The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking applicants for the Personnel Commission, which has a vacancy come Dec. 1, 2011.

The Personnel Commission is the body that selects and promotes all non-teaching employees in the SMMUSD, using the “merit system,” a combination of interviews and written examinations.

“A person must go through the merit process, a process of examination, to obtain a job here,” said Dr. Wilbert Young, director of the Personnel Commission.

Decisions to give employees additional training is also merit based, he added.

The body is comprised of three members appointed for three-year terms, with each member serving for one year.

The district is seeking as many applicants as possible to fill one membership role on the Personnel Commission, Young said.

Applicants for the position must be registered voters within the SMMUSD boundaries and should be familiar with the merit system.

Applicants cannot already be members of the SMMUSD Board of Education, the Los Angeles County Board of Education, or any kind of employee of the district.

Applications are available in the SMMUSD Office of the Superintendent, at 1651 16th St., or online at All applications must be submitted by Oct. 14.

Aspiring commissioners can call (310) 450-8338 for more information.

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