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Become a School Leader: School Year 2022-23

Become a School Leader: School Year 2022-23

2022-23 School Leader Hiring Process

For anyone interested in MPS school leader positions for the 2022-23 school year:

Please see the downloadable presentation at the bottom of this page for more information. This is the information covered in this year's informational sessions. 

For addiional questions, please reach out to Daniel Glass (Daniel.Glass@mpls.k12.mn.us).

The application can be found here::

If you are an internal candidate (current MPS employee): APPLY HERE 

If you are a prospective MPS employee: APPLY HERE

NOTE: The priority deadline for applying to the 2022-23 school leader pool is March 4th, 2022. Your application may not receive priority review after this date.

Licensure Requirement: All school leader candidates must hold a valid Minnesota Administrative License by summer 2022 to be considered for this year's 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 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 and pass an initial resume screen 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.
    • Priority Application Deadline. 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, who make the final selection decision.


There is currently no principal residency program planned for the upcoming year.

MPS Leadership Blueprint
The MPS Leadership Blueprint competencies are foundational to the school leader selection process.