DEPARTMENT: Kenya Programs
OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
POSITION STATUS: Management (Without Overtime)
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Executive Director (Kenya)
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Head of the Flying Kites Montessori inspired Preschool (the “Preschool”) is responsible for teaching, leading and managing a Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) Preschool at Flying Kites Leadership Academy. His/her primary role is to plan, manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Preschool, adopt and implement the CBC mission, vision, and curriculum, serve as a teacher of PP1 and/or PP2 students, actively promote high levels of student engagement and ensure a safe learning environment that stimulates growth, exploration and participation. Other duties (as set forth more fully below) include recruitment and performance management of Preschool employees, curriculum development, preparation and management of the Preschool budget, the provision of pastoral care to pupils, and service as the primary liaison on behalf of the Preschool with parents, guardians, and other stakeholders, including the Executive Director, Deputy Head of School, Teachers, Counselors, and administration of the Flying Kites organization in Kenya and the United States.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: “Essential duties” are those that an individual must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation or additional staffing support.
● Work collaboratively and flexibly with the Executive Director (Kenya) and Deputy Head of School concerning curriculum, schemes of work, teaching methods, and operational requirements.
● Lead and manage all curricula, courses, and programs of study to the highest standards.
● Provide a safe and friendly learning environment for optimal growth and engagement of students.
● Participate in the recruitment and ongoing professional development of Preschool teachers and assistant teachers, including performance management and disciplinary procedures consistent with organizational policies and standards.
● Assist in setting tests schedules and carrying out all tests consistent with established CBC Model under the Ministry of Education Kenya.
● Assess and evaluate pupils’ educational progress and abilities, and meet with respective parents/guardians and stakeholders to provide clear progress updates and address identified issues of concern.
● Provide supervision to students, for activities outside the classroom (e.g., games, lunch or break).
● Work in conjunction with Executive Director (Kenya) and Deputy Head of School to conceive, arrange, organize, and attend relevant field trips, events, and visits for Preschool students.
● Develop and maintain an active network of direct communication with parents to ensure families are well informed of student progress.
● Serve as a role model for maintaining a positive school ethos by being pro-active in the pastoral care of pupils and ensuring the Preschool policy for behavior and discipline is applied consistently and fairly.
● Support and actively promote FKLA’s “whole child” model with a Montessori perspective.
● Arrange for the attractive display of children’s work on designated boards around the school.
● Oversee student admissions and enrollment in Preschool, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures.
● Design and establish a classroom and curriculum that is directly aligned with the CBC and inspired by the core Montessori methods and approaches to learning.
● Ensure compliance with Health and Safety standards, including training of relevant employees.
● Uphold and enforce all rules and policies of the Preschool and FKLA; work in co-operation with other teachers and staff to ensure standards of behavior and discipline levels of pupils are maintained.
● Ensure high levels of excellence in academic and extracurricular activities at all times.
Education and Work Experience:
● Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development Education
● Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a leadership position within a Kenyan Preschool
● Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Montessori (accredited) early childhood classroom
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Fluency in English and Swahili.
● Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with children, teenagers, donors, partners and colleagues at all organizational levels.
● Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion.
● Ability to respond quickly and maintain composure in situations that impact the safety and security of children.
● Ability to exercise judgment and discretion when making independent decisions.
● An incident-free Children’s Check and National Police Check (Certificate of Good Conduct) is a strict condition of employment and must be provided at time of hire and updated on request.
● Weekend and after-hours work is expected and required to meet organizational priorities.
● Occasional travel may be required.
● Additional responsibilities may be assigned to support coverage for colleagues who are absent, on holiday or personal leave.
● All Kenya-based positions are based from the Njabini campus and subject to occasional interruptions in power and/or Internet access.
● All of our programs and objectives serve children from preschool through young adults. Our workplace is thus regularly accessed and impacted by children.
The responsibilities and specifications contained in this job description are not all-inclusive; additionalduties may be assigned, and requirements may vary in order to meet changing organizational and program objectives.