situation by hiring earlier, saying, “TUSD was among the last districts to post openings.”

“By identifying and hiring the people we need earlier in the hiring season, we will better ensure we will have staff for many more classes than in the past,” Sanchez said.

The job fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is for external candidates only. It will be held at Catalina Magnet High School, 3645 E. Pima St., in the gym.

Both new college graduates and experienced educators are encouraged to attend the fair where principals will be on hand, issuing letters of intent to successful candidates.

Teachers should bring their résumés, certifications, fingerprint cards and documentation if they have the highly qualified designation.

For more information on the job fair, contact Human Resources at 225-6035.

To view the full list of job openings, go to https://tusdjobs.tusd1.org/JobListings.aspx

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@tucson.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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