Careers at Chesterfield County Public Schools

Our mission is bold and our vision is clear.

As one of the largest and most innovative school divisions in the nation, Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to creating a better tomorrow through authentic and captivating learning experiences. With work guided by the values of equity, integrity, teamwork and ingenuity, we believe that a better tomorrow is created one student at a time. Through our strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, our focus is to create an infinite learner mindset while encouraging students and staff to exemplify personal responsibility and supportive relationships. 

We think our schools are pretty amazing, but we aren’t the only ones. Our award-winning school division – which includes six National Blue Ribbon Schools, seven National Title I Distinguished Schools and six Middle Schools to Watch – is often cited as the reason people choose to live and work here. Educators from outside of our school division routinely visit our nationally-recognized schools to learn more about what we are doing, how we are doing it and why we are doing it. Our outstanding teachers, support staff members and leaders are top-notch educators whom others seek to emulate, and quite simply – we would like for you to consider joining us.  

You have a choice to make, and we would like for you to choose Chesterfield.

Career Opportunities

“As a teacher at Falling Creek Middle School, I was empowered to build innovative lessons that directly connected with my students. I was pushed to think outside the box in how I delivered content and in doing so, my confidence reached new heights. Over the past decade, I have moved from a beginning teacher, to teacher and department chair, to dean of students, to assistant principal, to associate principal, and now to principal of Elizabeth Davis Middle School. Over that stretch, I have been impacted by the best and the brightest. I have been pushed to think critically, empathize mightily and lead equitably. I have been given opportunities to grow, and I continue to move forward. Chesterfield County Public Schools has allowed me to lead with my heart, and they have supported me all along the way.”

Dr. Matthew Strittmater, Principal, Elizabeth Davis Middle School

Bus driver with a student

Professional Development

The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) is hosted by the Office of Professional Learning in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Educators new to the county, their school or the profession participate in school-based programming to acclimate to a new school community and develop skills and strategies aligned with the school’s vision and practices. Further, new educators are assigned a formal mentor, and in this mentoring relationship, they participate in peer observations and collaborative conversations with a veteran educator to continue developing instructional practices while also building collegial relationships within his or her school.


Opportunities and Growth

Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to creating authentic and captivating learning conditions for members of Team Chesterfield through its Office of Professional Learning. From nurturing new teachers to providing pathways into leadership, we believe the best things happen for our students when the adults in their learning environments are supported.  

By aligning high quality programming and structures of support, CCPS is focused on ensuring that pathways exist for all members of Team Chesterfield to maximize engagement while having access to continual learning. From developing professional learning opportunities as a division to partnering with local colleges and universities, our staff members, like our students, have access to authentic and captivating learning experiences.  

Great Benefits


Along with offering competitive salaries, Chesterfield County Public Schools also offers a comprehensive benefits package. Below are just a few of the many benefits offered to all full-time CCPS employees:

  • Health insurance through Anthem
  • Dental insurance through Delta Dental
  • Membership with the Virginia Retirement System
  • Hybrid 401a
  • Hybrid 457
  • Basic and group life insurance
  • Disability and long-term care
  • Health insurance credit

Email [email protected] if you have questions.

Loan Forgiveness

Are you excited about your career as a teacher, but concerned about your student loan debt? We have good news! You may be eligible for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program. This is a program managed by the US Department of Education to help recruit and retain teachers at high-needs schools across the country. 

To qualify, you must teach for five complete and consecutive years in a low-income school. Low-income schools are defined as schools which have at least 30.1% of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Of Chesterfield’s 64 schools, 34 qualify for this program. You can learn more about the TLFP program here, and you can find the VDOE’s list of schools here.

Tuition Reimbursement

Do you have a desire to grow professionally and academically, but are worried about the high cost of college tuition? Do you want to invest in your future and grow your earning potential? Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Tuition Assistance Program is designed for people like you!

Twice a year, CCPS awards reimbursement for completed college courses, and any full-time employee is eligible. All you have to do is sign up for a college class, earn a passing grade, send us your transcripts, and you could receive up to $2,000 per year to help pay for your college courses. Tuition assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. Email [email protected]  for more information.


Do you want to work for an employer who values your physical health? Chesterfield County Public Schools has an employee wellness program called C-Fit which is specifically designed for your physical well-being. Some of the many benefits of C-Fit include nutrition and diet programs, smoking-cessation programs, fitness classes and much more. We also offer a wellness incentive program where you can earn up to $360 by practicing good health habits.

You can email [email protected] for more information.

What our Team Says

Eric Dillard

Special Education Teacher
at Ettrick Elementary

 I love working for a  large division like Chesterfield, because there are so many opportunities for me as an educator to connect my talents to our students.

Matthew Strittmatter

at Elizabeth Davis Middle

As a teacher at Falling Creek Middle School, I was empowered to build innovative lessons that directly connected with my students.

Morgan Hargrave

Chemistry Teacher
at Midlothian High

 I witnessed first hand how supportive CCPS was of their teachers, employees and students.  The professional development opportunities and many other resources have allowed us to keep learning and bettering ourselves as the times change.

Great place to live and play

“Chesterfield County has it all – beautiful neighborhoods, a wide variety of shopping and dining options and an incredible school system!”

Reagan Dinelli, Instructional Designer, Clover Hill Elementary School

The fifth-most populous county in Virginia, Chesterfield County is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. The strong economy, affordable cost of living and excellent schools make Chesterfield County a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Chesterfield County is routinely found at the top of national rankings:

  • Among the 100 best communities for young people
  • 37th best county in which to live

The greater Richmond region features award-winning restaurants, a thriving arts scene and a rich history. Whether you love exploring the outdoors or museums, central Virginia has much to offer. Chesterfield County is just two hours from the ocean, mountains and Washington, D.C.

Application Process

Applying for Employment Vacancies

  • In order to apply for employment vacancies with CCPS, an online application is required.
  • Applications are accepted for announced vacancies only, and must be submitted by the announcement closing date and time.

Employment Consideration

Applicants considered for employment must successfully complete the following background investigations:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Investigation
  • State Police Criminal History Investigation
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigation
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Record Check (for positions requiring driving)
  • Drug test and physical (bus driver positions)
  • Tuberculosis Screening/Test

Computer Access  

Access to computers and staff assistance is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the School Board Central Office, located at 9900 Krause Road.

For additional information regarding the application process, contact the Human Resources Department at 804-748-1984.

An EOE/M|F|D employer


The Office of Compensation and Benefits develops and administers a compensation system that allows the Chesterfield County Public School system to attract, motivate and retain excellent employees at all levels of service. Chesterfield County Public Schools provides a variety of benefits to assist employees and their family members in living more healthy and productive lives. This information is not intended to be a complete benefit-by-benefit analysis. Its purpose is to draw attention to the various benefits offered by the school division. For additional plan details, refer to the Compensation and Benefits Department contact list. For additional information about benefits or retirement, call 804-748-1226 or email questions to [email protected].

Join the CCPS Substitute Teacher Team

We would love to have you join the Chesterfield County Public Schools Substitute Teacher Team. We are currently accepting applications for:

Is substitute teaching the right fit for you?

  • Are you looking to re-enter the workforce at your own pace?
  • Considering becoming a licensed teacher?
  • Want a way to give back to your community?
  • Need a flexible work schedule? 
  • Enjoy helping children succeed? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then substitute teaching may be a good fit for you. 

How do I get started? Where can I find the application?

  • Simply click here to get started. 

What happens once my application is received? 

  • Once your application is reviewed and processed, you will receive an email to schedule a telephone interview. 
    • Make sure your best contact email address and phone number are listed. 

The Interview

  • The interview will last approximately 10 minutes. You will be asked a series of questions and given the opportunity to ask questions about the hiring process. (Q: add something about “we’ll be able to tell you if you are moving forward in the proces”?) 

After the Interview

  • You’re almost there… 
    • Be on the lookout for an email from the Substitute Team with information regarding setting up a fingerprinting appointment at our offices (9900 Krause Road) and the Tuberculosis Screening Form. 

Welcome Aboard

  • You did it!
    • Be sure to watch the orientation video and set up your Smartfind Express account. Details and instructions will be included in the Orientation email.

Candidate FAQ’s 

  • How much do subs make?
    • Currently, substitutes are paid a daily rate of $101.50. On all Fridays and High Demand days, substitutes are paid $203/day. You will be sent a list of High Demand Days once you are cleared to begin work. There are also long-term assignments, but you must have an Associate’s Degree or higher to be eligible. Pay is received bimonthly.
  • How many days can I work?
    • Per the Affordable Care Act, subs can work a maximum of 134 days per school year. This is a federal regulation. 
  • Is there a minimum number of days I need to work? 
    • Substitutes must work 3 assignments per school year to remain active for the next school year.
  • Benefits?
    • There are no health or dental benefits associated with this position.
  • How do I find jobs?
    • SmartFind Express is the website where teacher’s put in their absences and substitutes find jobs to pick up. Once you’ve completed your pre-employment requirements, you’ll be sent information about how to access this. You can sign up for phone calls or go online to look for available jobs. There’s also a mobile app.
  • Am I able to work at all the schools?
    • Yes, all substitutes are eligible for K-12 jobs, unless requested otherwise. If you would like to limit your availability to specific schools, reach out to someone on the Substitute Team, and we will help you out.
  • How long before I can start working?
    • Before you can begin working we must have the background check and the TB test. How long it takes to complete those two tasks is up to you. For most people, the average is two weeks.
  • Is there any training?
    • Yes, once you’ve been officially hired as a substitute you will be assigned training videos that you will watch online that go over Chesterfield policy as well as substitute-specific training.
  • What is a long-term assignment?
    • A long-term assignment is a subbing job in the same location, same position, for 20 consecutive days or more. You must have a higher degree to be eligible for these assignments. Once you reach the 21st day in the assignment, your rate of pay goes up to $203 per day and is retroactive to the first day worked. 
    • You are eligible if you have an AA degree or higher.
  • Year Round School (YRS) and Summer School (SS)
    • All subs are eligible for the YRS, but SS is something we make determinations about each school year depending on staffing needs. 
  • Will I get paid for a Snow Day? 
    • No.
  • Tuberculosis Screening – will you accept either the blood or skin test?
    • Yes, VA state law just states we need a written statement that is signed and dated by a licensed medical professional that the individual is “tuberculosis free”. The TB Risk Assessment is also acceptable. 
  • Can I substitute in my kids’ classroom? 
    • You may do so at the discretion of the principal and/or the classroom teacher. 
  • How do I remain active for the following school year?
    • Subs will remain active for the following school year as long as they have worked at least three assignments the previous school year and completed the modules in Impact U over the summer. 

Ready to join the CCPS Substitute Team? Click here.

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