As required at the start of a new mayoral term, the Educational Nominating Panel is now accepting applications for the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on February 4. 

The Board of Education is charged with the administration, management, and operation of the School District of Philadelphia. As part of the Board of Education, members will be expected to work collectively to oversee all major policy, budgetary, and financial decisions for the School District. Among other duties, the Board of Education will appoint and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools, adopt the annual operating and capital budgets, authorize the receiving or expending of funds, and authorize charter schools. In addition, Board of Education members will be expected to attend regular monthly public meetings, biannual meetings with members of City Council and the Mayor, hearings, committee meetings, and regular visits to public schools.

This is an unpaid position which demands many hours of dedicated service each month, both at in-person meetings and in preparation for meetings.

Legal Qualifications

Board of Education members must be the following:

  • A citizen of the Commonwealth.
  • Of good moral character.
  • At least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • A resident of the City for at least one (1) year prior to the date of appointment.

Board of Education members cannot be the following:

  • Someone who holds an office or position of profit under City government.
  • An employee of the School District of Philadelphia.
  • Someone who holds any of the following offices:
    • County Commissioner.
    • District Attorney.
    • City Treasurer.
    • Member of Council.
  • Someone who has been removed from federal, state, or local office of trust or profit for any malfeasance.
  • Someone who has already served on the Board for three full terms.
  • Someone who serves on the board of trustees of a charter school located in the City of Philadelphia.


Personal Qualifications

In addition to the legal requirements set forth above, the ideal candidate for the Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia will:

  • Display a demonstrated commitment to the education of our City’s youth and to ensuring Philadelphia has quality schools in every neighborhood.
  • Have demonstrated integrity and commitment to properly disclosing and handling conflicts of interest where they may arise.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders who hold the diverse points of view that exist in Philadelphia’s education community.
  • Understand the challenges of urban education and be dedicated to the betterment of all Philadelphia schools.
  • Be knowledgeable in at least one of the following areas: financial, legal, or business management of a large institution; the City’s district and charter school system; current educational and instructional philosophies; school administration; community affairs; social services, and/or public housing.
  • Have, or had, a child attend a District-run or public charter school, or have themselves attended a District-run or public charter school.
  • Represent the diversity of the City of Philadelphia and be devoted to all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
  • Have experience with financial management of large institutions or equivalent experience that will prepare them to oversee the School District of Philadelphia’s close to 3 billion dollar annual budget.

Translated versions of this job description are available


How to Apply

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Mayor’s Office will share all applications with the Educational Nominating Panel for consideration.

Although online applications are preferred, you can also print a hard copy of the Board of Education interest form. Forms are also available for pickup at City Hall (Room 115) and the School District’s central offices (440 N. Broad St.), and should be mailed to or dropped off at City Hall, Room 115, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4.