Interested in becoming a principal?
Currently, Baltimore Design School and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High 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 2021, Career Assessment Days will be held on February 5, March 5, April 16, and May 7 (tentatively).
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.
In 2021, Profile Sessions will be held on February 10, March 10, April 21, and May 12 (tentatively).
Step 6: 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 7: 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.
Once we've established your eligibility, you'll be placed in a pool of eligible principals for two years.