KIPP NC Principal In Residence

KIPP North Carolina’s Principal in Residence Program is a highly selective residency designed to prepare high-performing, aspiring principals to be successful leaders in the future.

All participants are full-time, paid members of the school leadership team (usually serving in one of the school’s Assistant Principal roles) with daily opportunities to practice the skills and competencies required to lead high-achieving schools within our network. (Download an overview of KIPP NC’s Principal in Residence program here.)

Standard Program: A two-year residency that is supplemented by direct oversight of a Mentor School Leader and possible leadership placement upon completion.

Accelerated Program: A one-year, fast-track program designed to prepare you to be the successor at your placement school or the founder of a new school.

KIPP North Carolina Public Schools Principal in Residence Overview

Residents are exposed to excellent school design and provided with a Mentor School Leader who serves as their model and coach for strong leadership.

Development Roadmap & Performance Assessments
Each resident has a development plan that is mapped to critical School Leadership skills. Residents are frequently observed in school and must pass performance assessments each year aligned to these skills to demonstrate leadership readiness.

Residents receive ongoing coaching towards their development plan from two on-the-ground mentors: the Mentor School Leader and the Director of Leadership Development.

Formal Professional Development
Residents receive formal professional development aligned to the Development Roadmap, which targets specific individual developmental opportunities.

Readiness Checkpoints
Quarterly evaluation checkpoints provide an opportunity for the resident, the Mentor School Leader, Director of Leadership Development, and other regional stakeholders, to reflect on the Resident’s progress towards leader readiness.

Transition/Launch Planning
Residents receive supported planning throughout the process to step into the principal seat as a Successor or Founding principal.

Principal in Residence Overview


KIPP North Carolina is looking for proven instructional leaders ready for the next step in their development and a pathway into school leadership.

A strong candidate for Principal-in-Residence is someone who is currently:

  • an Assistant Principal
  • an Instructional Coach
  • in other roles responsible for teacher development and performance enhancement

Strong candidates have an ability to show evidence of driving academic achievement and a desire to be a principal in 1-2 years.

During the interview process, all Principal in Residence candidates will be assessed using KIPP’s School Leadership Readiness Criteria. Eight research-based activities of highly-effective school leaders will be reviewed to prioritize experience, skills and competencies.

Application Process & Deadlines


Submit a formal application including resume and cover letter highlighting qualifications and the interest in the Principal in Residence Program.


Applicants meeting qualifications will be scheduled for a 45-minute call to obtain additional details. Those chosen to move forward will be asked to submit references and assigned pre-work tasks.


Required submission of 3-5 professional references, preferably your most recent supervisor and others highly familiar with your success.

Final Day Interview

Final interviews will include panel discussions with principals and other school leaders from across North Carolina and members of KIPP NC’s Teaching & Learning team.

Successful candidates will be offered a position and are expected to start July of 2023.

The application for the 2023-24 PIR program is now open. Selection will begin in January 2023.

Unmatched Support for All Participants

School Residency
As a member of the school leadership team, a resident’s campus placement is a key component of the program. Mentor principals are proven, results-driven high performers focused on providing mentorship aligned to your personal development.

Individualized one-on-one coaching is focused on the resident’s development. The resident and their coach will work together to build self-awareness and learn how to apply adaptive skills to build a foundation for success. Through coaching, residents will solidify their personal style and work to uncover their own solutions to the challenges associated with being an inspirational leader.

Professional Development
In addition to direct support, Principals In Residence are surrounded by others that understand this journey better than anyone else. The cohort of residents comes together for quarterly multi-day retreats that afford residents the opportunity to build community with participants across North Carolina. In addition to the sessions aligned to building skills along the development roadmap, residents will be given the opportunity to trade success stories, challenges, and innovative ideas. Many sessions will be led by KIPP North Carolina and KIPP Foundation leaders, giving residents the unique opportunity to engage and learn from their 100+ years of collective wisdom and experience.

Unmatched Support