Assistant Principal Application Process

DPS utilizes a pool process for assistant principal applications. To apply for specific school vacancies, candidates must first apply to our central screening process and screen into the assistant principal candidate pool, linked below.

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Step 1 – Online Application

  • A principal’s license is not required to apply
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference
  • Cover letter that answers the following questions:
    • Why do you want to be a school leader in DPS?
    • What has been your record of student academic achievement? (please give measurable outcomes)
    • What experience have you had influencing adults to achieve significant results for students? (Including but not limited to coaching, mentoring, providing feedback, etc.)
    • What is your experience working with diverse student populations? (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socio-economic)
    • What is your experience teaching or leading second language learners?

Note: All candidates use Job Code #17206.

Step 2 – In-Person Interview

  • The interview will consist of a group activity around data, a classroom observation and debrief role-play, and a Q&A interview
  • Suggested reading materials: DPS School Leadership Framework and LEAP Framework for Effective Teaching
  • Clearly be able to define your vision for school leadership

Step 3 – Apply to Specific Vacancies

If selected for the Highly Qualified Principal Pool you will be given access to apply to specific school vacancies on the external job board and internal job board

Step 4 – School Based Interviews

If selected for school based interviews:

  • You will hear from the hiring manager
  • The timeline for school based interviews varies by school
  • The school based interview process is unique to each school designed by a committee of stakeholders

Assistant Principal Pool

Accepting applications for the 17-18 school year

Assistant Principal Openings

South High School – 2 openings
Career Education Center Early College
Smith Elementary
North High School
Career Education Center Early College – AP/CTE Director
Manual High School
Westerly Creek Elementary
Marrama Elementary
Florida Pitt-Waller
Brown International Academy

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