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Associate Learning Designer

Nova Academies is looking for a superstar Associate Learning Designer to revolutionize the way 21st century STEM skills and knowledge are developed in African schools. You will be a central member of the team that will develop the learning model that we will use in our schools in Kenya. While we are ideally looking for someone who can be based in Nairobi, we are open to candidates who need to remain based in the US but are open to spending up to 50% of their time in Nairobi over the next two or more years.

Imagine a world in which every young person in Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that demands excellence, helps students learn by doing and exploring rather than by memorizing, equips students with globally competitive science and technology skills, and builds the character and growth mindset that will shape the rest of their lives.

Now imagine that this school is not in one town, in one country, but in every town, in every country. This is what we imagine, and we want you to help make it happen.

ABOUT NOVA ACADEMIES

In 2014 we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable primary and secondary schools. This year we will be operating six schools—two in Nairobi and four in Johannesburg—and gearing up for rapid growth, initially across East and Southern Africa and eventually across West Africa as well. Our venture is structured as a social enterprise to enable us to attract the investment that will be needed to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students in the next decade.

We have a unique, entrepreneurial work environment with a strong team culture that is designed to reinforce our vision. The core elements of our culture include:

  • We model the growth mindset we want our students to embody: you are challenged every day and, as a result, you grow more than at any other point in your life
  • We pursue excellence in every detail and do whatever it takes to produce great work quickly
  • We are radically open: we share tough messages and our own vulnerabilities because doing so helps us grow
  • We put our students before our team, and our team before ourselves
  • We bring infectious energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning

ABOUT THE ROLE

You will:

  • Support the Learning Designer and Master Designer in creating the day by day plan for the curriculum
  • Designing schemes of work with coaching and support
  • Help to identify the themes and big ideas for each subject they are helping to design
  • Infuse  National Curriculum from textbooks and outside text into lessons
  • Create all materials for each lesson plan
  • Create offline and online content when applicable for lessons
  • Research on the most effective types of assessments
  • Design assessments and creating rubrics for assessments.
  • Receive professional development on the Nova Model of Learning Design, integrated curriculum design, STEM, PBL

ABOUT YOU

  • You have 2+ years of teaching experience in a rigorous, high-expectations setting
  • You have distinctive experience and interest in math, technology (e.g., coding) and/or the sciences
  • You have a track record of developing creative and rigorous curriculum that has led to distinctive learning outcomes and can demonstrate this through example products and references
  • You have a desire to further develop your curriculum development skills and apply them to transform the lives of African youth
  • You have strong writing skills and are able to use those to create lessons that will help people learn it while being engaged and interested
  • You are driven by data and can use data from student assessments to strengthen lessons and spiral in key skills

Does working at Nova Academies excite you? If you’re a great fit, we will drop everything and call you immediately. 

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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. 

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