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  • Posted: May 11, 2020
    Deadline: May 31, 2020
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  • The M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, co-educational and residential High school offering the Kenyan National Curriculum, but is transitioning to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Education Programmes in the course of 2020/2021 Academic year.
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    Head of Student Life

    Overall Responsibilities

    The Head of Student Life is responsible for overseeing and managing Student Life activities within the Academy as planned for the programs of extra-curricular activities, student wellbeing, and boarding life.

    Key Responsibilities

    Strategic

    • In line with the vision and mission of the Academy, the HoSL will design and implement objectives and initiatives for the strategic development of the Student Life department
    • To write, develop, and implement policies relevant to Student Life procedures and processes and monitor compliance of subordinates.
    • To keep up to date with legislation, guidance, and updates to rules and best practice aligned to Ministry of education/TSC guidelines
    • To be a teaching member of Faculty (approximately 4 hours teaching per week)

    Operational – extra-curricular program

    • Along with the Head of Academics, to lead in the design and delivery of the student orientation programs within the Academy
    • To design, develop and expand the extra-curricular programs and events available to students
    • To coordinate special events at the Academy where student participation is needed e.g., Anniversaries, Form one welcoming party, closing assemblies, Talent shows, etc.
    • To take a lead role in the Teaching & Learning Senior Management Team

    Operational – student well-being

    • Liaise between student issues and counseling team to further develop programs to help the student in their overall experience as needs change
    • A member of student Discipline Committee
    • To liaise with Faculty staff to regularly review the student code of conduct and to familiarise the residential team on the Behaviour for Learning policy to ensure its exercise within the boarding life of students
    • Provide support and guidance to the Student Council and other student groups/clubs as and when needed.
    • To lead the Counselling Department to monitor student issues and safeguarding concerns and keep the DTL regularly updated of current student issues
    • To lead and manage the Clinic and its staff Operational – Boarding life to monitor student issues and safeguarding concerns and keep the DTL regularly updated of current student issues
    • Along with the Head of Academics, to lead an effective and efficient collaboration between Student Life and Faculty.
    • To oversee the collate the annual Student Life calendar in a timely manner in collaboration with Faculty department and communicate the same with students and the entire staff body
    • To oversee and develop a strong Residential Life program thereby developing a co-curricular, living/learning community in the Residence
    • Offer guidance on emergency or crisis situations appropriately as they arise or escalated for immediate attention
    • In collaboration with Head of Academics, administers Academy-wide co-curriculum events, including the forecasting, planning, developing, promoting, and evaluation of programs and services that are focused on providing a diverse student body with opportunities for personal growth and leadership development
    • Contribute as a key player to the Academy’s management team in its planning, implementation, monitoring, and review of strategic and operational plans, liaising with other managers as appropriate, taking the lead for taught programs.

    People Management

    • Provide professional development support and perform periodic performance appraisals for direct subordinates based on the Academy’s Performance Management System.
    • Coach and mentor subordinates on a regular basis.
    • Contribute in an effective and efficient manner to the recruitment and development of Student Life staff
    • Any other added task in line with their role as delegated by their direct line manager

    Academic Requirements

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Education or equivalent, a Master degree in Education is an added advantage
    • At least 5 years in a similar role at a reputable institution;
    • MUST be TSC Registered
    • Understanding and experience in applying student development and learning outcomes theories;
    • Conflict management and resolution skills, and maintain a strong philosophical base for student activities;
    • Ability to think on once feet and provide practical solutions to emerging unforeseen challenges;
    • Demonstrated superior organization skills;
    • First-aid certified; and Passion for young people and their character development

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    Head of University Admissions

    N.B: This job title has been changed from University Admission Advisor to Head of University Admissions. The advert placed on the newspaper appears as University Admission Advisor; Candidates who already applied using this previous job title do not need to reapply since the Job Description remains the same.

    Overall Responsibilities

    The role of the Head of University Admissions at MPESA Foundation Academy will be to connect students with the right universities, colleges, and tertiary level programs and resources globally available, to help them get them to transition successfully from the Academy. This role will serve both students in the Academy and the Uongozi Scholars.

    The Head of University Admissions will meet with students to assess their academic standing and extracurricular activities, inform them about university and tertiary college programs and connect them with funding resources that will help them get into and pay for their tertiary education.

    The role will also involve conducting interviews, arranging for campus tours, conduct information sessions, advise on ACT/SAT preparation, and represent the Academy at university fairs or other recruiting or outreach initiatives, both nationally and internationally.

    The Head of University Admissions must be committed to learning more about the students they work with and how they may benefit from specific post-secondary education programs.

    They must be knowledgeable, resourceful, and supportive with strong communication skills.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Assisting students to prepare for, select, and get into tertiary education programs in line with their career aspirations.
    • Making students aware of the benefits of specific courses and universities available globally that meet their aspirations and abilities.
    • Guiding students through the application process for Universities in N. America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere globally. This will include reading through student’s transcripts prior to submission.
    • Advising students on sources of funding.
    • Preparing students for ACTs and SATs in preparation for possible applications to US universities i.e. with students at Y10 level onwards (present Form 2).
    • Helping students choose courses and extracurricular activities that will help them get into their chosen career paths after graduation.
    • Staying current with university and college admission processes and requirements, tertiary level programs and developments in education and financial aid
    • Organizing University Fairs and career events at the Academy and represent the same at schools at other college fairs and other promotional opportunities.
    • Conducting interviews, reviewing application materials, and assisting in the decision-making process of students.
    • Advising parents on the transition process from the Academy
    • Developing and maintaining an active alumni network to plan events, help students find opportunities in their fields, and obtain funding
    • Maintaining accurate and current knowledge of educational legislation, trends, developments, and resources

    Head of University Admissions Requirements

    • Experience in the university admissions process, particularly for N. America, UK, and Europe
    • Familiarity with college and university programs, admissions requirements and processes, and scholarship and financial aid resources.
    • Excellent active listening, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong planning and people reading skills
    • Ability to multitask and stay organized
    • Willingness to guide others and provide ongoing support as they make important decisions.

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    School Psychologist

    Overall responsibilities

    School psychologist, works to support the success of students academically, socially, behaviourally, and emotionally through collaboration with teachers, parents, and Academy Administration to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

    Key Responsibilities

    Academic and learning interventions

    • Work in collaboration with counsellors to provide counselling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioural problems.
    • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
    • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism.
    • Conducts comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations of students referred for potential special education services.
    • Administer, score, analyze and interpret intellectual, academic, social/emotional/behavioural and other psychometric assessments.
    • Identify and address learning and behaviour problems that interfere with their personal success.
    • Make referrals and help coordinate learner support service

    Work with teachers, school administration and other stake holders

    • Consults with teachers, school administration, parents and others, as appropriate, regarding the planning, implementation and evaluation of individual and group interventions designed to address students’ learning and behavioural problems.
    • Consults with faculty staff, administration and parents in resolving students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioural concerns.
    • Collaborates with academy staff and/or parents in developing, implementing, evaluating and maintaining behavioural and other interventions.
    • Consults and collaborates with appointed mental health support, medical providers as appropriate.
    • Provides technical assistance to academy staff and parents regarding behaviour management, child development and special education procedures, as necessary and appropriate

    Other comparable duties

    • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment
    • Participates as crisis team member and provides crisis intervention for students and staff in the advent of sudden illness or injury.
    • Makes appropriate assessments and referrals for suspected abuse/neglect
    • Maintains communication with Academy administration, teachers, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action, which will meet the health and safety needs of students.
    • Initiates contact with and acts as a liaison between the home, school, appointed health and wellness agencies to enhance the health and wellness of the learners.
    • Maintains confidentiality regarding all school and health-related issues.
    • Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the identification, evaluation, and placement of students into special education programs.
    • Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends, instructional and educational technologies

    Qualification, Experience, skills and abilities

    • Degree in psychology from an accredited school of psychology
    • At least 5-year experience working as a psychologist in a school set up or similar institution handling high school students.
    • Valid professional registration with relevant professional body
    • Excellent people skills
    • Ability to effectively communicate with parents, students, and staff verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to deal effectively and appropriately with students, parents and other educational professionals regarding student concerns and problems.

    Method of Application

    Send your application letter and CV as one document stating your current remuneration to recruitment@mpesafoundationacademy.ac.ke not later than 31st May 2020.

    Indicate clearly on the email subject line the title of the position you are applying for.

    Please note: Only soft copy/email applications to the address provided will be accepted.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview

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