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School-Specific Principal Positions
Principal and Executive Principal vacancies are generally posted at the beginning and middle of each month and remain open for at least 15 calendar days. Posting dates may be adjusted for holidays or weekends.
Selection for school appointments will be done in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation C-30.
In order to apply for principal and executive principal positions at the New York City Department of Education, you must be a member of the Principal Candidate Pool. To view all school-specific principal positions and the essay question you will be asked to address on your application, please see our current principal vacancies.
If you are interested in becoming a principal, but are not yet a member of the Pool, please visit our Principal Candidate Pool page for more information and to apply to online.
Please note: All New York City Schools principals appointed as of February 1, 2008 are automatically placed in the Pool. All current Department of Education employees who tested onto principal eligibility lists under the Board of Examiners before 1990 are also Pool members.
Persons seeking supervisory/administrative positions with the New York City Department of Education must hold the appropriate New York State certification. Click for details about the specific certification requirements.
Note: Candidates for principal and assistant principal positions are no longer required to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
How to Apply for a School-Specific Principal Position:
Please Note: All correspondence regarding your application will be sent via email to the email address you enter into the online application system. Please make sure you enter your address correctly and check your email regularly. If your email account utilizes a SPAM filter, it is your responsibility to identify “@schools.nyc.gov” addresses as “safe” so that you are able to receive email messages from these addresses.
Please be advised, since September 4, 2012, a new online application system is used to apply for Principal or Assistant Principal positions. You must complete a School Leader / Supervisory Candidate Profile in the system before you are able to apply for any specific vacancies. Please read this brief Applicant Guide carefully before you apply for any Principal or Assistant Principal positions.Click to view a list of current postings for Principal positions.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, click to access the Online Application.
The deadline to apply for the current postings is Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM. It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible in case you encounter any technical issues using the online application system.
Please be aware that ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED, YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO EDIT OR DELETE ITS CONTENT. Please read the instructions and review your resume and cover letter carefully before clicking the "Submit" button.
Within your cover letter, you must answer the essay question provided. Please read the instructions carefully and be aware that the questions are different depending on what type of position you are applying for.
If you already have a Department of Education non-supervisory application in Teachers Support Network (TSN) - such as teacher, pupil personnel titles, lead teacher, master teacher, or substitute
You will need to follow these steps in order to apply for a supervisory position as a principal, assistant principal, education administrator, or "supervisor of":
1. Click the "Register Now" button on the school leader login page.
2. During the registration process, enter the SAME information, including the email address AND password, that you use for your existing non-supervisory application.
3. When you log in, you should be able to complete a School Leader / Supervisory Candidate Profile and also access your existing non-supervisory application.
Note: While you are completing the School Leader / Supervisory Candidate Profile, you MAY see the following error message:
The following errors occurred:
Date Available for Employment is earlier than today.
If this error occurs, then in order to proceed, you must change the “Date Available for Employment” in your non-supervisory application to a date in the future (try next week, just to be sure). If you are unable to edit the content of your application, contact TSN's Technical Support team for assistance. They are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM and can be reached at 1-877-DO-TEACH (368-3224).
If you continue to have problems submitting an application, please contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the problem.
Please note: AOL e-mail accounts may experience difficulty receiving e-mails from the NYC DOE. If you have access to a non-AOL e-mail account, it would be best to use it when applying for NYC DOE positions. Free e-mail accounts are available at Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail.