School Leader Hiring

  • We appreciate your interest in a school leadership (Dean, 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.
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    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
    • Human Resources 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  Room
    09/03/20  4:00pm - 5:00pm   425 E. 9th Street Via Zoom
    10/21/20  4:00pm - 5:00pm   425 E. 9th Street Via Zoom
    11/10/20  4:00pm - 5:00pm   425 E. 9th Street Via 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
    SL Selection Process


    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 - if you would like help with these documents, please contact Adriana Publico
    • 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.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Dean: Have completed 5 years of satisfactory certified contract experience
    • 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 by March in order to be eligible for consideration. 
    • Principal: 5 years of satisfactory certified contract experience, School Administrator endorsement, plus two completed years’ Assistant Principal experience (or one year completed AP experience plus completed WASL or equivalent program/education). 

    Step 4 – Writing Exercise

    Principal and Assistant Principal pool applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be completing a written exercise. Dean applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to a Level One interview and do not participate in a Writing Exercise.

    Step 5 – Level One Interview – Hiring Pool

    Assistant Principal applicants who successfully complete the writing exercise are invited to a Level One Interview. Principal and Dean 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: One Area Superintendent, one each - Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal, Human Resources Staff Member
    • Principal: 4 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, one Teacher, one Parent, one community or business leader, one Education Support Personnel staff member, student(s) when appropriate

    *NOTE - Principal finalist of site interviews will have a second interview with the Interim Superintendent and the Area Superintendent of the school in which they are a finalist for. 

    Note: These are committee membership minimums; actual committees are typically larger.
              You can only be screened once per hiring season per level. 

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