We can’t wait for you to join the ESS family!

Current SDP Substitutes
We are pleased to announce that SDP has appointed ESS to manage its substitute program beginning in July. It is our sincere hope that you will continue to substitute for the District by joining the SDP/ESS family.

We cannot thank the SDP’s substitutes enough for stepping in at a moment’s notice to ensure Philadelphia’s students experience continuity in academic and support services.
Please continue accepting assignments with Kelly Services for the rest of the 2021/22 school year.

On July 1, 2022, ESS will officially begin managing the SDP substitute program. You are under no obligation to join ESS. However, to continue as a substitute in SDP next school year, you must be employed by ESS.

How Can I Learn More and Apply with ESS?

The onboarding process consists of three easy steps, and the ESS team will be there to support you every step of the way.

Step 1: Sign Up and Attend a Virtual Onboarding Meeting

At this meeting, you’ll learn everything you need to know about transitioning to ESS. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with ESS employees, ask questions, learn about the company, and hear about all the amazing perks available to you. 

To make the transition process as easy as possible, the ESS team is working with the District to obtain your credentials. ESS will notify you if any additional information is needed. Please note that Kelly Services should have your information on file and they should be able to provide it to you. The ESS team will go over the entire credentialing process during this virtual onboarding meeting.

Click the Virtual Onboarding Meeting – Register button below to sign up for a meeting. After this virtual meeting, you will also need to attend an in-person session for Step 3: In-Person I-9 Processing & Photo ID Session.

Wednesday, June 22nd
Wednesday, June 29th

30 pm

Step 2: Apply Online and Complete Your Application

Click the Application – Apply button below to apply through our user-friendly online application. If additional information is needed during the application process, an ESS team member will be assigned to you after you apply. Substitute candidates must complete their application and I-9 documentation before attending the in-person meeting in Step 3.

Step 3: Sign Up and Attend an In-Person I-9 Processing & Photo ID Session

At this in-person session, you will need to provide your proper forms of ID for I-9 verification and have your photo taken for your ESS badge. We’ll also be giving a $25 gift card to every substitute that attends! 

Please make sure you bring proper forms of ID to this I-9 processing session for verification. Click here for a list of the proper forms of ID for I-9 verification. Also, be sure you’ve completed your digital I-9 form during your application process prior to attending this meeting.

Click the
In-Person Session – Register button below to sign up for the 20-minute time slot that you wish to attend.

Monday, June 27th
Four Points by Sheraton 
9461 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114.

Sessions run every half hour from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please attend the time slot that works best for you.
2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28th
Galdo’s Catering & Entertainment
1933 W Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Sessions run every half hour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please attend the time slot that works best for you.
3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Additional Information

Prospective Substitutes
If you’re new to the School District of Philadelphia and you’re interested in working as a substitute teacher or support staff starting in the fall, 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.

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.

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. To work as a substitute in the School District of Philadelphia, you must pass all criminal background checks and meet the education requirements.

Pay Rates
Substitute employees will continue to be paid the same pay rates under the ESS program. Pay rates vary based on education level, licensure status, and the assignment that you accept. For more details, click the Pay Rate Chart button below to view our comprehensive pay rate chart.

We’re pleased to share that daily bonuses for Philadelphia substitutes will be carrying over to the first half of next school year as the District switches its services to ESS. Next school year (August – December), all positions will receive a $25 per day bonus.

Refer a Friend, Earn $100!
If you work for ESS or the School District of Philadelphia and you know someone who would make an excellent substitute teacher or support staff member, we want to hear from you! Simply fill out our Refer a Friend form. If your friend applies, gets hired, and meets the eligibility requirements, you’ll receive a $100 bonus.

Contact Information
Thank you for your patience during the transition. If you have any immediate questions, please email SDPSubs@ESS.com or call 215.261.5523.