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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 2021-22

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.

Our team is currently working on a robust list of session offerings for the 2022-23 school term. Please follow our updates in the Professional Catalog under HUM courses and look for advertised course offerings in the Communicator this fall. As always, our external members of administrative eligibility pools will also receive an invitation to attend sent through email.

Administrative Application Timeline 2021-22

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 2022-23 school year

Virtual Information Sessions

We are still seeking highly qualified, dedicated leaders for administrative openings in PWCS. Please email Connie Balkcom, Administrative Recruitment Supervisor at, if you would like to join one of our new 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, February 8, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 *Special Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022

New Dates

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.

Benefits and Salary


Ready, Set, Apply!

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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