Application Process

DPS utilizes a pool process for Principal and Assistant Principal applications. If you currently don’t hold a Principal role in DPS,To apply for specific school vacancies, candidates must first apply to our central screening process and screen into the candidate pools, linked below.

If you currently hold a Principal role in DPS, you DO NOT have to go through the screening process but you still need to apply to the Principal Pool posting. Similarly, if you currently hold an Assistant Principal role in DPS, you DO NOT have to go through the screening process but you still need to apply to the Assistant Principal Pool posting.

A principal’s license is not required to apply: Anyone can apply to the Principal and Assistant Principal pool regardless of administrative license status because of the Denver Lead Today (DLT) program. If someone without a license is hired, they will have to complete licensure through DLT program. Anyone who applies to the pool without an admin license should be aware of this commitment and if they don’t hold an active teacher’s license for 3 years or more, they will need to be in DLT for 3 years.

  • Submit your online application to the Principal/Assistant Principal pool posting and include the following documents in your application:
  • Resume
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • 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 apply to Job ID #31539 (2019-20 Principal Pool) and/or Job ID# 31538 (2019-20 Assistant Principal Pool).

If selected, you will be invited by a screener to set up a 20 – 30 minute phone interview. Behavior-based interviewing skills.

  • If selected to move forward after the phone screen, you will be invited to a Pool interview event.
  • The interview will consist of  various activities ranging from group activity to role-play to 1:1 Q&A interview.
  • Suggested reading materials: LEAD Framework and LEAP Framework for Effective Teaching
  • Clearly be able to define your vision for school leadership

After the pool interview, if selected for the Highly Qualified Pool you will be given access to apply to specific school vacancies, which can be found on the external job board and internal job board.

  • Once you are able to apply to school specific vacancies, hiring managers may reach out to you if they are interested in your candidacy and you will be able to participate in the school based interviews:
  • 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
  • School based interviews can include a Learning Walk, Community Forum, Assessment Center, Interviews with Senior Leadership

2018-19 Principal Pool Interview Event Dates:

  • No longer available

Current Openings:

Denver School of the Arts | Job ID# 32528 | Apply here!
Polaris Elementary | Job ID# 32582 | Apply here!
Denver Discovery School | Job ID# 32600 | Apply here!
McAuliffe Manual Middle School | Job ID# 33388Apply here!
Abraham Lincoln High School | Job ID# 33536 Apply here!
Eagleton Elementary School | Job ID# 34141 | Apply here!
Ellis Elementary School | Job ID# 34230 | Apply here!

Click here to view the schools’ websites