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Professional Learning Specialist (School and Network Development Specialty)

Central Administration
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Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree program from an accredited college or university in education, curriculum and instruction, reading specialist, administration or a related field.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional teaching experience which have included designing and professional development, leading or supporting Common Planning Time or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and serving as a staff development leader, supervisor, or principal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • the principles, practices and techniques of academic pedagogy, trends and best practices.
    • the principles, practices and techniques of working with adult educators.
    • standards-aligned instruction, pedagogy, instructional supports, and evidence- based instructional practices.
    • the methods and techniques used in effective program planning, design and administration.
    • the current educational issues that directly impact student learning.
    • effective facilitation moves and approaches to engage adults in collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • understand the core curriculum as it relates to high-quality Tier One instructional planning.
    • exercise discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive situations.
    • maintain necessary records and files, compile information and prepare reports.
    • process multiple tasks simultaneously, adhere to timelines, and bring plans to completion within a timely manner.
    • assess the effectiveness of programmatic activities and make recommendations  for modifications as needed.
    • expertly develop and facilitate presentations that engage adults in meaningful ways to impact practice.
    • evaluate effectiveness of professional development and implement changes as needed.
    • conduct research and analyze data to inform District, network and school supports.
    • gather, track, and use data to drive decision making and create detailed reports.
    • effectively use Google Drive including documents, sheets, slides, and forms to develop and share content and presentations.
    • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • establish and maintain effective working relationships.


  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Administrative certificate for K-12 or Elementary and Secondary Principal.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.



The School District of Philadelphia provides to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this District, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin or handicap/disability, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 104 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices.

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