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Seeking Charter School Receptionist

Kona Pacific Public Charter School on Hawai‘i Island seeks an inspired individual to work in our school office. Kona Pacific is in its ninth year of operation, with 230 students K-8 and a staff of 40.

Our school serves a 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 are located in the district of South 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.

The ideal candidate will be friendly and enthusiastic with impeccable people skills, an understanding of Waldorf education, and a passion for collaboration and teamwork. Our school receptionist must be a skilled multi-tasker who enjoys working with children and parents.

The Receptionist will answer phones, assist parents, students and school staff, process mail, do simple filing, and other typical office tasks.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • An undergraduate degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3+ years of relevant office experience is required
  • Prior experience working in schools, nonprofits or a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment is preferred
  • High comfort level with children is required
  • Ability to multi-task and work well in an active environment
  • Proficiency in effective task management; capable of managing multiple assignments and following assignments through to completion; able to respond quickly to requests for information and assistance
  • High level of organizational and analytical ability
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel are necessary

 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Personality should project enthusiasm, professionalism, and a high level of credibility
  • 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
  • Highly adaptable and flexible, with the ability to thrive in an ambiguous environment
  • Commitment to getting the job done right, by following established policies and procedures
  • Acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to think and act strategically
  • Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a strong personal value system that encompasses high integrity, honesty, a solid work ethic, high professional standards and strong moral character
  • 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.
  • 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 July 1, 2017.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with educational background and relevant work experience. Generous state benefits, including health care, pension, and life insurance.

Deadline: Until position is filled.

Contact We appreciate receiving applications via email, though we will accept faxes at (808) 322-4906. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to hiring@kppcs.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.

Seeking Part-Time Teacher of Hawaiian Knowledge 

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is seeking an experienced teacher of Hawaiian knowledge for the 2017- 2018 school year.

Kona Pacific’s Hawaiian Knowledge Program is known as Ola Lokahi. This is an expression of what we hope to achieve for our children and our school community – a life filled with experiencing and exploring one’s relationship to this place, to each other, and to the knowledge that is shared in all of our educational programs.

The heart of our Ola Lohaki program is the individual program teachers who step forward to share their passion, their kuleana, with students. These teachers, who have come to understand and embrace their kuleana and wish to share their knowledge, have thus accessed the source of inherent motivation that drives one to strive for excellence. It is this passion and motivation that, in turn, will hoʻoulu, or inspire, the children and others in our school community.

We are seeking an expereinced teacher to conduct up to 8 classes, scheduled over 3 days each week, for grades 1 to 8 in various areas of Hawaiian cultural knowledge. We would like to prioritize ukulele instruction, but we are open to any combination of hula, ukulele, hana no‘eau, ‘olelo Hawaii and history, as well as other areas of appropriate specialized knowledge, to bring to our kamali‘i.

Kona Pacific is a charter school inspired by Waldorf education, offering a comprehensive program that weaves together three strands:

-A holistic education inspired by Waldorf education;
-An educational program that embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability 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 school serves a diverse population that might not otherwise have access to a Waldorf- inspired curriculum. 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.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced Hawaiian cultural practitioner, experienced in managing large groups of students, and with some familiarity with the Waldorf curriculum. Individuals with a love of working with children and understanding of the challenges of adolescence are highly valued. A strong sense of personal accountability, a positive attitude and excellent communication skills are a must. There may be an opportunity to develop the position into a full time salaried position over time.

Minimum qualifications: AA degree or equivalent, 2 years working with children.
Start date: August 1, 2017
Compensation: $32/hour for instructional hours (8 hours) with additional funds available for preparation and meeting times (3-5 hours).

Contact: We appreciate receiving applications via email to hiring@kppcs.org. Please do not call in regard to your application. You will be contacted by a member of the hiring committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Full Time Educational Assistant for Special Education (Kealakekua, HI)

DOE Full Time Salaried EA II or III Position

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is seeking an experienced Educational Assistant to work full-time in Special Education for the 2017-18 school year. The assistant will collaborate with special education staff as well as the classroom teachers to provide inclusion support in the general education setting for students with a variety of mild to moderate disabilities in the elementary and/or middle school setting. The schedule of work is Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm.

Kona Pacific offers a comprehensive education that weaves together three strands:

-A holistic education inspired by Waldorf education;

-An educational program that embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability 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 a re a vital part of Hawai’i Island life.

The ideal candidate will have an experience with and understanding of children working with special needs including children with emotional, learning or other challenges.

Minimum qualifications: All qualifications necessary to be employed as an educational assistant by the Department of Education, including an AA degree or equivalent and 2 years full time experience working with children. Preference for those who are eligible for classification of EA III with BA or with established training and experience with Special Education. All encouraged to apply, those who fit well with our school mission will be considered despite previous level of experience.

Please send a cover letter to the attention of Special Education Assistant Position along with a resume by email to hiring@kppcs.org. Please do not call in regard to your application, you will be contacted if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Seeking Charter School Extended Day Enrichment Program Coordinator

Kona Pacific Public Charter School on Hawai‘i Island seeks a cheerful, capable individual to coordinate our Extended Day Enrichment Program.

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 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 ninth school year, with 230 students K-8, and a staff of 40.

The ideal candidate will have impeccable people skills, an understanding of Waldorf education, and will be a consummate professional with a passion for collaboration and teamwork. The individual will love working with children, being challenged, and a flexible individual with a passion for serving a diverse community.

The Coordinator supervises students in the Extended Day Programs, initiates games with students, checks students in and out on a daily basis, manages staff, communicates with parents, works with Kona Pacific Public Charter School staff and organizes monthly payments. They also maintain compliance with the Hawaii State Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Licensing Worker.

This position includes supervision of both Kinder Care and the Extended Day Enrichment Program and their staff.

GENERAL DUTIES

  • Hiring, training and managing staff and arranging substitutes
  • Manage program budget
  • Coordinate accounting and billing
  • 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.)
  • Annual licensing paperwork (1 to 2 months worth of work depending on staffing)
  • Coordinate USDA Afterschool Snack with the Nutrition Program Coordinator

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 2+ years experience in working with children
  • At least 6 months of experience shall be 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 skills
  • Excellent writing and organizational abilities
  • Understand the complexities of the DHS licensing process
  • Some understanding of relevant Department of Education and other state agency rules and requirements
  • Experience in managing and motivating a small staff
  • The ability to train staff in Nature Mentoring and supervise daily nature-based games and activities
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office; Word, and Excel are necessary

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Excellent problem solver
  • Dedication to building strong relationships with students, team members and the families being served
  • A self-starter 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.

 Requires US citizenship, or valid work visa.

Start Date: To be determined over the summer

Compensation: This position is paid $20 per hour for 20 hours per week (there may be additional hours during the licensing process).

Deadline: Recruitment is open until the position is filled.

Contact We appreciate receiving applications via email, though we will accept faxes at (808) 322-4906. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to hiring@kppcs.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.

After School Group Leader

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is seeking an After School Group Leader to join our innovative Waldorf charter school on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are looking for pioneering, visionary, flexible individuals with a passion for serving a diverse community.

Kona Pacific is a charter school inspired by Waldorf education, offering a comprehensive program that weaves together three strands:

  • A holistic education inspired by Waldorf education;
  • An educational program that embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability 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 school serves a diverse population that might not otherwise have access to the Waldorf curriculum. 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.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Successful experience and passion for working with school-age children
  • A self-starter with a love for learning new things. Have experience setting up, running and participating 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
  • Dedication to ensuring the safety, well-being and personal growth of all the students

Requirements:

  • Two years professional experience working with school-age children
  • Strong communication skills, dependability, positive attitude, initiative and flexibility
  • First Aid and CPR Certifications or ability to obtain prior to 1st day of employment.
  • Ability to work and problem solve as a team player
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently

 

Start date: ASAP

Compensation: Competitive compensation and professional development opportunities.

Contact: We appreciate receiving applications via email, though we will accept faxes at (808) 322-4906. Please do not call in regard to your application. Please send a cover letter and resume to hiring@kppcs.org. Please indicate “After School Group Leader” in the subject line of the email. A member of our hiring committee will contact you if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Kinder Care Group Leader

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is seeking a Kinder Care Group Leader to join our innovative Waldorf charter school on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are looking for pioneering, visionary, flexible individuals with a passion for serving a diverse community.

Kona Pacific is a charter school inspired by Waldorf education, offering a comprehensive program that weaves together three strands:

  • A holistic education inspired by Waldorf education;
  • An educational program that embraces the values of Hawaiian culture, with particular focus on environmental education and community sustainability 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 school serves a diverse population that might not otherwise have access to the Waldorf curriculum. 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.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Successful experience and passion for working in early childhood education
  • A self-starter with a love for learning new things. Have experience setting up, running and participating 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
  • Dedication to ensuring the safety, well-being and personal growth of all the student
  • Requirements:
  • Two years professional experience working in early childhood education
  • Strong communication skills, dependability, positive attitude, initiative and flexibility
  • First Aid and CPR Certifications or ability to obtain prior to 1st day of employment.
  • Ability to work and problem solve as a team player
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently

Start date: ASAP

Compensation: Competitive compensation and professional development opportunities.

Contact: We appreciate receiving applications via email, though we will accept faxes at (808) 322-4906. Please do not call in regard to your application. Please send a cover letter and resume to hiring@kppcs.org. Please indicate “Kinder Care Group Leader” in the subject line of the email. A member of our hiring committee will contact you if we are interested in pursuing your application.