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Head Teacher

Job Purpose

To be responsible for maintaining a high quality of education in line with SHOFCO’s vision, mission and guiding principles; and the overall coordination of the school curriculum, activities and operations to ensure that the school runs efficiently and effectively on a day to day basis.

Key Responsibilities / Duties/ Tasks

HR Related task

  • Coach, mentor, and evaluate the performance of the whole faculty.
  • Develop a long-range in-service plan for the faculty in collaboration with the Education Management team.
  • Manage HR efforts – including education staff management, administration, and recruitment
  • Deal with queries and complaint procedures.
  • Train, supervise and motivate faculty and auxiliary staff.
  • Provide administrative support to an academic team of teachers.

Planning, budgeting and other administrative related tasks

  • Manage budget and ensure financial systems are followed – including creating a yearly budget and managing it accordingly
  • Develop and administer the general school routine, and coordinate all activities within the school.
  • Manage supply acquisition, purchasing goods and equipment’s required and processing invoices – ensuring efficient usage of school resources.
  • Manage other administrative duties related to running the school
  • Oversee record keeping
  • Education program reporting and supporting advancement team when needed

Academic Related Tasks

  • Oversee proper implementation of SHOFCO Curriculum using recommended teaching methodologies.
  • Ability to offer teacher training on curriculum design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Collect, analyse, share and interpret internal and external school assessment data and ensure the data is used strategically to improve student academic performance.
  • Oversee planning, execution and analysis of intervention programs targeted at needs of diverse academic subgroups.
  • Identify intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs affecting student’s success in school in collaboration with teachers, students, parents and social worker.
  • Encourage and initiate continuous improvement in curriculum and teaching methods.
  • Maintain high levels of quality assurance that include course evaluation and course approval procedures

Other

  • Ensure that the programs of the school are consistent with the vision, mission, and guiding principles of SHOFCO schools.
  • Maintain effective communication to keep staff, students and parents properly informed.
  • Maintain an educational philosophy and school climate which encourages a cooperative and participatory attitude on the part of all teachers and students.
  • Manage and develop external partnerships and represent the school in interactions with government officials – this includes welcoming external visitors to school
  • Contribute to policy and planning
  • Review and implementation of school policies
  • Handle relations with parents, students, employers and the community.
  • Oversee variety of educational or social activities.
  • Draft and interpret regulations.
  • Stay up to date with changes in the Kenyan education sector and work to ensure all ministry requirements are met
  • Ensuring the safety of all children in the institution/programme

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Education or any related field
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Professional Qualification

  • P1, Diploma , Higher Diploma or Bachelors degree in Primary Education

 Other requirements (unique/job specific)

  • Must be registered with Teachers Service Commission (TSC)
  • 8 Years Experience and training in student centred approach to education that encourages exploration, inquiry, problem-solving and real world thinking skills
  • Trained on CBC
  • Experience working with primary school and/or middle school children
  • 4 Years Experience in school administration
  • Knowledge of school administrative processes and national educational regulations

Functional Skills

  • Proven communication and influencing skills
  • Organization management
  • Proven ability to coach, motivate and build strong relationships
  • Computer literacy
  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership skills

Behavioural Competencies/Attributes

  • Strategic thinking
  • Adaptability and decisiveness
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Initiative and enthusiasm
  • Openness and sound judgement
  • Firm and objective

Deputy Head Teacher

Job Purpose

To be responsible for supporting the head teacher in overseeing all of the operations of the school in a manner that supports the achievement of SHOFCO’s strategy and goals.

Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

  • Work collaboratively with the Head teacher to ensure that the programs of the school are consistent with the vision, mission, and guiding principles of SHOFCO schools.
  • Support the head teacher’s overall coordination of the activities of the school and ensure that the school programs are running smoothly, efficiently and effectively on a day to day basis.
  • Evaluate and approve teaching plans and all professional documents.
  • Oversee proper implementation of SHOFCO Curriculum using recommended teaching methodologies.
  • Offer teacher training on curriculum design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Class room teaching
  • Development of a long-range in-service plan for the faculty in collaboration with the Education Management team.
  • Collect, analyse, share and interpret internal and external school assessment data.
  • Address all problems pertaining to boarding and safe house matters
  • Address issues pertaining to social work matters.
  • Oversee planning, execution and analysis of intervention programs
  • Support the head teacher in developing and administering the general school routine, and coordinate all activities within the school.
  • In charge of the general welfare of students in the safe house

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

Academic Qualifications

  • P1, Diploma, Higher Diploma or Degree in Primary Education

Professional Qualification

  • Must be registered with TSC
  • Trained CBC

 Other requirements (unique/job specific)

  • At Least 5 years’ experience in a student centred approach to education.
  • Experience working with primary school and/or middle school children
  • Experience in school administration.
  • Experience in a rigorous, high-expectations school setting including at least one instructional leadership role
  • Widely recognized as a highly effective teacher and can model what great, inquiry-based teaching looks like

Functional Skills

  • Articulate information
  • Examining information
  • Making decisions
  • Taking action

Behavioural Competencies/Attributes

  • Team working
  • Directing people
  • Empowering individuals
  • Resolving conflict

Future Education Officer

Job Purpose

To support the Future Education Department by developing relationships with universities and scholarship organizations within Kenya and abroad, preparing students and parents for life after secondary school (i.e. via the gap year program) and guiding them through the admissions process (both KUCCPS, HELB, and international applications). Assist with the secondary school scholarship program, providing support to SHOFCO graduates as they attend secondary school – specifically focusing on scholarship opportunities through partnerships and aiding in the application process. As students continue in their post-secondary school journey, prepare them for success in the job market (i.e. assist with internship placement). As the Future Education office, assist with project management tasks such as budgeting, workplans, reporting, etc

Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

Secondary School Support

  • Guide SHOFCO Grade 9 students in completion of scholarship applications
  • Maintain existing relationships with partner scholarship organizations as well as monitor the landscape for new opportunities
  • Ensure SHOFCO graduates and parents understand the university admissions and higher education in Kenya and are prepared for the transition
  • Work with program coordinators to exposure students to university (i.e. tours of local universities) and leadership opportunities (i.e. ALA camps)
  • Stay up to date on the changes in the education sector within Kenya in order to support students properly (i.e. CBC, changes to TVET process, financing model, etc).

Gap Year Program

  • Support students and families to navigate the university/TVET application process, including guiding students on course/institution selection
  • Manage relationships with KUCCPS, HELB, HEF, and other key stakeholders in higher education
  • Guide students to submit quality applications for external scholarship, both for university, gap year programs, and professional fellowships (i.e. check documents, review essays, etc.)
  • Write recommendations for students to include in their university/internship applications
  • Develop a Gap year program for secondary school graduates to participate in ahead of joining university; inclusive of financial literacy, computer literacy, mental health, and advanced SRH training, maximizing on internal SHOFCO partnerships with other departments
  • Ensure students report to school on time

Post-Secondary School Support

  • Proactively research scholarship opportunities and aim to develop relationships with universities in Kenya and abroad by sharing the SHOFCO story with the goal of securing placements for graduates
  • Organize and implement yearly annual workshop, focusing on career opportunities and jobs of the future
  • Develop relationship with students and track their academic performance and social well-being
  • Guide students to form an alumni program, to do things such as mentor younger SHOFCO students
  • Encourage students to find mentors

Job Market Support

  • Proactively look for job and training opportunities and share with graduates
  • Assist students in creating job portfolios for academic internships and transitioning to job market
  • Organize workshops on CV building, interview skills, and how to search / apply for jobs

Project Management / Officer related tasks

  • Represent SHOFCO and the Future Education Department at various conferences/meetings; proactively seeking opportunities that will benefit the organization and following-through on such
  • Work to find measures to track progress of SHOFCO graduates and impact of SHOFCO on their lives and that of their family (metrics and evaluations)
  • Work with the finance, procurement, and inventory team to ensure smooth running of the Future Education department
  • Work with head of department on yearly work plan and budget
  • Ensure compliance with finance/procurement department guidelines

Support Future Education / SHOFCO colleagues

  • Aid in the development of a socio-emotional/leadership curriculum to be delivered to SHOFCO graduates during secondary school breaks
  • Assist the team when called upon during the holiday programs
  • Build strong relationship with SHOFCO primary schools and partner to support students
  • Build strong relationships with other SHOFCO departments and stay up to date on their programs so as to connect students, parents, and team members to benefit

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any related field

 Other requirements (unique/job specific)

  • At Least 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Key knowledge of post-secondary school transition process (i.e. KUCCPS, HELB, HEF, TVET, etc.)
  • At Least 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • College and career counselling
  • Project management (i.e. work plans, budgets)
  • Microsoft and Google Suite (word, excel, PowerPoint, zoom, Google Meets)
  • Strong writing skills (i.e. emails, reports)

Functional Skills

  • Adopting practical approaches
  • Providing insights
  • Managing tasks
  • Upholding standards

Behavioural Competencies/Attributes

  • Team working
  • Convincing people
  • Empowering individuals
  • Directing people.

HOW TO APPLY:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization, all interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed Cover letter and CV to recruitment@shininghopeforcommunities.org with a clear subject line “Future Education Officer”. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications should reach us no later than 28th January 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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