School Leadership Application, FAQs, and Vacancy List

For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound in The School District of Philadelphia. We offer premier special-admission schools and acceleration schools; small, neighborhood elementary schools; and large high schools.

The School District of Philadelphia offers a vast range of leadership opportunities for progressive administrators who seek to join us in this effort.

Please email principalschoosephilly@philasd.org to join our network mailing list.

Visit our School Leader Selection page for details and timelines regarding our school leader hiring process and School Leadership Overview page for general information.

Principal and Assistant Principal Vacancy Lists



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I am a School District of Philadelphia employee, do I have to go through the school leader application process?

A: Yes, all candidates must go through the application process.

Q: How long does it take to become eligible for school leadership opportunities?

A: The application process can range anywhere in between 4 to 6 weeks of the Assistant Principal Talent Pool to 6 to 8 weeks for the Principal Talent Pool.

Q: Once I am in the Principal or Assistant Principal talent pool, can I apply to any school opening?

A: Yes, once you are in our talent pool, you are eligible to apply for school-based leadership vacancies here. Only candidates in the talent pool are eligible to apply for these roles.

Q: If I am not selected to move forward in the application process, will I be notified?

A: Yes, candidates will receive an email notifying them of their current status within the selection process even do not move forward.

Q: Is there a deadline for each stage in the selection process?

A: There are no deadlines for the stages in the selection process except for the Performance Task. Candidates will have one week after receipt of the performance task to submit their response.

Q: Can I apply for both Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pool?

A: Yes, you are able to apply to both the Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pool. We will prioritize the Principal application and if you do not qualify for the talent pool, you can pick up in equivalent stage in the Assistant Principal selection process. For example, if you do not move past the Principal phone interview, you can start the Assistant Principal process at the phone interview stage.

Q: Once I am placed into the Talent Pool, how long am I eligible to apply for vacancies?

A: Candidates are eligible to apply for vacancies for two consecutive hiring seasons. If the candidate does not secure school leadership employment after two hiring seasons, he/she will have to reapply to the talent pool.

Q: If I do not obtain my Admin certification in time for Selection Day, can I still be added to the talent pool?

A: Yes, you do not have to have the Principal certification finalized to be in our talent pool; however, you must obtain certification by your start date as a school leader. See below for more information on obtaining your PA Admin certification:

Q: Is there a limit on how many people can be placed in the Talent Pool?

A: No, there is no limit to how many people can be placed into the talent pool.