Substitute Services

Apply for a Substitute Position with ESS for the School District of Philadelphia!

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

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

Apply to be a Substitute Principal

The School District of Philadelphia will continue to employ Substitute Principals. We are not currently hiring into our substitute pool however we are accepting new applications to be added onto the list of potential candidates should we need to re-open the pool.  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.