School Leader Selection Process
Step 1 – Complete an Online Application
Access WCSD’s Online Application System and fill out a
Certified application for Dean positions and/or 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
- Current Resume and Letter of Interest
- Four recent confidential references returned, including current supervisor and most recent former supervisor that 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 (for Assistant Principal and Principal applicants)
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., Dean Pool)
- 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, it is likely that you are not in the right application. Dean pool can be applied to using your Certified application but 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.
- Dean: 5 years of satisfactory certified contract experience
- Assistant Principal: 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 by March in order to be eligible for consideration.
- Principal: 5 years of satisfactory certified contract experience, School Administrator endorsement, plus two years’ Assistant Principal experience (or one year AP experience plus WASL or equivalent program/education)
Dean and Assistant Principal pool applicants who meet minimum qualifications are invited to participate in Field Day, a written assessment of School Leadership potential. Principal applicants who meet minimum qualifications complete an activity during the Level One interview and do not participate in Field Day.
Typical Field Day Activities:
- General Leadership Essay
- Classroom Observation
- To-do/Prioritization Activity
Step 5 – Level One Interview – Hiring Pool
All Dean and Assistant Principal applicants who successfully complete Field Day activities are invited to a Level One Interview. Principal applicants who meet minimum qualifications are invited to a Level One interview. Interviews will generally not take place on weekends, holidays, or scheduled breaks.
Typical Level One Interview Committees:
- Dean: One Principal, two Assistant Principals, an additional School Leader or District Administrator, Human Resources Staff Member
- Assistant Principal: Two Area Superintendents, one each - Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal, Human Resources Staff Member
- Principal: 5 or more Area Superintendents, Human Resources Staff Member
Step 6 – Level Two Interviews – Site-Specific
Applicants in a hiring pool for a certain position and grade level (i.e. Elementary Assistant Principal) are eligible to 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, then Dean vacancies, although some vacancies are filled through the overage process in March/April.
Level Two Interview Committee Minimums:
- Dean: Principal, one Teacher, one Parent, one Education Support Personnel staff member
- Assistant Principal: Area Superintendent, Principal, one Teacher, one Parent, one Education Support Personnel staff member
- Principal: Area Superintendent, one Current Principal, one additional Principal or District Administrator, three Teachers, three Parents, one community or business leader, one Education Support Personnel staff member, student(s) when appropriate
Note: These are committee membership minimums; actual committees are typically larger.