Lessons in efficient education recruitment.
There’s a war for talent in K–12 education. And things got even tougher for IDEA Public Schools when it needed to quickly find a new principal. IDEA used the advanced search features on LinkedIn Recruiter and leveraged its existing LinkedIn connections to make this critical hire within a month (blinding speed for any charter school).
A school without a principal
It is not ideal to lose a principal mid-year. But that’s just what happened at IDEA Public Schools. It was March, state testing time in Texas. So IDEA recruiters needed to find a top quality candidate as soon as possible to make sure the school continued to function, the students excelled, and the teachers were happy.
The pipeline pays off in a crisis
The school immediately started working with LinkedIn Recruiter. And luckily, it had already been putting together a pool of candidates for an innovative training program for future principals. After engaging its connections, IDEA made the hire within a month of posting the vacancy, timing that’s unheard of in the world of leadership recruitment for charter schools. The new principal had the chance to train and get used to the role through the end of the school year, and then launch in the new school year.
Main product used:
Greater access to talent
With unprecedented access to candidates, IDEA can gain leaders that will truly train teachers the right way.
Savings benefit the students
With the K–12 educator discount from LinkedIn, IDEA can direct even more money to creating a great educational experience for its students.
Quality plus speed
The quality of applicants found after 30 minutes of searching on LinkedIn was higher than IDEA had seen in three months from applicant pools.
“If you're truly an exceptional educational professional, you're probably on LinkedIn. So it's become a really great source for us.”
IDEA Public Schools
ABOUT Idea Public Schools
IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K–12 public charter schools in the United States. IDEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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