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Nova Pioneer is looking for an outstanding educator to serve as Assistant Principal and lead professional development for teachers at our first school in Kenya and South Africa. 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 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 www.novapioneer.com.

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are looking for an exceptional individual to be part of the leadership team launching Nova’s second school, slated to open in January 2017. This school represents Nova’s first attempt to replicate its school model and to prove that it is possible to maintain an extremely high quality standard and to continue innovating as Nova grows. As Assistant Principal you will play a critical role in realizing this aspiration by leading teacher coaching and development at Nova’s second school and co-leading on school culture together with the Principal. Our tentative expectation is that the second school will be a boarding secondary school for girls.

Your single biggest responsibility in the school’s first year of operation will be helping the Principal establish an extremely strong and vibrant school culture consistent with Nova’s core culture principles. Over time, as this culture takes root, you will shift your primary focus to teacher development. Drawing on support from instructional leaders on Nova’s network team, you will create a professional development “machine” inside the school: deliberate practice routines and management habits that stretch team members professionally and give them higher quality, more intensive coaching than they can get anywhere else. You will build a pipeline of homegrown local teacher talent inside the school that produces master teachers and great instructional leaders over time.

Specific key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Work with the Principal to articulate a compelling short- and long-term vision for the development of the school’s culture and program
  • Set and model a consistent tone of highest expectations, joy, and growth mindset
  • Lead key school rituals as needed to model and ingrain culture
  • Quickly identify and respond to classroom/school culture or behavior issues
  • Serve as hiring manager for all instructional staff hires
  • Coach teachers through extensive observation and feedback
  • Supervise all professional development routines and activities across the school
  • Facilitate collaboration among teachers within/across grade levels and subject areas
  • Support the Principal in his or her own professional development—particularly as relates to instructional leadership
  • Collect, analyze, share and interpret internal and external school assessment data and ensure that data is used strategically to improve student academic performance.
  • Oversee planning, execution and analysis of intervention programs targeted at needs of diverse academic subgroups, whether remedial or enrichment. 

ABOUT YOU

  • You have 4+ years of experience in a rigorous, high-expectations school setting including at least one instructional leadership role (e.g., department chair, grade level lead, teacher coach, etc.)
  • You are widely recognized as a highly effective teacher and can model what great, inquiry-based teaching looks like
  • You have a track record of improving other people’s performance through coaching and build uncommonly strong relationships
  • You have an exceptional ability to think strategically and yet you sweat the small stuff—people see you as unusually detail-oriented and conscientious
  • You are driven by data and know how to use data from student assessments to strengthen and differentiate student learning
  • 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 have a desire to further develop your learning design skills and apply them to transform the lives of African youth

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.

 

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