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Jobs: School Leaders

Every school deserves the best school leaders. Our goal is to match high-quality principals and assistant principals with each of our schools and continue to support those leaders so they have what they need to grow and succeed. 

Becoming a principal

Interested in becoming a principal?

Currently, Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, Bay-brook Elementary/Middle School, Calverton Elementary/Middle School, Federal Hill Preparatory Academy, Forest Park High School, Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy, Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, James Mosher Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, Montebello Elementary/Middle School, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, Vanguard Collegiate Middle School, and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School are seeking principals.

To become a principal, you will need to complete the following steps:

Step 1: Online application

Read the full job description and complete the online application at least 30 days before a Career Assessment Day (see step 3 for details). You'll need to upload the following documents to be considered:

  • MSDE Administrator II Certification
  • Resume with at least 5 years supervisory/leadership experience
  • All higher education transcripts
Step 2: Vision and strategic planning activity

If you meet the requirements outlined in step 1, you'll receive instructions to complete an electronic task. You must complete the task by the deadline and receive a passing score to move to the next step.

Step 3: Career Assessment Day

During the Career Assessment Day, your leadership skills will be assessed by a panel of Transformational Principals and/or Instructional Leadership Executive Directors (ILED) through interviews, role plays, and data analysis tasks. To prepare, we encourage you to review the Principal Leadership Framework which will be used as the basis for the assessments. 

In 2020, Career Assessment Days will be held on February 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1.

Step 4: Chief of Schools and Chief of Human Capital interview

After you successfully complete the Career Assessment Day, you'll be invited to interview with the Chief of Schools and Chief of Human Capital.

Step 5: Profile session

After you successfully complete the interviews, you'll be invited to participate in a guided session to create a candidate profile that highlights your strengths and interests to facilitate the school matching process.

Step 6: Establishing eligibility

Once we've established your eligibility, you'll be placed in a pool of eligible principals for two years.

Step 7: Determining school fit

If you are interested in leading certain schools, let us know. When a school leadership position becomes available that matches your profile, you'll be invited to meet with various stakeholders from the school community. Schools will submit feedback to the Chief of Schools.

Step 8: Final interviews and approval

After you've been successfully matched with a school, you may be asked to meet with staff from the Schools Office, who will make a recommendation to the CEO. The CEO will conduct a final interview before submitting a recommendation to the Board of School Commissioners for final approval. 

Becoming an assistant principal

Interested in becoming an assistant principal? Currently, The Stadium School, Johnston Square Elementary School, Federal Hill Preparatory Academy, Hampden Elementary/Middle School, Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School, Arundel Elementary School, Highlandtown #215 Elementary/Middle School, Yorkwood Elementary School, Arlington Elementary School, Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, Merganthaler Vocational-Technical High School, and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute are seeking assistant principals.

Step 1: Online application

Read the full job description and complete the online application by February 14, 2020. You'll need to upload the following documents to be considered:

  • MSDE Administrator I Certification (see requirements)
  • Resume with 3 years of teaching experience and 3 years supervisory or leadership experience
  • All higher education transcripts
Step 2: Pre-screen activity

If you meet the requirements outlined in step 1, you'll receive instructions to complete an electronic data task. You must complete the task by the deadline and receive a passing score to move to the next step.

Step 3: Career Assessment Day

During the Career Assessment Day, your leadership skills will be assessed through a classroom observation task, data review, and interviews. To prepare, we encourage you to review the Assistant Principal Leadership Framework which will be used as the basis for the assessments. 

In 2020, the Career Assessment Day will be held on March 27.

Step 4: Profile session

After you successfully complete the interviews, you'll be invited to participate in a guided session to create a candidate profile that highlights your strengths and interests to facilitate the school matching process.

Step 5: Establishing eligibility

Once we've established your eligibility, you'll be placed in a pool of eligible assistant principals for three years.

Step 6: Principal interviews

Principals at schools with assistant principal vacancies will conduct interviews throughout the spring and summer. Principals will reach out to the email address provided on your resume.

Step 7: Approval

If the principal would like to move forward with you as a candidate (and you are in agreement), he or she will submit an official recommendation to the Schools Office. When staff in the Schools Office approves the recommendation, it will be submitted to the Board of School Commissioners for final approval. 

Why work for City Schools?

There are lots of reasons to join the City Schools leadership team - it's an opportunity to shape the lives of hundreds of Baltimore's young people, to build a generation of leaders, and to grow as a professional.

City Schools also offers an extensive benefits package that includes: 

Competitive salary

City Schools recognizes the professionalism of staff with excellent starting salaries and opportunities for growth for school leaders.

Health insurance
  • Employees can choose medical plans from Kaiser, BlueChoice, and CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Dental coverage includes a dental HMO and a buy-up plan.
  • No-cost vision coverage provides for services every two years, with an optional buy-up plan.
  • Prescription medication coverage is available with a modest co-pay.
Retirement and pension
  • In addition to pension plans through the State of Maryland or City of Baltimore (depending on position and bargaining unit), employees can participate in 403(b) tax-sheltered savings plans.
Support and development

School leaders are offered support, professional development, and opportunities for growth throughout their career trajectories.

Additional benefits

All staff can access the following at no or modest cost: