The Principal in Residence (PIR) program is a two-year, regionally-operated leadership development residency to prepare aspiring principals with the adaptive, technical, and managerial skills to lead a KIPP NYC school.

The Role

This leadership program is designed to provide PIRs with in-depth support via direct coaching and mentorship by instructional experts; enabling you to emerge with executive experience and best practices involved in school leadership. Principals in Residence are full-time members of their residency school leadership teams and will have daily opportunities to practice the skills and competencies required to lead high-performing schools.

As a Principal in Residence, candidates will receive:

  • Mentorship: As a PIR, you are a full-time member of your residency school leadership team. You will be supported in your development by a mentor school leader who acts as your coach and model for exceptional school leadership.
  • Coaching: PIRs will receive ongoing coaching by a mentor school leader. There may also be additional leadership coaching provided.
  • Cohort Professional Development: PIRs will receive formal professional development aligned to KIPP NYC’s leadership competencies and targeting specific developmental needs alongside a cohort of peers who will lead our schools in the coming years.
  • Readiness Checkpoints: Readiness checkpoints provide an opportunity for the PIR and support team to reflect on progress towards becoming a school leader.
  • Transition Planning: PIRs receive support in planning to step into a school leader position within the KIPP NYC network following the residency year.
  • We will be accepting applications until 5PM on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Colette Perrine.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of a Principal in Residence?

A PIR is an aspiring principal preparing to lead a KIPP NYC school. PIRs are committed to and actively contribute to the success of their placement school, and they act in alignment with the school leadership team’s vision and priorities.

The PIR’s role mirrors that of a vice principal for the majority of the development program, namely: coaching and developing teachers, and contributing to the overall academic and cultural vision of the school. Towards the end of their time as a PIR, the role mirrors more of a school leader, with clear responsibilities fully owned by the PIR at the school level.

In addition to their school-based performance goals, PIRs are actively developing the leadership skills and competencies outlined in a development roadmap. They actively seek growth on the roadmap and in their journey to school leadership through one-on-one coaching, mentorship, formal cohort-based professional development, and regular feedback.

The PIR reports to their school leader with support from their Managing Director of Schools and Deputy Superintendent. Learn more about the program here.

When will the Principal in Residence application be open?

The application will be open from Monday, November 16 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020. 

How do I apply for the Principal in Residence program?

Candidates can apply via our online application

Qualifications & Application Process

Who should apply?

KIPP NYC is looking for experienced leaders to join our Principal In Residency program for the 2021-22 school year. Principals in Residence spend two years developing leadership skills and competencies in readiness to lead a school. Specifically, candidates should have: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (Required)
  • A combination of five years of teaching and school-level instructional experience (with a minimum of two years of school-level leadership experience in addition to the current school year) (Required)
  • Demonstrated academic results (Required)
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and coaching experience (Required)
  • One year of experience as a vice principal or equivalent role (Preferred
  • Experience teaching core subjects (Preferred)

What are the stages of the selection process?

The selection process consists of three stages and will take eight to ten weeks from application deadline to offer letter. Applicants will be notified after each stage of the process about whether they will progress to the next stage.

  • Online Application (Phone Interview – external only)
  • Panel Interview
  • Final Interview (Reference Checks – external only)
  • Official Offer Letter

What data will I submit as part of the application process?

All Principal in Residence applicants will be asked to reflect on their impact as a leader through data. To learn more about the type of data and reflections applicants will be asked to submit, please click here for guidelines.

Will my school leader know that I have applied?

Yes. KIPP NYC candidates are not required to speak to their school leaders prior to applying, however they will receive a recommendation form as part of the application and all school leaders will provide feedback as part of the application process. This does not apply to external candidates.

What if I have questions about the application process?

KIPP NYC will host two webinars for candidates to learn more about the Principal in Residence selection process. Webinars will be held on Friday, December 4th. Please sign-up here. Those who sign-up will receive a calendar invite with details on how to access the webinars.  

Can external candidates apply for the Principal in Residence program?

Yes. External candidates will apply for the PIR program in the same window as internal candidates, from November 16 through December 15. External candidates’ selection process will include a phone interview and reference checks in addition to the other steps of the internal process.

Do you need experience as a vice principal in order to be eligible for the Principal in Residence program?

Candidates must have a minimum of two years of school-level leadership experience in addition to the current school year in order to apply to the PIR program. This experience could be in another position such as a dean, instructional coach or student support role.


If you are not yet ready for this step in your leadership journey or are unsure, we also have a program called Leader Fellows. For more information on Leader Fellows, please reach out to Colette Perrine.