A Realistic Approach to Staffing: Why It Should be Viewed Like Enrollment | Greg Martin | 9 Min Read

Do you remember how you got your first teaching job in an independent school? What did that process look like? Was it via a search agency? Referral from a colleague? NAIS Job Board? LinkedIn? If you are on the hiring team at your school, what does that process feel like to you? Has it changed since you started in that role? As with enrollment, many of the systems and structures that have come to dominate the profession were found to be outmoded in the first years of the 21st century, with the 2008 financial crisis only speeding up the demise of the old and rise of the new. Admissions shifted to “enrollment”, the office grew, email and social media became standard, the admissions season became year-round, and now, thanks to Covid-19, Zoom tours and video interviews are just another tool for the office to utilize. All of this begs the question, with so much change in nearly every area of school life, why haven’t staffing practices changed as well? 

Staffing, from identifying talent to the hiring process to onboarding to the deployment of personnel, remains locked in the last century even though conditions have changed and nearly every other…

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Greg Martin

Greg grew up in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and attended the Peddie School, playing football and lacrosse. Greg graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a BA in Political Science. He then earned his MA in European History from Western Connecticut State University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Drexel University. Greg continues to research, write, and present on staffing models in American boarding schools. His work has been featured in the National Association of Independent Schools magazine. Greg is a regular presenter at the annual The Association of Boarding Schools Conference. Greg has also been a guest on the Enrollment Management Association's podcast several times and has contributed to The Trustees Letter on two occasions. Greg serves on the advisory board for the Independent School MA program at Mount Holyoke College. Greg currently serves as the Humanities Chair at Vermont Academy.