Project Manager


Kodaikanal International School is a 120-year-old dynamic international school with a rich history of holistic education, offering the IB continuum of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) to our learners. Our beautiful school and community are nestled in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, South India.

At KIS, we empower our students to navigate through life’s challenges to achieve their true potential. We follow an inquiry-based approach that promotes critical thinking, learner agency and a dedication to serving others. We recognize the importance of a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum that connects students to real-world contexts for their learning. We are keenly aware of the need to adapt our teaching and learning model to respond to the needs of our students in a world of fast-paced change.


The role is to plan, coordinate and oversee the KIS infrastructure projects and/or any other KIS building project.

About Kodaikanal International School

KIS Vision Statement: We strive to be a school the world needs: Our graduates will be transformative leaders, caring humans and thoughtful ambassadors for a just, sustainable and peaceful world.

KIS Mission Statement: Kodaikanal International School (KIS) is committed to empowering young people from diverse backgrounds with vision, knowledge, compassion and cross-cultural understanding. We are a community that welcomes everyone and seeks our purpose in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

KIS Values: Accountability, Appreciation, Concern for Others, Consistency, Context, Cooperation, Integrity, Openness, Performance, and Reverence.

We are seeking colleagues who are driven by:

  • a strong belief in KIS’s guiding statements;
  • the IB philosophy;
  • ideas about how to bring these into actualisation;
  • opportunities to contribute to creating a more peaceful world;
  • a focus on trust, relationships and community.

Our learning environment is characterized as:

  • inquiry-based learning;
  • fostering agency in our learners;
  • transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary;
  • service-oriented;
  • diverse, safe and inclusive.

Safeguarding Statement

KIS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in our care. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure a child-safe environment. We also support the rights and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all participants. Teachers at KIS must follow the guidelines of the school’s protective behaviour policies and protocols, including reporting any situation that might constitute a health and/or safety hazard to students or school employees.

Qualifications & Experiences

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of recognized university with degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Experience leading residential and institutional construction projects in Tamil Nadu
  • Competent knowledge of all aspects of construction from project inception to completion
  • Proficient with AutoCAD, or similar design software, MS Office and ability to present data and plans accurately and concisely
  • Ability to produce a variety of building plans necessary for contractors to correctly interpret building designs
  • Ability to generate accurate cost and time estimations and keep accurate records
  • Proficient with oral and written English and Tamil
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills with persons from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to lead a construction crew, to delegate, work with architects, as well as be a team player.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree - Masters, A civil Engineering, Architectural or an Interior Design degree.

Preferred Experiences:

  • Establishing and participating in collaborative structures;
  • Utilizing data to make informed decisions;
  • Utilizing technology tools

Preferred Skills and Dispositions:

  • Ability to communicate fluently and effectively in English (oral and written); fluency in spoken Tamil or willingness to undertake instruction preferable;
  • Deadline oriented with ability to make sound and informed decisions;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with people from all cultures and backgrounds;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Team player with ability to delegate and coordinate work;
  • Willing to work creatively with available materials/ resources;
  • Capacity to support the goals and mission of KIS through his/her personal philosophy;
  • Experience and ability to design projects including floor plans and elevations;
  • Experience, ability and desire to oversee renovation projects;
  • Understanding of drainage issues and building in area of high rainfall;
  • Possess cost-conscious and value-driven approach to building;
  • Possess knowledge of environmentally-sound building practices;
  • Experience dealing with town planning officials and other government agencies;
  • Experience making formal presentations or proposals to individuals or groups;
  • Possess a valid drivers’ license.

Reports To: Executive Administrative Manager
Coordinates With: Maintenance Manager, Human Resource Manager
Time Period: Initial 2-year contract, potential extensions after initial contract



A KIS staff is expected to provide quality instruction for the students at KIS in accordance with the school’s established curriculum, school policies and expectations. The person in this role:

  • Prepare building plans, cost and time estimates for KIS construction projects;
  • Seek building approval from KIS and concerned government bodies;
  • Send for and receive quotations from piece-rate contractors;
  • Prepare and maintain a budget for each project; approve and verify purchase orders;
  • Oversee quality and accuracy of construction works including quality of materials used, workmanship throughout the construction phase, following through from inception to completion;
  • Oversee the functions and performance of the Site Supervisor;
  • Communicate openly with KISCO, Properties, Finance Director, and Principal, as the case may be, regarding the status of KIS projects;
  • Quotations and tenders for all work as necessary;
  • Maintain relationships with contractors, government officials and others concerning KIS project and maintenance work as necessary;
  • Interview potential new and casual staff to ensure quality and fit, train and mentor new staff;
  • Any other duties assigned by the Principal or administration;
  • Be available on campus for at least 8 hours a day and be on call 24-hours a day;
  • In consultation with the Maintenance Manager, be responsible for setting up apartments / houses allocated to staff;
  • Ensure appropriate maintenance work;
  • Ensure adequate furnishing and equipment are provided;
  • Monitor on-going housing concerns;
  • Make recommendations to the Principal on housing new and continuing staff to ensure equity among houses is maintained;
  • Be responsible for maintaining current housing inventories;
  • Assist in arranging host families for new staff;
  • Hospitality for new staff;
  • Inspect staff houses and prioritize renovations; liaise with maintenance department to ensure progress with renovations;
  • Be responsible with the Maintenance Manager for the development of an on-going plan for staff housing maintenance appropriate to each unit;
  • Arrange for domestic help for incoming staff;
  • Assist all staff in their housing needs.

School Organization

A KIS staff member is expected to work in a positive, professional, supportive manner and develop a collaborative and team approach to enable the school to achieve its stated mission, vision, values, and strategic goals.

School Community

A KIS staff member is expected to:

  • Support, promote and enforce the ethos of KIS as defined in the mission and vision statements, guiding principles and strategic plans;
  • Promote a positive attitude about the school with all members of the school community;
  • Implement decisions made in department- and school-committee meetings, as relevant to the department;
  • Follow the guidelines of the school’s protective behaviour policies and protocols and personal data protection policies and procedures, including reporting any situation that might constitute a health and/or safety hazard to students or school employees, and reporting any personal data breach;
  • To respect the confidential nature of discussions at staff meetings and other contexts in which sensitive information is likely to be communicated; particularly in terms of interaction with students;
  • The staff member is expected to perform other appropriate duties as assigned by the Executive Administrative Manager, or Principal.

Application Process:

  1. Download Application Form >> KIS Administrative Position Application Form
  2. Fill-in the required information
  3. Use the form below to submit your application along with your resume

Please note that applications that do not include the application form and a resume will not be considered. 



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