Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Staffing, Concepts of
Arguably the most important administrative task accorded to educational leaders and administrators is staffing schools and school districts with the qualified teachers, administrators, and support staff required to deliver a quality educational program. Stated another way, staffing is the process whereby organizations acquire the human talent needed to accomplish the organization's goals and mission. Staffing includes two subprocesses that overlap to a considerable degree: recruitment and selection. Recruitment encompasses all activities conducted by the organization to generate initial pools of qualified applicants for position vacancies. Selection includes those activities used by the organization to reduce a pool of applicants down to a group of highly qualified finalists and, ultimately, the preferred job candidate who will receive a formal job offer. Although staffing potentially impacts virtually every aspect of school and school district operations—from instruction in the classroom to leadership at the school and school district levels—many individuals charged with carrying ...