Job Summary

The Faith Roots International Academy Principal serves as the educational leader, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are taught under excellent teaching practices and supervision, and show growth and development in a safe, loving, Bible-based, Christian learning environment that meets the approved curriculum and mission of the school. This should be done through ongoing teacher observation and support, our teacher growth plans, and regular training of staff. The Principal will work in conjunction with the school’s administrative team including the Director, Assistant, and Administrator to see that the school is performing at it’s best. The Principal will provide leadership and administration which will motivate instructional and support personnel to strive for superior performance. He will work in conjunction with the Assistant Principal to see that all GES and NaSia requirements are met. The Principal should encourage students and staff alike in Christ-like character. He will be expected to create behaviour plans for individual students who are repeat offenders with cooperation of school administration, teachers, and parents. He will provide counselling, or arrange counselling services coordinating with other City of Refuge Ministry staff, for students with high needs.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Responsibilities:

Direct supervision over:

1. All hired teachers and support staff

2. All long-term volunteers working at the school

3. Assistant Principal & School Administrator (working in a team)

5. Drivers of school buses (in conjunction with Ps. Johnbull Omorefe & Assistant)

6. School cooks (Vida & Jessica—in conjunction with school assistant and administrator)



Partners with the Leadership Team of the School 

a. Participates on the school administrative team assisting the Director of Education and partnering with the school assistant principal and office administrator for the overall success of the students, the teachers, and the school.

b. In partnership with the school’s assistant principal, provide: supervision of faculty/staff including meeting one-on-one, ongoing discipleship and teacher mentorship, staff development and trainings, providing ongoing feedback and encouragement for staff, supervising students, communication with parents when necessary, assisting in curriculum selection and instruction supervision as necessary, assist principal and office manager in developing and managing school budget, assist in developing calendars and schedules, and any other related duties that may be required or assigned.

c. Developing and administering the general school routine (in concordance with the Director of Education), and coordinate all activities within the school. Putting together class schedules in concordance with the Assistant Principal and teachers, teacher schedules, examination schedules, weekly school bulletin, and the school calendar are all within the role of the Principal.

d. Participating in the selection of new teaching and other personnel. Orienting and training new personnel assigned to the school.

e. Utilizing, to the fullest extent possible, all available school facilities, materials, and staff service personnel. Monitoring the use of all facilities and materials and reporting the misuse or repairs that need to be made to the Office Administrator so requests for repairs can be made.

f. Meet weekly with leadership team. Ensure all members of the team are performing within their roles, how they might need support, and plan upcoming trainings together. Provide clear communication and distribution of weekly duties to the team as needed.

g. Meet monthly for reporting of the school. Ensure that each person (including reports mandated to the Principal) has completed necessary reports prior to the meeting for all team members to review and discuss before final reports are sent to the CORM head office. This must be completed before the 5th day of the following month.



Leadership Opportunities:

a. Participate in the planning and implementation of regular staff meetings and trainings.

b. Meet with lead teachers regularly in conjunction with the assistant to assist in necessary support for teachers at every level.

c. Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans, and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research best practices of learning and child growth and development. Training teachers as needed. Teachers who are frequently absent cannot provide the best service for their students. Formal observations are to be conducted termly, each semester, or based on their tenured placement within the school.

d. Providing professional warnings of teachers and staff toward school expectations of excellence to attain the educational goals of the school (i.e. based on our teacher performance goals, as well as the boundaries created by our Child Protection Policies).

e. Oversee the school administrator’s procurement of all fees and handling of petty cash. Meeting or calling families to discuss necessary issues regarding fees can be a support for the school administrator.

f. Oversee the school administrator as she assists in the oversight of the preschool department.

g. Maintaining up-to-date school academic and attendance records for ready reference and reporting in concordance with the office administrator.

h. Continually evaluating existing programs and practices and curriculum content (in concordance with the Director of Education). Planning for and assisting the implementation of new curriculum programs.

i. Identifying intellectual physical, social, and emotional needs affecting students’ success in school (in concordance with the Director of Education), taking steps to direct and coordinate the efforts of teachers and parents with staff services and special education personnel.

j. Affecting or recommending changes which will lead to improved administration, supervision, and opportunity for student and teacher development.

k. Making recommendations to the Director of Education on any matter which will improve the excellence of the School.

l. Actively participating in PTA meetings, parent-teacher meetings, community gatherings, extra-curricular school activities, and home visits as a means of developing understanding, cooperation, and respect for school objectives, endeavors, and our families.

m. Reviewing admission as conducted by the office administrator and overseeing the placement of students.

n. Review, authorize, or disapprove authorizing all professional staff requests for absence requests, instructional materials, excursions, etc. Make plans for substitute teachers as necessary.

o. Assist teachers and school administrator in making plans for excursions and purchases of instructional materials and curriculums.

p. Attend professional conferences, seminars, and workshops in education and/or educational administration as per the Director of Education.

q. Keep the Director of Education informed of any teacher or staff member not meeting their contractual agreement.


Promotes a Positive School Climate and Enhances the School Enviroment:

a. Understanding the mission and values of City of Refuge Ministries and Faith Roots International Academy and continually striving toward the “Kingdom Culture” that is being taught and encouraged. Maintaining an educational philosophy and school climate which encourages a Christ-like, cooperative and cooperative attitude on the part of all students and teachers.

b. Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff that has their respect. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, and school personnel. Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, and demonstrating respect for the education profession. Encourage all teachers to do the same.

c. Maintaining effective communication to keep the staff, students, and parents properly informed.

d. Establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean, and safe facilities. Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees, and visitors.

e. Nurture both students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential academically, instructionally, and spiritually.

f. Maintain in the school a spirit conducive to prayer and study.

g. Enforce uniform policy and appearance policy to ensure a school environment that is focused on group spiritual and academic achievement rather than on the individual.

h. Performing all other acts reasonable and necessary to accomplish his/her primary function as requested by the Director.


Oversees Necessary Registration Procedures Through GES, NASIA, AND DSW

a. Oversees Assistant Principal to ensure that all registration procedures for the BECE through GES is completed in its entirety and on time.

b. Oversees Assistant Principal to ensure that all requirements for GES, NASIA and DSW are met. Communicate requirements in team meeting as needed.


Manages Behavioural Health in the School 

a. Conducts comprehensive Functional Behavioural Assessments (FBA) in conjunction with the classroom teacher, the school administration, and parents. Develops Behaviour Support Plans (BSP) and Behaviour Intervention Plans (BIP).

b. Trains, directs, and monitors the work of teachers and classified staff assigned to work with students regarding behavioural challenges and maintaining a positive behaviour program in classrooms, including maintaining classroom management strategies and the school-wide Assertive Discipline plan.

c. Provides interventions and trains teachers and staff in behavioural interventions for students with special education needs.

d. Analyzes student behaviour from a functional perspective and develops daily positive interventions.

e. Researches interventions, treatment techniques, and assessment tool resources and methods.

f. Participates in meetings with parents and teachers regarding academic performance, behaviour plans, and on-going disciplinary conferences.

g. Trains staff and monitors data and data collection for behavioural concerns as well as academic tracking (as an assistant to the Principal) in implementation of BSP and BIPs.

h. Deliver classroom guidance lessons on topics such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation

i. Submits monthly reports on the attendance of students and the number of behaviour infractions incurred.


Provides Academic Opportunities of City of Refuge Ministries and Faith Roots International Academy 

a. Help students/children understand and overcome social or behavioural problems through individual and group counselling in partnership with our Impact One social workers.

b. Work with students to develop skills such as organization, time management, and effective study habits

c. Help students set realistic academic and career goals and develop a plan to achieve them through evaluating students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, individual planning and collaborating with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed

d. Assist in developing students abilities in soft skills like budgeting, personal time management, professionalism, job interviews, etc. through classes, support opportunities, mentorships, etc.

e. Provide opportunities for students/children to meet with and hear from professionals from a variety of fields to widen their knowledge for careers available in Ghana

f. Research educational opportunities for students/children (i.e. quizzes, concerts, clubs, etc) and present opportunities for students/children to participate in programs that create an environment of excitement and hope regarding education and the rigor that is required to become successful adults.


Parent and Community Relations 

a. Meet with parents regarding student absences, disciplinary infractions, or student needs. May include home visitations.

b. Attend and participate in PTA meetings

c. Create and maintain ongoing professional relationships with colleague teachers, maintaining authority, but with Biblical grace and a level of understanding and personability.


Ongoing Learning and Professional Development:

a. Managerial staff must complete 8-10 hours of professional development during the academic year. Professional Development programs may be preselected for employees, but may require hours outside of the usual working day.

b. Professional development hours should be pre-approved and in line with the school’s vision or the needs for growth for the individual employee.

c. Time may be given during the working day to complete some of the requirements using the school’s internet and computer systems. This must be signed off by administration and scheduled to ensure that the employee’s work duties are not neglected.

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