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Dean of Students (Deputy Head)

Nova Pioneer Academies is looking for a superstar Dean of Students [Deputy Head] for our High School. We are seeking a dynamic individual who wants to champion the growth and culture in our flagship High School in Ormonde. This is an opportunity to create a transformative brand with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.

About Nova Pioneer

Imagine a world in which every young person across Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that cares about individual students and allows them to explore the world around them. A school that focuses more on developing skills than on memorizing content. At Nova Pioneer, we have done more than just imagine this future, we are bringing it to life. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African, independent network of schools offering high quality, accessible education from pre-primary through secondary school. Nova Pioneer uses a unique, enquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to ask “why” instead of telling them the “what”. It allows them to form their own thinking through exploration, investigation and collaboration. Nova Pioneer currently has 6 schools in South Africa and Kenya with a vision to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students across the African continent in the next decade. To learn more visit


About the Role 

You will develop and lead our school model alongside the Head of School and our teaching teams. In addition you will build relationships with staff to facilitate academic and discipline strategies in the High School. Moreover, you will work closely with data systems to ensure and develop pastoral excellence within the school. 

You will also:

  • Be a culture champion for our High School
  • You will be a pastoral leader in the senior school and work closely with the head of School.
  • Lead, motivate and develop the teaching teams in line with the Nova Pioneer Instructional Model
  • Engage with the many stakeholders which make up Nova Pioneer Academies community- parents, students and teachers
  • Liaise with therapists and  educational psychologists when needed, refer students to outsourced help if needed.

About you

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree in education
  • You have at least 5 years experience in education
  • You have held a Grade Head or Deputy head of Department position within a school
  • You have excellent inter-personal and leadership skills that encompass trust and respect
  • You have excellent communication and people management skills
  • You have an ability to be flexible, adaptable, innovative and creative
  • You understand the complexities of working in a multi-faceted organization
  • You have a passion for students
  • You have high energy levels and can work in a highly confidential setting


How to Apply:

Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

To apply, please complete the form on the right hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

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Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. 


Working at Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here.


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