Principal Opportunities


Apply to Lead a Turnaround School!

The School District of Philadelphia is currently seeking turnaround school leaders who bring energy, training, insight, and instincts to transform low performing schools to institutions that excel.  Consistent with the District’s bold Action Plan 3.0, turnaround principals will join the Turnaround Network and lead with an intense focus on significantly influencing student learning and other aspects of school performance. Interested in embarking on the turnaround challenge? Click HERE to apply!

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

**The General Principal Application will open January 19, 2016**

 Learn more about this position


The School District of Philadelphia’s Current and Planned Priority Work

We are excited to share the latest update to the District's strategic vision, Action Plan v3.0.   Building on our four Anchor Goals, the plan continues our focus on college- and career-readiness, grade-level reading, great teaching and learning, and financial sustainability. Most importantly, it details a vision for investments in our neighborhood schools, which enroll the overwhelming majority of our students, and expanding access to high-quality educational opportunities.  These goals are both aspirational in scope and urgent in nature.  Click to read Action Plan v3.0 in its entirety.


Principal Openings

Immediate Openings

  • Philadelphia Learning Academy North (9-12), small alternative education model school.  Click HERE to apply.The deadline for applying is January 4, 2016.

The selection process includes an online application, interview with the Assistant Superintendent, school-based advisory panel, and a final interview the Superintendent. Please note that not all qualified applicants will be invited to interview.


School Year 2016-2017 Vacancies  

  • School year 2016-2017 vacancies are not yet available.  Please visit again in the late winter, 2016.


The School District of Philadelphia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, or disability.

Condition of School District Employment

The selected candidate must have no anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months, and have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness in the last three years (3) years with the exception of one extended long-term absence). 











    Principal Resources

    Whether you are new to Philadelphia or currently a member of our team, we are excited that you are joining us in our efforts to make all of our schools great. As a leader, you bring creativity, commitment, and vision, and we know you’re going to have an incredible impact on your students, team, and school community.

    Below are several helpful resources to prepare for principalship with The School District of Philadelphia. 

    The School District of Philadelphia  does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, or disability.