About the Role
The Director Academics for this program will ultimately be responsible for educational outcomes across schools. They will project-manage all academic events and initiatives for this program. This work will require coordination between NewGlobe education specialists known as Shared Services who work in instructional design, production, training, and innovation. The Academic Director serves as the link between Shared Services and the information from schools, government officials, and civil society. This work will be codified in a yearly academic plan, which the Academic Director owns.
Within the programme team, the Director Academics will work with all departments (e.g. Operations, Schools, People Operations) to ensure that all schools have the right operational conditions for learning to take place. The Director Academics is the resident expert that will push for student achievement through defending the programmes’ approach and educating government officials, fellow staff members, and school communities.
The programme is a dynamic one that is changing the way students learn in the State through proven methods and constant innovation. The Director Academics is central to unearthing what works in these classrooms. The Director Academics, in collaboration with Shared Services, will design, implement and assess various targeted projects that build on the quality of the programme.
What You Will Do
Lead execution and interdepartmental coordination of the core academic program in the state through the creation of the Academic Plan
- Advocating for learning outcomes and serving as the programme’s academic expert for other departments
- Providing feedback to the Instructional Design team, in order to improve learning outcomes and culturally contextualize what is taught in the state
- Representing the programme with key state stakeholders, including but not limited to SUBEB, MOE, UBEC, and other government education officials
- Conducting necessary market and regulatory research to inform instructional systems and policies (timetable, teacher specialty configurations, retention policies, exam policy, placement policy)
- Identify areas of growth within our Academic offerings and create programmes/policies that improve student learning and school operations
- Manage the Academics team based in Ekiti.
- The Director Academics will report to the Managing Director.
What you should have
The Director Academics must be a data-driven individual with experience developing and managing cultures of high performance and high expectations. You must be a great academic leader who understands exceptional instruction and can motivate and support others in The Director Academics must be a data-driven individual with experience developing and managing cultures of high performance and high expectations. You must be a great academic leader who understands exceptional instruction and can motivate and support others in realising a vision of academic excellence. Ideal candidates have worked in organisations with
a proven track record of generating large learning gains.
In addition, the Director Academics must:
- Be a self-starter and problem-solver, who thinks three and four steps ahead.
- Be hard working and collaborative, with the tenacity to plough through challenges and an appreciation for teamwork toward achieving a shared vision.
- Be a fast learner and someone who is able to flourish in fast paced, dynamic, and sometimes ambiguous environments
- Be both detailed and results-oriented, driven by the data that will allow us to know what is working and what isn’t working for kids.
- Have strong project management skills and excellent organisational skills, with keen attention to detail and ability to follow up systematically on a broad set of initiatives and decisions
- Be an effective, articulate communicator who can represent NewGlobe to external audiences.
- Be humble and ready to “roll up your sleeves” to get things done
Education and Qualification:
- Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field, graduate degrees preferred
- Experience working with secondary schools as a teacher, school leader, or as part of a project
- Experience working as an in house or external consultant evaluating student learning or teacher development
- Experience writing reports and/or interpreting outcomes with government officials at SUBEB, MOE, UBEC, or similar organizations is a plus
- A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
- A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
- A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, KwaraLEARN works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
- A relentless advocate –The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
- A malleable learner –You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
- A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely on your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
- A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.
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