How to write a Substitute Teacher job description

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Substitute Teacher job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Substitute Teacher job titles

    Sub Teacher
    Substitute Teacher (Long-Term)
    Substitute Teacher (High School)
    Substitute Teacher (PreK-12)
    Substitute Teacher (Full-Time)

Substitute Teacher job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Substitute Teacher job summary

Acme School District is looking for energetic and motivated substitute teachers to work with students at all levels, from pre-kindergarten to high school. The best candidates for substitute teacher jobs have a bachelor’s degree and enjoy working with children. They are flexible and have some sort of education experience. Official experience and/or a state teaching license is good, but we welcome those with informal experience too. For example, if you have worked as a tutor, child care provider or babysitter, you could be a great asset to our district. We have lots of opportunities for the right candidates, and you can prioritize certain schools, subjects, grades and even classrooms. Our system is modern, and you’ll be notified via phone or text message (your preference) when an assignment opens up. Successful candidates will have to undergo a background check and TB test at our expense.

Substitute Teacher responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Substitute Teacher responsibilities

    Follow regular teacher’s lesson plans in a way that ensures consistency and optimal learning, and that encourages students to participate
    Assign classwork and homework as necessary, according to lesson plans
    Modify teaching styles to fit the learning styles of various students
    Maintain a well-managed classroom and positive learning environment
    Supervise students out of class such as in the hallways and in the cafeteria
    Create lesson plans, grade classwork, homework and tests and attend parent-teacher conferences (only for long-term sub assignments)

Substitute Teacher qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Substitute Teacher skills

    Bachelor’s degree
    Strong command of English language
    Above-average competency in at least two subject areas (such as math and social studies); overall average competency in most or all subjects
    Ability to remember many names
    Flexible, friendly and good at establishing quick rapport with students
    Setting the proper tone from the beginning for classroom management

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