Director of Academics - East Africa

Job Summary

The Director of Academics position is a Senior Executive role within The Foundation Foundation that will be entrusted with the overall responsibility of developing and managing the Foundation’s Academic curriculum and professional development to enhance academic excellence across the Foundation Schools in East Africa. Our client is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit Social Ventures. Headquartered in London, the Foundation has an operational head office in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Assosa) and Somaliland (Hargeisa) with further expansion plans in East Africa. The Foundation has carried out numerous projects in East Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia and Somaliland and is now looking to expand into Rwanda.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

POSITION SUMMARY

  1. The Foundation aims to provide the highest quality education to children and young adults across East Africa and is now actively looking for a driven and passionate individual who wants to make real change in the education sector.
  2. The Director of Academics position is a Senior Executive role within The Foundation Foundation that will be entrusted with the overall responsibility of developing and managing the Foundation’s Academic curriculum and professional development to enhance academic excellence across the Foundation Schools in East Africa.
  3. This is a high level, well-remunerated role that will give the right candidate an excellent mix of challenge and fulfillment. The position is based in Nairobi and will report to the Director of Education, East Africa.
  4. The role encompasses all aspects of the academic strategy and operations, from early childhood to secondary school as well as higher education and vocational schools. It includes, among others, designing curricula, overseeing academic standards, recruitment and well-being of students, academic services budgeting, policy development and controls and external relationships with community and governmental stakeholders. The Director of Academics will play a key leadership role in designing systems  that will position its ‘Schools’ brand as a centre of excellence so as to attract and retain the best students and staff.


ROLE: Director of Academics.

REPORTING TO: Director of Education (East Africa).

DIRECT REPORTS: Country Heads of Academics, School Principals and School Heads.


KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Academic Development, Leadership and Learning

  • Oversee the design and development of curricula, instruction and assessment programs across East Africa.
  • Take responsibility for academic quality and rigor.
  • Lead in the collection, creation and revision of all academic data analysis and intervention programs.
  • Manage the development of academic standards whilst ensuring that there is a culture of continuous enhancement of academic excellence across all Foundation Schools.
  • Assessment management: maintain academic calendars, content and school data.
  • Position ‘Foundation Schools’ as Centres of Excellence in Education in East Africa.
  • Lead the Heads of Schools across East Africa in the development of high performing schools.
  • Interview and recruit teachers and other academic staff.
  • Plan academic staff meetings, orientations, training and workshops.

2. Teacher Management

  • Supervise teachers across all Foundation Schools to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with Foundation Schools Heads of Schools in reporting School Academic Performance.
  • Ensure that the Heads of Schools work collaboratively to promote the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers and their direct reports.
  • Promote a culture of innovation, continuous improvement and efficiency whilst keeping abreast on new and creative teaching methodologies to ensure best practice.
  • Participate in hiring, managing and developing academic staff.
  • Build the teaching of 21st century skills with a key focus on critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Develop and implement academic enhancement programs for students.

3. Student Management

  • Assist with student recruitment.
  • Working with the Heads of Schools, participate in the development of a personal education plan for each student.
  • Promote focus on the holistic child in all Foundation Schools.

4. Policy Development

  • Prepare and implement robust educational processes and policies to meet curriculum goals.
  • Develop appropriate quality assurance frameworks that ensure compliance of academic regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the academic accreditation process of Foundation Schools.

5. Compliance, Audit and Risk

  • Ensure that all Foundation Schools comply with the Ministry of Education directives across East Africa.
  • Protect the Foundation Schools brand from undue risk exposure and mitigate where necessary.

6. Stakeholder Relationships

  • Ensure good working relationships with cooperation and support from governmental entities, parents, alumni and the larger community.
  • Represent the Foundation in educational forums.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • The ideal person should have a master’s degree in Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership or Curriculum Development.
  • S/He must possess a minimum of ten (10) years professional experience, eight (8) of these in senior management roles in learning institutions.
  • Knowledge of best practices in curriculum and assessment.
  • Experience in pedagogical improvement and implementation.
  • Ability to work successfully with the Head of Schools and Head Teachers in the development of K12 curriculum.
  • Ability to work with diverse curricular subject areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully recruiting, retaining and developing educators, staff and administrators.
  • The ability to work autonomously, have strong self-motivation and the maturity to remain accountable for results.
  • Excellent communication skills both when working with peers and colleagues, as well as when remaining an approachable and accessible figure to direct reports.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES

  • A passionate and driven individual with high social and emotional intelligence.
  • A natural and effective leader who can manage staff in a K-12 setting across different locations.
  • Excellent communicator with fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Open minded and flexible individual.
  • Creative thinker who can think outside the box.
  • Respects and understands the local culture and values and yet embraces and can work within international work ethics and standards.
  • Dedicated team player with demonstrable experience in setting up good governance and processes at scale.
  • High levels of integrity, professionalism, resilience, accountability, commitment and determination.

Deadline for application is 15th March 2021.





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