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Dean of Instruction

at Nova Pioneer
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted October 9, 2019
Category Education
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day



We are looking for an outstanding educator to serve as Dean of Instruction and lead professional development for teachers at one of Nova Pioneer's schools in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya. This is an opportunity to help create a transformative school model with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.

As Dean of Instruction serving on the school leadership team, 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.


Experience Requirements

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

Job Responsibilities

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


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