Career Opportunities

Careers in School Leadership

Principals and assistant principals are key educational leaders who facilitate the success of their staff and students by serving as leaders, guides and advocates. School leaders play a critical role in developing, articulating and implementing a vision of teaching and learning for the entire school community. They have the ability to inspire excellence in others by raising expectations for everyone in their school and leading their teachers, staff and students to reach their highest potential.


Candidates for principal and assistant principal positions must possess valid New York State Supervisory Certification. 

Note: Candidates for principal and assistant principal positions are no longer required to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Candidates for other supervisory positions – education administrator and supervisor of – must still apply for a COE using the Supervisory Eligibility Pool (SEP) Web site

New York State and New York City Eligibility Requirements
Click for detailed information about New York State and New York City supervisor certification requirements.

Please note: The New York City Department of Education does not accept any supervisory Internship certificates.

Pathways to Careers in School Leadership 
The New York City area has an abundance of college and university programs that offer programs that lead to certification as a school leader as well as several alternative certification programs. 

Career Opportunities in School Leadership 
Candidates can begin applying for principal and assistant principal positions with the New York City Department of Education once they have received the appropriate state certification.


Applying for Vacant Positions 
Principal and assistant principal vacancies are generally posted at the beginning and middle of each month and will be open for at least 15 calendar days. Posting dates may be adjusted for holidays or weekends.  Applications must be submitted online.  Paper applications are no longer accepted for principal, assistant principal or educational administrator positions.  Click for more information about assistant principal positions.

Note: Those who wish to apply for principal positions must be a member of the Principal Candidate Pool. Click for more information about the Principal Candidate Pool or to apply for entry into the Pool.

If you are already a member of the Principal Candidate Pool, click to apply for a school-specific principal position.

Selection and Appointment of Principals and Assistant Principals 
The selection, assignment and appointment of all principals and assistant principals are governed by Chancellor's Regulation C-30. 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 fitness. 
 
The C-30 process is conducted whenever there is a principal or assistant principal vacancy at a school. The Hiring Manager (Superintendent for principal vacancies and principal for assistant principal vacancies) is responsible for ensuring that the C-30 process is completed correctly, fairly and on time. 
 
Applicants for principal and assistant 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.


Council of School Supervisors and Administrators 
Principals and assistant principals are covered by the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA). Information regarding members’ benefits and union coverage can be obtained by visiting the CSA Web site.


If you have specific questions about becoming a supervisor in one of the New York City schools that was not addressed on this page, please contact our applicant help desk at supvsupport@schools.nyc.gov.