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Syracuse City School District
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Syracuse, NY 13210


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Principal Banner | Join Syracuse City Schools

School Leaders

Shape the district's future with a seat at the table.

As one of 34 principals, you’re not only running a school, you’re also part of the district’s leadership team. Principals meet with the superintendent each month as a group, and welcome him to their schools every few weeks. With direct access to SCSD decision-makers and close relationships with peers at similar schools, principals have the support of a team that is all in, tackling system-wide change.

Make your mark on a school – and a community.

Turning around a struggling school means painting a new picture of what’s possible, for teachers, students and parents. The challenge facing our principals is to galvanize schools around dramatic leaps in student achievement. It’s a job for people energized by audacious goals, and by the rewards of mobilizing a community around high expectations for every child. 

Train to be a transformative leader.

SCSD invests in its leaders, developing talented managers with deep instructional skills. Both current and future principals attend intensive monthly trainings. At these Leadership Academies, current principals dig into practical topics like curriculum and management, while aspiring principals engage with leadership concepts through superintendent forums and the support of a personal coach.

Earn recognition for rising to the challenge.

Principals are central to the district’s success, and SCSD offers highly competitive principal salaries that start at $106,613. Our most effective principals have also been able to earn stipends of as much as $17,500 for taking on additional leadership responsibilities, supporting the next group of administrators and expanding their impact while continuing to lead their schools.

How to Apply

We are committed to finding excellent leaders who best fit with each of our schools. From the time you submit your online application, our principal selection process takes four to six weeks, on average. We review applications and interview candidates year-round, on a rolling basis.

If you need assistance with any step of the application process, please call us at (315) 435-4171 or email us at Additionally, we have computers available and will help you complete your application on site at 725 Harrison Street in the Office of Human Resources (Room 111). 

  1. 1

    Online Application

    Upload your resume and provide responses to several short-answer questions (up to 2 hours). For most positions, you’ll usually hear back from us regarding next steps within two weeks if we believe you may be a good fit for the position.

  2. 2

    Phone Interview

    Interview with the SCSD recruitment and selection team (30-45 minutes). If you are recommended to proceed to the next step in the interview process, you will receive an email with pre-work for the in-person interview.

  3. 3

    In-Person Interview

    Meet with representatives of the district to present a school entry plan, based on pre-work, and conduct a mock post–classroom observation conference (up to 4 hours).

  4. 4

    Superintendent Interview

    Participate in a one-on-one interview with Superintendent Jaime Alicea (30 minutes).

    Please note: The selection process outlined above is subject to change. If you experience technical difficulties, please email or call 1-855-980-0511. For questions about SCSD or the application process, contact the SCSD recruitment and selection team here

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