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Principal Talent Pool

School District of Philadelphia • Philadelphia, PA

Posted 29 days ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - At least 5 year(s)
Degree - Graduate Degree
Education - Teaching - Administration
Relocation - No


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Job Description

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)

 “Turnaround” schools (intense focus on immediately reversing student growth/achievement trends)

 New school models

 High-performing, special admission schools

 Small neighborhood elementary schools

 Schools serving bilingual families and students

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

Job Requirements

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 skils required of personnel so classified.


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

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