Many positions will be filled internally with vertical movement in positions. (Asst to Head, MS to HS....) That takes the district's HR department a lot of time and, in addition, that is why candidates fresh out of college have a hard time finding that first coveted gig within a month of graduating.
Also, this info is from the old days of filing paperwork applications, but the point will be made. Imagine how big this virtual file cabinet is today!
My FAD showed me his file cabinet of job applications over 10 years ago. The band files took more than one drawer and was 3 years in length. (Meaning he had to keep an application on file for 3 years.)
The orchestra file, however, was one manila file folder with less than 10 applicants and could be easily held in one's hand. I was looking for a candidate for orchestra and my district is well known for its high quality orchestras. We are also known for training band directors to become orchestra directors. There is a supply and demand between these two areas of music.
Something you may want to consider. If you go this route... teach only beginners for 2-3 years or be an assistant with a director who is willing to show you how they do it with them fully understanding that they are teaching you, too. Don't take a job with an orchestra director who has the expectation you know how the strings instrument works, how to teach it to others, and can leave you unsupervised curricularly speaking. That would be bad for all concerned.
Why the comparison? Most of the "good" band districts don't have to advertise. They have "boo koos" of applicants already on file waiting desperately to be called. Why would a FAD or HR person go the extra mile to post if they already have that "boo koo" amount of active applicants. Just an explanation.
The other posters are correct. They have given great advice.
Just keep applying. Good luck!
: Hi there -
: I've been checking the TMEA job board daily
: as well as the TBA board. It seems not all
: districts post jobs as they come open. What
: are some of the best districts to apply for?
: (Ones that don't regularly post on official
: job boards?)