Recruiting the most talented educators is not easy. Most of them usually cannot be reached that effortlessly. If you are assigned to recruit the best teaching candidates, you must know what to avoid and what to write. The burden of the school’s improvement lies entirely on your shoulders. Here are some pointers to consider when you start writing the job description:

Pay attention to detail. A comprehensive job description must have the following:

  1. Salary. This part may not be necessary at all, but it can help candidates who are in search for higher pay. It also helps entry-level candidates see that they cannot expect director head-level compensation, even for a large company.
  2. The position’s overview. You should explain how the job fits the organization. Indicate the general responsibilities and the person to whom the person would report. Show the highlights, experience, and skills of the position.
  3. Definite job title. This will set the job description’s tone. Saying just the word “grade school teacher” will bring in a lot of teachers who specialize in various subjects. Saying “Biology Teacher” or “Carpentry Teacher” will narrow down the selection of applicants.
  4. Perks. You can attract more suitable candidates if you tell them what benefits the right candidates can expect from the school in which they are going to work. Flexible work hours, retirement savings, paid leave, and insurance are some of the perks you can enumerate.
  5. Required experience level. A level of experience is always needed for a specific position, especially when it concerns about educating people. Specify what you need on the job description, so that applicants can know if they are underqualified or overqualified for the job.
  6. Avoid buzzwords. Words that usually target the start-up, young, and hip crowd can seem pretentious or trying a bit too hard to please the young professionals. It is awkward to read a job description for a “teaching superstar” or a “curriculum ninja”. Use words such as “supervisor” or “specialist”. Keep in mind that professionals are reading your job description because of the open opportunity. Focus more on relaying the description clearly and accurately.
  7. The right length helps. A job description that has 700 to 1,200 words is about enough to elaborate on what possible candidates need to know about the position.
  8. Make use of strong action words. Do this to keep the applicants interested. Use keywords to help database and online searches. Keywords significant to the teaching position can guide potential applicants to the right path.
  9. Stay realistic. While writing the job description, discern if one person can do the tasks the school requires. See if one person can truly perform that one job or is the position a combination of several jobs. It is best to be specific and to know if the school is realistic about the teaching position they are offering. Present your details clearly, so that you can attract the right candidates for the teaching position. If you are realistic and specific, then you will be able to filter the best teaching candidate from the right ones.


Article provided by, K-12 Recruitment Group – a recruiting firm focused exclusively on filling K-12 administrative leadership positions throughout the USA


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