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: Operations Leader, SY2019-20
The Operations Leader 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. The Operations Leader will work together with the school’s Pedagogical Leader in a mutually supportive, collegial and cooperative way to carry out the school’s mission and vision. The Operations Leader sits on the School’s Leadership Council.

Well-qualified candidates will have leadership experience or a strong capacity for leadership, Hawaii public school experience, expertise in or familiarity with Waldorf education, and an understanding of and commitment to the three strands of Kona Pacific’s educational framework.
Competencies Required:
Kona Pacific Public Charter School seeks to fill this leadership position with an individual who is well acquainted with the Kona Pacific PCS community. We encourage applications from qualified individuals from within this unique community in order to encourage the growth and development of our staff, parents and community members. A thorough understanding of Kona Pacific’s unique vision, mission culture and core values is important and highly desirable.
Minimum: B.A. or B.S. degree required with course work in education, business or school administration, organizational management or related disciplines
Desired: M.A. or Ph.D. in Education or postgraduate degree in School or Business Administration
At least two years of experience in Hawaii public education in any capacity.
At least five years broad, varied and increasingly responsible experience with administrative tasks including but not limited to organizational processes and procedures, computer information systems, and staff management.
Desirable: Waldorf school experience is highly desirable.This is a full time, exempt salaried position with occasional evening and weekend hours.Requires US citizenship, or valid work visa.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with educational background and relevant work experience. Generous state benefits, including health care, pension, and life insurance.
To view the complete job description: click here
To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: board@ kppcs.org with “Operations Leader” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. Mahalo!

POSITION: School Receptionist (Current Year)

 Summary: The School Receptionist provides clerical, communications and other office support as described below. A positive, cheery, can-do attitude is a key requirement for this staff member.

Specific Responsibilities, to include but not limited to:

  1. Set up and maintain school voicemail message.
  2. Answer phones efficiently in a cheerful and polite manner. Take messages and deliver to appropriate persons. Check recorded messages and return calls to provide information as needed.
  3. Relay information from faculty or staff to parents as needed.
  4. Communicate through email and phone services (e.g. “robocalls”) with parents/faculty/staff to keep people informed of what is happening at school, per Director instructions.
  5. Create short, high interest, stories that support the work done by the students and teachers for the school newsletter.
  6. Maintain database of people who receive school newsletter either paper copy or electronically and distribute newsletter.
  7. Stay informed about school events, to accurately respond to inquiries from parents.
  8. Office Equipment/Supplies
  9. Understand and train users in the functions of the printers. Provide assistance in copying, scanning, faxing, using the document server, and printing.
  10. Provide routine copier maintenance – replace paper and toner. Report any malfunctions to Director and schedule regular maintenance and necessary repairs.
  11. Log office supply needs on posted list.

Other Office Responsibilities

  1. Assist with daily attendance.
  2. Pick up school mail from P.O. Box daily.
  3. Accept all letters and packages delivered directly to the school.
  4. Help maintain school files as needed.
  5. Keep office clean and organized.
  6. Assist Student Records Coordinator in the maintenance of binders and logs, by filing specific forms in their appropriate binders.
  7. Participate in job overlap, shared responsibilities and cross-training of office staff.
  8. When school maintenance personnel are on leave, refill toilet paper and paper towels in the bathroom. Clean up accidents and assist where needed.
  9. Supervise students during recess in emergencies.
  10. Provide field trip support and organization by: providing parents with copies of field trip permission slips; providing teachers with class emergency contact lists; assisting parents with submitting driver’s license, registration and insurance information to keep binder updated; informing teachers if their parent drivers need to update their documents prior to driving for a field trip.
  11. Assist with annual school photos.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

School Uniforms and Logo Items

  1. Keep school store clean and organized.
  2. Organize and maintain stock of uniforms and logo items and coordinate with Operations Assistant for new orders.
  3. Track student t-shirt orders and requests. Receive payments as needed, writing receipts for each student based on their reduced pricing rates.

School Finance Responsibilities

  1. Accept payments for a variety of school fees and process per establish protocol.
  2. Track payments accepted with receipt book.

Health Aide Support

  1. Address daily health needs of students per Local Health and Wellness Policy.
  2. Assist in providing first aid and emergency care as needed.
  3. Notify parents when they need to pick up their child due to illness as requested by Director/Student Records Coordinator.
  4. Distribute first aid items to classrooms as needed.
  5. Document and distribute required medication to students as requested by Student Records Coordinator.

Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma, one year experience working in an office setting.
Desirable Qualifications: Familiarity with Waldorf education.

Start date: ASAP
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

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

POSITION: Grades Teachers for 2019–20, Starting Salary $38k–$70k
Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua is seeking experienced grades teachers for the 2019-2020 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 individuals 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: ASAP
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 “Grades Teacher” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. 

POSITION: Charter School Extended Day Enrichment (After School) Group Leader

Kona Pacific Public Charter School on Hawai’i Island seeks cheerful, capable individuals to join our Extended Day Enrichment Program as After School Group Leaders.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 teamworkREQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• A minimum of 6 months experience in 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 skillsDESIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• Nature and/or Cultural Mentoring training
• Waldorf experience and/or training
• Early Childhood Education experience and/or trainingPERSONAL 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
• Motivated, professional and reliable
• Positive, enthusiastic and can-do attitude
• 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.Requires US citizenship, or valid work visa.Start Date: To be determined.Compensation: The salary range is $12-$15 an hour with professional development opportunities. Afternoon hours.Deadline: Recruitment is open until the position is filled.To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “After School Enrichment Group Leader” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. Mahalo!

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: Friday, February 8, 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 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!