JOB POST: HEAD TEACHER - new position for September 2019
KIVUKONI SCHOOL GENERAL BACKGROUND:
Kivukoni International School is a nursery, primary and lower secondary school, with 180 pupils in 11 classes from Playgroup to Year 8. It is a unique purpose built school in a beautiful, peaceful rural setting, where children’s natural curiosity and creativity is held as central to the vibrant delivery of our international curriculum. The overall direction of the school is guided by the founder and school director, in collaboration with the management team, and with support from the Board of Management and the directors of the school business, which is a non-profit, limited company.
After 8 years of continuous steady growth with a slim senior management team, the school is in need of more senior academic management. With much untapped potential as a school and learning centre, this is an exciting juncture; embracing a new and experienced Head Teacher to enhance the delivery of the teaching and learning and enabling the director to lead the school into new phases of strategic growth and sustainable development.
The Salary will be dependent on relevant experience and qualifications and communicated after review of CV’s. Health insurance with Britam, and transport to school also available.
The Head Teacher will be responsible for ensuring that the school is managed and organised to meet its current aims and targets, as well as implement new and improved goals and aspirations. S/he will be responsible for creating a constructive and inclusive learning environment and for the day to day management, organisation and administration of the school, in cooperation and collaboration with all stake-holders.
In particular s/he shall advise on and implement rigorous academic and pastoral policies to ensure that students receive the highest standard of education possible, and that achievable targets and objectives are set for staff.
The role may also include management of new weekly boarding facilities.
The Head Teacher will not be concerned with routine HR matters or financial concerns other than where they directly influence the teaching and learning. They will however be responsible for the effective deployment of budgets given and suggestions for areas of financial investment, in discussion with the management team as relevant.
The role of the Head Teacher falls into three areas:
LEARNING AND TEACHING
- To lead in the provision of excellent learning and teaching across all aspects of the curriculum.
- To guide the teaching staff on the planning and delivery of innovative and effective learning activities and lessons in line with curriculum requirements.
- To work with the senior teaching team to develop, inspire and motivate an effective staff in order to raise standards across the school.
- To ensure that teachers produce and update schemes of work and learning activities which reflect the school approach to the curriculum (Edexcel) and ethos.
- To stimulate the interest of children and to encourage them to love learning and to work constructively as part of a team.
- To adopt positive behaviour management with both staff and pupils.
- To ensure prompt and consistent assessment of children’s progress.
- To incorporate the unique natural resources in the area into the learning experiences of the pupils, and into an active respect and appreciation for their environment and Kenya’s wild places.
- To encourage mutually supportive school-parent relationships, and liaise with the parents where appropriate, in line with policy.
- To work with the school council and other students groups to promote ownership of their school and learning.
- To encourage and promote the use of IT in learning when appropriate.
- To adapt an international approach to the delivery of the BNC (British National Curriculum) in the Primary school as well as upholding both the written and spoken Kiswahili and capitalising on local cultural knowledge as appropriate.
- To teach and interact with the children on a regular basis, in fields that best suit the strengths of the post holder.
- To Head a department as best suits the post holder strengths and needs of the school.
- In collaboration with the HR manager, to manage various aspects of line management including preparing, maintaining and updating staff job descriptions.
- To aid the director and management board in the recruitment of new staff when required.
- To keep abreast of developments in international education and to disseminate these to the BOM or parents when appropriate or requested.
- To prepare, evaluate and update the school timetable, with support of academic management team.
- To organise the management of the physical resources of the school including rooms, toys, AV facilities, work and reading books, IT, etc.
- To oversee report writing and delivery, along with other senior teachers.
- To oversee the maintenance of an effective and appealing learning environment which includes stimulating, interactive, high quality displays that reflect and value all children’s work.
TEAM LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL
- To be committed to promoting a high quality image of the school at all times
- To support, follow and implement the School’s policies and procedures as set out in the school’s handbook (currently work in progress) and that child protection legislation is complied with.
- To communicate regularly with parents to keep them abreast of activities and changes within the school.
- To ensure the principles and practices of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice are applied by all staff.
- To provide leadership and motivation to create an enthused, supportive and effective staff team.
- To provide opportunities for teaching staff assessment and self-assessment to monitor and nurture the professional growth of the team.
- To delegate tasks as appropriate, organising all members of the teaching team.
- Ensure a safe working environment for employees, children, parents and other visitors.
- To work with the school director and management team on the School Improvement Plan.
- To contribute to the shaping of the school’s future and ensure that the team is empowered to contribute effectively to the progress and development of the school.
- To support the busy and varied life of the school, attending its events and wider programme of activities.
QUALITIES EXPECTED OF THE HEAD:
- Optimistic and able to lead and explore change.
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
- Familiarity with various pedagogies in international education
- Ability to foster creativity, initiative and risk taking amongst staff and pupils.
- Ability to appreciate and respond with sensitivity to cultural differences and diverse expectations.
- Demonstrated commitment to all pupils’ well-being and holistic development.
- Knowledge of future direction of IT in education and administration, and the ability to assess the options in an informed and balanced manner.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE :
- First degree. Post graduate international teaching qualification (primary)
- Significant experience as an deputy/headteacher of an international primary/lower secondary school
- Minimum 5 years relevant teaching experience
- Experience/qualifications in environmental education
- A continued commitment to own professional development
- Experience with successful measures that promote and ensure the safe-guarding of children
- Certificate of good conduct
- Further relevant professional studies
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- This job description is not a comprehensive definition of the post. It will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subject to modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.
- All staff members are required to participate in the school’s peer appraisal system and abide by the code of conduct.
- The Head Teacher reports to the school director and the board of management (BOM).
PLEASE APPLY BY PROVIDING A C.V. AND COVER LETTER, DETAILING HOW YOUR EXPERIENCES AND ASPIRATIONS WOULD ENHANCE THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF KIVUKONI SCHOOL.
ALL APPLICATIONS TO BE SENT BY DECEMBER 15TH 2018.
Interviews to be held January/February 2019