Q: I’ve had trouble filling a management position recently; I’m either getting people who are too qualified, live too far away, or not qualified enough. What do you suggest?
A: Perhaps the answer lies in providing internship opportunities to those wanting to break into the field. You may be able to hire a few candidates to work as your assistants in part-time roles that you can pay them a hourly wage and offer incentives such as management training and internship credit for their school. Many companies have done this well (I myself am a graduate of the Disney Management Internship Program).
Many colleges are looking for companies to provide these kind of opportunities, and partnering with college placement offices/professors/career counselors can open you up to a sea of candidates.