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One of the important changes in the current collective bargaining agreement between the United Federation of Teachers and the Department of Education is the creation of an open market hiring process that will increase opportunities for teachers and other current staff applying to seek positions in different schools throughout the system. Offering this opportunity to all staff provides wider choices for both staff and schools, and will help facilitate better matches between current employees seeking new positions and schools seeking to fill vacancies with qualified and experienced professionals.

The Open Market Transfer System is for use by staff in all regularly appointed UFT titles including Teachers, Guidance Counselors, School Secretaries, Lab Specialists, School Psychologists, Speech Improvement, School Social Workers, Attendance Teachers, and UFT Paraprofessionals. Click here to view Eligible Titles.

At this time applications for new schools must be submitted through the process indicated on the new schools site. This site includes postings with extensive information on the new schools, positions, application process and selection criteria.

Note: Applicants can submit applications directly to schools until 2014-15 school year vacancies are available after April 24th.

Important Steps for UFT Excessed Staff - ACTION REQUIRED - ENTER/UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION IN OMT: It is essential for employees placed in excess to immediately update their contact information in the Open Market System (OMT). OMT is the primary portal for obtaining information regarding positions, job search support, and instructions on where to report in September.

INFORMATION ON WHERE TO REPORT ON THE 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL Assignment locations will be finalized in late August and will be viewable via the “My Current Status” link. ATRs will not report back to the school they reported to in June, so all excessed teachers/employees must check back to verify reporting location for school opening.

Please proceed to the Sign In page in order to enter the Open Market Transfer System.

If you need assistance, please contact HR Connect at 718-935-4000 Monday through Friday, anytime between 9 am and 5 pm.


Working in New York City public schools presents a diverse set of options for professionals. The Open Market Transfer (OMT) period is designed for individuals to seek out new opportunities. Below are helpful tips for you to leverage the OMT system to maximize your job search options. In addition to using OMT, we strongly encourage you to network with principals and colleagues directly as a key component of your job search strategy. While OMT is a helpful tool to access new opportunities, you are encouraged to not solely rely on OMT or any single method to find your next position. Be proactive about reaching out to principals directly via email or in person, and network with colleagues to hear about other opportunities, while of course regularly visiting the OMT.

For additional resources to aid in your job search, please visit the Teacher Hiring Support Center’s website at http://thscnyc.org.

Tips for your Job Search and Using the Open Market Hiring System (OMT)

  1. Completing an application by uploading your resume and cover letter and responding to the writing prompts is an excellent start – but you must actually submit your application to a school or vacancy in order for your resume to be seen by a principal! Applicants now have the ability to upload additional application specific resumes and cover letters. You can continue to upload your standard resume in Step 1 - My Profile but now there is an option to upload application specific resume and cover letter in Step 3 - Submit and Manage Applications. Principals will view the application resume and cover letter if uploaded – otherwise they will view your standard profile resume. Remember, all of your efforts to polish your resume and highlight your experience and talent won’t be noticed until you actually apply to a school or vacancy. Custom resumes and cover letters that target a particular vacancy/school can add the necessary personal touch - So go for it!
  2. Logon to OMT routinely to view and apply to posted vacancies in your license area. Vacancies are posted on an ongoing basis and you do not want to miss out on applying to an opportunity that may be the right fit for you.
  3. Upload an updated resume to your profile and use application specific resumes and cover letters to target specific vacancies and schools. While doing so is not required, it is strongly recommended. A well constructed resume and personalized cover letter are important marketing tools that allow you to showcase your skills and past contributions. Without it, you are not displaying your qualifications and experience to your best advantage. Please feel free to access a helpful resume checklist as a guide.
  4. Respond to the writing prompts to strengthen your profile. This is a great way to market your skills and past accomplishments in your previous school communities in a more personal way.
  5. Research schools in advance of applying so that you are an informed and prepared candidate. This will help in your deciding if a particular school is a potential fit for you, and will give you an edge should you be contacted for an interview. Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolsearch/ to access a schools’ web portal and view their accountability reports.
  6. Be flexible and consider applying to schools outside of your district. Students throughout New York City are in need of quality experienced pedagogues and pupil personnel support staff.
  7. Although there is no limit on the submission of applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to be strategic about the number of positions applied to at any given point in time. Juggling too many openings may dilute your ability to put your best efforts into interviewing for your most desired positions.
  8. Establish your own follow-up strategy and interview tracking system where applicable. While OMT tracks your submitted applications, it is important that you track and have easily accessible information on where you are in the interview process in the event you are being considered for multiple opportunities. This will prevent losing track of appointments and ensuring that you are prepared for any interview opportunity that arises.
  9. Set expectations regarding the offer and acceptance process. Once you have been intended for a position, you are not able to change schools again even if the Transfer Period is still open. Proposing that the offer and acceptance process be confirmed via email within set timeframes helps to lessen miscommunication regarding commitments from both you and a potential new principal. Also, as a reminder, the Principal and the applicant are required to sign the printed agreement verifying the school’s offer and the applicant’s acceptance in order to complete the transfer.