Lead at CPS

  • Your Purpose. Our Legacy. #WeAreCPS

    Second only to classroom instruction and central to turning around schools, school leaders dramatically impact student learning and the role of the school within a community. Decades of research has amplified the urgent need for diverse and effective building principals that can serve as a catalyst for school improvement. 

    Because we know leadership matters, and especially in our schools, CPS provides a supportive environment in which all current and future leaders can develop, thrive, and make an impact on our students. As a result, CPS leaders have the opportunity to serve as authentic, transformational leaders that ensure equitable access to a world class education and unlock the potential of every student. 

    Are you interested in serving as a Principal or Assistant Principal at CPS?

    Are you or someone you know interested in leadership positions at elementary and high schools? Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to recruiting and developing highly qualified and dynamic candidates while providing learning and development opportunities to support them in leading with purpose. 

    At CPS, teachers have the opportunity to become Assistant Principals, and Assistant Principals have the opportunity to become Principals and beyond. Every member of the CPS community has access to rigorous and inclusive development programming that presents opportunities to continuously improve and expand their impact within their current and future roles: 

    • Teachers have the opportunity to become Lead Teachers through CPS's lead teacher credentialing process 
    • Teachers and other staff members can qualify for CPS's Aspiring AP Pathways Current Assistant Principals can qualify and participate in CPS's Aspiring Principal Academy 
    • All current APs, Principals, and Central Office Administrators have access to professional development opportunities

    Please read below to sign up for recruitment emails, check out our website for available opportunities, and to learn more about the experience and qualifications we look for in prospective leaders.

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Experience and Qualifications

  • Principal

  • Assistant Principal

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  • We're glad you are interested in joining our team of dedicated employees.

    Cincinnati Public Schools uses an online application system, which allows you to apply for current and future job openings. To use the system, you must have an e-mail address.

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