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Principal - Eligibility Pool

Date Posted: Jul 11, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Job Title:  Principal – Eligibility Pool

Location: Various

Salary Details: $112,540 - $125,652 base salary + salary differentials based on school type and school demographics

Reports to: Assistant Superintendent

Benefits Eligibility: Yes

Bargaining Unit: N/A

Telecommuting Eligibility: School-based. Not eligible for telecommuting.


Position Summary:

The Principal is responsible for ensuring rigorous and standards-aligned teaching and learning while establishing and maintaining a positive culture for students, staff and families. The Principal provides visionary leadership while ensuring a rigorous education for all students and ensure that students reach academic goals and feel supported socially and emotionally. The Principal manages all aspects of the school-level budgeting process, as well as efforts to drive school improvement and oversees daily school operations. The Principal ensures there is collaborative, two-way communication between families and staff and seeks out feedback from the community on ways to improve the school community. The Principal supervises and evaluates school personnel and provides regular feedback and professional learning opportunities to drive improvement.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (1-2 pages) included as a single additional attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF format) detailing the following:  
    • Your interest in the position
    • Why you are qualified for the position
    • Provide a detailed description of your vision to create the greatest impact on children in DPSCD
  • All candidates who complete an initial interview are required to complete a hiring task, which will be communicated via email.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a master’s degree inclusive of 20 semester hours in School Administration, Supervision, Curriculum, and School Finance. In the absence of the School Finance course work, candidates must show demonstrated experience developing and managing staff and operating budgets 
  • Must possess a valid Michigan Teacher Certificate
  • Must possess and provide evidence of State of Michigan Administrator Certification
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful certified teaching experience with an annual rating of effective (E), or highly effective (HE).
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of adult and child learning theory. 
  • Must possess in-depth knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
  • Proven leadership or supervisory experience
  • Exemplary presentation skills, organizational skills and communication (speaking, listening, and writing) skills
  • Strong technology skills including competence in the use of technology to prepare and complete reports and communications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current educational research and ability to translate into classroom and school practice.
  • Evidence of skills analyzing and interpreting student achievement data and utilizing that data to increase student achievement.

Essential Functions:

  1. Maintain a positive learning environment that ensures the implementation of quality instruction as outlined by the current curriculum.
  2. Create a shared vision of high quality teaching and learning.
  3. Align standards, instructional strategies, assessment, instructional tools/resources, and professional development to ensure instructional program coherence.
  4. Develop an academic plan based on a continuous improvement model; conduct a comprehensive review of quantitative and qualitative data relative to teaching and learning and use to support development of academic plan; create benchmark growth measures to monitor progress toward meeting performance goals.
  5. Conduct regular formative and summative staff evaluations to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning and maintain high levels of accountability.
  6. Create the necessary structures and systems required to support successful implementation of the instructional program.
  7. Create and maintain a safe, effective, and clean learning environment.
  8. Develop and manage a school budget, aligned to the school academic plan, that reflects
    District, State, and Federal mandates.
  9. Create a formative and summative evaluation process to monitor student progress.
  10. Develop and implement a comprehensive professional development program based on teacher instructional practice and student learning needs.
  11. Effectively coordinate, supervise, and manage relations with parents/families, the immediate school and the broader external community.
  12. Acquire and effectively manage resources outside of district allotted support.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of acceptance.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities.  Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or


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