FAQs for Instructional Candidates
The student load for a full-time instructor is on average 150-200 students and must resign from any full-time or part-time employment.
Full-time instructors are expected to be available for their students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday. However, this certainly doesn’t mean that our instructors work 12 hours each day. We pride ourselves on providing our instructors with the resources to maintain a great work/life balance. If hired with FLVS, you will work with your Instructional Leader to create a schedule that works for you by dedicating set time each day for grading, phone calls, emails with students and parents, and your personal time. The flexibility offered by online teaching allows our instructors to arrange their schedule during the day to accomplish both personal and job-oriented tasks as well as enjoy downtime.
Yes, all FLVS instructors are assigned a laptop. FLVS provides full-time instructors with a $62 biweekly connectivity stipend
Yes. Students enroll and complete courses at their own pace throughout the calendar year.
FLVS instructors report to an Instructional Leader or a School Principal. They are in constant contact with the teachers they oversee and are valuable resources for concerns and questions.
FLVS will meet any applicable accommodations on an IEP or 504 Plan that is shared with the FLVS teacher. FLVS also has ESE Specialists to assist teachers with strategies and resources when needed.
At this time, FLVS is not able to consider out-of-state candidates.
FLVS can hire anyone who is eligible for reemployment under the Florida Retirement System (FRS) guidelines.
Compensation & Benefits
For the 2015-16, fiscal school year, full-time instructors are compensated $47,700, paid in biweekly installments. Additional compensation is based on successful career progression or relevant advanced degrees after the first year of employment.
After completing the probationary period, new hire full-time instructors with FLVS may be eligible to receive additional compensation via a supplement for advanced degrees within their area of certification.
Yes, we accept district-approved sick leave hours transferred from other districts. There is no cap amount of sick leave that can be transferred over from another school district to FLVS. The hours, however, will not be immediately available for use. Hours are accrued into your balance in eight-hour increments at the beginning of the month. You will need to contact your former district and request that your information be sent to FLVS.
No, tenure status does not transfer.
Yes, FLVS is an FRS employer and your “years of service” will follow you.
Yes, eligible FRS employees who work for FLVS may participate in DROP. FLVS does not offer a DROP extension beyond the max of 60 months.
FLVS does not offer support for the cost of applying for National Board Certification and there is currently no bonus incentive offered by the state to provide additional compensation.
FLVS instructors work with a variety of software and systems to support student needs. Microsoft Office Suite and Internet Explorer are just two of the most common. Computer proficiency is critical in order to be successful in the virtual environment.
The mandatory phone interview is an opportunity for one of our Talent Management associate to become familiar with your teaching background, philosophy, and skill set. You should be prepared to answer questions about your experience and provide examples.
The information session provides us with a chance to learn more about you before a final decision is made by either party. The session consists of a presentation about FLVS and provides applicants the opportunity to complete a series of individual and
group activities. You will also have the opportunity to complete a face-to-face interview with an Instructional Leader or School Principal.
No. Since the face-to-face information session is a part of our interview process, you are responsible for any travel-related costs.
Please see the FAQs on Next Steps for more information.
Within 7-10 days of completing the interview process, you will receive an update via email.
- You may be asked to complete an additional interview activity.
- You may be placed into our Instructional Candidate Pipeline.
- You may be informed that you have not been selected for an instructional position.
There are a variety of reasons why an applicant may not be selected for a position with FLVS. We appreciate the passion, dedication, and hard work of all the teachers who apply to work on our instructional team. We have specific traits and skill sets, however, that we look for in order to ensure that a teacher will be successful in our unique virtual environment. Due to the number of applicants that we work with each week, we are not able to accommodate providing individualized feedback.
If a candidate applies for an instructional position and is not selected, we advise waiting at least a year before applying again for an instructional position at FLVS.
Congratulations! The candidate pipeline is a pool of teachers who have successfully completed the interview process which allows us to quickly onboard qualified candidates as soon as our students need them.
Once a position in your content area opens, you will be contacted about next steps by a member of our Talent Management team. You will be contacted for a position based on your certifications, experience, and position preferences on file.
As hiring needs are dictated by student demand, the length of time a candidate remains in the pipeline can vary widely based on the subject area and time of year. We appreciate our candidates’ patience as the right open position may take anywhere from several weeks to several months dependent on student needs.
Candidates who have been in the Instructional Candidate Pipeline for over a year will need to reapply and complete the interview process as position requirements and experience may have changed.