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Des Moines Public Schools

Education - Teaching - Administration
HQ: Des Moines, IA   |   2,500 - 5,000 employees  |  
For more than 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been
educating the students of Iowa’s capital city. Today, we are the largest
provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 30,000 students and nearly
5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout the

As a major employer, Des Moines Public Schools is always
looking for talented and committed employees.

Des Moines is a vibrant, innovative and diverse city. In
fact, Parenting magazine ranked Des Moines #5 on the list of the best cities in
the nation to raise a family, in large part due to great schools and learning

Those traits are reflected throughout our school district in
the breadth of the programs we offer and the constituency we serve. Our
students, parents, teachers and staff come from many different backgrounds, all
of which contribute to the richness of a DMPS education. The wide range of
opportunities in Des Moines meets the academic interests, abilities and goals
of every student.

We boast the largest variety of educational programs – many
of them nationally renowned – in Iowa. Including:
  • The state’s only International Baccalaureate curriculum
  • Iowa's only public Montessori school.
  • According to the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, our Central Academy’s
    “record of excellence with Advanced Placement is an honor for the entire state
    of Iowa,” producing more National AP Scholars in one recent year than 13 entire
  • The Downtown School is regarded as a national model.
  • Our Career & Tech Institute delivers training in everything from culinary arts to aviation
    technology, a scope that is rare in districts with comparable profiles.

Over the last decade a comprehensive and ongoing capital
improvements campaign has renovated and updated many of our schools, 53 of
which have now earned the Energy Star designation. State of the art learning
environments are outfitted with everything from the latest technology to air

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in
DMPS, an enriched school district that’s proud of its past and prepared for the

Please be sure to visit
Jobs@DMPS for a list of open positions.


DMPS is proud to be Iowa’s largest provider of public education and one of Des Moines’ top employers, offering more career choices than any other district in Iowa.

Not only do you get a career with a competitive salary and great benefits, but at Des Moines Public Schools you will be part of the most innovative school district in Iowa with more choices for students and families than anywhere in the state.

Des Moines Public Schools may be the biggest provider of public education in Iowa, but we take anything but a one-size-fits-all approach to educating our students. In fact, families in Des Moines can find more educational options than anyplace in the state, including:

  • Advanced Placement. Central Academy, attended by students from 39 central Iowa middle and high schools, is Iowa’s top AP program, dedicated to providing a challenging curriculum. The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development placed Central Academy “in a class by itself” as a college preparatory school. In addition, DMPS is in the midst of a significant expansion of AP course offerings throughout all five high schools, providing thousands of student access to rigorous and advanced courses.

  • International Baccalaureate. Home to the only IB program in Iowa, DMPS offers this world-class educational opportunity at four elementary schools (Hubbell, Park Avenue, Stowe, and Walnut Street) and four middle schools (Brody, Goodrell, Meredith, and Merrill). In addition, Central Academy is currently the only school in Iowa to offer the renowned International Baccalaureate diploma.

  • Career & Technical Institute. Located at Central Campus, CTI offers students with learning opportunities in several high-skill areas, including graphic design, broadcasting & film, culinary arts, fashion, and automotive technology. In addition, DMPS is home to one of only three high school aviation programs certified by the FAA and has the largest marine biology of any non-coastal high school.

  • Higher Education Partnerships. Des Moines Public Schools’ proximity to Drake University, Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College has created numerous partnership and collaborative efforts that supports as well as teachers and administrators.

  • Downtown School. The Downtown School, located in a brand new home at Central Campus, is a national model where students learn in multiage classes. The school has been nationally recognized for its innovative education program and as a great option for working parents.

  • Montessori. Cowles Montessori School is the only public Montessori program in Iowa, serving students in grades K-8. Students learn in multiage classrooms and children’s natural curiosities are exploited to the fullest as they advance at their own pace.

  • Traditional Programs. Jefferson and Phillips Elementary Schools both have dress codes and feature increased emphasis on basic academic skills. The schools also stress personal respect, responsibility and discipline as cornerstones of a place where academic achievement can be maximized.

  • Alternative Programs. Future Pathways, Scavo Alternative High School, Orchard Place, Casady Alternative High School, and McKee Alternative Middle School offer programming for students who may be struggling with attendance requirements at a comprehensive school or have other personal issues and need alternative programming.

  • Ruby Van Meter and Smouse Schools. Ruby Van Meter School (serving high school-age children) and Smouse Opportunity School (serving elementary-age children) provide high quality instruction to physically and mentally disabled students.
When you work for Des Moines Public Schools, you will be
part of a group of educators and staff who are recognized as being among the
very best in their fields.

These are just some of the awards and honors they
have earned in recent years:

  • 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • 2015 Alternative Educator of the Year
  • 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in
    Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists
  • 2014 Prostart Educator of Excellence Award
  • 2014 Iowa School Social Worker of the Year by
    the IA School Social Workers Association
  • 2014 Rising Star by the Journalism Education
  •  2014 Two Finalists for Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in
    Mathematics and Science Teaching winner
  • 2013 Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager
    Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award
  • 2013 Steve France Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in
    Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists
  • 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in
    Mathematics and Science Teaching winner
  • Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of
  • 2010 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished
    High School Mathematics Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America
  • Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the
    state of Iowa by the National Association of Biology Teachers
Health Care
Full-time employees are eligible for medical coverage at no
cost and single dental coverage also is provided.
Employee groups are covered by the following plans:
  • Alliance Select
  • Blue Access
  • Delta Dental
  • Life Insurance
DMPS employees can save for retirement through:
  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Des Moines Teachers Retirement System
  • 403B Plans

Added Benefits

DMPS employees receive additional benefits, including:

  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • Paid Holidays
  • Continuing Education
  • First Year Mentoring
  • Professional Development
Des Moines Public Schools
2323 Grand Avenue
Des Moines,
Iowa 50312
Phone: (515) 242-7911