Ka'ohao School Director

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Ka'ohao School Director

Posted date
August 5, 2022
School level

Kailua, HI

Employment Type

Ka‘ōhao’s Director serves a unique multi-faceted role in leading the daily operations of the campus, as well as in guiding strategic planning for the long-term growth of the school. The Director position combines the traditional Principal and Vice Principal models common at schools. As such, candidates should be prepared to balance engagement with staff and student population, as well as external engagement with the Board and broader community. This approach requires the director to serve in several capacities.

The Director is responsible for the overall execution of the school mission, vision, and strategic direction. An engaged leader, the Director collaborates with educators to develop and maintain a core curriculum that exceeds state and national standards, is differentiated according to student abilities and interests, is aligned between grade levels and subject areas, and is inclusive of arts, technology, physical development, and Hawaiian studies.

The primary tone-setter of the campus and a key information hub, the Director is responsible for building and sustaining a mutually supportive community. The Director should maintain a visible and accessible presence for the school community, including daily contact with the student body and staff. Routine communication with the Board and the school community on school operations are key to sustain accountability and transparency. The Director is an advocate for the school in the broader community, at the Legislature, with public officials, and in the media and possesses strong conflict resolution skills.

The Director leads the recruitment, development, evaluation, and retainment of faculty and support staff. The Director fosters a student-centered approach to teaching by conducting routine observation of, and feedback to educators, ensuring instruction is responsive to student needs. As the lead for oversight in daily operations, the Director collaborates with the Hawai‘i State Charter Commission to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies. The Director is responsible for the implementation of health and safety programs to support students and staff. The Director manages interactions with unions, including but not limited to negotiations, collective bargaining, mediation, and resolution of grievances. The Director develops disciplinary standards and applies them fairly, firmly, and consistently across the school community.

While the Board of Directors is responsible for overall fiscal management and health of the school, the Director is a key partner and advocate and will partner with the Board on long-range project planning. Applicants should exhibit financial literacy to aid the Board to develop and maintain records on budgets and expenses.

The Director will be expected to be well versed in and support staff understanding of the school contract and obligations therein. The selected candidate will be responsible for educating and reporting to the Board on issues impacting the school, including student achievement, human resources trends and challenges, charter school landscape and context, as well as legal and/or regulatory requirements.

The ideal candidate possesses:
– Strong verbal, written, and non-verbal communication skills, and an ability to tailor communications to audience needs and skills.
– An ability to foster and build productive relationships with peers, subordinates, and oversight boards or committees.
– 3-5 years in education administration.
– Masters Degree in education.
– 3-5 years of classroom and curriculum development experience in an elementary school setting.
– Managerial proficiency in recruitment, development, evaluation, and retainment of faculty and staff.
– A willingness and commitment to learning about Hawaiian culture and the history of significant places in windward O’ahu, especially Kaʻōhao.
– Leadership competency in decision-making, solution-driven collaboration, and staff empowerment.

First review of applications will be on August 31, 2022. Candidates should submit a resume and tailored cover letter addressing the desired qualifications to kaohaodirectorsearch@gmail.com Candidates should be prepared to conduct a series of interviews with the selection committee, school staff, community members, and the Board of Directors. The school will fund any travel necessary to conduct in-person engagement. While earlier onboarding is available, the projected start date for the position is May/June 2023. The Director will be recruited via a three-year contract, with the option to renew. Starting salary range is expected to be between $120,000 to $175,000, commensurate with experience and education.