Districts across the country are staffing for the coming school year. But with teacher shortages plaguing school districts in many locations, efforts to recruit enough qualified candidates for open classroom and substitute teacher positions threaten to strain district resources and challenge HR personnel.
Since teacher shortages are becoming the new normal in many states, school districts of all sizes are partnering with a K-12 education headhunter for help in developing and implementing their staffing plans. What not every district realizes is there are other full-service organizations that can help not only with recruiting qualified substitute teachers, but also managing the day-to-day aspects of your district’s substitute staffing program.
Getting the Input of an Education Staffing Specialist
While personnel represents the lion’s share of a school district’s annual budget, the recruitment, hiring, training, and management of those personnel can create additional costs that pull resources from the true mission: educating the district’s students. When teacher shortages challenge existing resources, it is logical and prudent to consult with a specialist and optimize the staffing process.
By collaborating with an expert in educational substitute staffing, school districts can streamline the hiring process and eliminate the associated administrative burden. Utilizing an education-exclusive staffing agency can help you locate the most qualified candidates and get them credentialed, trained, and classroom-ready. They may also offer advantages such as:
With personnel at the core of their business, an education substitute staffing agency leaves no stone unturned in identifying and recruiting the best candidates all year round. Open-ended and ongoing outreach ensures that, with minimal effort from the school district, you won’t miss out on mid-year graduates, retirees, and career changers regardless of when these events occur.
Tailored recruitment campaigns
As personnel specialists, K-12 education substitute staffers have recruitment down to a science. They customize searches to districts’ specifications with both precision and persistence. The more clearly you can convey your priorities, the more closely the candidates will match your expectations.
Efficient software applications
To achieve an automated process, these staffing specialists often employ software applications which increase convenience for school districts and job seekers alike. An additional benefit is the ability to access and analyze related data and formulate customized reports.
Thorough vetting process
A K-12 education substitute staffing agency will deliver carefully prescreened and credentialed candidates worthy of your consideration. This saves district personnel from wasting time wading through all the “misses” and allows you to focus only on the “hits.”
With a management structure that includes both experienced educators and personnel managers, an education substitute staffing agency can leverage industry-specific knowledge with HR best practices to help school districts achieve their staffing goals.
Record of success
By selecting a proven leader with a record of successfully placing qualified education professionals, you can have confidence that your investment yields the anticipated returns in quality staffing.
When a Headhunter Becomes a Long-Term Partner
Turning the responsibility for recruiting and hiring substitute teachers over to a personnel expert allows you to maintain your instructional focus without getting too caught up in the details of the search. This is particularly reassuring in an era of widespread teacher shortages.
But while some such relationships end once qualified candidates are identified and hired, an education management company like ESS has the capacity to take the partnership a step further. Many full-service agencies will maintain engagement and manage your talent for the long-term.
With the capacity to apply national resources and cutting-edge technology applications to niche recruitment, we’ll help you build a diverse database of substitute teachers that meets your specifications. Our local team will be there every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition and streamline your absence management process. From offering desirable benefit options to nurturing collegial relationships and supporting professional growth, ESS takes pride in sustaining exemplary substitute teachers who make a difference for your district.
As an educational staffing partner specializing in substitute staffing and management, ESS works with more than 700 school districts across the country. But in addition to providing high-quality substitute teachers, we place a variety of permanent positions, including administrators, specialists, paraprofessionals, clinicians, and other school staff. With the same attention to detail, we offer customized recruiting and incomparable customer service that distinguishes ESS as the largest education-exclusive staffing provider in the country.
For help staffing your substitute teacher pool or a variety of key permanent positions, contact ESS.Our team of experts will respond to your needs and work with you to develop customized solutions that meet your most pressing staffing needs.
Phil has been supporting school districts across the country for more than 12 years. He works hands-on with districts implementing customized solutions to improve their substitute teacher and support staff programs. When he’s not increasing districts’ fill rates, Phil can be found swinging his clubs on a golf course.