Welcome to Carson's Corner! In this blog series, I, Carson Pierse, share with you the goings-on in the BASIS.ed Network from my perspective as a BASIS Scottsdale alumna.
I graduated from BASIS Scottsdale in 2010. After earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Management from Hillsdale College, I returned home to Arizona and to my BASIS.ed roots, joining the BASIS.ed Talent Acquisition department as a teacher Recruitment Coordinator. I then leapt at the opportunity to join BASIS Independent Manhattan as an Admissions Coordinator where I get to help shape our school community in its founding year, and in years to come.
We call our teachers at BASIS.ed-managed schools the bread and butter of our curriculum. Why, you ask? Our teachers are what make the BASIS.ed curriculum so successful. Their passion, energy, and knowledge brings their lessons to life and drives home the content for each and every BASIS.ed student. You may wonder how we continue to find the caliber of talent that leads to the successful execution of the BASIS.ed curriculum. For that we turn to our Talent Acquisition Department at BASIS.ed in Arizona. I recently sat down with Tim Smith, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, to chat about our hiring process and how it functions across the BASIS.ed Network. Additionally, as a former member of the Talent Acquisition Team, I am excited to share with you all of the hard work that goes into finding the best teachers for your children.
In part 1 of How do we hire our teachers? I will share a bit more insight into the Talent Acquisition Team, how we find our teachers, and what we are looking for.
Unlike most schools, we have a designated team of recruiting professionals, not buried in an HR Department, assigned to find top-notch talent for our program. Our team members have unique backgrounds in both education and recruiting, giving them both an understanding of what makes an effective teacher as well as an in-depth understanding of the job-search climate and what teachers look for. The team is made up of former professors, teachers, career BASIS.ed employees, and agency recruiters. Given their diverse backgrounds, the team is seasoned in experience with the best recruiting and talent acquisition practices for identifying and attracting quality educators.
I also had the opportunity to chat with Mendy Metcalfe, the dedicated BASIS Independent Schools teacher recruiter. Mendy holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. She has over 8 years of experience in education, including teaching high school science and math as well as consulting schools nationwide on K-12 education curriculum and instructional software solutions. Mendy also has 5 years of recruiting experience across multiple industries. She is passionate about connecting candidates with great opportunities and is thrilled to be recruiting top teacher talent for BASIS.ed schools.
How do they do it?
Utilizing their training in recruiting tactics, the BASIS.ed Talent Acquisition Team attracts top talent and provides potential candidates with more information about teaching at BASIS.ed-managed schools and how our environment offers career satisfaction as an educator by joining our growing organization.
The Talent Acquisition Team employs tactics such as recruiting/marketing analytics, Search Engine Marketing (SEM)/Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a mobile optimized career site, a compelling value proposition, and social media to attract the exceptional teachers BASIS.ed is looking for. We have an attractive work environment, and we strive to make that information easily accessible.
Additionally, the Talent Acquisition Team has a designated University Relations Manager who builds relationships with universities and meets with department heads so that they know who we are, what we are looking for in our teachers, and what type of teaching career we can offer to their students. Through their efforts, we have seen a consistent increase in the number of teachers recruited from the Ivy League schools, top rated universities, and top education schools.
BASIS.ed also has a strong global recruitment strategy. Now that our network includes international schools, we have broadened our global recruiting initiatives and expanded our search to attract top teaching talent from around the world. Currently there are teachers from more than 27 countries working within the BASIS.ed Network.
Another amazing resource for identifying quality candidates is internal referrals, which made up approximately 18% of new hires last year. Roughly 1 in 5 current teachers are recruiting like-minded individuals to the BASIS.ed Network. Not only are we delivering an incredible education to our students, but we are also providing our teachers with a work environment that they love and recommend to other passionate teachers.
All of this recruiting success would not be possible without our stellar reputation. BASIS.ed-managed schools hold top rankings nationwide. When this is combined with our recruiting efforts and the autonomy we give our teachers in the classroom, we become a sought-after employer.
What are we looking for?
Since BASIS.ed places a strong emphasis on the teacher as the cornerstone of our curriculum, we diligently search for a particular candidate to teach in our schools. Some of the qualities we look for are:
- A deep knowledge of and a strong passion for a particular subject area, and the ability to display that passion through classroom instruction.
- The ability to connect with students.
- Collaboration with other teachers, which is especially important with our primary school teachers.
- Teachers that will go the extra mile and are committed to student achievement.
- Teachers that value the ability to be autonomous in their classrooms.
What does all of this mean?
The BASIS.ed Talent Acquisition Team and our school leadership take great pride in being able to fill our schools with outstanding teaching talent, and provide our students with high caliber educators. Our students' high achievement is due in part to the type of teachers they have and it is our goal to continue providing that to all of our schools. As parents, you can be confident that the teachers we bring into our community are going to provide the students with the world-class education of a BASIS.ed-managed school.
Stay tuned for part 2 of How do we hire our teachers? where I will walk you through our rigorous hiring process and how your children can be a part of forming our inaugural teaching community!
Know anyone that would make a great fit as a BASIS.ed Teacher? Please visit http://jobs.basised.com for more information about our positions.
Want to learn more about our program? Come visit us at an upcoming event. I look forward to meeting you and sharing more about my experience.
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