LOCATION: Kenya Office and Flying Kites Leadership Academy – Njabini
OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
POSITION STATUS: Middle -level, with overtime
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Head of School (Kenya)
It is important for each child to develop their talents in a clean, safe and nurturing environment. The grade teacher’s responsibility will be to ensure that the interests of the ‘whole child’ are being looked after and that they are the first person to whom a student will turn to for help or advice. A grade teacher will in addition to undertaking teaching of their subject/s promote genuine interest, enthusiasm and aim for a high standard of achievement for all pupils within their class and the school. The teacher will be responsible to the Head of School for executing their teaching duties and responsibilities within the school. In addition they will outline goals and services for each student, hold sessions with the school social worker, counselors and parents/guardians and school administrators to discuss students’ progress.
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.
The main functions are as follows:
Registers must be marked accurately daily and reasons for absence or lateness noted.
● Daily communication
I. Students’ journals are checked and signed daily.
II. Communicate with parents regularly and accurately. Keep them fully involved regarding students’ progress including curriculum or behavioural concerns.
● Reports and monitoring.
I. Encourage high standards of work, behaviour and dress in students. Look to reward achievements positively and implement, where necessary, appropriate sanctions.
II. Be aware of friendship patterns, family structures, leisure interests, social development, problems at home/school and relationships with other students and staff.
III. Professional checking of reports and monitoring child’s progress across the curriculum using all data provided.
IV. Follow through concerns and issues about learning and effort when necessary with subject areas and parents, in consultation with the Faculty Heads.
● Other Responsibilities
I. Actively supervise students in Assemblies, playgrounds, school compound etc.
II. Ensure school policies, Health and Safety and Fire Drill rules are explained and upheld.
III. Write tutor reports and set targets.
IV. Attend progress meetings to communicate with parents.
V. Be consistent and fair, and act as a mediator for the students in the group.
VI. Encourage reading for pleasure and good study skills.
VII. Attend CBC workshops, trainings and governments and school’s organised workshops to ensure highest standards of CBC implementation.
● Liaise with the relevant persons concerning curriculum, schemes of work, teaching methods, etc.
● Discuss students’ progress with parents and guardians, administrators and other professionals as necessary.
● Attend Parents Meetings and discuss the academic progress of their daughters/sons. To set and conduct tests.
● Assess and evaluate students’ educational progress and abilities.
● Perform duties as requested by the Head of School, e.g. supervising pupils outside the classroom e.g. lunch/break and other duties etc.
● “Cover” for any colleague who cannot attend school for any reason and to provide a cover sheet for colleagues if unable to attend school.
● To provide as required by the school’s policies detailed schemes of work and weekly planning and evaluation outlines.
● Provide a Safe and pleasant classroom for all pupils.
● Put up attractive displays of children’s work in designated boards around the class and school.
● Maintain productive working habits and discipline in the classroom.
● Organise, attend and supervise school activities such as excursions, school concerts, camps and sporting events.
● Attend weekly Staff Meetings, as well as whole school meetings, and any other meetings that may be held.
Education and Work Experience:
● A Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education
● MUST BE COMPUTER LITERATE; ability to prepare reports online, can work comfortably on the g-drive, has experience in integration of technology in education and conversant in use of: smart boards, projectors etc.
● 3+ years’ experience in a Kenyan School environment (Preferable Lower Primary).
● Must be well trained and conversant with CBC
● Must be registered with TSC
● Well-spoken/Fluent and preferably a major in Swahili
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with children, teenagers, donors, partners and colleagues at all organisational levels.
● Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion.
● Ability to respond quickly and maintain composure during 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, consistent with the organization’s risk management procedures.
● Consistent with the nature of this position, weekend and after-hours work is expected and required to meet organizational priorities.
● Occasional outside normal travel may be required.
● Additional responsibilities may be assigned to support coverage for domestic staff and other colleagues who are absent, on holiday or personal leave.
● All Kenya-based positions are based in Njabini 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 statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary at the discretion of the organizational leader.