The Aga Khan Academies are an integrated network of residential schools dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence to exceptional young men and women regardless of their ability to pay. Envisaged in Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East, the Aga Khan Academies foundational values include pluralism, meritocracy and civil society. Housed in spacious and attractive campuses with outstanding facilities the Academies offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum from Primary Years to the Diploma and provide a rich opportunity for both teachers and students alike to grow both professionally and personally. The first Aga Khan Academy opened in Mombasa, Kenya in 2003 and the second in Hyderabad, India in 2011. More information…..
The position As a member of the senior leadership team, the Junior School Principal will work with the Head of Academy and other colleagues to achieve the goals of the Academy in Mombasa and to support the vision and mission of the Academies Network as a whole.
As new Academies open, senior leaders in existing schools will play a key role in establishing and maintaining a strong culture of collaboration across the network.
The main responsibilities of the Junior School Principal are to:
• Provide pedagogical and administrative leadership of the Junior School.
• Take a lead role in the expansion of the Academy’s Junior School environment and student enrolment.
• Lead the professional development of staff in the Junior School and promote learning in the Academy’s outreach programmes.
• Ensure that the ethos of the Junior School and the Academy reflects His Highness the Aga Khan’s vision for the network of Academies. This includes the Aga Khan Academies’ five thematic strands of ethics, pluralism, governance and civil society, economics in a global context and cultures, including Muslim civilizations.
• Promote the value of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and, in conjunction with the PYP coordinator, ensure the continued development and implementation of the curriculum.
• Implement and oversee the core language policy for the Academies with a focus on multilingualism within the context of English and Kiswahili. Provide support to the students as appropriate.
• Implement and oversee the service learning programme involving a range of communities, as well as extra-curricular activities that develop young leaders.
• Ensure that an effective reporting and recording infrastructure is in place to track student progress and achievement. Support the development of a system to benchmark results against other schools and education systems within Kenya and internationally.
• Ensure that the Junior School building, campus and classrooms provide an exciting and educational environment.
• Oversee recruitment and establish a strategic staffing plan for present and future needs of the Junior School. Establish a programme of continuous professional development and review, including annual appraisals.
• Ensure constructive relationships with parents and build their support for the vision of the Junior School and the Academy as a whole.
• Ensure that a comprehensive system for administration and finance is in place to enable the smooth functioning of all aspects of the life of the school. Ensure adherence to the administrative and financial policies of the Academy and the network of Academies.
• Ensure that all students and staff follow the Academy policies on health and safety, risk management and action in case of emergencies or disasters.
The requirements The desired candidate will have the following profile:
• Successful experience as a Junior School Principal or substantial experience as a Deputy Principal, with emphasis on employee development and curriculum development and implementation.
• Previous experience as an effective and innovative IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) practitioner or the ability to provide substantial evidence of pedagogical practice closely allied to the PYP.
• Excellent command of written and spoken English, and preferably Kiswahili.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to interact well and communicate effectively within a diverse and pluralistic society.
• Proven ability to evaluate student progress and quality of learning in order to build a culture of continuous improvement and excellence.
• Extensive experience in implementing rich extra-curricular programmes with a focus on service.
• Ability to encourage stakeholders outside the Academy to contribute to the vision of the school.
• Demonstrated commitment to the professional development of colleagues.
• Understanding of current educational practices and evidence of personal professional development.
• Strong demonstration of being a team player with the ability and willingness to develop capacity amongst the local staff.
• Ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders, including volunteers that provide support to the organisation.
• Attention to detail, discretion and high integrity are imperative.
Desirable expertise and Qualities:
• Previous successful experience as a PYP programme coordinator or other leadership role in an IB PYP World School.
• Experience of working and living within developing countries, notably Africa.
• Fluency in written and spoken Kiswahili.
• Experience of residential programmes.
• Master’s degree in an education-related field.