Residential Parent


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 KIS Dorm parent plays an important role in overseeing their students’ adjustment, wellbeing, academic, and behavior support, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual progress through the school year. They are responsible for the residential needs of each student under their care, in loco parentis. A couple applying for this position is preferred.

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 principles;
  •  the IB philosophy;
  • service and action;
  • 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 behavior 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 from a recognized university or college with a Bachelors’ degree
  • Training in child development or principles of learning desired

Preferred Experience:

  • At least two years working with elementary, middle or high school students in a school or residential setting
  • Experience with counselling, mediation, or social work with youngsters

Preferred Skills and Dispositions:

  • Be at least 25 years of age and display a high level of maturity
  • Be dynamic, energetic, flexible but firm, loving, decisive and creative
  • Able to form healthy, meaningful relationships with young persons
  • Enjoy being with and understanding young people
  • Understand how to be a good parent
  • Be non-judgmental in attitude and able to understand issues around diversity in relation to culture, religion and other social and personal issues
  • Possess excellent communication skills, oral and written, in English
  • Additional languages preferred
  • Have excellent organization skills, including time management and supervisory skills
  • Be IT literate
  • Be willing to learn, take part in and contribute to your own and others professional development
  • Understand the role of behavior management and support for the healthy development of students
  • Understand about lines of communication and accountability in school organizations

Reports to: Dean of Residential Life
Coordinates with: Assistant Dean, Executive Assistant to the Dean
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:

  • Student well-being and adjustment to KIS
  • Health, safety and housekeeping
  • Spiritual leadership and spiritual growth of individual students
  • Communication with parents, advisors, coordinators and/or teachers
  • Understand the relationship between dorm life and school/academic life
  • Support students during study time and liaise with teachers, paying particular attention to students in need of additional support and motivation in academic life
  • Support positive student relationships with their teachers and other staff
  • Planning and implementation of dorm routines and activities
  • Provision of dorm treats and snacks
  • Reinforcing school-wide and dorm rules and timings-overseeing student behavior in the dorms and after school hours
  • Foster a culturally sensitive and positive environment
  • Daytime student supervision as assigned
  • Support KIS guiding principles
  • Fulfill any other responsibilities as assigned by the Principal/Administration
  • Maintain and produce appropriate reports and reports
  • Manage and work within a dorm budget and maintain appropriate records of spending
  • Attend team meetings and take part in team training
  • Support the role and work of the dorm reliefs-ensure the dorm relief knows the routines of the dorms and students
  • Encourage students to access the range of activities at KIS, e.g. hiking, sports, activities etc.

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 :

  • Supports, promotes and enforces the ethos of KIS as defined in the mission and vision statements, guiding principles and strategic plans
  • Promotes 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 behavior 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 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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