Reporting to the Country Director, The Amazima School – Secondary (TAS-S) Head Teacher/Principal is responsible to implement and promote the Mission, Philosophy, and policies of The Amazima School. The Head Teacher/Principal is also responsible for educational excellence and the day-to-day management of the Education department, including teachers, substitutes, coaches, and directors within the department. Along with the management of the education staff, the Head Teacher/Principal is to work with other departments (Operations, Student Life, Medical, and Administration) to ensure the school day and its activities function as scheduled.
- Must be a committed Christian who is in full agreement with the Statement of Faith of The Amazima School.
- Professional and personal references must demonstrate observed manifestation of godly character and spiritual maturity.
- Must be committed to the vision, mission and philosophy of The Amazima School.
- Willing to make a minimum three year commitment.
- Preferred a minimum of a master’s degree from a college or university in educational leadership, school administration, or curriculum/instruction.
- Must have experience in school administration and management of educational organizations/ people.
- Preferred experience living or working in a third world country.
- Classical Christian teaching experience preferred.
- If married, candidate’s marriage and parenting must demonstrate Christian character and maturity.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Set an example of servant leadership: uses Biblical principles to resolve disputes, speaks to edify and encourage, and demonstrates faithful obedience to God’s laws.
- Maintain congruency between Amazima’s board-approved Mission Statement and all activities within the academic day at the TAS-S.
- Communicate with the Country Director regarding academic, curricular, behavioral, and personnel issues.
- Communicate regularly with Teachers, Scholarship Mentors, and/or Parents/Guardians tailoring instructional interventions for any student(s) with specific needs, and addressing questions and concerns.
- With the Admissions Team, evaluate admission screening and school records to determine appropriateness of enrolling students and approve/disapprove each student candidate.
- With the Country Director, develop, implement, and promote all school policies.
- Regularly update school manuals to establish and maintain best practice in accordance with our Mission and Philosophy.
- With the Country Director, develop appropriate relationships with the local and national educational officials.
- Represent TAS at all appropriate functions.
- Serve on TAS Leadership Team.
- Reports to and is assessed and evaluated by the Country Director.
- Create and manage TAS education department budget and resources.
- Promote teamwork and collaboration.
- Continue your own professional development under the supervision of the Country Director.
- Act as a positive mentor and role model and to promote the classical and Biblical aims, values, and ethos of the school.
- Initiate, implement, and oversee the day-to-day programs and activities of the Education Department at TAS.
- Research and implement best practices in 21st-century education using a student-centered approach, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary teaching strategies while operating under Ugandan governmental oversight.
- Oversee curriculum creation and development for TAS.
- Monitor the implementation of the curriculum, researching and recommending improvements and changes, and documenting curriculum guides and any accreditation requirements.
- Work closely with the Country Director and the Head of Primary School to ensure continuity of curriculum and programming.
- Provide regular formal and informal evaluations for all teaching staff and assistants.
- Conduct regular classroom observations.
- Coordinate the administration of annual achievement testing.
- Coordinate scheduling of various academic events; visitation days, reporting days, field trips, sporting events, etc.
- Ensure that Education Department employees are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation and live lives reflective of Amazima’s mission.
- Recruit and hire all TAS teaching and support staff. Train, orient, and supervise all teaching staff and assistants.
- Conduct regular faculty meetings.
- Ensure all faculty receive ongoing in-service training (Christian, Classical, Cross-cultural, and Pedagogical).
- Ensure that all teaching staff obtain and maintain proper certification.
- Make extracurricular assignments for teaching staff and assistants.
- Monitor student participation, demeanor, and attitude in class and ensure that follow-up procedures are put in place where necessary.
- Establish and maintain high standards of student conduct.
- Provide academic guidance to students; serve as student advocate, helping student families respond to specific academic, emotional, and developmental challenges.
- This may be implied with the points above, but should we say something about heading the student support team in handling discipline and student behavior?
- To ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information on all classes taught.
- To ensure that grades are updated and posted in a timely manner.
- To keep careful records of student progress in line with departmental and school policy, communicating and consulting with the Scholarship Mentors and Parents/Guardians, and taking other appropriate actions as needed.
- Produce reports for the department on assessment data.
This job description may be changed by the Country Director to reflect or anticipate changes in the requirements of the position that are commensurate with the job title and the Education department.