Careers at LPS

Work with us!

We offer full-time and flexible opportunities. Explore teaching, support staff and administrative positions—join us to nurture, strengthen and educate students in a dynamic learning environment.

Why Join Lincoln Public Schools?

Work with a Purpose

Learn how LPS staff make a difference in the lives of students, their families, co-workers and our community. 

See LPS in Action

Comprehensive Benefits

We offer several options for health, vision and dental, as well as a robust retirement plan.

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Competitive Compensation

We provide fair pay across all staff categories and the highest first-year teacher salary in Nebraska.

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Resources for Success

We recognize the importance of equipping our staff for success, offering technology, professional and behavioral support, along with an Employee Assistance Program.

Learn More About Staff Resources

Sense of Belonging

We are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels supported and part of a team.

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Lincoln

Lincoln is a thriving city, located in the heart of the country and known for its friendly community atmosphere.

Discover Lincoln

Upcoming Events & College Fairs

Catch us on the road at college fairs or hosting our own events—we can’t wait to meet you!

LPS Educator Interview Fair

Individuals with an educator certification

February 20, 2024 | All day

University of South Dakota Teacher Career Fair

February 27, 2024
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

LPS Interview Days

Hiring for custodian services, nutrition services, transportation and paraeducator positions

Tentatively planned for June, July and October

More details to come

Tentatively planned for June, July and October

An Educator's Guide to LPS

Why Start Your Career at Lincoln Public Schools?

Applying for Employment at Lincoln Public Schools

Before you begin, be prepared with the following:

User Name and Password
This will be created on your initial visit. Record and protect this information for future use. Your user name and password will be needed each time you enter the system.

Email address
This will be used for future correspondence.

Social Security Number
This will be used for background checks and payroll purposes.

References (at least 3):
Include email addresses for your references so we can send them a reference survey to complete on your behalf. An email to your references will be sent upon submission of your application.

Previous Work History
Include dates of employment, current company name, address, phone number, and supervisor’s name and email address.

This information may be used to verify your employment history and employability.

Are you a current certificated employee of Lincoln Public Schools?

If you have ever applied with LPS, please login with the credentials that you used on your original application.  Your username & password for your applicant account are not linked to your normal LPS username & password. For certified staff, your applicant account status changes to “Internal” when your are hired into a continuing contract position.

You will need to log in each time you visit the Job Listings to ensure that you are viewing all of the internally posted positions. Internal postings are not included in the weekly Job Alert email.

All other applicants

  • Once you enter the system, you will see a list of all current job postings.
  • New positions are posted every Tuesday.
  • Click on the position title for more information about the specific position and to apply.
  • Apply for each position you wish to be considered for.

Questions and Answers about the Application and Hiring Process

How do I search and apply for job openings within the school district?
You can access current LPS job listings here. Once you find a job you would like to apply for, simply click on the title of the job (e.g. “Maintenance Technician”). Then you will review a description of the job and click on the “Apply for this position” button. At this point you will either need to log in to an existing account you have already created or create a new account. View full application FAQ here.
What types of positions are typically available within the school district?

LPS is hiring for certified and classified positions, both in and out of the classroom. Certified positions are those applying with an educator certificate and include roles like administrators, teachers, counselors, school nurses, etc. Classified positions include paras, secretaries, custodians, nutrition services, transportation and more.

What qualifications are required for specific positions?

You can find the qualifications for specific positions within the job posting.

 

Consideration for certified positions is determined by the information you list in the Certification and Preferences sections of your application. If your certification is pending, please include the certification you will have.

How do I reset my password in the application system (TalentEd) if my email address is incorrect?

Please call TalentED directly for assistance at 877-974-7437.

I don't know my login for my application profile. Should I create a new account?

Please do not create a new account. If you are unsure of your username or password, please contact Human Resources at 402-436-1582, and we can help you recover your credentials or reset your password.



How can I check the status of my application?
Log in to your account and then click on the Application Status tab. If you have already applied for a job it will be listed under the Current Applications section. If you want to view additional details about the job you applied for, click on the Details link associated with the job. If you have applied for jobs in the past that have been filled, it will be listed in the Previous Applications section. Please note: until the position is filled, your application status will always show “Pending.”
What is the typical hiring process like?

Once you have submitted your application an email will immediately be sent to those listed as your references asking for more information. At the same time your application will be reviewed by one of our HR hiring supervisors. Typically, if you are being considered to move on to the next step one of our HR secretaries will reach out to schedule an initial HR interview. The HR supervisor will then send out your information to the applicable school or department for review. If the school or department is interested in interviewing you, an HR secretary will again contact you. If you are being offered a position, HR will begin the background screening. Once your background checks have been approved by HR, you will be sent an email inviting you to onboard with us. 

Can I submit a general application for future openings?

As a whole it is required that applicants submit an application for specific job openings. However, there are a few categories that do accept general applications in a pool including paraeducator, certified early childhood, certified elementary, certified secondary and transportation.

Are there job opportunities for practicum students and student teachers?

Student teachers are encouraged to apply for our local substitute teaching positions. Other employment opportunities for both practicum students and student teachers include paraeducator, bus para, coach and AVID mentor/tutor.

I have been offered a teaching position. When will I receive my contract?

After background checks are completed and approved by the Human Resources Background Investigator, your contract will be submitted to the LPS Board of Education at their next meeting. Once approved by the Board, we will email you a contract to sign.

Are there opportunities for volunteering or student teaching within the district?

LPS classifies volunteers by the type of volunteering activity and level of contact with students. This can range from assisting the front office with mailing and shredding papers, to being a classroom parent helper, assisting with field trips, or coaching. To become a volunteer, please visit our volunteer application page here.

Is there a contact person I can reach out to for questions or assistance with my application?

Please feel free to contact Human Resources at hr@lps.org or 402-436-1582 if you have any questions.

How can I become a substitute teacher at LPS?

Opportunities are available for both Local Substitute Teachers, Certified Substitute Teachers and Certified Substitute Teachers – Current, Former, or Retired Teachers. Find more information about application types, requirements and incentives here.

 

Local Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in an area other than Education or are currently a college student in a Teacher Program (minimum of 60 completed college credit hours) preparing to student teach.

 

Certified Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Education and have a Nebraska teaching certificate. Accepted NDE Teaching Certificates are: Professional, Standard, Initial, and State Substitute.

 

Certified Substitute Teachers – Current, Former, or Retired Teachers are individuals who have been hired as certified employees (current or former) with Lincoln Public Schools.

Questions and Answers about Benefits and Compensation

How often will I get paid?

The last working day of every month. You can find the pay schedule here.

What benefits and compensation packages are offered to employees?
  • Learn more about employee benefits here. 
  • Review salary schedules here.
How does the district support new teachers or employees in their roles?

New teachers are provided with an instructional coach or mentor. They have new educator meetings and a New Educator Week stipend.

 

LPS also provides classes on a variety of topics for all employees through our Professional Learning courses.

Is there professional development and growth opportunities for employees?

The Department of Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning offers quality learning for all employees of LPS. This office coordinates the work of the many LPS departments who contribute to the continual learning of certificated and classified staff. 

How long do I have to be in a position before transferring to a new position within the district?

It is not required that you stay in a position for a certain amount of time before applying for new positions.

Once employed, where can I see my annual salary?
  • Log in to CORE.
  • Click on “My Profile,” located on the left side
  • Click “Compensation”
  • Double click on the job assignment
  • This will give you a breakdown of your annual salary

You can also find more information here on viewing your paycheck.

Where can I find information about stipends?

The first step is to contact the school you work for. Every situation is different. You can also reach out to HR with any questions that cannot be answered at the school level. 

Do part-time employees qualify for benefits?

Starting at 15 hours a week, part-time LPS staff qualify for select benefits. Part-time (at least 17.5 hours per week) and full-time employees qualify for competitive health insurance, pension, generous leave and other benefits. Learn more about our benefits here.

Questions and Answers about Lincoln Public Schools

What is the school district's background?

LPS is the second-largest public school district in Nebraska, located in the heart of the plains, renowned for its long-standing legacy of educational excellence and tradition of rigorous academic achievement. The school district is growing and thriving, serving over 42,000 students in more than 60 schools and programs. The current superintendent is Dr. Paul Gausman, who joined LPS on July 1, 2022.

 

The Lincoln Board of Education is committed to providing the highest-quality education for all Lincoln Public Schools students. The board further recognizes that students in  Lincoln Public Schools are educated for the future and therefore expects the school district to be self-renewing, flexible and capable of adjusting to the needs of its various constituencies.

 

  • Learn more about our elementary schools here.
  • Learn more about our secondary schools and programs here.
What is the district's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion?

LPS continues to embrace equity, inclusion and the value of diversity.  We acknowledge that in schools across the country, including at LPS, the outcomes for all of our students are not equitable. At LPS, we will continue to identify and address practices that are contributing to these inequitable outcomes and work to eradicate racism.

What is the community of Lincoln like?

Lincoln, Neb., is a thriving and welcoming city, located in the heart of the country and known for its friendly community atmosphere. With multiple entertainment venues, restaurants, beautiful parks and trails and higher-education institutions, ​​Lincoln offers a well-rounded experience for residents. Learn more about Lincoln