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
We are looking for an exceptional individual to be part of our instructional leadership team at Nova Pioneer Boys High School at Tatu City. As Deputy Principal, you will play a critical role in realizing this aspiration by leading teacher coaching and development at Nova Pioneer Boys and co-leading on school culture together with the Principal.
You will help the Principal establish an extremely strong and vibrant school culture consistent with Nova Pioneer's core culture principles. However, your primary focus is teacher development. Drawing on support from instructional leaders on Nova Pioneer's network team, you will create a professional development “machine” inside the school: deliberate practice routines and management habits that stretch teachers professionally and give them higher quality, more intensive coaching than they can get anywhere else. You will build a pipeline of homegrown local teacher talent inside the school that produces master teachers and great instructional leaders over time.
Specific key responsibilities for the role include:
Work with the Principal to articulate a compelling short- and long-term vision for the development of the school’s culture and program
Set and model a consistent tone of highest expectations, joy, and growth mindset
Lead key school rituals as needed to model and ingrain culture
Quickly identify and respond to classroom/school culture or behavior issues
Serve as hiring manager for all instructional staff hires
Coach teachers through extensive observation and feedback
Supervise all professional development routines and activities across the school
Facilitate collaboration among teachers within/across grade levels and subject areas
Support the Principal in his or her own professional development—particularly as relates to instructional leadership
Collect, analyze, share and interpret internal and external school assessment data and ensure that data is used strategically to improve student academic performance.
Oversee planning, execution and analysis of intervention programs targeted at needs of diverse academic subgroups, whether remedial or enrichment.
You have 4+ years of experience in a rigorous, high-expectations school setting including at least one instructional leadership role (e.g., department chair, grade-level lead, teacher coach, etc.)
You are widely recognized as a highly effective teacher and can model what great, inquiry-based teaching looks like
You have a track record of improving other people’s performance through coaching and build uncommonly strong relationships
You have an exceptional ability to think strategically and yet you sweat the small stuff—people see you as unusually detail-oriented and conscientious
You are driven by data and know how to use data from student assessments to strengthen and differentiate student learning
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
You have a desire to further develop your learning design skills and apply them to transform the lives of African youth