School Leader Hiring

  • We appreciate your interest in a school leadership (Assistant Principal or Principal) position within the Washoe County School District, and we are here to support and guide you through this rigorous and critical process.

    PR Timeline


     **PLEASE NOTE - The second AP round closing on January 29th has been canceled.  All those who apply will be vetted in the third and final round, which will close on February 20th.   
    Interested in becoming a school leader?

    Attend an informational session!

    We'll cover topics such as: 
    • New deadlines
    • The application process
    • Changes in the process from prior years
    • The selection timeline
    • Communications
    • HR Staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance
    • School Leader Information Session Power Point

    Aspiring School Leaders Informational Sessions - Click on Via Zoom to participate

    Info Session PowerPoint 

     Date  Time  Location
    08/22/2023 4:00 PM ZOOM
    09/26/2023 4:00 PM  ZOOM
    11/14/2023 4:00 PM ZOOM
    01/11/2024 4:00 PM ZOOM

     Information Sessions are open to everyone, both district employees and external candidates.  If you are interested in attending, please join via Zoom.  We look forward to meeting you!  


    Questions? Please contact Liz Sellers


    School Leader Selection Process


    Step 1 – Complete an Online Application

    Access WCSD’s Online Application System and fill out an Administrative application for Principal and Assistant Principal positions.

    In order to be considered complete by the deadline, an application must include the following:

    • All required application fields
    • Five most recent final evaluations.  For WCSD evaluations, attach the cover sheet with ratings and signatures.  For non-WCSD evaluations, please attach the entire document and ensure that a summative performance rating is reflected in the information provided.  If you were not formally evaluated each year, please provide a letter from your district stating so.
    • Current Resume and Letter of Interest 
    • Four recent confidential references returned, including current supervisor/evaluator, most recent former supervisor/evaluator, and two additional that can speak to your leadership abilities.  References need to have been returned no more than 18 months prior
    • A signed Release of Records form.  If you already completed one in the past and it is still attached to your application, you do not need to complete another one.
    • Administrative License attached

    Step 2 – Apply for Pool Consideration

    Once your application is complete:
    • Select the Jobs tab
    • Select View/Apply next to the relevant job pool posting (i.e., School Assistant Principal, Elementary & Secondary )
    • After reviewing the job specifications, click on “Apply for the Job”
    Note - If you do not see the pool you are interested in applying for, likely, your application is not attached to the administrative application.  Assistant Principal and Principal pool posting will be accessed using your Administrative application.

    Step 3 – Application Review

    After each application deadline, Human Resources staff review applications for completeness and minimum qualifications.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Assistant Principal: Have completed 5 years of satisfactory certified contract experience, plus School Administrator endorsement. If you are currently working on your Administrator endorsement, you must complete the requirements and have your license by March 1, 2024 to be eligible for consideration.  Four Confidential References, resume, and letter of interest.   
    • Principal: 5 years of satisfactory certified/admin contract experience, School Administrator endorsement, plus any of the following combinations:
      • currently working in your first year as an Assistant Principal at a school site

    AND - one of the following

      • one year of completed Dean experience
      • completion of WASL, McRel Balanced Leadership series (4 courses), or equivalent program/education
      • completion of one year as a Summer School Zone Coordinator
      • currently holding a district-level position equivalent to an Assistant Principal


    Step 4 – Level One Interview – Hiring Pool

    Principal applicants who meet minimum qualifications are invited to a Level One interview.  Interviews will generally not occur on weekends, holidays, or scheduled breaks.
    Assistant Principal applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to a Level One Interview.  Interviews will generally not occur on weekends, holidays, or scheduled breaks. 

    Typical Level One Interview Committees:
    • Assistant Principal: One Associate Chief, one each - Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal, Human Resources Staff Member
    • Principal: 3 or more Associate Chiefs, Human Resources Staff Member

    Step 5 – Level Two Interview – Site Specific

    There is no longer a separation of grade level (i.e. Elementary Assistant Principal) once you are in the pool.  Eligible pool candidates may apply for site-specific positions as they open. Level Two interviews and school leader hiring typically begins in April with Principal vacancies, then Assistant Principal vacancies, although some vacancies are filled through the overage/Interim process in March/April.

    Level Two Interview Committee Minimums:
    • Assistant Principal: Associate Chief, Principal, one Teacher, one Parent, one Education Support Personnel staff member
    • Principal: Associate Chief, one Current Principal, one additional Principal or District Administrator, one Teacher, one Parent, one community or business leader, one Education Support Personnel staff member, student(s) when appropriate

    *NOTE - Principal finalists of site interviews will have a second interview with the Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, and the Associate Chief of the school for which they are finalist for. 

    Note: These are committee membership minimums; actual committees are typically larger.
             Applicants may only be considered once per hiring season for each pool. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.