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 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: Assistant Gardening Teacher

Summary: To help the gardening teacher and to serve the children. This position also assists in the maintaining of the existing growing spaces, which includes completing and cleaning up the work of children when children are unable to do so and acquiring a constant supply of mulch and woodchips for soil health.

Position Type: Part time, 19 hours/week, M-F

Specific Responsibilities, to include but not limited to:

Teaching

  • 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.

Gardening

  • 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.

Required Qualifications, Experience & Education:
Must be a US citizen or have a valid work visa.

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.

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


POSITION: Educational Assistant (EA)

Summary:
The role of an Educational Assistant is to:

  • Actively support all students in a balanced school curriculum.
  • Support departments by taking on practical roles of responsibility for administrative, managerial and auditing activities.
  • Join and work cohesively within a highly motivated and professional group of teachers.
  • Communicate effectively with support staff.

Schedule:
Monday-Friday 7:45 am – 2:45 pm (excluding holidays and teachers’ days off)

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Main Accountabilities Support for Learning and Teaching

  • Support students with emotional / behavioral problems and help develop their social skills / behaviors, including the implementation of behavior modification programs when required.
  • Assist in the educational and social development of pupils.
  • Assist in the implementation and planning of Individual Education Programs for students and the monitoring of students’ academic progress.
  • Support students in mainstream classes including all academic subjects and all aspects of PE including swimming and field sports.
  • Assist students to access the curriculum safely. Matters relating to health and safety ultimately remain the teachers’ responsibility.
  • Assist in the maintaining of student records.
  • Support students with emotional / behavioral problems and help develop their social skills / behaviors, including the implementation of behavior modification programs when required.
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom, including supporting access to camps, educational visits and whole school activities, to enable students to fully participate in activities
  • Assist students with personal care needs e.g. toileting, changing clothes.

Administrative Duties:

  • Prepare and present displays of students’ work. Teachers will make professional decisions in determining what material is displayed.
  • Support teachers in photocopying and other tasks in order to support Learning and Teaching
  • Undertake other duties from time to time as the teachers / office managers require including: collecting money; copy typing and Inputting student data; producing class lists; record keeping, filing; collating material; stocktaking;cataloguing, preparing, issuing and maintaining equipment and materials,and ordering supplies and equipment.

Standards and Quality Assurance:

  • Support the aims and ethos of the School and Department by behaviors which display concern for the student as a whole person, tact, discretion, confidentiality and the willingness to work as a member of a team.
  • Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
  • Work collaboratively with teachers.
  • Attend team and staff meetings as requested
  • Undertake duties that may be reasonably assigned by the Pedagogical Director or Executive Director.

 Required Qualifications, Experience & Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Some college; associateʻs degree is preferred.
  • Experience working with students
  • Must successfully pass a background check prior to first day of employment
  • TB clearance prior to first date of employment
  • First Aid/CPR certification prior to first date of employment
  • Must be a US citizen or have a valid work visa

To apply: Please email your cover letter and resumé to the school: hiring@kppcs.org with “Educational Assistant” 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!