Why Lead Newark?


Newark Public Schools has an incredible opportunity to transform the school system into one that ensures that all of its students graduate to succeed in the college or career of their choice.

We need leaders who:
1. Believe all students can achieve at high levels
2. Grow diverse teams
3. Are reflective and actively seek opportunities to grow
4. Innovate the previously unthinkable
5. Effectively communicate with others
6. Treat all people with respect and dignity
7. Know their content and get things done

In order to meet our students’ needs, we seek leaders who can drive unprecedented levels of student achievement. NPS leaders must be relentless in their drive to achieve success for all students. In return, NPS empowers principals and vice principals to lead by removing obstacles and providing the resources needed to succeed.

With a highly selective application and screening process, becoming a principal or a vice principal with Newark Public Schools will place you among an elite group of leaders who are transforming lives and communities through their work in leading and transforming schools.

We expect a lot of our principals and vice principals, but we give a lot in turn. Newark leaders have:

Flexibility to drive results

Newark Public Schools empowers leadership to lead by providing the resources needed to succeed. Principals have the flexibility to make decisions on important instructional levers like school planning, budgeting and hiring to meet their goals. Newark’s principals and vice principals have a unique opportunity to participate in change at the ground-level and make decisions based on the needs of their schools and students.

Dedicated support

We understand that every school is different and, as its principal, meeting the unique needs of your school can be difficult in a large bureaucracy. To that end, Newark Public Schools created distinct networks to support a portfolio of schools. Each network is led by an Assistant Superintendent and has an instructional team who provides targeted support on all aspects of teacher quality, and an operational team who provide support for non-instructional issues to principals. Principals work closely with both their Assistant Superintendent and their network staff. 

Meaningful professional development

It is only by developing our leadership to do their jobs well that we will see dramatic gains in student achievement. Each month, Newark Public Schools hosts professional development sessions through the Principal Leadership Institute and Vice Principal Leadership Institute that focus on relevant topics for leadership success. Some of the topics covered this year at the PLI and VPLI are: conducting mid-year reviews, communication as a component of transformational leadership, and strategic planning for the hiring season. 

We are currently accepting principal and vice principal applications for the 2016-2017 school year.