Primary School Vice Principal at Green Hills Academy in Rwanda
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Primary School Vice Principal
Green Hills Academy (Rwanda)

Feb 17, 23
Apr 30, 23



Green Hills Academy

Job Description

Primary School Vice Principal

The Vice Principal plays a major role under the direction of and in collaboration with the Principal in formulating the aims and objectives of the school, establishing the policies through which they shall be achieved, managing staff and resources to achieve the aims and objectives of the school and monitoring progress towards their achievement. The Vice Principal also has responsibility to assist the Principal with curriculum development throughout the School. 

Key Responsibilities

The Vice Principal undertakes the professional duties delegated by the Principal. In partnership with the Principal, the Vice Principal provides professional leadership and management of teaching and learning throughout the school.

  • Support the Principal

  • Ensure the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all

  • Demonstrate the vision and values of the  school in everyday work and practice

  • Motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive climate

  • Assist the Principal in the ongoing and annual review of standards of leadership, teaching and learning in specific areas of responsibility and across all areas of school provision, consistent with the procedures in the school self-evaluation policy.

  • Create subject curriculum development plans which contribute positively to the achievement of the  School Development Plan and which actively involves all staff in its design and execution.

  • Develop and implement policies and practices for the curriculum area(s) which reflects the  school’s commitment to high achievement and is consistent with local strategies and policies

  • Promote high expectations for attainment 

  • Establish short, medium and long term plans for the development and resourcing for the specific areas of responsibility 

  • Monitor the progress made in achieving subject/area plans and targets, and evaluate the effect on teaching and learning

  • Work with outside agencies and stakeholders to inform future action

Leads learning and teaching, and develops educators’ teaching practice

  • Works with the Principal to raise the quality of teaching and learning and learners achievement, setting high expectations and monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of learning outcomes 

  • Provides regular feedback for colleagues in a way which recognises good practice and supports their progress against professional and performance development objectives resulting in a tangible impact on students learning 

  • Develops whole staff, teams and individuals to enhance performance

  • Undertakes coaching and mentoring 

  • Plans, organizes and delivers staff meetings, where necessary bringing in outside speakers

  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments in the area and disseminate effectively to other members of staff 

  • Plans, delegates and evaluates work carried out by team(s) and individuals 

Create, maintain and enhance effective relationships

  • Assists in the recruiting and selection of teaching and support staff

Securing Accountability

Works with the Principal to ensure the school’s accountability to a wide range of groups, particularly teachers, parents, carers, ensuring that learners enjoy and benefit from a high-quality education, for promoting collective responsibility within the whole school community. 

  • Develops a school ethos which enables everyone to work collaboratively, shares knowledge and understanding, celebrates success and accepts responsibility for outcomes

  • Works with the leadership team (providing information, objective advice and support) to enable it to meet its responsibilities 

  • Develops and presents a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences including parents and carers

  • Reflects on personal contribution to school achievements and takes account of feedback from others

  • Monitors and evaluates learners’ progress to make a measurable contribution to whole school targets

  • Engages all staff in the creation, consistent implementation and improvement in schemes of work and curriculum plans which encapsulate key school learning strategies

  • Provides guidance on a choice of teaching and learning methods/strategies; coaches and mentors teachers

  • Exemplifies good practice

  • Undertakes shared planning, team teaching etc 

  • Develops and implements systems for recording learners’ progress

  • Evaluates the quality of teaching and standards of achievement, setting targets for improvement 

Resource Management

Works with the Principal to provide effective organisation and management of the school and seeks ways to improve organisational structures and functions based on rigorous self-evaluation 

  • Works with the Principal to ensure the school and the people and resources within it are organised and managed to provide an efficient, effective and safe learning environment

  • Collaborates with the Principal to oversee and evaluate the subject/area budget allocation to ensure the budget is spent in line with subject/area learning priorities and best value principles 

  • Helps secure and allocate resources to support effective learning and teaching 

Developing Self and Working with Others 

  • Works with the Principal to build a professional learning community which enables others to achieve 

  • Supports teachers to help them achieving high standards through effective continuing professional development

  • Is committed to one’s own professional development 

  • Implements successful performance management processes

  • Treats people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive school culture 

  • Builds a collaborative learning culture within the school and actively engages with other schools to build effective learning communities 

  • Acknowledges the responsibilities and celebrates the achievements of individuals and teams 

  • Develops and maintains a culture of high expectations for self and others 

  • Regularly reviews own practice, sets personal targets and takes responsibility for own professional development

Achievement of Learners

  • Evaluates data to identify barriers to learning and suggests ways to address these

  • Monitors the progress of learners throughout the year, identifying gaps and any underachievement (through book scrutinies, planning checks, observation, discussion with learners etc)

Strengthening Community 

  • Works with the Principal to engage with the internal and external school community to secure equity

  • Works with the Principal to collaborate with other schools and organisations in order to share expertise and bring positive benefits to GHA and other schools 

  • Works with the Principal collaboratively at both strategic and operational levels with parents and carers and across multiple agencies for the well-being of all children 


  • Assists in the development and maintenance of a whole school approach to assessment and target setting

  • Analyses assessment data from a variety of sources to inform whole school planning and resourcing

  • Presents assessment data to a range of stakeholders

  • Develops ways in which parents can be informed about attainment. 

  • Evaluates analysis of data to identify barriers to learning and suggest ways to address these

  • Monitors the progress of learners throughout the year, identifying gaps and any underachievement (through book scrutinies, planning checks, observation, discussion with learners etc). 

  • Provides class teachers, Grade Level leaders, HODs with assessment data

  • Coordinates informal and formal assessment arrangements. 

  • Ensures assessment materials are ordered and located in the relevant areas of the school

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provides professional leadership and management of a key area of the School Development Plan as agreed, on an annual basis, with the Principal 

  • Provides professional leadership and management of the Curriculum 

  • Takes an active role in the Leadership Team, contributing to the development of identified areas leading to high standards of teaching, effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement for all children 

  • Identifies and pursues leadership and management development opportunities (to be agreed and negotiated with the Principal who will give support throughout)

  • Communicates and responds to parent concerns and complaints

  • Organises duties for staff in conjunction with the Deans

  • Additional responsibilities as determined by the Principal


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or closely related field, Master’s Degree preferred

  • Five years of successful Primary School teaching experience, preferably in an IB school

  • Successful leadership experience

  • English proficiency

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of IB or constructivist principles and practices of instruction, curriculum, professional development and assessment 

  • Ability to impart knowledge and understanding about effective teaching practices to others

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in oral and written form

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with  Individuals, groups and public and private agency personnel

  • Ability to motivate, challenge and guide others in the improvement of educational goals

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application, including a brief cover letter, detailed CV, copies of relevant degree as well as the names and contact information of three recent referees who have been direct supervisors to: by 5.00 p.m. on 30th April, 2023. To learn more about GHA, please visit our website at Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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