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 Kona Pacific Public Charter School – Join Our Team!

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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: Arts/Crafts and Handwork Teacher (current year)
Overall Objective
To build and develop an arts program for grades one through eight based on an understanding of child development in alignment with the Waldorf method of teaching and Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s philosophy. The content of instruction will be determined, in part, by the skill set that the art teacher currently possesses and develops over time through professional development.
This is a full time, 10­-month position that follows the school calendar and includes staff professional development days prior to the opening of school and following the closing.

The Art Teacher Should Have: An ability to effectively teach a rich and inspired art curriculum to children of varying ages; A deep understanding of the educational, developmental, and philosophical underpinnings of the arts and a Waldorf­-inspired curriculum; A warm nature that ignites passion and inspiration in each child; An interest in and willingness to deepen their understanding of effective teaching and learning in the context of the KPPCS mission, our three strands of learning, and best teaching practice; Excellent student behavior management skills; Excellent communication and collaborative skills so that the subject classes are well aligned and integrated with the teaching of the grades; An ability to effectively connect and communicate with parents and community members so that their understanding, appreciation and embrace of art and all subject classes are enhanced; Excellent organizational skills; A deep commitment to follow­-through, punctuality, and fulfilling all other responsibilities as assigned by the school director.

Teaching Duties Include: Teach grades 1­–8, two periods per week; Teach grades 1–8 the handwork curriculum; Integrate the handwork curriculum with all grade levels and the three KPPCS strands; Provide timely and meaningful feedback to students and parents in the context of subject course goals and KPPCS progress reporting systems; Collaborate regularly with appropriate faculty, staff and administration; Develop the program for the school with the director and leadership teams; Purchase and maintain relevant equipment for classes; Find appropriate spaces for art classes

Non­-Teaching duties: Attend staff meeting once a week; Supervision assignments as needed

Responsibilities held by all teachers: Involvement in Team meetings; Carrying of other responsibilities deemed necessary by the director; Attendance at festivals, open houses, and other all­-school events; Communication with parents, including parent­-teacher conferences; Written reports about children as requested by the director; Teach other classes as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: 3 years of Waldorf experience and/or classroom experience; Bachelor’s Degree; Expertise in several of the following areas: Drawing and Painting; Sculpture: Clay and Beeswax Modeling; Fiber Arts: Knitting, crocheting, hand spinning, weaving, sewing, doll making, garment making, basket making; Woodworking: primarily hand tools, cutting, planing, carving, joining, finishing.

Desirable Qualifications: Waldorf Teaching Certificate; Hawaii State Teaching Credential

Start date: ASAP
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “Arts Teacher” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. 
Mahalo!

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: Kitchen Driver/Helper

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 and delivering a variety of meals for Kona Pacific’s nutrition programs and other clientele.

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; sanitizes pots, pans, and kitchen utensils; Takes inventory; Performs related duties as assigned.

 Required skills include 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

Required abilities: 

  • Drive the delivery van and qualify to do so
  • 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
  • Demonstrate customer service skills on an ongoing basis
  • Safely lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Stand and walk on concrete and tile floors for long periods of time
  • 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 Driver/Helper” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. 
Mahalo!

POSITION: Second Grade Teacher (current year)
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: 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 “Second Grade Teacher” in the subject line. You will be contacted by the Hiring Committee. Mahalo!


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. 
Mahalo!


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!