Sample Substitute Teacher Job Description

Job Description

In the [School District X], our teachers have a profound impact on students’ lives. When they have planned or unplanned absences, we rely on skilled substitutes to fill in. We are currently looking for engaging, reliable substitute teachers to cover classes at all levels, from pre-kindergarten to high school. In this position, you will take over for full-time teachers in their absence, carrying out the their lesson plans and ensuring students have a fulfilling classroom experience. The ideal candidates will have prior substitute-teaching experience and the ability to lead the class in an orderly fashion. The most successful substitutes can count on consistent work throughout the district.

Objectives of this Role

  • Maintain schedule availability to accept opportunities that arise
  • Execute lesson plans consistent with the teacher’s guidelines, and school curriculum
  • Uphold an orderly classroom environment and provide a positive learning experience
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency protocols, such as fire drills and lockdowns
  • Adhere to all school policies and procedures

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Carry out lesson plan instructions from the classroom teacher, and/or create lesson plans in absence of a prepared lesson
  • Take attendance according to school procedure
  • Assign homework according to teacher’s lesson plans
  • Supplement lesson plans with your own class activities if lessons end early
  • Create and maintain a discipline and classroom control that fosters a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school policies
  • Complete a report form, including absences, progress with lesson plan, disciplinary actions, positive experiences, etc.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced competency in at least two subjects; general competency in all others
  • Scheduling availability, flexibility, patience
  • Confidence and proficiency in giving instruction
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching certificate
  • Bilingual (English, Spanish)
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