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The Principal Ambassador Fellowship did not accept or review new applications for 2014-2015. Selected in December 2013, the inaugural Principal Ambassador Fellowship class will serve through summer 2015. The program will, however, be accepting new applications for 2015-2016. The 2015-2016 application will be released around Thanksgiving 2014.

For updates on the 2015-2016 application process, sign up for email notifications. If you have questions regarding the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program, please email


The following are required components for previous applications. While specifics may change, the general structure and types of questions will likely remain the same in 2015-2016. These instructions may be a helpful guide

Please read the Eligibility, Program Overview, Frequently Asked Questions and Application Instructions carefully before you complete this application. Please note that only current Preschool-12th grade principals with at least three years of experience are eligible to apply for this program (if the 2012-2013 school year is your third year as principal, you are eligible).

To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application which includes following three components:

  1. A Resume – All applications on USAJobs require the applicant to upload or create a Resume. For this application, the resume is used to both verify the applicant’s experience and background and build on or enhance the information found in the applicant’s vacancy responses.

  2. Vacancy Responses - These are six short written responses (no more than 5000 characters with spaces 500 words or) describing specific contributions to student learning and culture, leadership experience, communication skills and networks, policy interests and expertise, applicable training and development experiences, and school/community support for the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. These questions directly correlate to the criteria by which the applications will be evaluated. Please note that two of the vacancy responses must be substantiated by the two letters of recommendation referenced below; each letter of recommendation must align to each of the narrative questions (D and F).

  3. Two-Three Letters of Recommendation:
  4. Required Letters of Recommendation - The first letter, in conjunction with vacancy question D, must come from a student, teacher, or staff member at your school or member of the community that your school serves commenting on your ability to communicate and affect the culture of your school and/or community. The second letter, in conjunction with vacancy question F, must come from the Superintendent or official in charge of hiring and evaluation for the district (or the equivalent as appropriate to private, charter, early learning center, or other settings) recommending you for this position and acknowledging that it may require some flexibility to participate in activities during regular school hours at the Fellows’ availability. Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead (with the exception of one from a student or community member) and signed in order to be accepted.

    Optional Letter of Recommendation – Applicants may also provide a third letter in conjunction with vacancy question E. This letter must come from an organization or professional association with which you have worked speaking to the capacities and dispositions you would bring to this specific position.

    Highly rated candidates provide succinct but thorough responses addressing each of the sub-components of the vacancy question and providing clear examples demonstrating of how the applicant meets the above criteria. Applications are peer reviewed as a whole package. While information found in any part of the application will be considered as part of the scoring, applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined in each question and may repeat information as is necessary to do so.

    The most highly rated applicants will be asked to participate in telephone and potentially in-person interview processes. All applicants will be notified by email of their status in the competition. Additional feedback on applications will not be provided.

    To begin the application, select the vacancy posting link. Be sure to carefully follow all directions and steps included within the Vacancy Posting. For step-by-step instructions, please print and read the Application Instructions.

    Once the closing date has passed, your application will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, program staff will not be able to respond to individual inquiries about your application status.

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Last Modified: 07/01/2014