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Frequently Asked Questions


As a new employee, what do I need for my first day?

As a new employee, will I serve a probationary period?

Do you keep resumes/applications on file?

How often are DESE employees paid?

How often do we advertise vacancies?

If I am currently a state employee that is transferring to DESE, how much annual leave may I transfer?

Is the Department a merit or non-merit agency?

What benefits do you offer?

What is the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)? 

What is the difference between merit and non-merit positions?

What is the process once I submit my resume/application?

What is the timetable for this process?

Who reviews my resume/application and who will interview me?

Whom should I contact to check the status of a vacancy?

Will I be contacted when the position I applied for is filled?