50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2016

Providing the Most Effective Talent Management Soltions in K-20 Education: PeopleAdmin

CEO Kermit Randa: “Working in and having a bird’s-eye view of K-20 education allows us to support our customers by delivering solutions and services aligned to what school administrators need at every education level.”

As the recognized leader of cloud-based talent management solutions in K-20 education, PeopleAdmin serves an important
mission: empowering schools and higher education institutions to recruit, hire and develop the right people for the right positions, so the next generation of young people can become the best, most productive versions of themselves.

In fact, the company’s rapid growth in the past couple of years—especially through acquisition — is a testament
to its continued commitment to providing customers with a comprehensive suite of the most innovative tools available in the marketplace.

With solutions that meet current and evolving efficiency and compliance needs, PeopleAdmin provides schools, districts, colleges and universities with the talent management technology they need to stay ahead of the curve. Recent innovations introduced to the market include reporting tools, mobile-friendly functionality, integrations and contract renewal management.

By empowering human resources employees and other institutional leaders with the technology to automate time-consuming human transactional tasks, PeopleAdmin solutions enable them to focus more time and resources on strategic priorities that can transform education and its greater mission of improving student achievement.

But PeopleAdmin’s commitment to education doesn’t end with technology. To recognize the invaluable work of teachers and administrators, and encourage young people to consider careers in education, PeopleAdmin launched the Inspired2Educate program in February. Inspired2Educate recognizes current K-20 educators who share their stories about the teachers or administrators who inspired them to embrace education as their life’s work. Each month, a new educator is honored; the program has already awarded $10,000 in scholarships.

PeopleAdmin to date
CEO’s words: “We’ve been a part of the success strategy for educators for more than 15 years, offering solutions for sustainable growth, operational excellence, managing costs, and improving student achievement.”

“In the last two years, we’ve seen tremendous growth. In February 2015, PeopleAdmin acquired Netchemia, a leader in cloud-based talent management software specifically developed for K-12 school districts. Six months later, we acquired SearchSoft Solutions, allowing us to deliver technology solutions that enable public school districts to efficiently unlock the full potential of their human capital.”

“Most recently, we acquired TeacherMatch, a company consisting of nationally awarded teachers, administrators, policy makers, and professional development experts who understand that fostering student growth by putting highly qualified teachers in the classroom is key. Together, the acquisitions have far-reaching implications for bringing greater value to our customers and improving the quality of education in North America.”

“Our business model drives progress, so we expect to continue growing — organically and through future acquisitions — to better take care of our customers and lead the industry in innovative ways.”

Innovation in talent management solutions
PeopleAdmin solutions enable customers to streamline the hiring process, select job candidates based off of predictive analytics, onboard new employees, efficiently manage positions, evaluate employee performance, develop compliant and defensible audit trails, access industry-leading reporting, predict educator effectiveness, and more.

  • PeopleAdmin’s solutions include:
    SelectSuite®: A suite of integrated applicant tracking, performance management, position management, onboarding, analytics and records automation solutions specifically designed for higher education.
  • Perform, Recruit & Hire, Records and SearchSoft: Integrated performance evaluation, applicant tracking and records automation solutions designed for K-12 schools and districts.
  • SchoolSpring: A nationwide K-12 job board with more than 800,000 visitors each month.
  • TeacherMatch solutions, including the Educators Professional Inventory (EPI)®, SmartFind® and Thrive®: part of a suite of K-12 solutions that empower absence management, predict educator success, support professional development, and more.

The client spectrum
PeopleAdmin serves more than 5,000 schools, school districts and universities, and has helped hire, develop and retain 46% of all educators and administrators, who in turn impact the lives of more than half of all students in the U.S. and Canada. Its customers include Baylor University, Rice University, Princeton University, Villanova University, Gonzaga University, Colorado State University, City College of San Francisco, New York City Department of Education, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Staunton City Schools, Clark County Public Schools, Prosper Independent School District, and Pasadena Independent School District.

“I absolutely love PeopleAdmin’s Analytics platform — being able to just log in to the system, see the number of active postings, the time-to-fill. These are reports that our executives were asking for on a consistent basis.” – Shannon Phillips, Compensation Analyst at the University of Arkansas

“One thing that I love about working with PeopleAdmin is the innovation that continues to occur. Before I even thought about what I wanted, PeopleAdmin thought about what I needed — that helps me do my job better.” – Bernadette Gerace, Director of Human Resources at Prosper Independent School District

The future view
PeopleAdmin is focused on delivering an amazing customer experience for current and future customers. That includes enhancing support and service offerings, upgrading current products, refining implementation processes, leveraging predictive analytics, and delivering innovative solutions to meet the unique needs of K-12 and higher education institutions.

“If we are to meet the goal of preparing the world’s children for the challenges that lie ahead, technology and human talent must work together.” — Kermit Randa, PeopleAdmin CEO

Meet the CEO

Kermit S. Randa, CEO: Kermit Randa, PeopleAdmin CEO, is a leader in the talent management industry. His
personal connection to those who work in the education system has been a driving force to his success.“We all have our favorite educator—it’s something that I love asking people about because it sparks a positive memory and a great conversation. Education is a very personal thing to many people, and without a doubt it’s personal to me.” Randa’s vision of talent management is transforming the way schools, colleges and universities find and retain top faculty and staff. “When I was growing up, my father worked for the school system and my mother was employed by our county, so I’ve seen many of the challenges our customers face.” He has a unique understanding of the industry that, when combined with more than 20 years’ experience in technology and enterprise software, results in leadership that inspires staff and customers alike.