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Talent Recruitment Manager

Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Talent Recruitment Manager who can manage our recruitment efforts to support our rapid growth as an organization. This is an opportunity to create a transformative brand with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.


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

Nova Pioneer believes an organization is only as good as the people who work for it. We know that in order to accomplish our mission and achieve our growth goals, we must attract, select, retain and grow the right people. The Recruitment Manager will play a key role in our ability to find and hire great people.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Recruitment & Selection

  • Manage a portfolio of open positions across the organization.
  • Develop a thorough strategic plan for reaching all recruitment and hiring goals.
  • Liaise with school leaders and hiring manager to design and execute a year-long hiring plan.
  • Set up the processes and systems that enable efficient hiring for each role.
  • Develop and implement a clear analytics strategy and approach towards recruitment using data at all time for decisoning
  • Refine pre-existing (and develop new) selection tools to ensure alignment between how we hire and what’s needed for each role.
  • Manage other team members to fulfill each step of the process.
  • Support Hiring Managers in making final hiring decisions


  • Design and implement innovative ways to attract and source top talent to the organization. 
  • Increase local and international awareness about Nova Pioneer and the career opportunities available.
  • ​Plan and host outreach events at school campuses and attend events hosted externally.
  • Develop strong relationships with stakeholders and establish partnerships to expand reach. 


  • At least 5-7 years’ experience in recruitment, institutional e.g. school-based recruitment 
  • You have a proven ability to build strong relationships across diverse audiences
  • You are extremely detail oriented and can manage a lot of moving parts at once
  • You strive for excellence in every detail of your work and inspire and challenge everyone around you to do the same
  • You take pleasure in excellence more than credit or status
  • Our culture resonates deeply with your values—and in particular, you are excited to challenge yourself by taking risks and getting more feedback than you’ve ever gotten before
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent in a related field, required


Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

To apply, please complete the form on the right hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

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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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