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Senior Operations Associate - Network (Project Manager)

Nova Pioneer is looking for a Senior Operations Associate for our Gauteng campuses. The Senior Associate will be in charge of the day to day operations of our school campuses to ensure that they run smoothly. This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who shape the African Century. 


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, inquiry-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 8 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



Senior Operations Associate responsibilities include delivering every project on time within budget and scope. This person should have a background in business operations, project management, budgeting and analysis.

This person is skilled at getting the best out of the projects that they oversee. They thrive when planning projects and working with teams.


  • Driving operational excellence in the Network operations of our schools
  • Assist with implementation of any and all initiatives put forth by Operations team.
  • Leads and/or provides support in the execution of projects related to school / network goals - renovation, construction, new policies/systems, etc.
  • Managing strategic projects to support school growth across the Network: New school launch and current schools growth
  • Manages vendors for Network: ensures consistency and compliance
  • Assists in forecasting and managing the school facilities budget
  • Assists in doing various cost analysis to identify operational improvements
  • Responsible for planning, assigning and directing contract/casual staff, including cleaning and security staff
  • Responsible for appraising staff performance; rewarding and disciplining contract/casual staff; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors
  • Report and escalate to management as needed



Skills and Competencies:

  • You are a great communicator - you are highly skilled at conveying information in a manner that students, teachers, staff and the third party can understand
  • You have excellent project management skills - this includes Leadership, Team management, Negotiations, Personal Organization and Risk management
  • You have good analytical and problem solving skills - you are able to identify and examine the cause, and implement creative and innovative solutions
  • You are empathetic and able to interact with different Nova Pioneer stakeholders
  • You have the ability to thrive in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • You are excited about our organizational culture—and in particular, you are fired up to challenge yourself by embracing mutual vulnerability and a firehose of feedback
  • You are detailed-oriented - you make an effort to understand causes instead of just effects
  • You have the ability to drive execution - you are able to work through challenges and conflicts, ensuring there is a steady communication from the top to the lower management

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Project Management Degree / Diploma or other related qualifications
  • A minimum of 2 years of related work experience preferably in business operations, project management, marketing and event management
  • Experience working in the education field is a plus but not mandatory
  • A high degree of computer literacy



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

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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.


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 at most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing professional 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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