Principal Opportunities

The School District of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that the principal selection process for the 2015-2016 school year is now open! Leaders who are interested in joining us can learn more about what we are seeking in candidates and the timeline for hire by clicking below on “Learn More About This Position.”

As you prepare to start the application process with us, please note that you are not required to complete the EPI (you'll see this once you start your application).  

The following components are required to submit your application:

  • Cover Letter: your cover letter will be typed directly into the application, so we suggest writing it first in a Word document; the portal provides specific instructions on how to copy/paste the letter without formatting issues
  • Resume: please ensure it is in PDF form
  • Job-Specific Inventory Questions (JSI): you will answer these questions in the application portal; though there is no time limit on the JSI, you must complete these questions in one sitting; once you submit your responses, they are considered final and cannot be edited or updated

As you are working on your application, you can work on, save, and go back to your cover letter and the application itself. Please note, however, that once you submit your JSI, you cannot go back to those responses. For your application to be considered complete, you must submit all of the above. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered during the selection process. 

 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

Thank you for viewing our Principals Opportunities page!  

Current Sitting SDP Principals –The internal principal application process is now closed.

External and New-to-Principalship Applicants – The principal application process is now closed.  The openings listed below are only avaliable to candidates in our principal talent pool. 

Cook-Wissahickon, Small Neighborhood Elementary School (K-8)

Cooke, Jay, Small Neighborhood Elementary School (K-8)

Edmonds, F.S., Small Neighborhood Elementary School (K-5) 

Feltonville Intermediate, Medium-sized Neighborhood Elementary School (3-5) 




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.