Thank you for your interest in being a substitute through High Desert ESD!

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Applications will be accepted through April 18, 2025!

The High Desert ESD provides substitute teaching (licensed) and educational assistant/secretary (classified) services for many local school districts including Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond, Crook County (licensed substitutes only), Sisters, Culver, Powell Butte Charter School, Redmond Proficiency Academy and Seven Peaks School. Additionally, the ESD provides substitute services to area Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC). We work directly with the High Desert ESD Human Resources Department.

2024-2025 Substitute pay rates:
Licensed: $211.92 per 8 hour day = $26.49 per hour (4 or 8 hour shifts)
Licensed Long Term: $242.72
Classified: $17.00 per hour

HOW TO BECOME A SUBSTITUTE EMPLOYEE:

An application for the school year in session must be completed in the High Desert ESD Application Portal. In the High Desert ESD Application Portal, search for “Substitute” in the in the “Job Listings Search” field, then select the appropriate application from the list. The following is required with your application:

    • Cover letter that details your experience working with youth and why you want to be a substitute.
    • Three references with current email addresses.
    • All employment history (up to 15 years past, even if not related to education). If you don’t have up to 15 years employment history, document this on your application.

Step 1. A current, valid Oregon teaching license is required to substitute as a teacher.

Do you have an active teaching license in Oregon, or is your license currently in process with Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)?

Yes
A. Apply for the “Licensed Substitute Teacher” job through the High Desert ESD Application Portal.
B. Continue to step 2 below.
NoDo you have an active teaching license in another State?

Yes
A. Contact TSPC to apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License.
B. Apply for the “Licensed Substitute Teacher” job through the High Desert ESD Application Portal. (NOTE: You may attend Substitute Orientation while your license is pending with TSPC.)
C. Continue to step 2 below.
NoDo you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher?

Yes
A. Apply for the “Restricted License Substitute Teacher” job through the High Desert ESD Application Portal.
B. Email Kristen Johns (kristen.johns@hdesd.org) to request a review of your High Desert ESD application and request sponsorship for the “Restricted Substitute License” through TSPC. (Do not apply for the TSPC license before receiving High Desert ESD sponsorship approval.) If approved for sponsorship, you will then receive additional information and instructions to proceed with the TSPC “Restricted Substitute License.” (NOTE: You may attend Substitute Orientation while your license is pending with TSPC.)
C. Continue to step 2 below.
No – Apply for the “Classified Substitute: Paraeducator/Educational Assistant/Secretary” job through the High Desert ESD Application Portal, then continue to step 2 below.

Step 2. You will receive an automated email from the High Desert ESD Application portal confirming your application has been received.

Step 3. Next, you will receive an email with a link to request registration for your in-person mandatory orientation.

A. After you complete the orientation registration request, your HDESD application will be reviewed.
B. If your HDESD application is complete and approved, you will receive an email confirming your orientation registration and the Redmond location address.

Important information regarding orientation:

  • HDESD Substitute Orientation dates are offered multiple times each month, on weekdays through the school year.
  • Dates and the locations for the Orientation will be provided to applicants via email invitation once their applications are received.
  • Orientation starts promptly at 9:00 am and plan to be there until 12:30 pm.
  • On the same day, after you attend orientation, you will be required to complete a drug screening. High Desert ESD does not test for alcohol or THC. The paperwork and locations for the drug screening will be provided to you at Orientation. If you have questions regarding the mandatory drug screening, please contact the Human Resources office before orientation.
  • Before attending Substitute Orientation, print and complete the following forms: HDESD Substitute Documents and Forms. Bring the completed forms and required supporting documentation to Substitute Orientation. If all required documents/forms are not brought to Substitute Orientation, you will be required to schedule a time to return with the required documents/forms.

Helpful links:

HDESD Substitute Onboarding Checklist & Timeline – updated July 2024!
Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/TSPC/Pages/index.aspx
Talent Ed Recruit & Hire (High Desert ESD Application Portal): https://highdesert.cloud.talentedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx 
Badge & BLPS Barcode/QR Code FAQ’s: https://www.hdesd.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/High-Desert-ESD-HDESD-Badge-FAQs-rev.-12.08.2023.pdf

High Desert ESD Job Posting Updates – sign up here: High Desert ESD Application Portal

Contacts:
Questions/Information (e.g. license types, onboarding process, etc.): Ann Marie Anderson, 541-693-5621, annmarie.anderson@hdesd.org
Substitute Placement Specialist (Red Rover questions, timesheet questions, available jobs, etc.): Tiffany Whitehurst, 541-693-5626, tiffany.whitehurst@hdesd.org