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Human Resources Manager

Nova Pioneer is looking for an outstanding Human Resources Manager to build and develop the organization's human resources in support of our rapid growth. The Human Resources Manager position is an exciting opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial individual to develop and manage the implementation of an effective and efficient human resources function.

You will lead Human Resources for Nova Pioneer in South Africa reporting to the Director of Talent Management in the region. You will be part of the Talent Team, which is working across campuses to support our school-based and central team staff. You will lead the development of Human Resources systems as we grow and ensure we have the systems and processes in place for rapid scale. In addition to building systems, you will build and lead a Human Resources team that delivers caring, effective and efficient support that is both world class and steeped in innovative talent practices.

The position will initially be based at the Nova Pioneer Midrand campus but will require travel between schools from time to time. This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century.

About the Role

In this role, you will :

  • Build and lead a team to consistently meet the ambitious talent-related goals of a rapidly-growing organization.
  • Design and implement innovative policies and procedures to promote cooperation and workplace harmony, consistency, and fairness.
  • Build a high performing HR function that cultivates an organisational culture that cares for employees and helps Nova Pioneer employees to feel fulfilled and satisfied in their jobs.
  • Use data and analytics to drive decisions and improve HR practices and systems.
  • Develop and support effective working relationships with key internal stakeholders.
  • Implement efficient communication strategies for providing the entire organisation with up to date HR policies and other important documents and processes.
  • Ensure standards of excellence are achieved and maintained across all campuses, and the central team.
  • Develop a strong external network of HR and related professionals.
  • Empower and develop others - coach, train and mentor others to further improve their effectiveness and impact.
  • Liaise with counterparts in other regions to ensure consistency and best practice in Human Resources across the organisation.

About You

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • A bachelor’s degree or a Certificate in Human Resources/Industrial Psychology would be advantageous.
  • You have 5 - 8 years experience in a high growth, high expectations environment. Experience in an HR department is highly preferred.
  • You have experience leading people and do so according to a deep set of culture principles and values.
  • You have excellent organisational, planning and time management skills - you are able to handle many moving parts while maintaining high standards of excellence.
  • You are able to design, plan and implement  innovative HR systems and processes.
  • You are a great communicator. You are able to provide clear and effective written and verbal communication and you bring energy and enthusiasm to the HR function.
  • You are flexible and open to change - you handle uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity well.
  • You remain composed and resilient. You can tolerates stress levels and are composed when dealing with high pressure situations.
  • You are a problem solver - you are proactive in identifying issues and address these thoroughly by making effort to find appropriate solutions.
  • You plan and think ahead. You are able to translate future direction into measurable, tangible and operational goals and targets.
  • You have meaningful impact and influence others. You can persuade, influence and make a positive impression on others to gain cooperation and commitment.
  • You uphold high standards and ethics. You are discreet and maintain confidentiality of information.
  • You are excited about our organizational culture—and in particular, you are fired up to challenge yourself by embracing mutual vulnerability and a firehose of feedback.

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.

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. Learn more about our learning approach here. 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

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 most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal 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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