Kamehameha Schools (KS), the largest independent school in the United States, is seeking to fill a new Lower Division Head position for its spectacular 180-acre hillside campus in Pukalani, Maui. The position requires an outstanding individual who can lead the campus and specifically the Lower Division, consisting of over 260 haum?na (students) grades K-5 and 33 staff, in achieving the mission of Kamehameha Schools and the vision, values, and goals of the Maui campus. The K-12 Maui Campus leadership team, led by Ke Po?o Kula (the Head of School), aspires to transform learning systems that promote student success through student-centered, innovative teaching and learning and are committed to elevating the level of professional excellence for faculty by which student success is driven. To achieve these aspirations, Kamehameha Schools Maui leadership is expected to work collaboratively across divisions to create an integrated K-12 organization with strong, functional systems; teaching excellence; and shared core educational principles. The Lower Division Head, along with all other members of the leadership team, is charged with encouraging educators to explore opportunities alongside their leaders while uplifting the communities they serve, with the understanding that individual success is inextricably tied to community success. The strong sentiment shared by faculty and administrators, that these roles carry the “potential to help a people” and to impact the native Hawaiian l?hui (community), is both deeply felt and provident.
The overall mission of Kamehameha Schools is to improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education. To this end, the Lower Division Head (grades K-5), emphasizes the development of the whole child through academics, social skills, the arts, and cultural, spiritual, and physical education. Instruction reflects the belief that students learn better when information and skills are experienced in a variety of ways. The Lower Division is dedicated to developing students who are creative, self-directed learners who are competent in collaboration, communication, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Ke Po?o Kula (Head of School) for KSM is seeking an inspiring and experienced transformational leader to lead the Lower Division through this exciting transition to a new organizational structure. This is a compelling and exciting opportunity to support a multi-talented student body, to learn with and from a deeply caring and connected community, to partner with a thoughtful and visionary Po?o Kula and leadership team, and to be guided by a uniquely aspirational and inspirational mission. The immediate priorities, opportunities, and challenges for the Lower Division Head include:
Inhabiting a re-envisioned role within a new organizational structure with optimism, collaborative spirit, and ability to function with ambiguity.
The Lower Division has experienced a great deal of change in the last five years. Supporting faculty, staff, students, and families through this transition collaboratively and empathetically will be a necessary priority.
Leading a dedicated, student-centered faculty and staff who truly believe in the mission and vision of Pauahi.
Compellingly articulating the value proposition of a KSM education to the wider community and building pride in the work being done to support Pauahi’s vision — helping build public perception that KSM is the best educational option for Hawaiian children.
Developing authentic and trusted partnerships with a thoughtful, bold, inquisitive, and creative team.
Helping to foster and build a truly inclusive learning community in support of a very diverse student body.
The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following qualities or characteristics as well as the qualifications that follow:
Visible, approachable, encouraging, and positive.
Authentic in engagement approach and being part of the internal and external community.
Clear, consistent, and dynamic communication with the ability to genuinely connect and listen to all stakeholders.
Transformative leadership skills with the ability to operationalize change and innovation by supporting and inspiring others to invest in the path ahead.
Balanced in leadership philosophy, using both the heart and head when making decisions.
Strong, humble servant leadership approach with values grounded in Christian beliefs and aligned with Hawaiian culture.
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