Note: All candidates use Job Code #24186.
If selected for school based interviews:
It is required that everyone apply to the pool regardless if you have been in the pool previously or not. This is the only way candidates will be able to apply to the school specific vacancies once they have passed the initial screening into the pool and allows them to include the most up-to-date information.
Everyone is given two years of eligibility in the pool based on the hiring cycle (year 1: 2016/2017, year 2: 2017/2018, then need to reapply). Once that 2 years has expired, you will need to interview for the pool again.
No, an administrator’s license is not required to apply. If a candidate is selected for an assistant principal or principal position during the regular hiring cycle to start the new position in August, s/he will be eligible to participate in DPS’ Denver Lead Today (DLT) program (http://careers.dpsk12.org/school-leaders/pathways-to-school-leadership/denver-lead-today/). If someone without a license is hired, s/he will have to complete licensure through DLT. Anyone who applies to the pool without an administrator’s license should be made aware of this commitment and if the candidate does not hold an active teacher’s license for 3 years or more, s/he will need to be in DLT for 3 years. Candidates in need of alternative licensing through DLT will not be eligible for hire into a licensed position until the start of the school year. If you have any questions on this please contact Lead in Denver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-423-3378.
Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to upload any documents. In this case, please send your supporting documents to SchoolLeadershipCandidates_HR@dpsk12.org.
Yes, you can use an old cover letter if it addresses the same questions. We would recommend that you update it to reflect your most recent achievements and/or experience. Please address your cover letter to Denver Public Schools: Human Resources Department.
You would have to apply as an external applicant.
On average, you will be contacted within 2 weeks after submitting your application, if you are eligible to schedule a pool interview. We will also let you know if you did not pass the first review. After you have interviewed for the pool, you should hear back within 3 – 4 business days.
If you have an out-of-state principal license and/or do not have a current Colorado principal license please visit the CDE website (http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof). You will see what you will need to start the process to transfer your current license to the state of Colorado or enroll into an alternative licensing program, if you are hired for a school leadership role with DPS.
Yes, you can still interview for the pool even if you are unable to fly in for any of the screening events. The selection team conducts Skype/FaceTime interviews for candidates who do not reside in CO, but we highly recommend that candidates interview in person for the initial screening.
Generally, DPS does not interview principal candidates who have not been assistant principals first. You don’t necessarily need to go through a LEAD program before being an AP if you have an administrator’s license.
DPS utilizes a pool process for assistant principal and principal applications. To apply for specific school vacancies, candidates must first apply to our central screening process and screen into the candidate pool. To apply to the pool, please select on the appropriate link:
Yes, all candidates are required to apply to the pool and an approval is needed from your Instructional Superintendent before you can apply to the school specific vacancies.