Executive Head



Executive Head

Canaan College, Umlazi, Durban

Job Title : Executive Head: Canaan College, Umlazi

Business : Edinvest Schools Level : Executive Management

Location : Umlazi, Durban

Closing Date : 19 June 2024

Starting Date : To be confirmed

How to apply :

Email your application with detailed CV, names of three contactable referees to The Human Resources Department, with the title – Executive Head: Canaan College – email to : recruitment@canaancollege.co.za . Please ensure you quote the job title above.

Enquiries: Ms. Terry Taylor 083 6543780/ HR@edinvest.co.za

Preference will be given to applicants with proven experience of leading a combined independent affordable school in the Durban area. Edinvest is an entrepreneurial black owned school.

Edinvest Schools currently operates four schools on two campuses, Canaan College in Umlazi, Durban (www.canaancollege.co.za) and Etham College in Hilton (www.etham.co.za).

These schools offer blended learning, enabling adaptability and flexibility in our ever-changing world. We emphasize the development of an entrepreneurial mindset grounded in understanding Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Robotics and Coding are woven into the curriculum.

Teaching and learning are designed to instill and promote Edinvest’s core values of adaptability, honesty, environmental consciousness, care for others, social responsibility, and healthy living.

Canaan College is in its fifth year of operations and is called the “jewel of Umlazi” by parents and the local community.


Role overview

This role is responsible to lead Canaan College. A dynamic, self-motivated, ethically driven and experienced school leader is required. If you seek to make a difference to education in South Africa and enjoy working in a dynamic team this is the place to be.

Key Result Areas

  • Overall responsibility for strategic leadership of the school’s growth and development.
  • Deliver quality education, including:
    • Deliver high literacy and numeracy standards.
    • Ensure quality delivery of the curriculum.
    • Lead the implementation of the schools’ Blended Learning Strategy.
    • Ensure the school inculcates the entrepreneurial mindset.
    • Keep abreast of educational innovations in SA and globally.
  • Deliver the school’s financial and operational objectives, including:
    • Manage and deliver the school budget.
    • Coordinate with the FD to ensure budget alignment and performance.
    • Deliver required learner occupancy and collections.
    • Deliver and retain a high standard of school facilities.
    • Enforce all OHS regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure good relationships with all stakeholders, including:
    • Establish and sustain effective, positive relationships with all staff, learners, parents/guardians and the local community.
    • Be an active role player in the marketing of the school.
    • Represent the school and Edinvest with high ethical standards.
  • Effective staff management, including:
    • Lead and manage academic and support staff in achieving the school’s academic and operational objectives.
    • Lead the Senior Management Team at the school.
    • Manage performance reviews for all staff.
    • Maintain high standards of professionalism.
    • Creating a high-performance culture.
    • Take an active role in staff development.
    • Support the development and maintenance of whole school policies & practices to ensure consistent application thereof.
  • Reporting:
    • The formal reporting line is to the COO.
    • Also accounts to the Director of Schools on education matters.
    • Coordinates with all relevant staff to ensure alignment of systems and development of best practice across the business.
    • Responsible for monthly, quarterly, six monthly and annual reports as required.
    • Participate in building the broader Edinvest Schools.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience required

  • An education-related Degree from a recognized tertiary institution, and preferably a PGCE.
  • 15+ years’ experience in Schools, with a minimum of 5 years at a senior management level within the independent school sector.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior school leadership position.
  • Computer literate.
  • Compliant with all regulatory requirements (e.g., SACE, clean record)


  • Ability to lead and make decisions in a growing independent school.
  • Ability to self-manage, manage risks and ensure the school or business is not placed in jeopardy.
  • Strong relationship building and communications abilities.
  • Management and implementation skills.
  • Entrepreneurial approach.
  • Strong work ethic with ability to take own initiative.
  • Passion and Commitment.
  • Team player with the ability to lead a diverse team.
  • Conceptual, analytical and data skills.
  • Solution orientated bias.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and be resilient.

The appointment of candidates is at the sole discretion of Edinvest Schools who reserves the right not to make an appointment. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration.

Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks from the closing date of this advert should assume their application was unsuccessful. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Edinvest Schools, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this position. All measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection and reporting processes. By submitting your application, you are recognizing and accepting this disclaimer.

Closing Date
Umlazi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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