Deputy Head of Student Life, Kenya

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MPESA Foundation AcademyKenya

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Start date: 01/01/2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Key Responsibilities

1. Strategic

  • Manage the implementation of Student Life's strategic objectives and initiatives.
  • Support with the development and implementation of Student Life policies, procedures and processes and monitor compliance of subordinates.
  • To keep up to date with legislation, guidance and updates to rules and best practice aligned to Ministry of education/TSC guidelines
  • To be a teaching member of Faculty (approximately 8 hours teaching per week)

2. Operational - extra curricular program

  • Along with the Head of Student Life and Head of Academics, to help design and deliver the student orientation programmes within the Academy 
  • Monitor the implementation of extra-curricular student programmes and events.
  • Along with the HSL, to coordinate special events at the Academy where student participation is needed e.g., Anniversaries, Form one welcoming parties, closing assemblies, Talent shows etc. 
  • To sit on the Teaching & Learning Senior Management Team

3. Operational - student well-being

  • Liaise between student issues and counselling team to further develop programmes to help student in their overall experience as needs change
  • A member of student Discipline Committee
  • To liaise with other Faculty staff to regularly review the student code of conduct and to familiarise residential team on the Behaviour for Learning policy to ensure its exercise within the boarding life of students
  • Provide support and guidance to the Student Council and other student groups/clubs as and when needed.
  • Along with the HSL, to regularly meet with Counselling Department to monitor student issues and safeguarding concerns
  • Along with the HSL, to regularly meet with Clinic Department to monitor student issues and safeguarding concerns

4. Operational - Boarding life

  • Oversee the effective and efficient collaboration between Student Life and Faculty.
  • To assist HSL to collate and communicate the annual Student Life calendar in a timely manner in collaboration with Faculty department and communicate the same with students and the entire staff body
  • Effectively manage a strong Residential Life program developing a co-curricular, living/learning community in the Residence
  • Offer guidance on emergency or crisis situations appropriately as they arise or escalated for immediate attention
  • In collaboration with head of Academics administers Academy-wide co-curriculum events, including the forecasting, planning, developing, promoting, and evaluation of programs and services that are focused on providing a diverse student body with opportunities for personal growth and leadership development
  • Contribute as a key player to the School's management team in its planning, implementation, monitoring and review of strategic and operational plans, liaising with other managers as appropriate, taking the lead for taught programmes

5. People Management

  • Provide professional development support and perform periodic performance appraisals for direct subordinates based on Academy’s Performance Management System.
  • Coach and mentor subordinates on a regular basis.
  • Contribute in an effective and efficient manner to the recruitment and development of student life staff
  • Any other added task in line with their role by their direct manager

Academics and professional qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education or equivalent, a Master degree in Education is an added advantage
  • At least 5 years in a similar role at a reputable institution;
  • MUST be a Registered teacher
  • Understanding and experience in applying student development and learning outcomes theories;
  • Conflict management and resolution skills, and maintain a strong philosophical base for student activities;
  • Ability to think on once feet and provide practical solutions to emerging unforeseen challenges;
  • Demonstrated superior organization skills; 
  • First aid certified; and
  • Passion for young people and their character development 

Job location

More about MPESA Foundation Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State
Gender: Mixed
Address: Mang'u Road, Thika, 01000, Kenya.
Telephone: +254 703 200 000
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Established on a modern campus of 75 acres 45 kilometers outside of Nairobi, the M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, co-educational and residential High school offering the Kenyan National Curriculum. Driven by leadership, e...