Steps in the Application Process

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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. 

Launching Leadership Capacity 2021-22:

Maintaining a diverse and highly-qualified administrative candidate pool has helped PWCS to provide targeted professional development for aspiring building leaders interested in a wide range of leadership opportunities. It has provided candidates with an opportunity to share their vision with members of our senior leadership team and to grow in the site-based management practices unique to PWCS.

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 World-Class leadership. 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. The following professional development sessions have been added to PowerSchool and are now open for registration for PWCS current and aspiring leaders. External applicants should email Connie Balkcom at to be included in the session  invitations:

  • Launching Leadership Capacity: From Paper to Position HUM 34317: Current Sections are Available
  • Launching Leadership Capacity: Elementary Leader Seminar HUM 34441: Section 110615
  • Launching Leadership Capacity: Secondary School Leadership Seminar HUM 34609: Section 111112
  • Launching Leadership Capacity: Leaders Are Readers Book Group HUM 34633: Section 111234

Administrative Application Timeline:

  • PWCS advertises for applicants for administrative positions year-round
  • August through June: Open Application Window & Screening of Qualified Applicants
  • April through August: Targeted Window for  School-Specific Interviews

Virtual Information Sessions:

Administrative applicants interested in learning more about the application and pool selection process are encouraged to attend an information session.  Please email Connie Balkcom, administrative recruitment and retention coordinator,, if you would like to join one of our Monthly Information Session events.  A Zoom meeting link will be sent to all participants for these sessions which are held from 3:30-4:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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When you have completed uploading all required documents in your administrative application, please email 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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