School Leadership Interest Form, 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.

To join our network mailing list, click here and complete the interest form.

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: Why am I asked to have a Gmail account to apply to the school leadership talent pool(s)?

A: It is recommended that you utilize or create a GMAIL account as many of the stages beyond the application stage will involve viewing and accessing Google documents/forms. Having a GMAIL account will ensure you are able to view/receive important information without delay or complication. If you do not wish to create an additional email address, it is recommended that you set up a Google account utilizing your preferred email address.

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

A: From the application process through Selection Day can range anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks for both the Principal Talent Pool and the Assistant Principal Talent Pool.

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

A: Yes, once you are made eligible in the Principal and/or Assistant Principal talent pool, you will be able to apply directly to school-based leadership vacancies here. Only candidates in the talent pool are eligible to apply directly to specific school leadership vacancies 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 if you do not move forward. In general you can expect to receive an update about your application status via email approximately one week after the application window in which you applied has closed. We recommend that you check your spam/junk inbox regularly to ensure you have not missed a communication from our team.

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

A: Each application window has a deadline date to apply and in general it takes 6-8 weeks from the initial application through Selection day before a candidate is made eligible in the talent pool. Stages that involve submitting material to our team, such as the Performance Task stage, have a (7) day response time (from the time stamped date of receipt) to return materials to our team.

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. If you intend to apply to both the Principal and Assistant Principal talent pool, it is recommended that you apply during the early application window to the Principal Talent Pool first. This way, we will prioritize the Principal application and if you do not qualify for the Principal talent pool, you can pick up in the equivalent stage in the Assistant Principal application 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: I applied during the early application window two weeks ago. When will I hear back about whether I’m moving forward to the next stage?

A: The three application windows allow for streamlined application process for candidates. In general you can expect to receive an update about your next steps via email approximately one week after the application window in which you applied has closed. We recommend that you check your spam/junk inbox regularly to ensure you have not missed a communication from our team.

Q: I received an email stating that my eligibility in the Principal and/or Assistant Principal Talent Pool has ended as of September 6, 2019. Do I still need to apply to remain eligible?

A: Yes. Given many of our school leaders are constantly seeking to improve their skills, reapplying gives you an opportunity to update your information to include professional development or training that you participated in that would further strengthen your skills as a school leader. The application process for those who received notice about their talent pool eligibility ending should refer back to the email they received for details about the application process.

Q: Why can’t I download or print any of the Google documents that were shared with me?

A: In order to maintain the integrity of the school leadership selection process, documents shared with candidates are protected. Requests to download, print or copy these materials will not be granted.

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.