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Director of Academics

The Pharo foundation
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

• The ideal person should have a master’s degree in Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership or Curriculum Development.
• S/He must possess a minimum of ten (10) years professional experience, eight (8) of these in senior management roles in learning institutions.
• Knowledge of best practices in curriculum and assessment.
• Experience in pedagogical improvement and implementation.
• Ability to work successfully with the Head of Schools and Head Teachers in the development of K-12 curriculum.
• Ability to work with diverse curricular subject areas.
• Demonstrated experience in successfully recruiting, retaining and developing educators, staff and administrators.
• The ability to work autonomously, have strong self-motivation and the maturity to remain accountable for results.
• Excellent communication skills both when working with peers and colleagues, as well as when remaining an approachable and accessible figure to direct reports.
Behavioural Competencies
• A passionate and driven individual with high social and emotional intelligence.
• A natural and effective leader who can manage staff in a K-12 setting across different locations.
• Excellent communicator with fluency in written and spoken English.
• Open minded and flexible individual.
• Creative thinker who can think outside the box.
• Respects and understands the local culture and values and yet embraces and can work within international work ethics and standards.
• Dedicated team player with demonstrable experience in setting up good governance and processes at scale.
• High levels of integrity, professionalism, resilience, accountability, commitment and determination.


. Academic Development, Leadership and Learning
• Oversee the design and development of curricula, instruction and assessment programs across East Africa.
• Take responsibility for academic quality and rigor.
• Lead in the collection, creation and revision of all academic data analysis and intervention programs.
• Manage the development of academic standards whilst ensuring that there is a culture of continuous enhancement of academic excellence across all Pharo Schools.
• Assessment management: maintain academic calendars, content and school data.
• Position ‘Pharo Schools’ as Centres of Excellence in Education in East Africa.
• Lead the Heads of Schools across East Africa in the development of high performing schools.
• Interview and recruit teachers and other academic staff.
• Plan academic staff meetings, orientations, training and workshops.
2. Teacher Management
• Supervise teachers across all Pharo Schools to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning pedagogy.
• Collaborate with Pharo Schools Heads of Schools in reporting School Academic Performance.
• Ensure that the Heads of Schools work collaboratively to promote the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers and their direct reports.
• Promote a culture of innovation, continuous improvement and efficiency whilst keeping abreast on new and creative teaching methodologies to ensure best practice.
• Participate in hiring, managing and developing academic staff.
• Build the teaching of 21st century skills with a key focus on critical thinking and problem solving.
• Develop and implement academic enhancement programs for students.
3. Student Management
• Assist with student recruitment.
• Working with the Heads of Schools, participate in the development of a personal education plan for each student.
• Promote focus on the holistic child in all Pharo Schools.
4. Policy Development
• Prepare and implement robust educational processes and policies to meet curriculum goals.
• Develop appropriate quality assurance frameworks that ensure compliance of academic regulatory requirements.
• Oversee the academic accreditation process of Pharo Schools.
5. Compliance, Audit and Risk
• Ensure that all Pharo Schools comply with the Ministry of Education directives across East Africa.
• Protect the Pharo Schools brand from undue risk exposure and mitigate where necessary.
6. Stakeholder Relationships
• Ensure good working relationships with cooperation and support from governmental entities, parents, alumni and the larger community.
• Represent the Foundation in educational forums.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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