Administrative Recruitment and Retention

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Applying for School-Based Administrative Positions

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) utilizes administrative pools to fill vacancies for all of the following positions: Administrative Intern, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Student Activities, and Director of School Counseling. The administrative application process includes specific screening steps: application assessment, online assessment, and in-person assessment.

Once applicants are admitted into an administrative candidate pool, they have an opportunity to apply for school openings. Vacancies are announced to candidates in the respective PWCS candidate pool. The interview process for a specific school vacancy includes a resume and cover letter screening followed by the school-community panel interview for those candidates selected due to the strength of their responses to the required cover letter criteria.

Principal vacancies are announced to PWCS principals and candidates in the PWCS principal pool. The interview process for a specific principal vacancy includes a school-community panel interview and superintendent interview.

Infographic of the steps in the Application Process. 1: Application Phase. 2: Application Screening. 3: Central Office Interview. 4: Administrative Eligibility Pool. 5: School Panel Interview.

Launching Leadership Capacity 2022-23

We are dedicated to developing a highly-qualified leadership pipeline. Our Launching Leadership Capacity professional learning series serves as the vehicle for leadership development. Through these professional offerings, we provide opportunities to more fully explore the domains of our PWCS LEADS model. Targeted professional development for aspiring Central Office and school-based leaders interested in a wide range of leadership opportunities are posted in the Professional Catalog.

PWCS LEADS Model Graphic with 4 Domains

Pursuing a position in leadership involves putting your best effort forward in every step of the journey. Every resume and cover letter provides an opportunity to articulate your vision for leadership that will launch thriving futures.

Our Launching Leadership Capacity events are geared to provide participants with targeted learning and networking opportunities that may help to articulate this vision. Current and aspiring leaders are invited to join us for one of our virtual or in-person learning sessions.

We have completed our LLC series of professional learning opportunities for the 2021-22 school year. For the 900 plus participants, we hope that your learning was impactful and that we inspired you to grow as a leader in your current role while pursuing promotional opportunities with PWCS.

Please follow our updates in the Professional Catalog under HUM courses and look for advertised course offerings in the Communicator. As always, our external members of administrative eligibility pools will also receive an invitation to attend sent through email.

Administrative Application Timeline 2022-23

PWCS advertises for applicants and accepts applications for administrative positions year-round. The following timelines provide the framework that drives recruitment and selection for school-based leadership:

  • September through May – Screening of Qualified Applicants
  • February through June – Targeted Window for Hiring for the 2023-24 school year

Virtual Information Sessions

We are always seeking highly qualified, dedicated leaders for administrative openings in PWCS. Join us at one of our upcoming Virtual Information Sessions:

Sign Up for a Virtual Information Session

These small group virtual sessions are held at 3:30 p.m. at least twice a month. Our team looks forward to connecting with you at one of our events. Interested candidates will be sent the Zoom meeting link before the session. 

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Ready, Set, Apply!

When you have completed uploading all required documents in your administrative application, please email [email protected] to alert us that your application packet is ready to be reviewed! We look forward to supporting your journey towards leadership in PWCS.

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