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Become a School Leader: School Year 2017-18
Become a School Leader: School Year 2017-18
MPS Leadership Blueprint
The MPS Leadership Blueprint competencies are foundational to the school leader selection process.

2017-18 School Leader Hiring Process



NOTE: The priority deadline for applying to the 2017-18 school leader pool is March 10th, 2017. 

Internal MPS Applicants: APPLY here for the pool

External Applications: APPLY here for the pool

The school leader hiring process at MPS is driven by the following core beliefs:

  • Broad Recruitment
  • Consistent, Transparent, and Rigorous Process
  • Competency-based Assessments
  • Intentional School-based Involvement
  • Superintendent Decision Informed by all Stakeholders

In order to make sure we're identifying school leaders as early as possible, the school leader selection process begins early, before all school year vacancies have been identified. For this reason, school leader candidates will experience two phases of their candidacy.

  • Phase 1: Selection for the 2017-2018 School Leader Candidate Pool - Before interviewing for positions at specific schools, candidates must first be selected for school leader candidate pool. Candidates who meet our minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a number of assessment activities, including a written problem, a teacher observation, a role play, and an interview with one of our Associate Superintendents. Key dates:
    • Applications Open: January 3oth for internal candidates, February 6th for external candidates.
    • Priority Application Deadline: March 10th, 2017. To be guaranteed an opportunity to compete for a spot in the pool, candidates must apply for the candidate pool through the MPS careers portal by this date
  • Phase 2: Selection for a School - Once selected for the School Leader Candidate pool, Associate Superintendents will identify a small group of finalists for each Principal position, who will interview with representatives from the school community. The school community will provide feedback and recommendations to the Superintendent and Chief of Schools, who make the final selection decision.

Click here for additional details about this process and tips regarding how to prepare.



Minneapolis Public Schools also offers a residency-based school leader training and certification program, the Aspiring Principal's Academy. Learn more here.



Contact Daniel Glass at 612-668-0477 or at school.leadership@mpls.k12.mn.us.