Substitute Teacher- Austin Region (21-22)



Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools: 

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! 

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021)and Jacksonville, FL (2022)! 

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. 

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video. 

About Austin

Austin is a vibrant city filled with a rich cultural heritage and is ranked as the #1 Best Place to Live for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. The city of Austin is the state capital and holds the ranking as the 11th largest city in the United States. Currently, Austin is home to 16 of IDEA’s schools and serves nearly 7,800 students at campuses in Greater Austin. In a city that is a hub for knowledge, IDEA is working to support the community through education, which is the single most effective anti-poverty strategy we possess as a nation. This is why we focus on AP courses for all students, college acceptance, and matriculation. Only 1 in 8 Austin students graduate college-ready. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students. Our goal is to serve over 10,000 students by 2022. 

Role Mission: 

In the absence of the classroom teacher, the substitute teacher provides instruction, encourages student progress, and manages the learning environment. The substitute teacher position is responsible for always ensuring student safety by supervising scholars with strong classroom management. This position reports directly to the Regional Substitute Teacher Staffing Manager and is managed at the campus level for day-to-day assignments by the campus principal and instructional lead team. 

Why become a Substitute Teacher at IDEA? 

IDEA substitute teachers are provided with competitive compensation while preparing them for success in the classroom working alongside high-performing teachers and receiving on-demand quality training at their fingertips. We are committed to creating a welcoming environment where substitute teachers are part of our IDEA Team & Family and are given the opportunities to learn, develop, and grow into future classroom teachers or co-teachers. We also welcome any veteran or retired teacher who wants to be part of our program to serve scholars in pursuit of our College-for-All mission.


1- Demonstrates professional practices in teaching.

  •  Follows teacher lesson plans as indicated by administration or absent teacher. 
  • Implements a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns with campus-wide initiatives while developing students’ character and sense of community in the classroom.  
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage work-related tasks.  
  • Helps shape and develop a school-wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student. 
  • Assigns reasonable tasks and homework to students, as indicated by absent teacher or administration. 
  • Models correct use of English oral and written language. 
  • Supports campus personnel to reach our overall student persistence goals by providing a high-quality parent and student experience. 
2- Participates in professional development training and ongoing evaluation reviews. 
  • Completes assigned professional development training courses (synchronous or asynchronous) upon hire, and throughout the school year as needed. 
  • Engages in ongoing evaluation reviews by campus leaders or teachers whose classroom is covered by the substitute.  
  • Receives ongoing coaching and feedback from campus instructional lead team and/or Regional Substitute Staffing Manager for the region, as needed. 
3- Follows professional practices and regulations consistent with IDEA systems and policies in working with students, students’ records, parents, and colleagues. 
  • Conducts assigned classes at the times scheduled.  
  • Typical substitute teacher schedule is 7am-4pm which includes lesson planning time to be used for breaks. 
  • Is punctual. 
  • Dresses in a manner consistent with school policies. 
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and appropriate records and files. 
  • Enforces regulations concerning student conduct and discipline. 
  • Interacts in a professional manner with students and parents. 
  • Maintains student confidentiality. 
  • Works cooperatively with all school personnel and parents. 
4- Acts in a professional manner. 
  • Takes precautions to protect records, equipment, materials, and facilities. 
  • Assumes responsibility for supervising students in out-of-class settings. 
  • Establishes and maintains a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding, and respect for the communities in which they identify.   
  • Performs all other tasks and duties as assigned. 
5- Values of IDEA  
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college. 
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly  
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values    


  • Minimum of 48 college credit hours or +1 year working with children
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution strongly preferred.  
  • Classroom Experience may compensate for education requirements. 
  • Able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. 
  • Works cooperatively with all school personnel and Campus Principal. 
  • Unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children, and a commitment to developing a school-wide culture that fosters a productive, enthusiastic learning environment. 
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback with a desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher. 
  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in the United States. 


  • Compensation for this role is $85 per day for non-degreed substitute teachers and $135 per day for degreed subs. An increase in pay occurs when substitute works for long-term assignments (+10 consecutive days on the same job).
  • This is a part-time temporary role 

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.