Kigali International Community School (KICS) is an international Christian school that offers a pre-k to 12th grade, North American-based curriculum that is accredited from kindergarten to 12th grade. KICS serves students from over 30 nationalities and a variety of faith backgrounds while teaching from a distinctly Christ-centered perspective. KICS is accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Accreditation (MSA) for grades kindergarten to 12th. KICS launched a pre-k program in August 2016. KICS is located in the heart of Rwanda, in its capital city, Kigali. Dr. Benjamin P. Thomas has been serving as Director since July 2014.
The mission at KICS is to provide a Christ-centered, US accredited primary and secondary education that challenges students to excel academically and live out a biblical worldview.
To impact the world for Christ by preparing servant-leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service above self, and a lifestyle of participation over apathy.
Our values include servant leadership, Christ being the center of everything, a global family, customization, and life-long learning.
About the Secondary Principal:
KICS is at an incredible place in its history. The Lord has accomplished much during the first 14 years and there is much in store as it moves forward. It’s not often in the life of an organization and community that decisions will be made that will impact future generations. KICS is at such a time. This is the time, these are the people that will establish KICS’ future for generations to come. In light of this, KICS is looking for a Secondary Principal to play a key role in leading the school forward.
The Secondary Principal will:
Key Responsibility Areas
Lead the Secondary Program to ensure we are achieving our Mission to excel academically and live out a biblical worldview. Ensure schedules, offerings and staff are moving us towards the KICS mission.
Lead the Secondary Team - team culture, team building, alignment to vision, mission, and values.
Lead Secondary Teachers - evaluate teachers based on expected student outcomes, ensure they have the proper tools they need, and point them to the right people and resources.
Lead Secondary Students - ensure the right culture and environment exists for students to achieve our ESOs - academically, spiritually, and behaviorally. Ensure students are ready to move from Secondary to the University of their choice.
Lead Secondary Parents and equip them as key partners in the vision, mission, and values of KICS.
Oversee the daily operation of the secondary school (Grades 6-12) including students, teachers, counselors, and learning support.
Oversee all secondary programs and activities, ensuring they are successful and running in alignment with KICS Vision, Mission, Values, and leading towards our ESO’s. These include and are not limited to Prom, Yearbook, Student Council, Talent Shows, Music and Art Celebrations, Model UN, Senior Class activities, Young Life, etc.
Oversee the master schedule and assign secondary staff to classes, ensuring alignment to the KICS Academic Plan, collaborating with the Director of Teaching and Learning.
Oversee the online course program and offerings and ensure students are staying on track, collaborating with the Registrar.
Oversee the AP course offerings at KICS and ensure they align with graduation requirements and Academic Plan, collaborating with the Director of Teaching and Learning, Registrar, and University Guidance Counselor.
Oversee the dual credit offerings at KICS and ensure a high level of quality of staff and course offerings, collaborating with the Director of Teaching and Learning, Registrar, and University Guidance Counselor.
Oversee secondary student discipline and ensuing Parent communication, collaborating with appropriate Teachers, Mission Group Leaders, and Director as needed.
Oversee Academic Progress for all Secondary students and classes, including Academic Probation and Learning Lab, collaborating with Registrar.
Oversee the budgeting and ordering process for the secondary school, collaborating with the Director of Finance and Director of Teaching and Learning.
Oversee the editing of appropriate sections in the Parent/Student Handbook and Staff Handbook, collaborating with the Learning Team.
Oversee the collaborating and leadership structure of secondary, inclusive of team meetings, team lead meetings, and department meetings.
Oversee graduation planning, collaborating with the Registrar.
Oversee our overall Mission time.
Oversee all Secondary assemblies and awards.
Supervise and evaluate each secondary staff at least twice a year.
Supervise the secondary athletic program and activities (overseen by Athletic Director)
Supervise the report card process (overseen by Registrar)
Develop and equip staff and key student leaders for greater responsibilities.
Develop staff by ensuring each secondary staff has an individual professional development plan with specific goals for the year. Check in with each secondary staff at least once per month towards goals. Help point staff to the right people and right resources for them to grow in their goals. Ensure that goals are aligned with the KICS Vision, Mission, and Values.
Develop Coaching Framework for Secondary in collaboration with the Director of Teaching and Learning.
Participate actively in any and all Accreditation processes – ACSI, MSA, CESA, etc.
Participate in the KICS Strategic Plan, overseeing certain tasks within each of the four main goals and collaborating on many.
Participate in the secondary hiring process and recommend qualified candidates to the Director.
Participate on the Leadership Team, the Learning Team, the Child Safety and Crisis Management Committee, and the Admissions Committee.
Participate in the curriculum review cycle (led by Director of Teaching and Learning).
Participate in Mission Control.
Participate in Professional Development Plan (led by Director of Teaching and Learning).
Participate in Data collection and ensure the Secondary environment is ready for various data collection, analysis, and growing in data informed learning (led by the Director of Teaching and Learning).
Support school-wide activities.
Communicate with all secondary stakeholders regularly and appropriately through newsletters, interviews, parent partnership seminars, and meetings.
Communicate any areas of concern immediately to the Director.
Collaborates with the Learning Team on Academic Plan, Spiritual Plan, PD Plan, and Coaching Plan.
Connect staff with the right people and the right resources to help them towards their growth areas.
Other duties as assigned or needed.
What You Bring:
Be a fully devoted follower of Christ.
Possess a sense of God’s leading.
Live out their Christian faith in and out of the KICS environment.
Be in agreement with the KICS Statement of Faith.
Exhibit relational skills and be approachable.
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and a love for all people.
Demonstrate strategic thinking.
Have a working knowledge of best practices in curriculum development and pedagogy.
Be passionate about the work of KICS and its mission and vision.
Demonstrate bold and courageous leadership.
Education and Experience
A Master’s degree is required.
Preference will be given to candidates who have ten or more years of experience working in a Christian education setting.
Preference will be given to candidates who have had experience working in education abroad.
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