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The Howard County Public School System is committed to recruiting highly qualified and dynamic candidates for all school-based administrator positions. Our applicant pools are now open! Please review the information on this page to support you in successfully navigating the application process. Questions about school administrator recruitment may be directed to Sandy Saval, Human Resources Business Partner at

Application Requirements for 2021

Please complete the online application in a timely manner. First consideration will be given to applications submitted through:

  • January 18, 2021 (Principal positions)
  • February 15, 2021 (Assistant Principal positions)

A completed application submission includes:

  • A complete application form that includes all current and prior employment in education.
  • An updated resume
  • An updated cover letter that specifically addresses:
    • why you are seeking this position within HCPSS
    • what sets you apart as a candidate
    • how you will work to ensure an equitable learning environment for all students.
  • External Applicants: All educator certification documents (Maryland or out-of-state certificates, transcripts, and test scores).
  • Internal Applicants: A copy of your MSDE certificate. If you have just completed your certification requirements for your Administrator I or II endorsement, please be sure you have submitted the appropriate transcripts or test scores to your HCPSS certification specialist.

Certification Information

  • Maryland applicants to principal positions who are not currently in a principal position must have a qualifying School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) score. Please upload your Praxis score report to your application materials.
  • Out-of-state applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process for educator certification with the Maryland State Department of Education in addition to uploading all required certification materials to your HCPSS employment application.

Professional References

The online application requires that you enter at least three professional references and will automatically send electronic reference surveys to those individuals upon submission of your application. The specific survey generated is unique to the type of position to which you apply (ie: Principal, Assistant Principal, and other positions). Completed reference surveys are required from at least three of your current and most recent supervisors should a recommendation for hire be made. You are encouraged to monitor the status of your reference surveys by periodically navigating back to this section of the online application. You will be able to see the status of each survey which will show as Completed or Pending.

The Screening and Interview Process

  • The Office of Human Resources will review all applications submitted through the identified screening dates to identify those that meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcements.
  • You will receive an email notifying you whether you have met the minimum qualifications typically within two weeks of the identified screening date.
  • Applications submitted after the identified screening date may be reviewed based on the needs of the school system.
  • Those applications that meet the minimum qualifications are referred to the interview selection committee for further evaluation and consideration for an invitation to interview.
  • Interviews will be limited to those applicants who, in addition to meeting the basic requirements, have the education and experiences which most closely match the position qualifications and the needs of the school system.
  • The first-round interview is a structured panel interview with a group of HCPSS stakeholders from across divisions within our school system. The structure ensures that all candidates have an equal opportunity to present their qualifications.

Resources for Applicants

We invite you to review the resources below to assist you in preparing your application. In addition, our Office of Leadership Development is pleased to offer virtual seminars for individuals interested in applying for principal and assistant principal positions this year.

The Howard County Public School System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please call 410-313-5694 if special accommodations are required.