OLAS Turns Eighteen!

January 15, 2019

Eighteen years. Five hundred and twenty-two school districts. One great service.

That’s OLAS, the online application system for educators. Launched by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES in 2001, OLAS celebrated its 18th anniversary Monday with a cake and praise from District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan for a job well done.
OLAS, which is free to job seekers, allows candidates to complete and upload one application and share it with multiple districts. Educators can apply to several regions in New York State and vacancies for participating school districts are entered into the system. The site is also linked to national databases for jobs in education and websites serving college and university placement offices nationwide.

The cloud-based application currently serves 522 school districts across the state, up from 45 districts in its first year. There are about 310,000 candidates in the system. In keeping with BOCES’ mission of “Service and Innovation through Partnership,” OLAS is regularly upgraded to improve efficiency and ease of use.

Districts can view applicant-specific information such as resumes, cover letters, transcripts, portfolios and more. OLAS can be used to find teachers, administrators, emergency replacements and support staff, with no limit on the number of openings districts can post.

“It is the quickest and easiest way for districts to attract and narrow down job candidates,” said Maria Biagini, coordinator of OLAS, which is a service of the Center for Educational Leadership and HR Services. Biagini said the service would not be possible without the technical leadership and innovation strategies led by the Information Technology Department at BOCES.