As Punahou School continues in its 177th year, it recognizes the richness of its traditions, as well as its responsibility to deliver a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. It remains anchored in the aim of developing the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, growth and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning, we seek to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to foster empathy, resilience, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development.
The Director of Professional Programs embraces the mission of Punahou School, is dedicated to the education of the whole student, and believes that faculty professional learning should enhance student learning and be meaningful to faculty. The Director works closely with the Principals and Assistant Principals to enhance student learning by providing coherent professional development programs that simultaneously support teachers’ individual learning, enhance the growth of the faculty as a learning community, and develop common language and understanding about professional practices among K-12 faculty. The Director organizes and facilitates experiences that enable faculty to learn from and with each other and to benefit from the perspectives and expertise of local, national, and global innovators in education. The Director also collaborates with the Kuaihelani Learning Center for Hawaiian Studies, Luke Center for Public Service, and Wo International Center to support faculty professional development that advances the Centers’ goals for student learning.
The Director of Professional Program’s primary responsibility is to develop, design and coordinate professional development opportunities that support teachers in their continual evolution of curriculum and pedagogy to improve student learning. This includes:
Understanding the professional development needs of the faculty.
Collaboratively determining and executing a vision for professional development programs that support faculty in cultivating students’ growth towards the Aims of a Punahou Education.
Supporting professional learning communities within and across grade levels, departments, and divisions, and connecting Punahou faculty with local, national, and global innovators in education.
Developing connections and partnerships with other schools, educational organizations such as HAIS, and thought-leaders in education to enhance the professional learning of Punahou faculty and contribute meaningfully to a global community of educators.
Modeling reflective practice, including seeking and learning from feedback.
Researching and modeling best and emerging best practices in teaching and learning.
Keeping current in educational literature and research to consider and actively shape future educational needs of the School and to anticipate and design for future professional learning needs of the faculty.
Keeping current in literature and research on effective professional learning to understand and implement best and emerging best practices in professional development. Assessing the effectiveness of the programs offered by Professional Programs and using that information to shape future programs.
Managing the operating budget and all operational tasks for Professional Programs, including discerning the best use of Professional Programs’ financial resources and the time and efforts of its staff.
Position Details: Department: Professional Programs Status: Full-Time Regular FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 12 Months Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree and enrollment in a Master’s Degree program; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
Five (5) years of experience teaching.
Three (3) years of instructional coaching, supervisory, and/or leadership experience in an educational setting preferred.
Knowledge of and ability to implement best practices and emerging best practices in education and professional learning.
Demonstrated ability to model thoughtful, reflective practice, including seeking and learning from feedback.
Demonstrated history of maximizing the impact of a variety of professional development opportunities to improve student learning.
Success in developing collaborative teams that work from shared values to achieve strategic priorities; highly experienced and skilled at planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating activities that advance student learning and organizational goals.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, plan, and manage multiple tasks while maintaining focus during a consistently high-demand and deadline-sensitive school year.
Able to identify shifts in mindsets, operating assumptions and behaviors that are necessary to implement change.
Demonstrated ability to perform effectively when faced with time pressures, adversity, disappointment, or opposition.
Highly developed interpersonal skills.
Excellent work ethic; models respect, honesty, and integrity.
Flexibility to meet job requirements beyond the school day.
Internal Number: 987
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.