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Kona Pacific Public Charter School on Hawai‘i Island seeks an inspired educator to lead our maturing school. We are in our seventh school year, and have attained full size, with 240 students K-8, and a staff of 40. After growing 25% each year for five years, we are entering a period of strengthening stability, and we seek a colleague to lead us as we challenge ourselves to improve in all that we do for the children and community.
Our mission is to educate the whole child in order to cultivate in young people the skills, knowledge and values they need to reach their highest potential. Kona Pacific offers a
comprehensive education that weaves together three strands:
• A Common-Core aligned Waldorf curriculum taught by trained Waldorf teachers;
• An educational program that embraces the values inherent in the Hawaiian culture, with particular focus on environmental education and community sustainabiliy through understanding and respect for the people, land and sea of Hawai'i; and
• A curriculum rich in the life-sustaining practices of farming and gardening that are a vital part of Hawai‘i Island life.
Our Ideal Director
Well-qualified candidates will have extensive leadership experience, classroom teaching and public school experience, a graduate degree in education, expertise in Waldorf education, and a commitment to social justice and cultural and place-based education. If you are philosophically in alignment with our mission of providing a nurturing, life-changing education to our low income rural community, we encourage you to apply.
Our ideal director will have the following qualifications:
• Waldorf training or equivalent experience.
• Experience with agricultural ventures.
• Experience with cultural perpetuation programs.
• Successful leadership experience in the administration of an elementary school.
• Solid academic credentials, including an advanced degree.
Our ideal director will also have the following attributes:
• Enjoys working with an evolving vision toward community and global impact, while at the same time ensuring daily excellence on campus.
• Enjoys strengthening and stabilizing organizational systems.
• Understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to our core values.
• Ability to recruit and support outstanding faculty.
• An open-minded, collaborative educational leader who is familiar with the latest research on effective educational practices and is eager to work with the faculty to develop and implement innovations in teaching and learning.
• Strong communication skills: a compelling speaker, writer, and listener who is able to tell the unique story of the school to a wide variety of audiences.
• Strong financial acumen and management skills.
• Willingness and ability to effectively lead school advancement efforts including fundraising, development, marketing, and community outreach.
• Ability to build relationships of trust with all stakeholders of the school including the board, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, donors, and community members.
• Experience with functioning successfully in diverse, multicultural environments and a genuine appreciation and respect for the diverse peoples of Hawai`i.
• Ability to strengthen the Waldorf and charter ties of the school on the local, national, and international levels; ability to develop a global outlook for the school.
Requires US citizenship, or valid work visa
Start Date July 1, 2015.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with educational background and relevant work experience. Generous state benefits, including health care, pension, and life insurance.
Contact: We appreciate receiving applications via email, though we will accept faxes at (808) 322-4906. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please indicate your full name in the subject line of the email. You will be contacted by a member of the hiring committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.
More About Kona Pacific
Our school serves a diverse population that might not otherwise have access to a Waldorf educational program. Approximately 70% of our students are eligible for free/reduced cost meals, and 15% come from families where English is not the primary language. Each student at Kona Pacific is inspired to a high level of academic excellence, enthusiasm for learning, a healthy self-awareness, interest and concern for others, and respect for the natural world. Kona Pacific is located in Kealakekua, West Hawai‘i, ten miles south of Kailua-Kona. Our campus is situated on a 40 acre-property with beautiful forest areas featuring many native trees and plants, sacred Hawaiian sites, and a biodynamic farm (currently fallow). Our team includes 14 Waldorf-trained educators, a Director of Student Services, an Educational Program Director, and a full complement of office and support staff. The school is moving out of its pioneering phase and is developing organizational infrastructure, with maturing committee structure, and a growing library of best practice, policy, and procedure.