Becoming a Principal

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The Principal Candidate Pool

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) developed and implemented the Principal Candidate Pool to positively impact student achievement by ensuring that strong leaders are considered for principal roles. The Principal Candidate Pool is one of the first steps before a candidate is eligible to apply for a principalship in New York City, as outlined in Chancellor's Regulation C-30: 

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Beginning December 9, 2013, the DOE launched an enhanced version of the Principal Candidate Pool process in order to meet the following objectives:

  • Align the screening process to clear, high standards that are consistent with the expectations to which principals will be held accountable under Education Law § 3012c.
  • Offer participants an opportunity to receive high quality professional development about the DOE’s expectations of principals
  • Provide hiring managers with multi-dimensional information to help enhance strategic placement hiring decisions related to principals

Eligibility Requirements

  1. New York State Administrative License
    1. School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) - historical license 
    2. School District Administrator (SDA) - historical license 
    3. School Building Leader (SBL) 
  2. Seven or more years of pedagogical experience as outlined in Chancellor’s Regulation C-30
  3. Must meet the following educational, managerial, administrative qualifications: 
    1. Instructional Program Leadership 
    2. School Culture and Equity Leadership 

Find out more about New York State certification requirements for school leaders on the School Leaders and Principals Certification page. 

Application Process

Chancellor’s Regulation C-30 governs the selection, assignment, and appointment of all principals. It is intended to ensure that the supervisory selection process meets the requirements set by New York State law, is equitable, and is based on principles of merit and readiness. The C-30 process is conducted whenever there is a principal vacancy at a school. The Hiring Manager (superintendent for principal vacancies) is responsible for ensuring that the C-30 process is completed correctly, fairly, and on time. Applicants for principal positions must have strong pedagogical, managerial, and administrative skills as well as a deep commitment to maintaining personal and professional integrity at all times.

Read the Regulation

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Principal Candidate Pool

The Principal Candidate Pool is the selective screening process for all aspiring New York City principals. It consists of participation in an assessment series which includes in-person professional conversations and activities as well as time-bound online performance assessments. Candidates should plan to complete the Principal Candidate Pool screening process one year prior to intent to accept a principal position.

To learn more visit our Principal Candidate Pool FAQ page.

Online Application

Principal vacancies are generally posted at the beginning and middle of each month and are open for at least 15 calendar days. Posting dates may be adjusted for holidays or weekends. Vacancies always open and close promptly at 3PM. The online application consists of a resume and a tailored cover letter addressing two specific questions.

Level I Committee Interview

The Hiring Manager (superintendent for principal vacancies) reviews the applications submitted and identifies three to five candidates for evaluation by the Level I Committee. The Hiring Manager forms the Level I Committee which includes: one supervisor, two UFT members, one school support staff member represented by DC 37, Local 372, four to seven parents, one to two students (high schools only), one superintendent designee (chairperson), and one designee of an intermediary organization. The Level I Committee interviews the candidates submitted by the Hiring Manager.

Level II Interview

The Hiring Manager (superintendent for principal vacancies) considers the ratings, evaluations, and recommendations submitted by the Level I Committee. In addition, the Hiring Manager may interview the candidates and/or utilize other professional evaluation techniques other than written tests.

Preparation Programs and Supports for Aspiring Principals

To learn more about preparations and support programs for aspiring principals please visit the Leadership Pathways page.

Current Vacancies

View and apply for school-specific principal positions.

Need Help?

If you have problems submitting an application, please contact HR Connect:


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