Kitengela International Schools Limited (KISC) and is set on 2 campuses (i) in Kitengela approximately 36 kilometres from Nairobi and (ii) along Mombasa Road. The schools group has a network of 4 schools. It opened its doors in June 2009 with an 8-4-4 day and boarding school and an 8-4-4 girls’ high school. In 2010 a new 8-4-4 primary school was opened along Mombasa road. In September 2013, a British curriculum school was opened. The group has a goal to triple its student population and open 2 more schools over the next 5 years.
This is an exciting role where the Chief Learning Officer will ensure that the quality standard in education is provided for as the learners are molded in a wholesome way. The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director and oversee all the respective campuses.
How your Roles and Responsibilities will look;
I. Knowledge and Understanding:
• What constitutes quality in educational provision, the characteristics of effective schools and, strategies for raising pupil achievement.
• How to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils as well as their good behavior through effective management and leadership.
• How to seek and use international, national, local and school data to inform improvement.
• Leadership at schools and inter-school levels as well as effective guidance for governors/directors of the Company.
II. Develop and implement the educational plan
• Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a school educational development plan that is underpinned by sound resource planning and which identifies priorities/targets. for ensuring that:
• Effectively monitor, evaluate and review the educational plan to ensure that improvements are on track and that they remain relevant to overall school development/growth.
• Think creatively and imaginatively to anticipate and solve educational problems as well as identify opportunities.
III. Teaching and planning pupil learning:
• Create and maintain a school culture and code of conduct
• Effectively determine, organise and implement the curriculum and its assessment programmes; monitor and evaluate these in order to identify and act on areas requiring improvement.
• Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching, the standards of learning and the achievement of pupils (including those with special educational or linguistic needs) in order to set and meet challenging, realistic targets for improvement.
• Oversee that improvement in literacy, numeracy and information/communications technologies (ICT) are priority targets for all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
IV. Pupil Achievement:
• Effectively communicate and articulate to pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community on the high expectations of the schools
• Foster an understanding in pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community that all pupils can succeed
• Ensure that effective monitoring and tutorial support systems are in place to aid pupil achievement
• Ensure that effective mentoring systems are in place to support the Heads, staff and aid in pupil achievement
V. Relations with parents and the wider community:
• Develop good and effective relationships within the community and field (including business and industry) so as to provide greater opportunities for the extension of the curriculum and enhanced teaching/learning programmes.
• Create and maintain an effective (as well as positive) partnership with parents, stakeholders and the wider community aimed at enhancing pupil achievement and/or personal development.
• Present a coherent, entirely accurate and well-articulated account of the schools’ performance in all areas, and, in a form that is appropriate to or guided by the governors/directors
• Ensure that parents, pupils, staff and other relevant stakeholders are well informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress made as well as seek to gain from the contributions that they can make towards assisting the school achieve it’s set targets for improvement.
VI. Managing and developing staff:
• Implement and sustain effective systems for the management of staff performance incorporating appraisal and progress on professional targets set for teachers (including those targets set that relate to improved pupil achievement).
• Develop and sustain appropriate official avenues for the maximisation of constructive staff feedback and contribution to the quality of education provided and the improvement of standards
• Develop and lead (and/or draw from, coordinate, support other sources of expertise as appropriate) internal sessions of staff professional development and/or coaching/mentoring programmes.
• Ensure trainee, newly qualified or employed teachers are properly inducted, appropriately trained, monitored, supported and assessed/appraised in accordance with the highest standards (which may include those of the Qualified Teacher Status, Career Entry Profile or Standards for Induction frameworks).
VII. Strategic Leadership:
• Create an ethos and provide educational vision/direction which secures effective teaching, successful learning, high levels of achievement and sustainable improvement in all areas.
• Lead and guide staff to develop appropriate mechanisms and programmes for the improved spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils
• Lead and guide staff to develop appropriate mechanisms and programmes to prepare pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life (or of life outside schooling) and secure their full commitment to the vision and direction of the school
• Ensure that all those who are involved in/with the school are committed to its aims and fully support the long, medium and short term objectives/targets set so as to holistically secure school improvement and educational success.
To be Considered, you need to have below;
Master’s Degree or equivalent in education or other related fields. University degree with specialized experience on Education in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
The successful candidate must possess the following skills:
• Strong stakeholder management and relationship skills
• Strong educational experience, with a sound grounding initiatives of teaching and learning in the respective curriculums and accreditations offered by the schools
• Excellent people management and communication skills
• Strong presentation skills
• Impeccable integrity and diligence
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience:
• Have at least eight years of relevant professional experience in the education sector and in project administration
• Experience with initiating and leading improvement programmes, developing and implementing strategicplans and overseeing change
• Experience in dealing with multi-tenant stakeholders
• An understanding of private equity fund investor issues
• Strong, positive leadership, able to influence service providers and management teams.
International leaders are encouraged to apply, as long as they are ready to relocate to Kenya!
A competitive package is provided for including company benefits plus work permits for international hires.