Job Description

Join our groundbreaking team of innovative campus administrators at Southern Arizona’s largest school district.

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Be a Tucson Unified Principal!
The Tucson Unified School District is looking for skilled administrators who want to make a difference. Our commitment to excellence and equity is reflected in a rigorous multicultural curriculum, culturally responsive pedagogy, professional learning communities, teacher support, innovative family and community engagement, and a host of other initiatives that push the frontiers of public education.

What we are looking for:
The Tucson Unified School District is looking for motivated and effective instructional leaders who possess the necessary skill set to promote equity and excellence. We want passionate and dedicated individuals who appreciate relevant professional development, access to, and support for rigorous academic content. We promote fair and sensible disciplinary practices, culturally and linguistically responsive family engagement, multicultural curriculum, and culturally responsive pedagogy. We are committed to, and insist on, an inclusive school climate, and work hard to recruit and retain a diverse staff.

If you are a leader who believes in the success of all students from racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, then we invite you to join our district and excel as an administrator.


As Southern Arizona's largest school district, Tucson Unified School District provides its team with cutting-edge educational training and support programs.

Five reasons to work in Tucson Unified:

  1. We're the place for your talent and passion for student achievement and closing the achievement gap.
  2. We’re an urban school district that believes all students can achieve at high levels.
  3. We’re committed to providing our students with multicultural and culturally responsive education.
  4. We’re transforming our school district and the community by making a difference in the lives of our students.
  5. We value and recognize our innovative, high-performing, and creative staff.

Join Tucson Unified and serve at the forefront of American education in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. As the second-largest district in the state, we have 89 schools, proudly serving over 49,000 students, parents, and families every year, since 1867.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Tucson Unified School District, in partnership with parents and the greater community, is to assure each pre-K through 12th-grade student receives an engaging, rigorous, and comprehensive education.

The District is committed to inclusion and non-discrimination in all District activities. At all times, District staff should work to ensure that staff, parents, students, and members of the public are included and welcome to participate in District activities.

We are looking for new principals to join our team and foster a healthy learning environment for our students. Your primary responsibilities will be to supervise our education staff and oversee day-to-day school operations. To succeed in this role, you should be able to make quick decisions under pressure and have a comprehensive understanding of the national education system and its regulations. Excellent communication and organizational abilities are also important skills you should demonstrate as a principal.

The Principal leads all stakeholders in fulfilling the collective mission and vision of the school. The Principal promotes a culture of student success through high expectations, collaborative relationships, and ensuring that the learning environment is inclusive and equitable. The principal promotes the professional growth of all teachers and staff members through effective Professional Development, coaching, feedback, and evaluations. The Principal is responsible for the efficacy of the site’s systems and overall operations. The Principal builds and maintains relationships with all families and community members to represent their school and invite participation. The Principal is responsible for ensuring compliance with Tucson Unified School Board policies.

REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent, Regional

Master's Degree in Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, or a closely related field.
Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance card.
Arizona Principal Certificate
Five years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, two of which have been as a Principal or Assistant Principal

Five years of Principal experience; three years as an Assistant Principal
English/Spanish Bilingual
Demonstrated background/experience in school leadership including supervision/management and/or teamwork

Certified Evaluator in the Danielson Framework of Teaching
Demonstrated background/experience in school leadership including supervision/management of both faculty and staff

Experience working in a designated Title 1 school and being directly responsible for collaboratively creating and implementing the site’s plan

Experience in structuring and leading Professional Learning Communities

Experience in designing an effective Multi-Tier System of Support for students, using data and observation to create successful student interventions

Experience in creating and infusing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support systems throughout the school

Experience in designing a cohesive Professional Development Plan

Experience with overseeing Exceptional Education and language acquisition programs

Experience with designing a master schedule

Experience with data analysis in order to progress monitor achievement, identify instructional strengths in achievement, and/or identify needed interventions

Experience in leading the implementation of technology as an instructional tool and familiarity with technology applications

Experience developing and managing a variety of budgets to address the site’s needs

Experience with supporting teachers through coaching, goal setting, and frequent feedback

Experience in successful family engagement through forming relationships, planning and hosting parent events, including parents on School Councils

Proof of immunity to rubeola (measles) and rubella (German measles), or proof of MMR immunization


Effective: 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR


FTE: 1.0 - 8 hours per day

Work Calendar: 12 months



  1. The first review of applications will begin on January 9th, 2023, and reviews will take place weekly until vacancies are filled.

  2. Upon submission of a successfully completed application, you will be invited to respond to a one-way video screener
  3. Based on the initial screening of your application and video responses, you may be invited to an interview (Via zoom or In-person) with a panel of the District Leadership team.
  4. Following district leadership interviews, successful candidates will be matched with prospective School sites for School Council panel Interviews.
  5. The penultimate round for the two finalists for each vacancy will be a School Community Forum, consisting of a public presentation, and a question and answer session with community members. At this time the community will be asked to submit feedback and comments for the Superintendents leadership team's final recommendations.
  6. Superintendent Recommendation to the Governing Board for Appointment.

Principal employment for the 2023-2024 School Year begins on July 1st, 2023.

Elementary School - $77,561.24 - $90,046.19
K-8 School - $83,826.34 - $97,319.22

Middle School - $83,826.34 - $97,319.22

Internal candidates will transfer at a rate commensurate with their bargaining unit language. For more information on the salary schedule, please reference the Employee Agreements Webpage.

Tucson Unified School District is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination based on disability, race, color, religion/religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or national origin.

Job Contact Information
Name Dalila Durazo
Title Executive Assistant - Human Resources
Phone 5202256009
Applications will be accepted beginning
Friday, December 9, 2022 12:00 AM
(Pacific Standard Time)

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