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 ten 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: Executive Director, SY2019-20
The Executive Director provides leadership and support to all aspects of the school community, with a special focus on managing and facilitating the school’s daily operations, while building administrative infrastructure and capacity.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
• Coordinate and facilitate the activities of the operations staff.
• Support and maintain the integrity of the school’s mission and values.
• Work with school leaders to ensure high student achievement and healthy development.
• Serve as advisor to school committees as needed.
• Follow all school policies and facilitate staff awareness about and understanding of school policies and procedures.
• Promote and maintain a positive and effective school climate
• Facilitate the creation and improvement of comprehensive communications policies, systems, and practices.
• Contribute content & review school newsletter as needed.
• Facilitate the creation and improvement of effective school wide conflict-resolution policies, systems, and practices.
Curriculum & Instruction
• Monitor and interpret test data and academic programs, working with faculty to meet or surpass standards, supporting teachers in the process.
Enrollment, Admissions and Student Records
• Oversee outreach, application, enrollment, lottery, admission and family orientation procedures.
• Supervise the maintenance of student records, including test scores, assessment results, discipline citations, medical reports and records, and other documents.
• Ensure that support services are adequate, coordinated, integrated, measurable, and successful.
• Ensure compliance with state & federal requirements.
• Steer and implement the school’s short and long-term strategies for financial management.
• Develop a budget, providing direction for short and long-term spending priorities.
• Coordinate frequent audits to prevent deficit spending and analyze school cash flow.
Governing Board
• Collaborate with the Governing Board in strategic planning.
• Provide the Governing Board with monthly formal reports regarding academic performance, school safety, fundraising, compliance issues, and other related matters.
Human Resources
• Coordinate yearly recruitment and hiring of faculty and staff.
• Facilitate the evaluation and retention of faculty and staff.
• Develop effective policies and practices related to mentoring, supervising, and evaluating faculty and staff.
• Oversee and review payroll operations ensuring compliance with all Bargaining Agreements
• Facilitate the creation and distribution of the annual Employee Handbook.
• Supervise non-instructional staff as specified in their job descriptions.
• Ensure personnel files are in compliance with KPPCS policy and federal and state employment laws.
• Oversee and implement school safety and emergency procedures.
• Ensure compliance with policies and regulations at local, state, and federal levels.
• Communicate & report to the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission.
• Field and manage all legal matters pertaining to but not necessarily limited to leases, contracts, and MOUs.
• Sustain the culture of collaboration and transparent, informed decision-making, unifying administration and faculty.
• Create a healthy, tenable open-door policy with staff and faculty.
• Act as primary liaison between the school and government agencies and unions.
• Ensure compliance with our State Charter Contract and all state and federal required reporting.
Other Duties as Assigned
Duties and responsibilities set forth above are not all inclusive. Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.
Competencies Required
Administrative Experience:
• Executive leadership skills with experience managing budget, development and fundraising
• Be highly collaborative, results-oriented, adaptable, problem-solving self-starter who seeks feedback to continue professional growth
• Have expertise in or familiarity with Waldorf education
• Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Previous experience working with or in a charter school or with charter school laws
• Experience using data to inform instructional planning and practice; sharing and analyzing student performance results and constantly working to improve practices
• Be positive, thoughtful, passionate, motivating, and empowering with staff and students
• Possess an understanding of and commitment to the three strands of Kona Pacific’s educational framework.
• Be organized and computer literate, with proficiency in email, word processing, spreadsheets, Google Docs, etc.
• Experience working in a project based, dynamic school or similarly demanding environment
• Have experience using Infinite Campus
Graduate degree in Education, School or Business Administration
Compensation: Salary commensurate with educational background and relevant work experience. Generous state benefits, including health care, pension, and life insurance.
Schedule: Monday–Friday. This is a full time, exempt salaried position with occasional evening and weekend hours.
To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: board@ kppcs.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. Mahalo!

POSITION: Assistant Gardening Teacher (Part time)
Summary: To help the gardening teacher and to serve the children. To assist in the maintaining of the existing growing spaces. This means completing and cleaning up the work of children when children are unable to do so and acquiring a constant supply of mulch and wood chips for soil health.
Specific Responsibilities, to include but not limited to:
  • Assist in the teaching of gardening to the appropriate grades.
  • Create a positive association between working with one’s head, heart and hands.
  • Ensure safe workspaces.
  • Assist in the collaboration with Main Class teachers and Specialty teachers.
  • Completion of basic garden tasks such as weeding, composting, planting, harvesting, pruning, watering, landscaping, etc.
  • Survey the garden for work that needs doing.
  • Assist in maintaining the existing growing spaces.
  • Completing and cleaning up the work of children when children are unable to do so.
  • Assist in generating a constant supply of mulch and woodchips for soil health.
  • Assist in the compost operations on campus.

Working Conditions
This position is a physically active position. The Garden Assistant must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time to bend at the knees and hips and to lift at least 30 pounds overhead. They must also be able to physically exert themselves for at least three (3) hours using heavy garden implements such as pick-axes, wheel borrow with load, and shovels.

Required: US citizenship, or valid work visa.
Start Date ASAP
Compensation: TBD
Deadline: Recruitment is open until the position is filled.
Contact: Please send a cover letter and resume to hiring@kppcs.org. Please indicate “Assistant Gardening Teacher 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.

POSITION: Extended Day Enrichment (After School) Group Leader
Summary: The ideal candidate will have successful experience working with school-aged children, impeccable people skills, an understanding of Waldorf education, and will be a consummate professional with a passion for collaboration and teamwork. The individual will enjoy being challenged, and a flexible individual with a passion for serving a diverse community.
General Duties:
Dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of the children
Behavior management and conflict resolution
Promoting the program (writing articles for the newsletter, etc.) to enhance enrollment
Daily communication with the parents and Team (office & teachers)
Willingness to address all details (prepare snacks; keep the space tidy, etc.)
Ability to run and participate in daily games and activities (due to the small ratio, 1-15 students, all team members will be expected to actively plan, implement, and engage in all of the daily activities)
Strong communication skills with a passion for co-creating, collaboration, and teamwork
Required Education and Experience:
A minimum of 6 months experience working with school-aged children
First Aid and CPR certification prior to the first day of employment
Prior experience working in Hawaii public or charter schools
Strong communication skill
Desired Education and Experience:
Early Childhood Education experience and/or training
Nature and/or Cultural Mentoring training
Waldorf experience and/or training
Personal characteristics:
Excellent problem solver
Dedication to building strong relationships with students, team members and the families being served
A self-starter and lifelong learner with a love for learning new skills
Personality should project enthusiasm, professionalism, and a high level of credibility
Display a positive, cheerful, can-do attitude at all times
Open-minded and able to work collaboratively and cooperatively
Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures
Commitment to getting the job done right, by following established policies and procedures
Acute attention to detail
Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
Must have a strong personal value system that encompasses high integrity and honesty
Enjoys working with an evolving vision toward community and global impact, while at the same time ensuring daily excellence on campus.
Understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to the school’s core values.
Experience with functioning successfully in diverse, multicultural environments and a genuine appreciation and respect for the diverse peoples of Hawai`i.
Required: US citizenship, or valid work visa.
Start Date To be determined.
Compensation: The salary range is $12-$15 an hour with professional development opportunities.
Deadline: Recruitment is open until the position is filled.
Contact: Please send a cover letter and resume to hiring@kppcs.org. Please indicate Extended Day Enrichment (After School) Group Leader” 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.

POSITION: Title I Tutor

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, letter knowledge 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, August 13, 7:45 am

    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 at a Kona Pacific Public Charter School Substitute Orientation.

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