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


  • Applications will be emailed to candidates who attend the information meetings.
  • Applications must be completed and are due by June 1 to be eligible for our next Future Leaders Academy cohort.
  • Reference addresses, Essays, Evaluation and Summary must be submitted with your application by June 1
  • Leadership References are due by 4:00 pm June 22
  • Completing an application will afford you consideration, but does not guarantee you will be admitted to the screening process for the Administrative Pool
Application Review – Leadership Development, Human Resources and Professional Standards Information Sessions
Administrative Screenings for Experienced Administrators
(Internal and External Candidates with a minimum of 3 years of previous experience)
Date TBA
Administrative Screenings for Internal Applicants
(No previous experience or less than 3 full years)
Applicants notified of acceptance into Future Leaders Academy Week of September 3
Cohort 13 Orientation - Future Leaders Academy October 1

Advertisements for Internal Candidates for the Administrative Selection Process will take place in the following ways:

  • “All teacher” email
  • Posted in school “Internal” by school administration
  • Posted in the Administrative Bulletin (Found on the Employee Tab of District Website)

To enter the school-based administrative pool, a candidate must participate in the HCPS Administrative Selection Process. This process takes place both in the fall and the spring.

Internal Applicants (Current Employees):

If you are a current teacher in our district, have Educational Leadership on your certificate and would like to become an assistant principal, you must complete the following four steps to continue with the selection process.

STEP-1: You must update your Employee Space Profile.

  • Go to your "Employee Space"
  • Click on “My Profile”
  • Review your profile to ensure it is fully updated. This includes: Employment History, Achievements, Credentials (MOST CRITICAL: Ed Leadership Certification validated and entered) and skills
  • If your profile is not fully updated you must complete a Profile Update Form. Click here to get complete directions on how to download, complete and submit the Profile Update Form to the Applications Center.

STEP - 2: You MUST attend a Mandatory Information Session

  • The application process has changed. You must attend one of the information sessions to be eligible to apply.

STEP - 3: Gather and complete required documents/information

In anticipation of the online application period you should gather/complete the items listed below. All of these documents will be turned in at the same time.

  • PDF file of your most recent Performance Evaluation (Available on Employee Space.)
  • PDF file of your most recent Instructional Evaluation Score Summary (Available on Employee Space)

STEP - 4: Complete Online Application in Employee Space (Attach all Documents to the posting)

Once you have confirmed that your profile has been updated and you have attended an information session you will be able to complete the HPP FLA Cohort 13 application.

Go to

Select Internal Applicants Log in and complete the application

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

Once accepted into the pool, candidates will take part in Future Leader Academy which is a 6-month preparation program. After successful completion of the program, candidates must pass the Exit Screening before being placed in the Administrative Pool.

Candidates who have served as Assistant Principals or Principals for three years in another district are expected to go through the selection process but may be waived from the FLA program. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on previous experience and their ability to meet the competencies during the screening process.

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

Tricia McManus, Asst. Superintendent of Educational Leadership at (813) 272-4877
Greg Basham, Supervisor of Hillsborough Principal Pipeline at (813) 272-4110

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