We’d love to have you on our team!
ESS has partnered with District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties to manage its substitute program.
We’re hiring substitute teachers, instructional assistants, custodians, and food service workers!

Whether you’re a recent college graduate looking to work your way into a full-time teaching position, a retired teacher interested in getting back into the classroom, or anyone looking to make a positive contribution to the development of children, ESS has a place for you.

With 25+ schools in the District and the need for hundreds of substitutes each day, there are plenty of opportunities for you to work as frequently as you’d like. Many of our employees work up to 40 hours a week in the classroom!

We offer excellent employee perks, including health benefits, training, support, weekly pay, 401(k), bonus opportunities, award programs, and more. Plus, working as a substitute is extremely flexible – when, where, and how often you work is entirely up to you.

Join the ESS/School District Five Family

Returning Substitutes
We encourage all current School District Five substitutes to continue your important services to the District next school year by becoming an employee of ESS. We’d love to have you on our team! Please plan to attend one of our upcoming hiring events where you’ll learn everything you need to know about transitioning to ESS. All substitute employees that transition from Kelly Education will receive a $25 gift card.

Prospective Substitutes
If you’re new to School District Five and you’re interested in working as a substitute teacher, instructional assistant, custodian, or food service worker, Apply Now! Becoming a substitute is an exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of students. For more information, please join us at one of our hiring events.

Increased Pay Rates

Pay rates have increased for the 2021/22 school year!
Pay rates vary based on education level, licensure status, and the assignment that you accept. For more details, view our comprehensive pay rate chart.

Additional Information

Job Requirements
To work in School District Five, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass all criminal background checks
  • Attend a group interview
  • Provide high school/GED or college transcripts 
  • Provide current South Carolina Teaching Certificate, if applicable
  • Attend an in-person training class

Career Kickstart Incentive
We’re hiring substitutes and support staff for school districts near you, and we’ll help pay for the credentials required to get you into the classroom. Visit Kickstart.ESS.com for full program details.

Refer a friend, make $100.
If you know someone who would make an excellent substitute teacher or support staff member, we want to hear from you! Through the ESS Refer a Friend program, we’ll pay you $100 for every eligible friend you refer to help support our schools and students. If your friend applies, gets hired, and meets the eligibility requirements, you’ll receive a $100 gift card. Visit Refer.ESS.com to get started!

Contact Information
Contact us at HREast@ESS.com or call us at 877.983.2244 to speak with an employee engagement representative. We are available Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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