Site Selection Homepage

Welcome to the Site Selection Overview page!

This webpage is designed for external teacher and school counselor applicants who have applied to the Teacher Talent Pool or School Counselor Talent Pool and have been notified they passed the screening stage and are eligible to apply to open teacher and counselor roles for the upcoming school year.

“Site Selection” is the School District of Philadelphia’s process whereby eligible teacher and counselor candidates apply to open positions in their content area(s) via the district’s intranet portal, interview and receive offers for roles.

Please use the links to the right to navigate through the most important Site Selection information.

What Should I Expect? Site Selection Timeline 

  1. You apply to teach at the School District of Philadelphia via the Teacher Talent Pool or School Counselor Talent Pool.
  2.  Recruiters review applications on a rolling basis and within~ one week send an eligibility notification to you. Note: Some positions require additional interviews and screening.
  3. Review the Online Job Board to find openings in your content area(s). Use the Schools Map to learn more about school locations, view website and social media information, and find contact information for schools
  4. When you have identified a position you want apply to, log into the Site Selection Portal and apply to school openings listed in your content area(s).
  5. School leaders directly contact you to schedule virtual interviews and/or virtual demonstration lessons.
  6. When a school wants to hire you, the Principal will send you a Site Selection Form to sign.
  7. You sign and return the Site Selection Form to the Principal.
  8. Roughly 48 hours after you turn in the form, you will receive an official offer letter from their recruiter with a salary quote (based on experience as outlined on our Salary Page).
  9. You sign and return your offer letter within three business days. You’re hired!
  10.  You complete the hiring paperwork in the New Hire Checklist and attend a group hiring session to submit paperwork and sign up for benefits. Hiring paperwork takes approximately three (3) weeks to complete.
  11. You attend New Teacher Orientation (August 10-14, 2020) and then begin work!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Site Selection Portal

I am trying to log in to the Site Selection Portal and my log in information is not working. Why can’t I log in?  There are several reasons why you may not be able to log in at this time. The most common reasons are A) it hasn’t been 72 hours since you received eligibility notification or B) your social security number or last name was entered incorrectly on your application. Double check those first and email your recruiter if you are still having trouble. You can also view the External Candidate Site Selection Portal Instructions for a step by step guide for how to navigate this portal to apply to jobs.

I’m a current employee in a non-teacher role, log in to the Site Selection app, but I can’t see any roles! To see positions, you will have to have a certification on file. To add your certifications to your HR profile, you will need to email with a copy of your certification, which will be added so you can apply.

I logged into the Site Selection Portal but my certifications aren’t listed correctly. We uploaded whatever instructional certifications you listed in your application, either ones that you already possessed or that you were in the process of completing. If this list is wrong, please log back into your application, update the Certification section, and email your recruiter when complete. The certifications listed for you in the Site Selection Portal will be updated within 72 hours.

Help! One of the schools I applied to no longer shows up in my School Selections. If a school you applied to no longer shows up in your school selections, it is because the position has been filled.

Internal Transfers

I’m a current District teacher looking to transfer. How do I apply to positions? As of July 2019, current District teachers/counselors cannot transfer positions or locations until the 2020-21 school year. Please note that you must have accrued proper location seniority by spring 2020 in order to be eligible for the site selection process.


I am trying to get in touch with the right person to answer my site selection questions; who do I ask? Great question! If you are an external candidate, your recruiter is your go-to person to help you navigate the site selection process;

Chenoa Freeman – Elementary, Reading Specialists:

Emily Weaver – Social Studies, English, English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), World Languages:

Barry Zucker – Science, Math, Vocational- Career/Tech Ed:

Anna Garbuz- Special Education, Speech Language Pathologists, Health/PE:

Sara Metzger- Art, Music, School Counseling:

How else do I get in contact with a school if I’m interested in applying? The best way to meet schools with openings in your content area is to attend a district Hiring Event or review the Schools Directory to find school contact information. We encourage you to contact a school directly if you have applied to a position in the Site Selection Portal over two weeks ago and have not heard back.

Online Job Board

I see a job on the Online Job Board that I’m interested in applying to, but I don’t see it in the The Site Selection Portal to apply to. Why not? You can only see jobs in the Site Selection Portal that you hold (or will hold) certifications in; if you cannot apply to a job in the Site Selection Portal, it is most likely because you do not hold the certification to apply to the position. If you do hold a certification for the position, then the position may have just been filled and not yet updated on the Online Job Board.

How often is the Online Job Board updated? The Online Job Board is updated with current openings every work day at 5:00pm (not including weekends).

Site Selection Form

Is the site selection form binding? Yes! If you sign and return a site selection form to a school team, that is a binding agreement that you will accept an offer at that school. Your official offer with a salary quote will be sent to you within a few days of accepting the role. You should not sign more than one site selection form.