School Leader Application Process

The School District of Philadelphia is redefining the school experience, with a renewed focus on equipping all students with the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and a rewarding career. We believe that strong school leaders are critical to helping us fulfill our ambitious mission to redefine the public school experience for every child in the city.  So it’s no surprise that we take school leader selection seriously. Our student body comes from a vast range of cultural, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds. And every day, Philadelphia’s community of school leaders rise to meet new challenges with dedication and innovation, determined to restore our city’s legacy of excellent public schools.

The Principal and Assistant Principal job descriptions provides a more detailed description of the position role and responsibilities.

Please email principalschoosephilly@philasd.org to join our network mailing list.  Please indicate whether you are interested in applying for Principal, Assistant Principal, or both.

The School District of Philadelphia Principal and Assistant Principal application processes each consist of 6 steps, four in the eligibility stage and two in the hiring stage.

APPLICATION

The application consists of a set of questions that ask about educational background, resume information, and location preferences. It also includes short answer questions. In total, the initial application should take 45-60 minutes to complete. After submission, you’ll receive a response from our team in approximately two to four weeks.

COMPLETE A PERFORMANCE TASK

Based on your initial application, you may be invited to complete a performance task which will help us further assess whether school leadership with our district is a good fit for you. It should take 1-2 hours to complete, and you will have one week after receiving the performance task to submit it for review.

PARTICIPATE IN A PHONE INTERVIEW

Based on your performance task, you may be invited to participate in a 30 minute phone interview.

JOIN AN IN-PERSON SELECTION DAY

Based on your phone interview, you may be invited to join a half-day in-person interview event with other candidates, which will include interviews, roleplays, and case study performance tasks.

INTERVIEW AT A SCHOOL

Candidates who successfully complete Selection Day will be placed in our Principal or Assistant Principal talent pool. Candidates in the talent pool will be eligible to interview with Assistant Superintendents (for principalship) or Principals (for assistant principalship) and designated school-based teams as leadership vacancies become available.

INTERVIEW WITH CENTRAL OFFICE LEADERSHIP

Finalists for Principal roles will interview with Superintendent Dr. William Hite and Chief Schools Officer Dr. Shawn Bird. Finalists for Assistant Principal roles will interview with Assistant Superintendents.

OFFER LETTER