The origins of The Riara Group of Schools
go back to the Balmoral Kindergarten which existed on Riara Road and was owned by an English lady before Kenya’s Independence. The Balmoral Kindergarten was for expatriate children only. The name Balmoral came from Balmoral Road which later changed to Riara Road in 1974. The Gachukia’s acquired The Riara road property in 1974. The Kindergarten then had about 20 children, including European, Israelis and some Japanese children. There were no African children as during the colonial period Africans would not have been allowed into the school. In 1974 when the Gachukia’s took over the property, it comprised a residential house and the Kindergarten. The Gachukia’s still live in the same house in the school compound. At that time the Kindergarten used the old section of what is today the sound studio next to the school dining hall and the three classrooms which are today the blue class, the red class and the yellow class. The sandpit was where the school kitchen now stands. Since 1974 a lot of changes have taken place. The name of the school was changed from Balmoral to Riara and opened its doors to more African children. Many of the expatriate communities in Nairobi including the Japanese have now started their own schools. The quality of the education provided at The Riara Kindergarten meant that when The Riara children went to Primary Schools, they were often put in std 2 because they had already covered std 1 work. In 1984 three graduates from Riara Kindergarten decided they wanted to stay on at Riara. This is how The Riara Primary School was started. The first class occupied the house next door which was rented from the East African Wildlife Society. We have since moved to the new Primary School building with all the facilities including the new dining hall and kitchen, the new library and music rooms. Towards the end of 1996 Riara introduced computer classes. Many parents have commented on the excellent layout of our computer centers in the various schools. We have installed the latest computers which are connected to the Internet in all our schools. This enables Riara Schools to access material and information from many parts of the world. At Riara we aim at creating a rich and varied environment within which children can learn with ease. The relationship between pupils and teachers at Riara is based on the principle that: pupils should respect teachers but never fear them.
Job Purpose: RGS is seeking to appoint an experienced and motivated educational leader to Head RIS.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the incumbent will work with the institutions leadership team on the formulation and implementation of growth strategies while leading the school’s team of teachers, administrators and support staff in managing its educational and operational objectives.
He/she will also provide effective instructional leadership and build constructive relationships with parents and other education stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide vision, leadership and direction for the school and ensure it is managed to meet its goals and objectives.
- Develop, implement and execute strategic marketing plans to attract prospective parents and retain existing ones.
- Lead the schools collective effort in raising its profile, standards of attainment and progress.
- Coordinate and monitor promotional campaigns while making recommendations on the most effective marketing channels and communications.
- Drive all areas of curriculum and instruction by shaping a vision of academic success for each learner.
- Monitor and evaluate members of the teaching and non-teaching staff while ensuring they receive support and professional development to reach their highest potential.
- Prepare and supervise the preparation of reports, records, lists, and other paperwork appropriate for the effective administration of the school.
- Provide leadership in guiding the various co-curricular activities and school based events and external activities including school trips, competitions among others.
- Maintain high standards of student behaviour and apply appropriate behaviour modification interventions when required.
- Build a strong and cohesive culture supported by effective, consistent systems and structures.
- Set targets and goals for school staff through a participative process and develop strategies that will enable them to achieve these objectives.
- Continually evaluating existing progress and practices, and curriculum content to ensure they are met satisfactorily.
- Participate in the recruitment and evaluation of the school’s academic staff in liaison with the HR Department.
- Build effective relationships with parents, education partners and external stakeholders through effective communication to allow for appropriate and timely sharing of information.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:
- Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree and/or Diploma in an Education related degree.
- Must have a proven track record in educational leadership including school administration, classroom instruction, lesson plans, student assessment and staff development.
- Proven experience with British National Curriculum with at least 5 years as Head of an international school.
- Excellent IT, interpersonal and communication skills that enables open communication with parents, teachers and learners.
- A self-motivated, energetic person who enjoys working in a busy and dynamic working environment.
- The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures.
- Demonstrates ability to think and act critically, creatively and independently.
Method of Application
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a current CV and application letter with names and contacts of 3 referees via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Saturday 22nd July 2017.