Equity Focused, Results Oriented School Leaders for DMPS

Des Moines Public Schools has created new positions for the 2019-20 school year at the school level: Associate Principal for Instruction K-12 is one more step in DMPS becoming the model for urban education in the United States.

The school district is looking for licensed educational administrators who are equity focused, possess deep instructional knowledge and are results oriented as it relates to improved instructional practices and evidenced in student achievement to fill these roles.

Successful Associate Principals will work with their school communities to create, pursue and monitor a vision for instruction, school conditions and collaboration that seek equitable outcomes for students. In addition, Associate Principals will lead the way for improvements in student achievement and staff performance through professional development, instructional leadership and coordination of a comprehensive tiered intervention system. The Associate Principal will adhere to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.

Read on for more information about this position, learn more about initiatives at DMPS, and find out why Des Moines is a great place to live and work.


The following are highlights about the Associate Principal position:

  • Job title: Associate Principal for Instruction K-12
  • Salary range: $72,735 – $109,149
    • This salary range represents the beginning to high level of compensation. Candidates offered employment will be compensated based on skills, work experience and education.
  • Full family medical and dental benefits at no cost to employee with participation in district Wellness program
  • IPERS – state retirement benefits
  • Moving expenses paid up to $6,000, if candidate moves into district boundary
  • 230 day contract – Work beginning July 2019
  • Iowa administrator license required
  • Iowa evaluator approval required
  • Download a copy of the full job description

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The vision for DMPS is “becoming the model for urban education in the United States.” There are several initiatives, big and small, that contribute to realizing that vision, such as:

In 2014, DMPS was one of the first six school districts in the nation to receive a grant from the Wallace Foundation to improve support for school principals. Read more about how this grant is contributing to the improvement of teaching and learning at schools in Des Moines.

In 2016, DMPS began a process of creating Schools for Rigor, places where our students, teachers and principals experience the academically demanding teaching and learning required by the Iowa Core. Read more about this district-wide effort to better support all students.

Diversity has long been a cornerstone of DMPS and a key component of the quality education we provide. Read more about the importance of equity for our students, staff and schools in Des Moines.


Des Moines is where metro meets mellow. Des Moines offers amenities found in major cities, while at the same time having homes that are affordable and rush hours that are measured in minutes. Ranked as one of the best places in the nation for everything from finding a career to raising a family, people who call Des Moines home enjoy everything from first-class restraurants and one-of-a-kind shopping to high-level arts and sports to unique and diverse neighborhoods to call home. Click here to learn more about Des Moines and why it’s a great place to live and work.