Career Ladder Opportunities

Experienced New York City Department of Education (DOE)  principals and assistant principals who can demonstrate sustained success in driving student achievement growth are encouraged to apply for exciting new career ladder opportunities in schools throughout the city.

Master Principals

We seek experienced DOE principals who can demonstrate sustained success in driving student achievement growth, for principal positions in schools throughout the city. In addition to your duties as principal of your current school, as a master principal you will take on significant responsibilities to support instruction and operational practice in additional schools and/or with additional school leaders or aspiring school leaders to support the development of these school leaders, serving as the leader/coordinator for a consortium of schools (for example, a group of PROSE schools), or serving in a leadership capacity on an initiative impacting a substantial number of schools, or assisting a Superintendent in district leadership. It is understood this effort will necessitate substantial additional work beyond their regular work responsibilities and Master Principals will fulfill these responsibilities according to a schedule to be approved by the Chancellor or designee without additional compensation beyond the differential set forth herein.

Master Principals will be selected by the Chancellor or his or her designee. The position of Master Principal is a one year position, subject to possible renewal each year at the discretion of the Chancellor. Any principal selected to be a Master Principal for the next school year may be removed at any time from their position as Master Principal by the Chancellor.

A Master Principal will receive additional compensation in the amount of $25,000 annually, above the applicable Principal salary, for the term of this agreement, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administration (SDA), or in School Building Leadership (SBL).

Union Affiliation

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

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, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1101, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or complete out the OEO complaint form.

Application Process

Current DOE principals may apply for consideration for a Master Principal position by following these instructions:

  1. Go to the online application system.
  2. If you are already a registered user in the system, log in using your existing login credentials. If not, click on the "Register Now" button and follow the registration process to create an account.
  3. Before you are able to access the Master Principal application you must complete the School Leader/Supervisory Candidate Profile.
  4. Once you have completed this profile, click on the "Search All Positions" button in the left‐hand navigation pane.
  5. In the search options, select Position Type = Supervisor (DO NOT select Principal).
  6. Next to the Master Principal posting, click on the "Apply" button.
  7. The Master Principal application is only one page. Follow the instructions on the application page very carefully before submitting the application. Once an application is submitted it cannot be edited or deleted.
  8. As part of your cover letter, please explain why you should be considered for a Master Principal position. Describe any experience related to support instruction, operational practice and mentoring.

Model Principals

In addition to your duties in your current school, as a model principal you will take on significant responsibilities related to sharing, dissemination, and modeling of best practices through a structured and planned set of activities and programs. Other principals and school personnel will visit your school to learn best practices in areas such as curriculum, family and community engagement, instructional design and delivery, teacher growth and development, support of special populations, and academic interventions.

The Model Principal will be required to create a monthly schedule, to be approved by the Superintendent, that will allow for visits by other school leaders and staff, and make themselves available to conduct these visits and provide information and guidance as requested before and after the visits, as well as to share best practices by visiting other schools during school hours. Model Principals may also be asked to develop and lead professional development for other groups of principals or staff outside of their school during the regular work day and up to six times a year after normal school hours. It is understood this effort will necessitate additional work beyond their regular work responsibilities and Model Principals will fulfill these responsibilities according to a schedule to be approved by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee without additional compensation beyond the differential set forth herein.

Model Principals will be selected by the appropriate Superintendent, subject to approval by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee. The position of Model Principal is a one year position, subject to possible renewal each year, at the discretion of the Chancellor. Any principal selected to be a Model Principal for the next school year may be removed at any time from their position as Model Principal by the Chancellor.

Model Principals will receive additional compensation in the amount of $15,000 annually, above the applicable Principal salary, for the term of the agreement, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Individuals interested in becoming a Model Principal may apply to be considered by following the instructions below. As part of your cover letter, please explain why you should be considered for a Model Principal position. Describe any experience related to sharing, dissemination, and modeling of best practices.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administration (SDA), or in School Building Leadership (SBL).

Applicants must currently be employed by the DOE as a principal.

Union Affiliation

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

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, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1101, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or complete the OEO complaint form.

Application Process

Current DOE principals may apply for consideration for a Model Principal position by following these instructions.

  1. Go to the online application system.
  2. If you are already a registered user in the system, log in using your existing login credentials. If not, click on the "Register Now" button and follow the registration process to create an account.
  3. Before you are able to access the Model Principal application you must complete the School Leader/Supervisory Candidate Profile.
  4. Once you have completed this profile, click on the "Search All Positions" button in the left-hand navigation pane.
  5. In the search options, select Position Type = Supervisor (DO NOT select Principal).
  6. Next to the Model Principal posting, click on the "Apply" button.
  7. The Model Principal application is only one page. Follow the instructions on the application page very carefully before submitting the application. Once an application is submitted it cannot be edited or deleted.
  8. As part of your cover letter, please explain why you should be considered for a Model Principal position. Describe any experience related to sharing, dissemination, and modeling of best practices.

Assistant Principal Ambassadors

Assistant principal ambassadors are assistant principals who apply and are selected to be assigned for one year (the “Ambassador Year”) to a Renewal School. Each of the 94 Renewal Schools across the city is creating a school program designed to provide an additional hour of instruction for all students. Renewal Schools will also work with community-based organizations to offer supplemental programs for students. More information about Renewal Schools--including a listing of these schools--can be found on the Renewal and Rise page of our website:

During the Ambassador Year, in addition to regular supervisory responsibilities, the Assistant Principal Ambassadors in Renewal Schools will be expected, consistent with the collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”), to support and engage in activities to promote the sharing, implementation, and development of instructional best practices in the Renewal Schools. Assistant Principal Ambassadors will have the same contractual rights and privileges as Assistant Principals, except as set forth below.

Assistant Principal Ambassadors shall receive additional compensation in the amount of $10,000 per year, above the applicable Assistant Principal salary, for the term of this agreement, in accordance with the CBA.

Assistant Principal Ambassadors shall be expected to assist the Principal as required to develop and participate in programs to improve and implement professional development activities for school staff, student activities, and programs to increase and encourage parental involvement in the Renewal School. It is understood this effort will necessitate additional work beyond their regular work responsibilities and Assistant Principal Ambassadors will fulfill those responsibilities according to a schedule and plan to be approved by the Renewal School’s Principal and the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee, without additional compensation beyond the differential provided herein.

For Assistant Principals serving as Assistant Principal Ambassadors, seniority and longevity during and after the Ambassador Year shall be considered to be continuous as if there is no change in schools. The Ambassador Year will be for one school year, September to June. During that time, the Assistant Principal Ambassador will be assigned to the Renewal School. At the conclusion of the Ambassador Year, the Assistant Principal will be assigned back to their home school (i.e., the school they were assigned to prior to the Ambassador Year). Assistant Principal Ambassadors must commit to serve the full school year in the Renewal School and must commit to serve at their home school at the conclusion of their Ambassador Year for a minimum of one additional school year. The Chancellor may waive these provisions in extraordinary circumstances.

Individuals interested in applying to become Assistant Principal Ambassadors for Renewal Schools may apply by following the instructions below.

Selections will be made by the respective Principals of each school. All applicants must have a Satisfactory performance rating. The selections and assignments of Assistant Principal Ambassadors are subject to the approval of the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administration (SDA), or in School Building Leadership (SBL).

Applicants must currently be employed by the DOE as an assistant principal.

Union Affiliation

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

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, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1101, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or complete the OEO complaint form.

Application Process

Current DOE assistant principals may apply for consideration for an Assistant Principal Ambassador position by following these instructions:

  1. Go to the online application system
  2. If you are already a registered user in the system, log in using your existing login credentials. If not, click on the “Register Now” button and follow the registration process to create an account.
  3. Before you are able to access the Assistant Principal Ambassador application you must complete the School Leader / Supervisory Candidate Profile.
  4. Once you have completed this profile, click on the “Search All Positions” button in the left-hand navigation pane.
  5. In the search options, select Position Type = Supervisor (DO NOT select Assistant Principal).
  6. Next to the Assistant Principal Ambassador posting, click on the “Apply” button.
  7. The Assistant Principal Ambassador application is only one page. Follow the instructions on the application page very carefully before submitting the application. Once an application is submitted it cannot be edited or deleted.

Master Principal - New Principal Support

Within the Office of Leadership – Division of Teaching and Learning, New Principal Support (NPS) provides a personalized approach to first and second year principal coaching that is designed to improve performance and build capacity while fostering continuous growth for both new and veteran principals.

New Principal Support believes that no one knows the job of the principal better than a principal. NPS uses experienced principals as coaches who receive ongoing professional learning aligned to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) standards with an intention toward building each coach’s racial equity lens. New principals work with coaches who have walked in similar shoes.

In addition to their duties as principals of their current school, a New Principal Support (NPS) Master Principal will take on significant responsibilities related to sharing, dissemination, and modeling of best practices through a blended coaching approach that may include a structured and planned set of activities/programs for first year principals.

The NPS Master Principal will be required to provide approximately 72 hours of coaching for each new principal the NPS Master Principal supports. A minimum of approximately 36 hours will be conducted on-site visits with their new principals. The Master Principals provide information and guidance as requested before and after their visits. NPS Master Principals may host inter-visitations at their home schools for their new principals as well as, share best practices with NPS colleagues. NPS Master Principals will also develop and lead professional development for new principals. It is understood that this effort will necessitate additional work beyond their regular work responsibilities, and NPS Master Principals will fulfill these responsibilities according to a schedule to be approved by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee without additional compensation beyond the differential set forth herein.

NPS Master Principals will be supported in their work by the Executive Director for Advanced Leadership (OOL), Senior Director and Directors of New Principal Support. This support may take the form of on-site visitations, one-on-one check-ins, monthly NPS team meetings and professional learning sessions. NPS Master Principals will participate in critical friendship coaching groups to support continued coaching growth.

NPS Master Principals will be selected by the appropriate Superintendent and the Office of Leadership, subject to approval by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee. The position of NPS Master Principal is a one year position, At all times, matters of legal or regulatory consequence will be brought to the immediate attention of the Superintendent, and the Executive Director or Senior Director of the NPS team. Any principal selected to be an NPS Master Principal for the next school year may be removed at any time from their position as NPS Master Principal by the Chancellor.

NPS Master Principals will receive additional compensation in the amount of $25,000 annually, above the applicable Principal salary, for the term of the agreement, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administration (SDA), or in School Building Leadership (SBL).
  • Applicants must currently be employed by the New York City DOE as a principal.
  • Applicants must have 5+ years of experience as a New York City DOE principal.
  • Applicants must be tenured as a New York City DOE principal.
  • Applicants must have the support of their Superintendent.

Note: Applicants who served as NPS Master Principals for two years or more are ineligible to serve as NPS Master Principals for the 2018-19 school year.

Preferred

  • Respected, highly skilled instructional leader with broad experience as an educator across roles and student populations; general education, English Language Learners (ELL), and special education.
  • Experience in supporting adult learning and leadership development.
  • Experience in improving outcomes for all students.
  • Commitment to outcome-based accountability, data-driven decision-making, differentiated instruction, and continuous adult learning as drivers of improved student outcomes.

Union Affiliation

Principals and Assistant principals are covered by the Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA). Information regarding members benefits and union coverage can be obtained by visiting the CSA website.

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, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1101, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or complete the OEO complaint form.

Application Process 

Individuals interested in becoming a NPS Master Principal must apply to be considered by following these instructions:

  1. Go to the online application system.
  2. If you are already a registered user in the system, log in using your existing login credentials. If not, click on the “Register Now” button and follow the registration process to create an account.
  3. Complete the, “What program(s) am I eligible for?” task to determine eligibility for the NPS Master Principal.
  4. If you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, the NPS Master Principal application will be generated on your behalf.
  5. The NPS Master Principal Online Application Consists of the following:
    1. Candidate Demographic Information
    2. Candidate Background Information
    3. NPS Master Principal Essays
    4. Candidate Resume
    5. Superintendent Recommendation Form

NPS Master Principal Selection process also includes a school visit and final interview

Coaching Fellowship - New Principal Support

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) seeks experienced DOE principals who can demonstrate sustained success in driving student achievement growth, for coaching positions in schools throughout the city. In lieu of their duties as principals, Coaching Fellows will take on significant responsibilities related to sharing, dissemination, and modeling of best practices through one-to-one coaching of up to ten new principals. Coaching Fellows will be required to conduct on-site visits with their new principals and provide information and guidance as requested before and after the visits, and to share best practices with NPS colleagues. In addition, Coaching Fellows may be called on to support the Office of Leadership as determined by the Senior Executive Director of OOL, the Executive Director of Advanced Leadership Programs, or Senior Director of NPS.

Coaching Fellows will be supported in their work by the Executive Director for Advanced Leadership (OOL), Senior Director, and Directors of New Principal Support. This support may take the form of on-site visitations, one-on-one check-ins, and bi-weekly NPS coaches meetings to share successes and challenges in the coaching work. Coaching Fellows are expected to participate in monthly professional development sessions taking place throughout New York City for all Coaches, Coaching Fellows, and Master Principals. The professional development sessions will be grounded in the NPS coaching curriculum along with content and strategies from research-based frameworks for the coaching relationship.

Coaching Fellows will be selected by the Office of Leadership and subject to approval by the Superintendent and the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee. The position of Coaching Fellow is a one year position at the discretion of the Chancellor. Additionally, the Coaching Fellow must have a strong, experienced assistant principal (AP) who has the capacity and willingness to lead the Coaching Fellow’s school for the duration of the one-year fellowship. This AP will be moved into an Acting Principal position for the year, with the understanding that s/he will move back into the AP position when the Coaching Fellow returns to the school the following year. (At the end of the school year, Coaching Fellows retain the right to return as principal of their school.) At all times, matters of legal or regulatory consequence will be brought to the immediate attention of the Superintendent, and the Executive Director or Senior Director of the NPS team. Any principal selected to be a Coaching Fellow for the next school year may be removed at any time from their position as Coaching Fellow by the Chancellor.

Individuals interested in becoming a Coaching Fellows must apply to be considered by following the instructions below before March 21, 2018 at 3PM

  1. Go to the online application system:
  2. If you are already a registered user in the system, log in using your existing login credentials. If not, click on the “Register Now” button and follow the registration process to create an account.
  3. Complete the, “What program(s) am I eligible for?” task to determine eligibility for the Coaching Fellowship.
  4. If you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, the Coaching Fellowship application will be generated on your behalf.
  5. The Coaching Fellowship Online Application Consists of the following:
    • Candidate Demographic Information
    • Candidate Background Information
    • Coaching Fellowship Essays
    • Candidate Resume
    • Assistant Principal Recommendation Form
    • Superintendent Recommendation Form

Coaching Fellowship Selection process also includes a school visit and final interview.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administration (SDA), or in School Building Leadership (SBL).
  • Applicants must currently be employed by the DOE as a principal.
  • Applicants must have 5+ years of experience as an DOE principal.
  • Applicants must be tenured as a DOE principal.
  • Applicants must have the support of their Superintendent and an AP in house willing to step up.

Preferred

  • Experience as an NPS Master Principal
  • Experience in supporting adult learning and leadership development.
  • Respected, highly skilled instructional leader with broad experience as an educator across roles and student populations; general education, English Language Learners (ELL), and special education.
  • Experience in improving outcomes for all students.
  • Commitment to outcome-based accountability, data-driven decision-making, differentiated instruction, and continuous adult learning as drivers of improved student outcomes.

Union Affiliation

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

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, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1101, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit complete the OEO complaint form.

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