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Leadership Development

Internal Administrative Selection Process

Target Audience: The target audience is any person with Educational Leadership Certification who would like to apply for Assistant Principal or Principal Vacancies in Hillsborough County Public Schools. This process is strictly for school based leadership positions.

Administrative Selection Application Timeline

Information Sessions will be held at the Instructional Services Center, 2920 North 40th Street, Tampa, Florida, 33605 or via Zoom, depending on the Covid-19 situation when the application timeframe is open.

All applicants must attend a mandatory information session, even if the applicant applied in the past.

Future Leaders Academy Timeline:

Attend a district facilitated information session to discuss competencies, program requirements, and the application process April - May
Applications are due, including essays, yearly evaluation data, and two competency-based references Early June
Administrative Selection Screenings which consist of role play scenarios and competency-based questions September
The Future Leaders Academy begins October
The Future Leaders Academy participants graduate March

Internal Applicants (Current Employees):

In order to be placed in the administrative pool for site-based leadership positions, applicants must participate in the Administrative Screening Process and Future Leaders Academy.

In order to be eligible to apply you must:

  • Attend a mandatory information session
  • Complete three years of successful teaching experience
  • Hold a Masters, Specialist, or Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Complete all testing including the FELE (Florida Educational Leadership Examination)

STEP - 1: You MUST attend a Mandatory Information Session:

Information sessions are held in early June. All applicants must attend a mandatory information session, even if the applicant applied in the past.

STEP - 2: Gather and complete required documents/information:

In anticipation of the online application period, please complete and gather the items listed below.

  • PDF file of your most recent Performance Evaluation
  • PDF file of your most recent Instructional Evaluation Score Summary
  • A copy of your teaching certificate indicating you have Educational Leadership Certification

STEP – 3 : Complete an online application in Applitrack/Frontline:

Phase 1:

Phase 1 of the Administrative Screening process is the online application. The application will be found under “vacancies” when the application period is open.

Go to

In order to prepare, candidates should review the competency rubric, specifically the column titled FLA. Screening questions, reference forms, and role plays will be based on these competencies.

Phase 2:

Once the online applications and references are reviewed, select applicants will be invited to screen for Future Leader Academy (FLA). FLA is a six-month leadership preparation program which includes coursework, job-embedded activities, and a 30-day entry plan. After successful completion of the program, candidates will be placed in Hillsborough’s Administrative Pool. The applicant’s screening score is valid for 5 years.

Candidates who have served as Assistant Principals or Principals in another district are expected to go through the administrative screening process and may be waived from the FLA program. Participation in the pre-service program will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on previous experience and the ability of participants meeting the competencies during the screening process.

For additional information or clarification about any step of the process, please contact:

Teresa Campbell, Director, Leadership Development at or Sandra Robinson, Leadership Development

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