Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 663-9626
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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Substitute Opportunities

Teacher, Paraprofessional, Secretary, Custodian, Bus Driver, Nurse

Becoming a Substitute

The first step to becoming a substitute is to complete an online employment application.  You can access our online employment application by visiting our jobs/careers page

On the next screen that appears, select the “Start an application for employment” link that is located under the “External Applicants” section located towards the middle of the screen.  Please note: you do not need to complete the application in one session.  The application is divided into steps and you can complete them at different times and on different days.  If you wish to come back to a section and complete it later, simply click the “Save as Draft” button located at the bottom of the page and the information you already entered will be saved.

You will find the substitute postings listed on the “Vacancy Desired” page of the employment application.  Scroll down to the “Substitute” section and click the applicable substitute job/s of interest.
To log back into your application at a later time, visit our district website and click the "Careers" link found at the very top right hand corner or click the blue "Jobs" button located below the slideshow. Next, click the "Log in" link that is located under the "External Applicants" section.
We check the system at least once a week to see if there are any new applicants and have the system send out electronic reference check surveys.  If the reference surveys come back favorable, we send the applicant a substitute packet of paperwork that needs to be completed.  After this paperwork is returned, criminal background and abuse checks are completed.  Final approval depends on the results of these checks.

Employment Status & Work Schedule

Receiving approval to be added to a substitute list does not ensure employment.  Substitute positions are temporary positions that are not contracted; days and hours are not guaranteed.  Substitutes are not considered as “internal” employees and therefore when applying for any contracted job postings, substitutes should answer “no” when answering the following online job application question, “Are you currently employed by the Western Dubuque Community School District?”
In regards to work schedule, an "Information Form" is included in the substitute packet of paperwork for applicants to indicate what days of the week they are available to substitute and the schools they are interested in substituting at.  Applicants may select as many or little days of interest and schools of interest as they wish.
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