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Career Opportunities at IPA

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY faculty are passionate about kids, who see in the classroom individual children whose needs may vary and who work diligently to address each child’s needs and aspirations. IPA faculty are well-educated and professionally growing, active in the on-going development of their own skills and knowledge. Together, they form an active adult learning community in which regularly scheduled time for collaboration ensures coherence in the program.

Faculty are involved beyond the classroom, both in the lives of their students and the school, and in the wider community. Some are active in professional organizations; others in community groups and non-profits. In these ways, they provide their students with role models for active civic engagement beyond the world of work, an essential component to a vibrant city, state and nation.

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is currently accepting resumes for our Director of Human Resources position.

Reporting the Head of School, the Director of Human Resources is a member of the Island Pacific Academy Leadership team. The Director of Human Resources will lead and manage all functional areas of human resources (HR) and will be responsible for developing and implementing human resources strategy in support of the School’s strategic priorities. This role includes responsibility for compensation and benefits administration, management of the hiring process for all positions, implementation of HR policies and procedures, legal compliance and risk management and fostering a positive and productive School culture. This role requires the ability to collaborate across all School divisions and departments to build trusting relationships.

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to send a letter of application including a resume with at least three references addressed to Camille Pinard, Director of Human Resources, at



  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization's goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies and processes to support the organization's human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administers human resources programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Manage and prepare annual payroll contract budget for review and approval by Head of School and Director of Finance.
  • Manage annual employment contract process.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, communication and administration of payroll, benefits and compensation program and ensure compliance with regulations relating to payroll operations and control.
  • Process new hire paperwork, separations, promotions, transfers and other changes of status.
  • Serve as the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for processing Criminal History Background checks for all IPA employees.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of Human Resources and payroll records and information including employee personal information.
  • Prepare payroll general journal entries in QuickBooks semi-monthly.
  • Work with benefits broker to maintain competitive benefits in a cost-effective manner and to develop a long-term strategy for employee benefits.
  • Manage Open Enrollment process including coordinating with benefits broker, preparing OE meeting, providing educational opportunities for employees, preparing email messaging, updating rates in payroll system, and coordinating file transfers to ensure smooth OE process.
  • Update employee handbook annually and provide annual training for employees to ensure understanding and compliance.
  • In coordination with hiring managers, coordinate job postings for open positions and ensure job descriptions are up to date and accurate.
  • Manage quarterly TDI reports and payments.
  • Manage year-end filings such as WE and 1095C including review, approval and distribution processes.
  • Manage annual EEOC filing.
  • Manage yearly 401(K) 5500 audit in coordination with IPA's Third-Party Administrator (TPA), Pension Services.
  • Manage and update company's 401k plan administration and processes including enrollments, terminations, managing 401k open enrollment in coordination with the Financial Advisor, and working with the Third-Party Administrator and Financial Advisor for any plan changes.
  • Manage COBRA notifications.
  • Manage leave policies including documentation for FMLA, Work Comp, or TDI related leave.
  • Work to ensure that we provide a healthy and safe work environment through appropriate policies and procedures and manage OSHA documentation and Workers Compensation reporting.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Human Resource certification such as SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in Human Resources experience
  • Understanding of HR and payroll systems and implementations and updates.
  • Proficiency in ADP payroll, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty and staff.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Must be dependable, detail-oriented, and maintain strict confidentiality.


ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is currently accepting resumes for the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for the 2022-2023 school year.

Reporting to the Secondary Principal, the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator integrates the principles of design thinking and technology into the Secondary curriculum. The Secondary Curriculum Coordinator will have an appreciation for working with Middle & High School teachers on developing student-driven projects and innovative learning activities in order to develop a “maker” culture that cultivates empathy, growth mindset, student self-advocacy, creativity, iteration, innovation, tinkering and entrepreneurship.

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to send a letter of application including a resume with at least three references addressed to Camille Pinard, Director of Human Resources, at



  • Works closely with the Secondary Principal to promote a culture of learning and student success by providing instructional leadership and coaching across subject areas.
  • Assists the Secondary Principal in developing teacher schedules and the master calendar, including professional development days
  • Assists in planning, implementing, and evaluating staff development based on identified needs, current educational research, best practices and available curricular resources.
  • Maintains a database and provides information about outside professional growth activities to faculty and staff.
  • Assists in the management of textbooks, instructional materials and educational software on a regular cycle and works closely with departments to secure resources and manage budgets.
  • Works collaboratively with the elementary curriculum coordinator and other stakeholders to align both vertically and horizontally scope and sequence.
  • Reviews, provides feedback, and maintains course syllabi and unit plans submitted.
  • Assists the Secondary Principal in reviewing grades reports at each grading period. Assists in the evaluation of grading and assessment upon student success.
  • Works with the counseling department to implement standardized testing and leads data analysis.
  • Works collaboratively with the Design Thinking Department Head and the Director of Technology to integrate hands-on learning experiences and technology integration into curricular design.
  • Works with the Secondary Principal to establish the observational schedule and provide coaching sessions.
  • Meets regularly with content area departments and individuals to support their unique needs in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Model lessons and/or co-teach lessons with teachers that demonstrate the best instructional strategies to use within the IPA curriculum.
  • Other duties and assigned by Secondary Principal or their designee.



  • Bachelor's Degree in curriculum and instruction, educational administration, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of teaching. Administrative experience preferred.
  • Experience developing, organizing, and implementing programs.
  • Must have knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, Word), Google Suites, Google Classroom.

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is currently accepting resumes for an Elementary (K-5) School Counselor position for the 2022-23 school year. The ideal candidate will have experience or knowledge in developing a comprehensive school counseling program, elementary school counseling experience, be fully supportive of the school’s mission and expected to be an active participant on the elementary team and the greater life of the school.

The Elementary School counselor's primary responsibilities include:

  • Working with students, teachers and families to meet the students’ behavior/social emotional/academic needs.
  • Developing, maintaining and following up with Student Support Plans, including necessary meetings and documentation.
  • One on one and small groups work with students to support social/emotional development.
  • Using student data and other assessment results to support students and faculty members of these students.
  • Collaborating with parents, teachers, administration and community resources to support students.
  • Designing and delivering a developmentally appropriate school counseling curriculum to include lessons in academic success and personal/social/emotional growth and understanding.
  • Being a resource for faculty and parents.
  • Collaborating with school administration and faculty to best support all students’ needs.


Suitably qualified candidates are invited to send a letter of application including a resume with at least three references addressed to Camille Pinard, Director of Human Resources, at



Ideal candidate qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in school counseling from an accredited college or university.
  • At least 2 years of school counseling experience.
  • A willingness to be an active and participating member of an innovative and caring group of professional educators.
  • Knowledge of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) mindsets and behaviors is a plus.


ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is currently accepting resumes for an Secondary (6-12) ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The ideal candidate will have ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian culture teaching experience. The teacher will work directly with students, teaching them about Hawaiian language and culture. The ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi/Hawaiian Studies teacher will also be a resource for colleagues helping them to integrate ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and culturally relevant content and practices into their units of study. In addition, the teacher will be responsible for helping to coordinate special events such as the all-school May Day.

Responsibilities include developing interactive instructional programs to engage students in the learning process and collaborating with the curriculum coordinator and classroom teachers to develop curriculum. The learning environment at IPA is founded in the constructivist approach, is highly interactive and students are encouraged to learn through inquiry and hands-on experiences. Place-based education is a focus of the learning that happens at IPA. Other attributes of an ideal candidate include experience providing differentiated instruction based on student need, effective communication skills, flexibility, and knowledge of social-emotional learning skills development.

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of application including a resume with at least three references addressed to Camille Pinard, Director of Human Resources, at



Required candidate qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Hawaiian language/Hawaiian studies, or in secondary education with commensurate skills.
  • A willingness to be an active and participating member of an innovative and caring group of professional educators.
  • A willingness to participate in on-going professional learning.

Desired candidate qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in Hawaiian language/Hawaiian studies, or a related field.
  • At least two years experience in teaching 'ōlelo Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian culture.


ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is seeking Substitute Teachers and Aides for the 2022-2023 school year. Teacher candidates must have a degree in Elementary Education.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to Samantha Hodes-Der, Elementary Principal at

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2022-2023 school year.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to Jorge Ochoa, Secondary Vice Principal, at

Comprehensive benefits package

IPA is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time employees. Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive medical plan coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • IPA Tuition Remission
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching contributions
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Flex spending accounts for health care and dependent care
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Generous holiday and leave benefits

Non-Discrimination Policy

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a workplace environment that encourages growth and respect for all current and prospective employees based upon job-related factors such as their educational background, work experience, and ability to perform the essential functions of a particular job. It is the policy and practice of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY to prohibit any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Camille Pinard

Camille Pinard

Director of Human Resources