Kona Pacific Public Charter School – Join Our Team!

Cultivating Community Health, Growing Healthy Children

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is currently recruiting for the positions listed below. Please scroll down to read the full job posting for each position.

Our school serves a beautifully diverse population in Hawaii. 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. We highly value collaboration, teamwork and mutual respect among our students and between our colleagues.

We follow the Waldorf curriculum and methodology, with additional emphasis on agriculture and Hawaiian culture studies.

Kona Pacific is an established charter school of nine years and offers vibrant field trips, festivals, performances, and fund-raisers. The team of faculty and staff are dedicated to our students and families, supportive of each other, and welcoming.

We are located in the district of Kona, which is on the beautiful west side of the island. Our campus is blessed to be on 38 acres of land with a diverse forest playground, farmland and school gardens. Hawaii has many significant cultural and sacred sites, and the indigenous culture and language is deeply valued and integrated into the life of the school.

We are in our tenth school year, with 230 students K-8, and a staff of 40.

POSITION: Second Grade Teacher
Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua is seeking an experienced second grade teacher for the current 2018-2019 school year to join our team.Our ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of Waldorf education, and will be a professional with a passion for co-creating, collaboration, and teamwork. We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills, high expectations of themselves and their students, a sense of personal accountability, a confident classroom presence, and a positive, “can-do” attitude.Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, grades level teaching experience.
Highly desirable qualifications: Waldorf credential and experience.
Desirable qualifications: Extensive teaching experience, Hawaii state teaching credentials.Start date: August 2018

Compensation: The Kona Pacific salary schedule rewards educators who have completed rigorous Waldorf teacher training programs as well as public school certification. Excellent state benefits and abundant professional development and mentoring opportunities are included. If you have children in the K-8 age range, they receive priority on enrollment waitlists and discounted after-school care.

To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “Second Grade Teacher” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. Mahalo!

POSITION: Kitchen Driver/Helper
Summary: Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s nutrition programs are an innovative set of programs that work with the National Child Nutrition Program to provide our school and community with healthy, balanced meals. Kitchen staff that work in our food service kitchen are responsible for preparing a variety of meals for Kona Pacific’s nutrition programs and other clientele.

Job Tasks: The kitchen driver/helper position will assist the kitchen manager as needed with a variety of tasks that may include any of the following:

  • Drives the foodservice van to pick up supplies and deliver meals.
  • Operates kitchen equipment such as, but not limited to, electric mixers, slicers, grinders, ovens, stove tops, tilt-skillets, tilt kettles, warmers, and coolers.
  • Utilizes kitchenware such as, but not limited to, knives, spatulas, whisks, tongs, spoons, and ladles.
  • Practices safe food handling according to Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point HACCP, Local County Health Department, and PCS Food Services Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assists in the monitoring, reduction, and management of food waste.
  • Cleans and sanitizes pots, pans, and kitchen utensils.
  • Performs daily, weekly, and monthly deep cleaning of the facility, service areas, and all kitchen equipment such as counters, tables, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, mixers, transient hot carts, mobile carts, and rolling racks.
  • Disposes of waste according to the Food Services Operating Procedures, OSHA, the
  • May receive, label, and store food and supplies according to produce and Food Service HACCP Standards.
  • Takes inventory.
  • Assists in preparing sales, production and other reports.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Use and care of kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Cleaning and sanitation methods used in a food service environment
  • Food storage methods
  • Basic arithmetic (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • ServSafe certified or willing to become

 Ability to:

  • Work rapidly and efficiently in performing job duties
  • Apply and maintain standards of cleanliness, sanitation, and personal hygiene
  • Read, write, and communicate in basic English
  • Count money and make change accurately
  • Demonstrate customer service skills on an ongoing basis
  • Drive the delivery van and qualify to do so

 Special Physical Requirements:

  • Safely lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Stand and walk on concrete and tile floors for long periods of time
  • Withstand a wide range of temperatures
  • Work in refrigerated areas

Hours: Part-time, up to 19 hours a week. The general time frame of the work is between 6 a.m. and 12 noon, but the specific hours will vary from day to day depending on specific needs as determined by the Kitchen Manager.

 Compensation: This is a part time, hourly position – $15 per hour

To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “Kitchen Position” in the subject line.

POSITION: Title I Tutor

Summary: Title I Tutors will be providing students an opportunity to receive added supports in the general education classroom and work in small groups during opportune moments to improve reading and math skills on an as-needed basis.

Specific Responsibilities, to include but not limited to;

  • Provide classroom support during Math Skills classes
  • Teach small group reading and math classes. The reading and math groups will be utilizing evidence-based instruction and curriculum.
  • Monitor the progress of all students. Early screening of phonemic awareness, letterknowledge and mathematical skills to identify students who may develop difficulties, is strongly supported by research, to yield improved reading fluency, improved reading comprehension, and improved mathematical computational skills. Students who receive this kind of support are given a leg-up by this supplemental instruction and the Title I Tutor plays a vital role in this program.

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, from an accredited college or university; A minimum of 2+ years of relevant experience; Experience working with children, grades 3 to 8 in an educational setting; Someone with strong math skills at these levels is preferred; Confidence teaching small groups independently with a direct instruction reading curriculum; Prior experience working in Hawaii public or charter schools; Proficient communication skills;Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; Experience with google drive; Detail oriented
Compensation: This is an hourly position with 15-20 hours per week at a rate of $17 per hour. To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “Title I Tutor” in the subject line.

POSITION: Substitute Teachers

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING: Tuesday, October 2, 8–10am

Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua seeks substitute teachers for grades Kindergarten through 8, and various specialties. 

Kona Pacific provides an educational program inspired by Waldorf education and firmly rooted in the land and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. 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.

We are looking for individuals who are flexible, enjoy learning new things, are willing to rise to meet challenges, and love working with children. 

Minimum Qualifications: Teaching license or state certification to substitute teach, and attendance of a Kona Pacific Public Charter School Substitute Orientation being held on Tuesday October 2, 2018 from 8–10 am (PLEASE RSVP).  

Please email the school: hiring@kppcs.org, or call at 322-4900 if you are interested, and to RSVP for the Substitute Teacher Training. Thank You!