Nova Pioneer seeks an outstanding instructional leader to supervise our first cohort of schools in Kenya (based in Nairobi) and South Africa (based in Johannesburg) and help them reach their full potential by providing intensive coaching and development to school leaders. This is an opportunity to help create a transformative school model 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 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 www.novapioneer.com.
ABOUT THE ROLE
As Director of Schools you will lead the continuous improvement of our first cohort of schools in Kenya and South Africa, optimizing the execution of our enquiry-based learning model while building the homegrown talent pipeline and performance track record that will enable Nova Pioneer to scale rapidly in the years to come.
We are looking for someone who shares our core beliefs about what it will take to build an outstanding network of schools:
You will have ultimate accountability for student outcomes as well as the quality of instruction and school culture at the portfolio of schools you oversee. Your primary lever will be coaching and developing the school leaders (and leadership teams / future leaders) at each of your schools. You will create a community of practice among your school leaders and engage with them intensively both individually and in group settings to help them build toward world-class leadership. You will use a range of approaches--from observation and feedback to school walk-throughs to in-the-moment coaching and direct modeling--to help school leaders improve the way they manage people, the way they use data, the way they handle crises, and all other aspects of leadership.
In turn, you will help your school leaders grow and develop their teams--ensuring that teachers and future school leaders get higher-quality and more intensive on-the-job coaching from coaches and peers than they have ever experienced before. You will have explicit responsibility for meeting targets related to getting emerging leaders ready to launch and lead new Nova Pioneer schools (whether within or outside your portfolio of schools).
Additional specific responsibilities will include:
The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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 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.