Welcome to the Talent Division

  • Division Overview

    The Talent Division is the keeper of the OUSD employee experience. We recruit, hire, train and support OUSD over 4,500 active employees to ensure a healthy and stable workforce that can effectively serve Oakland's children and families to ensure every student and every family thrives! 


    Our team provides services ranging from one-on-one employee consultation and assistance, to strategic support for schools and all departments. Please browse the links to learn more and contact us for assistance!


    Talent Mission

    The success of each contributes to the success of all. We aspire to create a culture that values diversity and requires equity. We encourage and stand by the growth, development, and well-being of our employees.


    Talent Service Standards

    • Reliability: Talent Division staff perform dependably and accurately.
    • Empathy: Talent Division staff communicate with caring and individualized attention.
    • Responsiveness: Talent Division staff help customers and provide services timely. 

    We welcome feedback about our service through our Ongoing Customer Satisfaction Survey.


    Current or Former Employees

    Talent Division Services Directory Find service descriptions, updates, contacts, and links.

    From the Desk Newsletter 01.29.2021 Read a letter from Tara Gard and current articles about our division.


    Prospective Employees

    Search for career opportunities and apply here.

    Find more information on opportunities and resources at our Prospective Employee Page or contact Recruitment@ousd.org for general questions.


    Contact Us

    Review this Talent Division Directory or email Talent@ousd.org if you are unsure of who to contact.


    COVID Information & Resource for Staff

    Overview / COVID-19 Home This public website includes all updates, resources, and plans. 

    Staff COVID-19 Portal This site contacts important reference materials and updates for staff.




Our Commitment to Nondiscrimination


    OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) against any student, employee, or other person participating in district programs and activities, including, but not limited to, those programs or activities funded directly by or that receive or benefit from any state financial assistance, based on the person's actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Government Code 11135, or Penal Code 422.55 or educational equity or compliance with Title IX, or based on his/her/their association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics  (5 CCR 4610). BOARD POLICY 0410. BOARD POLICY 1312.3. BOARD POLICY 4030. BOARD POLICY 5143.3. BOARD POLICY 5145.7.

    Complaint forms are available at:

    • school sites,
    • on the district webpage at www.ousd.org under District Serices - Ombudsman,
    • at the Office of the Ombudsperson located at 1000 Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite 150, Oakland, CA, 94607, or
    • via telephone 510-879-4281.


    For Parent/Student Discrimination, Equity or Title IX Concerns, please contact:
         Gabriel Valenzuela Ombudsperson/Title IX Coordinator


    For Employee Discrimination concerns, please contact:
         Tara Gard, Deputy Chief, Talent Division at


    OUSD complaint procedures and non-discrimination policies:

Our Office

    Tara Gard
    Deputy Chief of Talent
    510-879-0202 - phone
    1000 Broadway, Suite 150
    Oakland CA 94607 

Talent Division Announcements

  • OUSD is Hiring for 21-22!

    Although conditions are challenging right now, we continue to seek individuals who share our commitment to equity and to Oakland's students! 

    • TEACHERS - We are looking for passionate, dedicated, and equity-centered future educators for Oakland students. Please fill out this interest form and we will be in touch with you. 
    • ALL POSITIONS: Please visit our Prospective Employees page to find out more about joining OUSD for the coming school year!  
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