Substitute Services

Apply for a Substitute Position for the Current School Year (SY 21-22)

Kelly Education® (KE®) is proud to partner with the School District of Philadelphia to provide exceptional substitute teachers, assistants and food service workers.  At Kelly, we believe that education is a shared responsibility.  It goes beyond the career, beyond the job, and beyond the market forces of education – because we are members, we are parents, and we are involved with the communities we serve. We are a company who invests in our employees, recognizes their achievements, and are committed to the noble purpose of educating our youth.

If you are looking for meaningful part-time work in education, this is the perfect opportunity for you.  With more than 200 schools and the need for up to 1,000 substitutes each day, there are plenty of options for you to work as frequently as you’d like.

Apply to be a Substitute Principal

The School District of Philadelphia will continue to employ Substitute Principals. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application through Taleo.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, two of which have been as a Principal or Assistant Principal, educational administrator or other leadership position at the elementary, middle or secondary school level.

Additional Documents Needed:

  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for an Elementary or Secondary School Principal.

Apply for a Substitute Position For School Year 22-23

The School District of Philadelphia has partnered with ESS to manage its substitute program beginning July 1, 2022.

ESS is an award-winning education personnel and management company. They specialize in placing qualified substitute employees in daily and long-term K-12 school district positions such as substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support staff. ESS provides dynamic solutions to school districts and professional opportunities to passionate educators. The ESS team is made up of dedicated individuals who share a common goal of providing all students with excellent education every day.

ESS offers 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.

Questions about working as a substitute with ESS? Please visit or contact ESS at 215.261.5523 or email