Opportunity to Make an Impact at a School in Tanzania - School Director Position

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O'Brien School for the Maasai

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School Director Perri with Students in 2017

Summary of the Position:

The Director will serve as the leader of the school, the primary evaluator of the school’s staff, and the overseer of daily operations. He or she is the liaison between the American Board of Directors and the rest of the staff at the school in Tanzania. He or she is responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of all projects at the school and oversees all who are working on those projects. The Director is the chief administrative and supervisory official of the school.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Will serve as the chief administrative and supervisory official of the school.
    • This will include supervision of all staff, students, volunteers, and grounds.
  • Will assume ultimate responsibility for the local management of the school in accordance with Tanzanian law and Tanzanian school procedures.
  • Will follow any directions given by the American Board of Directors.
  • Must be a team-builder and also effective at delegating tasks.
  • Will make all staff, students, parents, community members, callers, visitors, and guests feel welcome at the school and assist them with various tasks as necessary.
  • Will maintain filing system for all school records.
  • Will collect money for tuition fees and other payments owed to the school. Will maintain accurate financial records and acquire receipts for all monetary transactions. Will be the sole manager of the school safe and all school finances.
  • Will ensure accurate manual and electronic files/records are kept. This includes employee attendance, reports of monthly expenditures and salaries, personnel records, student registration, student health forms, master school calendar, etc.
  • Will compose a variety of documents including any official correspondence with the government or potential employees, meeting agendas and minutes, and newsletters.
  • Will be responsible for forms required for managing the operation of the school. This includes tax documents and documents from the District of Education.
  • Will address conflicts and/or difficult situations as needed at school.
  • Will maintain strict confidentiality for all records, files, reports, etc.
  • Will be the keeper of the keys. Will be responsible for the security and proper care of all school property (with assistance from guards).
  • Will supervise the effective and efficient implementation of English-medium Primary School education in compliance with federal regulations and the provisions of the American Board of Directors.
  • Will develop the plans for the future needs of the school using advisory committees when needed and conducting research. Will report the recommendations and conclusions to the American Board of Directors.
  • Will conduct performance review meetings twice annually for all teachers.
  • Will conduct performance review meetings once annually for all non-teaching staff.
  • Will manage and utilize volunteers as needed.
  • Will communicate with the American Board of Directors and provide them with a weekly update of events at the school. Will send emails any time major issues occur.
  • Will maintain/update general daily & monthly task lists for ease in training successor.
  • May be responsible for keeping the school’s website up to date with upcoming events and photos of students, staff, special projects, and events.
  • With Office Assistant (as translator, if necessary):
    • Will hire new non-teaching staff.
    • Will conduct meetings with and evaluate the performances of all non-teaching staff.
    • Will supervise day-to-day work of all non-teaching staff and check in to ensure they have completed the work assigned to them.
    • Will maintain positive relationships with local officials and villagers.
  • With Head Teacher:
    • Will hire new teachers.
    • Will monitor teachers’ performances.
    • Will conduct weekly meetings with teachers.
    • Will plan special events such as O’Brien Day, graduation, activities during the final week of each term, and student excursions.
    • Will supervise behavior of students and hold meetings with parents of students who consistently break school rules.
    • Will hold meetings with Tanzanian School Committee on current events at the school generally about once a month.
    • Will hold meetings with parents when necessary to publicize school news.


  • Commitment to service.
  • Ability to engage children, faculty, and volunteers.
  • Ability to live in a remote area.
  • Commitment to working in the field of education and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Strong team-building skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Experience in the education field is helpful.
  • Experience working or volunteering abroad is helpful.
  • Basic knowledge of Swahili is advised.

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PO Box 16Hai, Kilimanjaro Tanzania


  • Office Management
  • Executive Admin
  • Swahili
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Management




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 1 year

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