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Dean of Students

Nova Pioneer Academies is looking for a superstar Dean of Students [Deputy Head] for our High School. We are seeking a dynamic individual who wants to champion the growth and culture in our flagship High School in Ormonde. 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 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.



Two years ago we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable primary and secondary schools. In 2017 we are operating four schools—three in South Africa and one in Kenya—and gearing up for rapid growth. 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.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world and a rapidly expanding middle class, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent. We aspire to be among the first to show at scale that this is possible.  

Our team culture is designed to reinforce our vision:

  • 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



You will develop and lead our parent partnership model alongside the Head of School and our teaching teams. In addition you will build relationships with staff and parents to facilitate academic and discipline strategies in the High School. Moreover, you will work closely with data systems to ensure and develop pastoral excellence

You will also:

  • Be a culture champion for our High School
  • Lead, motivate and develop the teaching teams in line with the Nova Pioneer Instructional Model
  • Engage with the many stakeholders which make up Nova Pioneer Academies community- parents, students and teachers
  • Liaise with therapists and psychologists when needed



  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree in education
  • You have at least 5 years experience in education
  • You have held a Grade Head or Head of Department position within a school
  • You have excellent inter-personal and leadership skills that encompass trust and respect
  • You have excellent communication and people management skills
  • You have an ability to be flexible, adaptable, innovative and creative
  • You understand the complexities of working in a multi-faceted organization
  • You have a passion for students
  • You have high energy levels and can work in a highly confidential setting

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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