440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Serving a population as richly diverse as ours, creativity, innovation, and acceptance are at the heart of our approach to education. Our student body comes from a vast range of cultural, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds. We believe it’s precisely this variety of potential experiences, though, that sets the School District of Philadelphia apart.

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Our approach to selecting school leaders is based on our unwavering commitment to the success of ALL students. Principals are charged with very high-stakes work: helping students achieve the academic success that will expand their life opportunities. We seek school leaders who demonstrate the following distinguishing competencies:

  • Organizational Alignment
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Results Driven
  • Personal Leadership
  • Cultural and Community Leadership
  • Operational Management

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

The School District of Philadelphia's more than 200 schools offer a vast range of leadership opportunities for progressive administrators who seek to join us in this effort.

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Hiring Process Flow

TimeLine EXTERNAL CANDIDATES Turnaround Deadline General Deadline
Application Opens December 8, 2015 January 19, 2016
Application Deadline January 4, 2016 March 1, 2016
Invitation to Phone Interview January 19, 2016 March 18, 2016
Phone Interview Window January 23 – February 6, 2016 March 21 – April 1, 2016
Invitation to Online Activity February 9, 2016 April 5, 2016
Online Activity Deadline February 15, 2016 April 11, 2016
Invitation to Central Office Interview Day February 23, 2016 April 18, 2016
Central Office Day March 12, 2016 April 30, 2016
Invitation to Submit School-Based Statement of Interest March 16, 2016 May 4, 2016
Final Interviews with Assistant Superintendents & Superintendents March 21 – April 15, 2016 May 13 – May 30, 2016

Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr. and The Office of Talent invite you to learn about our District’s principal opportunities during our Principal Information Session on February 17, 2016.


We hope you can join us to learn about our vision for making schools great and the critical role our principals play in this process. During the information session, we will share more about the hiring timeline and what we’re seeking in our leaders.



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It's wonderful working with-and meeting-children's varying needs. Watching them mature and grow, seeing them engage in their work, watching relationships grow between teachers and students...there's no job like it. - Gene Jones, Principal of George Washington High School

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