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Talent Development Manager

Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Talent Development Manager who will serve as the team’s talent development expert and manage the talent support function. This is an ideal opportunity for a results-oriented, people loving, talent professional who has a broad-based understanding of the various elements of human resources and a particular passion and track-record in the talent development space

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
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 Talent Development Manager will play a key role in our ability to grow the great hires we find.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Talent Development

  • Design, lead and implement a differentiated professional development program for staff across the organisation
  • Lead the development of the next iteration of our competency framework and establish the most efficacious ways to evaluate our staff’s growth and development
  • Manage and implement all elements of the annual performance management process including: education and support to all levels of management regarding goal setting, feedback, coaching, appropriate documentation, and appropriate actions for performance issues
  • Work with departmental and school leaders regarding training and employee development and performance management
  • Plan and facilitate world class professional development programs to large and small audiences

Talent Support

  • Manage our Talent Support (Human Resources) team and create systems and processes that will enhance and strengthen our team’s work
  • Manage employee relations, as well as, compensation and benefits administration
  • Establish and maintain administrative excellence across all HR systems and processes

Team Management

  • Lead and grow the talent development and talent support teams
  • Set specific and high expectations for all people and hold them accountable for reaching them

ABOUT YOU

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus
  • At least 5-7 years of professional progressive human resources/talent experience, preferably in the education sector and teaching experience is a plus
  • Experience driving talent planning efforts within an organization with a focus on systematic people development
  • You have excellent project management and people management skills and experiences
  • You are a creative, out of the box thinker, strategist and problem solver
  • You have excellent communication skills both in one-on-one settings and to large audiences
  • You build strong relationships with an ability to inspire and motivate others
  • You hold high expectations for all people and believe in their ability to reach them
  • 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

​HOW TO APPLY

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. 

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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