Flagstaff Unified School District is hiring two new employees to join its administrative team: associate director for Communications and Public Relations, who started this week, and director of Transportation, the final candidates for which are still being interviewed.
“We had excellent candidates for both positions that we were able to choose from,” said Dawn Anderson, FUSD director of Human Resources. “We typically have both internal and external candidates, all of which have great skill sets.”
Although there is no established timeline for filling the transportation position, Anderson said the final candidates have been identified and are being interviewed.
“We are in the midst of our interview process [to ensure] that we hire the right candidate for the position,” she said.
For administrative positions like these, the district has a two-part hiring committee in place to determine the ideal candidates. The first part is comprised of employees within the future employee’s department, while the second includes various administrators, depending on the position. The human resource department – typically Anderson herself – oversees the hiring process.
“[Human Resources will] ensure fairness, consistency and appropriate guidelines are followed when we go through that process,” she said.
Zachery Fountain has been selected as the new associate director for Communications and Public Relations. He accepted this position after three and a half years in an equivalent position at Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Ariz. Prior to becoming involved in public education, Fountain served in various local governments, including Murray City, Utah as deputy chief of staff for Legislation and Communication. He also worked for the City of Surprise.
Fountain said he made this switch to public education because it allowed him to tie in his passion for communication with his beliefs in the importance of education. He said Flagstaff is an ideal educational environment to use these passions.
“FUSD is a destination district,” he said. “People look for their whole careers to work in Flagstaff. It’s just such a great environment.”
When he discovered the FUSD job, Fountain said he spent a significant amount of time learning about the community and brainstorming areas where he could help improve it. The interview process was demanding and he said he is working to live up to the expectations.
The goal of his new position is to ensure effective communication with local families; Fountain hopes to do so through as many mediums as possible.
“There are more and more ways of getting information out and we want to make sure we have a dynamic program in place,” he said.
Since starting Monday, Fountain has been visiting the various schools throughout the district to meet FUSD’s administrators, teachers and students.
“I am very excited to be a part of the community," he said. "I am looking forward to sharing information with the community that will allow them to connect with the schools.”