LEAD | Dallas ISD

Leader Excellence, Advancement & Development

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The Deadline is Approaching!

If you are interested in being considered for a principal position next year, you MUST apply via AppliTrack by September 15th!


Qualified applicants will receive a secondary application to complete prior to September 23rd, therefore it is critical that applicants apply via Applitrack no later than 11:59pm on September 15th. NO applications will be accepted after this time period!

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of time commitment is involved in the leadership seminars? What about the on-site observations?


  • There will only be three leadership seminars. These seminars will be after school so as to not interfere with normal job duties. Additionally, the on-site observations will be of normal assistant principal responsibilities: coaching teachers, leading PLCs or PD sessions, and conducting instructional planning sessions.


2. What if I'm unsure if I am ready to be a principal?

  • Talk to your principal. Ask for feedback and then make that determination. Additionally, participating in the various stages would only give more insight and feedback on any areas in which to grow.


3. The application states we must upload our most recent evaluations. How can I do this when we haven't received our scorecards this year?

  • Scorecards are not needed. The performance evaluations that were given in the spring are sufficient.


4. I have submitted my application on Applitrack, but have not received the supplemental application. What should I do?


  • Access to the supplemental application is sent by HCM to qualified candidates after a brief review of the Applitrack application and can take up to 24 hours to send. Please email yschroeder@dallasisd.org if you have not received an email from HCM within 24 hours of submitting your initial application.



5. How much time should I set aside to complete the supplemental application?

  • The supplemental application requires the upload of several documents such as an up-to-date resume, last year's performance evaluation and student achievement data. In addition, there are two essay prompts to complete. Please allow ample time to complete the supplemental application. It is also recommended that you save your essays in a word document before submitting in case there are any technology issues.


6. How do I apply for the LEAD program?

  • The LEAD program is not a program for individuals to join. It is a department within School Leadership. LEAD is spearheading various principal pipeline initiatives, including the hiring process for principals.


7. Which job posting do I apply for if I am wanting to be a principal next year?

  • 2020-2021 Campus Leadership: Principal Candidate Pool- Internal Candidate Only


8. How will I know if I am selected for the Assessment Center?

  • Applicants will be notified regarding meeting initial qualifications and advancement to the assessment center stage.


9. Why is the application due so early?

  • Our process allows School Leadership to have multiple opportunities to assess applicants in their skills as potential principals. As vacancies arise, executive directors will have a comprehensive assessment of potential candidates, allowing for identification of best fit and matching to specific school needs.


10. If I am selected for the Principal Candidate Pool, am I guaranteed a principal position?

  • No, entry into the Principal Candidate Pool provides no guarantee you will be selected as a principal. Individuals in this approved pool will be the group of candidates the executive directors will utilize as potential interviewees for vacancies.


11. What if I make it to the Principal Candidate Pool, but I am not selected for a principal position?

  • Individuals that are selected for the Principal Candidate Pool but are not selected for a principal position will be automatically entered into the Principal Candidate Pool for the upcoming year.


12. If I decide in the spring that I would like to apply for a principal position, will I be able to apply?

  • No, the deadline to apply is no later than September 15th.

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Click HERE to Apply on Applitrack

Check out the job description, qualifications, and basic functions.

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