HEAD OF MONTESSORI NURSERY (Kenya)

LOCATION: Kenya Office and Flying Kites Leadership Academy – Njabini
DEPARTMENT:  Kenya Programs
OFFICE HOURS:  Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
POSITION STATUS:  Management-level, exempt from overtime
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Head of Montessori Nursery (Kenya) has primary responsibility for all aspects of the Flying Kites Montessori Nursery School and all related curriculum development, management, activities and programs (the “Nursery”). The primary mission of the Nursery is to provide orphaned and vulnerable children (the “students”) with an exemplary early childhood education centered on the Montessori Method and consistent with the Flying Kites organization’s  “whole child” model. Duties are fulfilled using his/her expertise in Montessori curriculum development, teacher recruitment and management, child development, Kenya education system regulations and requirements, evaluation and impact metrics, and general school operations and administration. The role further requires exceptional organizational and communications skills, program management expertise, focused vision for short- and long-term planning, collaborative partnering and relationship-building, and effective supervision and professional development of teachers, program managers and other support staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  “Essential duties” are those that an individual must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation or additional staffing support.

  1. General Program Management
  2. Develop, implement, manage and execute a Montessori-centered curriculum that meets the primary missions of the Nursery, operates within budget, and accounts for changing student strengths, populations, and support needs.
  3. Responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of all Nursery student programs, operations and facilities, wellness initiatives, delivery of social services, and meal programs.
  4. Develop and maintain accurate monitoring tools and prepare timely reports that effectively track progress and demonstrate desired outcomes.
  5. Develop and oversee strategic plan for Nursery growth, consistent with organizational vision.
  6. Serve as primary contact with relevant Flying Kites Leadership Academy (primary school) leaders and teachers to track progress of Nursery graduates and help identify/address potential barriers to success.
  7. Establish and implement policies, procedures and standards for student admissions and progression.
  8. Responsible for meeting all operational goals and objectives of Nursery and related programs, including extracurricular activities.
  9. Establish community outreach, guardian support, and other programs designed to engage parents and families in student success.
  10. Oversee program finances and budget for each fiscal year, seeking and pursuing strategic partnerships and other strategies to decrease program costs while increasing quality of services.
  11. Supervise, train, develop and evaluate teachers, program managers, other program support staff, and key service providers.
  12. Pursue key partnerships that support Nursery enrichment, funding, growth, and development goals.
  13. Increase Nursery visibility and the Montessori method with Nairobi-based NGO and educational community by identifying opportunities for alignment, collaboration, and mission-centric partnerships.
  14. Serve as primary conduit of information to COO and Executive Director on all aspects of Nursery, including program impact, student academic progress, issues of concern, and obstacles to success.
  15. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all activities and deliver requested reports in a timely manner.

Student-Centric Responsibilities

  1. Directly monitor and support student academic success and growth using the Montessori method.
  2. Ensure student compliance with academic deadlines, and provide ongoing assessment of student satisfaction, success, retention and progression.
  3. Develop and implement individualized plans to support academic and skill development goals, promote social confidence, and help maintain a growth mindset.
  4. Prepare all Nursery graduates for progression and transition to primary school.
  5. Develop, monitor and consistently provide high quality social, and support services.
  6. Serve as the primary organizational point-of-contact with all Nursery students and families, mitigating and resolving issues, maintaining professionalism, and serving as a role model at all times.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education (higher level education preferred)
  • 7+ years Montessori teaching and educational leadership experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Fluency in English and Swahili.
  • Expert-level fluency with the Montessori method of education; ability to effectively introduce/explain the Montessori method to parents, colleagues, and others.
  • Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with children, teachers, parents, families, donors, partners and colleagues at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to think critically and manage change in support of strategic growth.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • High level of knowledge in the educational and child development fields, including a deep understanding of the Kenya education system.
  • Exceptional analytical skills to correctly maintain, assess, and communicate data.
  • Knowledge and high proficiency with computer applications.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to review the work of others and provide feedback to ensure compliance and accuracy.
  • Ability to respond quickly and maintain composure in situations that impact the safety of children.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion when making independent decisions.

Additional Requirements:

  • An incident-free Children’s Check and National Police Check (Certificate of Good Conduct) is a strict condition of employment and must be provided at time of hire and updated on request.
  • Consistent with the management level of this position, some weekend and after-hours work is expected and required to meet organizational priorities.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned to support coverage for management-level and other colleagues who are absent, on holiday or personal leave.

Working Conditions:

  • All Kenya-based positions are based in the Njabini office and subject to occasional interruptions in power and/or Internet access.
  • A significant (8 hour) time difference is acknowledged and generally accommodated for scheduled and unscheduled communications with US-based colleagues and leadership.
  • All of our programs and objectives serve children from pre-school through young adults. Our workplace is thus regularly accessed and impacted by children.

The statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary at the discretion of the organizational leadership.

TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter and resume to leila@flyingkites.org