The School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Administrator, Principal

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Principal (2023-2024) - (50012252)

**Please read application instructions carefully and in its entirety.** This is the application for the Principal Talent Pool. In order to have your application considered complete you must submit this Taleo application with all relevant information AND submit your essay responses to the google form linked at the bottom of this description.

This is a CASA-represented role. The salary range is $141,663-159,536.

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to transforming the education opportunities it offers the city's 200,000 school-aged children. The district seeks school leaders who have a passion for working with children and leading innovation to ensure all students achieve.  With a diverse complement of over 200 schools, the district offers a wide range of school leadership opportunities.  Successful District principals are highly motivated, persistent and creative educators who are able to align a school's resources, systems and people around a rigorous instructional program.  A principalship in the district provides the chance to be an integral part of an urban education renewal effort from its inception.

Job Summary

Principals for the School District of Philadelphia serve as the instructional and operational leader of a District school. Principals provide a clear vision for learning for all students; ensure a safe, secure and orderly learning environment; and cultivate strong relationships with and acts in service to diverse stakeholders, including families and communities.  Principals are expected to promote high-quality instructional practices, passionately enjoy working with children, and believe that all students can achieve.  Principals are responsible for selecting and assigning staff, supporting differentiated professional growth and building the leadership capacity of staff.  Principals in the District must collect, analyze and use multiple sources of data to guide continuous improvement in student achievement, manage school operations, and effectively evaluate and develop staff. 

Areas of Opportunity

  • Large high schools (>1000 students)

  • Acceleration schools (intense focus on immediately accelerating student growth/achievement trends)

  • New school models

  • High-performing, special admission schools

  • Small neighborhood elementary schools

  • Schools serving bilingual families and students

All newly appointed principals are required to attend the New Principals' Academy Summer Institute. More definitive dates and information upon hiring.

Essential Functions

  • Develop, articulate, steward, and operationalize a clear vision for learning for all students and implement a strategic plan to accomplish that vision

  • Ensure that all school stakeholders are able to articulate a clear and shared vision for learning

  • Ensure a safe, secure and orderly environment for all

  • Promote high-quality instructional practices that consistently allow for excellent instruction school-wide

  • Be visible and consistent presence throughout the school

  • Provide teachers with timely and constructive feedback on classroom instruction to develop teacher practice

  • Clearly communicate learning and development goals that reflect high expectations for learning and growth, a belief that all students can learn, and a commitment to meet each student's educational needs

  • Develop a culture of collegial and professional relationships among staff and students that promote critical reflection, shared accountability, and continuous improvement

  • Manage conflict constructively at all levels

  • Develop systems and a school culture that promotes peer feedback, support, and collaboration

  • Carefully select and effectively assign staff

  • Support the professional growth of staff members in a differentiated manner based on identified needs and individual goals

  • Deliberately build leadership capacity among staff

  • Collect, analyze, and use multiple sources of data to guide continuous improvement in student achievement, student and staff well-being, and professional development for staff

  • Develop positive and collaborative relationships with families

  • Self-motivated to initiate and sustain relationships with community business, cultural and not for profit partners

  • Manage the school budget, requisitions, and all school funds

  • Oversee the upkeep of school facilities and physical plant

Essential Competencies

  • Ability to motivate staff, students and families around the vision of the school

  • Clear and effective communication skills for diverse audiences including students, staff and families

  • Well-organized, ability to balance competing priorities and multi-task

  • Passion for developing staff's instructional and leadership capacities

  • Leadership style that encourages teamwork and collaboration to support excellent instruction

  • Willingness to foster creativity and innovation

  • Persistence in the face of obstacles, productive problem-solving to counter setbacks, initiative to seize opportunities to make change

  • Belief in student empowerment and willingness to allow students to play an active role in supporting the school's vision and climate

  • Commitment to the service of students and families

  • Ability to reflect on how to improve, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, willingness to take responsibility for actions and mistakes

  • Empathy for the perspectives of students, staff and stakeholders

  • Clear understanding of policies and law affecting special populations, LEP students and students receiving special education services

  • Ability to model an exemplary work ethic


Minimum Requirements

  • Master's Degree from an accredited educational institution Five years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, two of which have been as a Principal or Assistant Principal, educational administrator or other leadership position at the elementary, middle or secondary school level.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for an Elementary or Secondary School Principal

**Application Instructions**

Please submit your resume and essay questions in a single document to this google form. You MUST submit this Taleo application AND the google form for your application to be considered.

GOOGLE SUBMISSION FORM (Please Right-Click and Open in New Tab)

Essay Questions

Question 1: Provide an example of your specific impact on students in your current position or a recent role.  In your response, please refer to specific data points that demonstrate the impact on student outcomes.  Ideally, the data is focused on one (or more) of the following:  ELA achievement and/or growth; Math achievement and/or growth; Climate/Culture data regarding suspensions, attendance, and/ or dropout rates; College and Career Readiness data including graduation data; and/or other relevant data specifically related to student outcomes impacted by your work. Please provide a synthesis of the data outcomes, a brief summary of what strategies led to these improvements, and what you learned from this work. [500 word count maximum]

Question 2:  How do you define equity-centered leadership?  What are examples of how you have exhibited equity-centered leadership in your most recent role? [500 word count maximum]


In classrooms across the city, teachers are changing lives. They are enriching students with experiences, skills, and knowledge that will help them to grow, achieve, and succeed. With their fellow teachers, principals, administrators, and leadership, SDP teachers are part of the District’s progress that includes increasing test scores and graduation rates, two 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and a multi-million dollar commitment to improving school facilities.

If you have a passion for making a difference in the classroom and in the community, we want you on our team. We offer the opportunity to work in a diverse district with students and families who believe in the power of a great public education. You will work with professionals who share your commitment to young people and want to join you in changing tomorrow. A competitive compensation package, professional development, and career advancement await you. More importantly, so do students looking to excel.

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