Human Resources and Employment
Kent ISD Human Resources oversees the functions of more than 1,600 full-time and part-time staff in the ISD. We also support the efforts of 20 public school districts in Kent County through consultant and technical assistance. Additionally, by providing a regular forum for discussion of key issues, we can provide leadership and resources that help area human resource administrators "Lead Learning" in their districts. We pride ourselves on our flexibility, accessibility, and overall sense of caring for our staff and community.
Employment applications are only accepted via Frontline, our online application system. No hard copy resumes or packets will be accepted. If you are unable to access the internet, there is a computer kiosk available for your use during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Kent ISD's Educational Service Center, Parking Lot 11, 2930 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
What is the Kent ISD Consortium?
The Kent ISD Consortium is a group of school districts in Kent County dedicated to the recruitment, selection, employment and professional growth of quality educators, support staff, and personnel. When you submit your application, it will be entered into the Applitrack database, where it is available for viewing by all districts in the consortium. With the submission of a single application, you can apply for vacancies in any of the participating districts. Kent ISD does not manage or facilitate the hiring process for Consortium districts; each district independently manages its own hiring process. If you have questions regarding a specific vacancy, please contact the hiring district directly.
Kent ISD does not manage the job postings for Consortium districts. Each district manages its postings. If you have questions regarding a specific job posting, you should contact the hiring district directly. Kent ISD is unable to address position-specific questions.
How do I apply to the Consortium?
Submit your application via the easy online process. When you submit your online application to the consortium, it is also beneficial to upload supporting documentation, which may include your resume, teaching certificate or other credentials, college transcripts, or letters of recommendation.
Can I upload more than one cover letter?
At this time, unfortunately, no. Uploads are not vacancy-specific and can be seen by all districts reviewing the application, regardless of the vacancy they're reviewing for. In these situations, we usually make two recommendations: either compose a general cover letter or create one document containing all of the cover letters for the various vacancies. With the second option, be sure to include some text at the top of the document indicating to the administrator that the document contains multiple cover letters, and directing him to the correct cover letter.
How do I revise my application that is already in the system?
You can revise or update your application as often as you wish by logging in to the system and making necessary changes. Simply log in to your application as normal, make any updates, and save and submit. Your application needs to be up-to-date at all times. Please be sure your application always includes your correct mailing address, email address and telephone number(s). Equally important are name changes, additional degrees, new employers, etc.
When applying to multiple vacancies, do not uncheck any boxes on the "vacancy desired" page. Doing so will remove you from the applicant pool for those jobs you've unchecked. Rather, you should only add to, not subtract from, your application. Your application will re-write itself each time you submit your application, making the newest version automatically available.
Who do I contact if I still have questions?
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please get in touch with Dena Harris via email or at 616.365.2220.
It is the policy of the Kent ISD School Board that no student, staff member or candidate for any position in the District shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, origin, national origin, creed, ancestry, age, gender/sex, sexual orientation, marital status, height, weight, veteran status, political belief or disability which does not impair their ability to perform adequately in the individual's particular position or activity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or to be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which the Kent ISD School Board is responsible for or receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Coordinator for Title IX, Section 504, the Age Discrimination Act and Title II is:
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Legal Services
Title IX Coordinator
2930 Knapp NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Kent ISD is an equal opportunity employer
Payroll & Benefits
To get the most of the Kent ISD benefits packages and to learn all that is available, contact our staff in the Business Office.
- Pam Suntken, Payroll and Benefits Supervisor 616.447.2461
- Mary Fedewa, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator 616.365.2204
- Jill Turnquist, Benefits 616.365.2203
- Jason Gavie, Itinerant Payroll 616.365.2201
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is launching the Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators campaign for educators with expired credentials to return to the teaching workforce by reducing or eliminating professional learning recertification requirements.