Career Opportunities

 Principal Candidate Pool

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) 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 Chancellors Regulation 30. Beginning December 9, 2013, the NYCDOE 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 3012c
  • Offer participants an opportunity to receive high quality professional development about the NYCDOE’s expectations of principals
  • Provide hiring managers with multi-dimensional information to help enhance strategic placement hiring decisions related to principals


Eligibility Requirements

All applicants for the Principal Candidate Pool are required to have a New York State school leader license (e.g. SBL, SAS, or SDA). The evaluation process will be delayed if an applicant does not possess state and local certification.  We recommend all candidates apply and acquire these certifications prior to applying to the Pool.

The Principal Candidate Pool Application Process is Comprised of Three Steps:


Step 1: Online Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no application deadline for the Principal Candidate Pool. 

Step 2: Completed Principal Candidate Pool Series

Three professional developments and three on-demand performance assessments focused around the three categories of the Quality Review rubric (QR):

I. Instructional Core across Classrooms

 Curriculum (1.1)

 Pedagogy (1.2)

 Assessment (2.2)

II. School Culture

 Positive learning environment (1.4)
 High expectations (3.4)

III. Structures for Improvement

 Leveraging resources (1.3)

 Teacher support and supervision (4.1)

 Goals and action plans (3.1)

 Teacher teams and leadership development (4.2)

 Monitoring and revising systems (5.1)

Registering for the Principal Candidate Pool Series will be done via invitation.


Step 3: Verbal and Written Reference checks


The NYC Department of Education is committed to diversity and inclusion.  To read our Diversity and Inclusion Policy, please visit our website here


The NYC Department of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color,religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age,marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender(sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.  Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity,65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit 
the  OEO website.