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Talent External Relations, Senior Associate

Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Talent External Relations Senior Associate to attract amazing talent to join our team! This person will build relationships and partnerships with teacher training institutions to encourage aspiring educators to teach at Nova Pioneer, plan and manage events and run marketing campaigns that share our employer value proposition with high potential talent.



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



Outreach and brand building:

You will immerse yourself in Nova Pioneer to fully understand our unique culture and value proposition so that you are able to speak confidently and passionately about it to prospective talent. You will be constantly seeking out new outreach opportunities for Nova Pioneer to connect with relevant audiences and raise the profile of our Employer brand in South Africa. This will include attending events, conferences and other networking opportunities.


Relationship management:

You will develop relationships and partnerships with educational institutions such as teacher training colleges, programs and universities to build a pipeline of aspiring teachers to teach at our multiple schools across South Africa. You will design an engagement strategy for how we work with these institutions so as to attract the best talent.


Marketing and online engagement:

You will develop a strategy for driving online, social media and email campaigns with the goal of driving potential talent to learn more about us and inspire further engagement through visiting our website and attending events, etc. Depending on the technical Marketing expertise of the ideal candidate this work may be done in house or outsourced but will be driven by the Talent External Relations person.

Event planning and management: you will plan and run multiple events throughout the year that aim to immerse prospective talent in our culture and bring the Nova Pioneer brand to life. These events should be optimized to support new lead generation (described above). You will be responsible for identifying key dates and activities, and for working with the various school stakeholders for each event. After each event, you will also be responsible for the collection and analysis of data to determine its effectiveness, and for making recommendations on potential improvements.



Skills and qualifications required:

  • You’re a top performer with strong academic background
  • You have 3-6 years of relevant work experience in marketing, sales, communications, relationship management, or related consumer-facing roles
  • You are highly organised and have strong project management abilities and have experience with event planning
  • You’re a strategic thinker and can independently develop and execute a plan with clear timelines and deliverables
  • You are a self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • You truly enjoy interacting with new people and love the challenge of building relationships. You have strong interpersonal skills.
  • You are a great networker and are always on the lookout for new and exciting connections and partnerships.
  • You are able to confidently do presentations to large groups of people
  • You are persuasive and able to inspire others
  • You have a good eye for talent and are able to identify when people are a great fit for Nova Pioneer


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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