The ADvTECH Schools Division leads the private sector in the field of education, contributing meaningfully towards the sustainable development of human capacity in South Africa.
We seek to make the following appointment at
Head Office – Evolve Online School
Head of Academics
Preferably a Master’s or Doctoral qualification in Education but an NQF Level 8 would be acceptable for a person with sufficient leadership experience in education.
Minimum 10 years’ teaching experience in the same or similar type of position in a similar environment with a minimum or 5-8 years Management Experience.
Duties will include:
Development and Execution of the Academic Strategy (Macro)
Leading review and development of the academic strategy for the Advtech schools
Working with schools’ leadership to align brand value propositions with the academic strategy
Setting performance goals against the strategy
Selection of measurement tools for performance measurement
Communication of strategy internally and externally
Review and monitoring of strategy and strategic focus areas
Definition and development of the tactics, goals and processes to achieve that strategy
Oversight of professional development and associated activities to improve brand performance
Academic performance benchmarking and improvement
Selection and implementation of benchmarking tools
Communication of findings and collaborative agreement with school management of improvement strategies
Monitoring implementation of the performance improvement strategies
Teaching and Learning
Leading central and brand team of experts in the selection of progressive teaching and learning methodologies and technologies
Oversight and leadership of implementation and impact monitoring of agreed strategies
Develops and reviews a framework for the use of ICT in teaching and learning
Oversight of implementation of appropriate technologies to support learning and teaching
Drive and support adoption of learning management systems as next phase of blended learning
Support development of teacher skills
Curriculum alignment and monitoring
Design and development of appropriate differentiation and standardisation projects that will enable common assessments and benchmarking including but not limited to timetable efficiencies and models
Develop and implement same scope and sequence framework for all schools across subjects to support impact and performance measurement
Identify and support projects to share best practise and learning material
Seek high impact, low cost solutions for offerings of strategic subjects such as FAL and for low impact, high volume subjects such
Support the running of differentiated curricula
School effectiveness and efficiencies
Collaborative work to ensure effective and efficient staffing and other resource models for schools aligned with impact assessments
Develop sustainable co-operative relationships with national education structures to improve information and understanding of the schools and to provide leadership and guidance on educational matters for the schools
Identify and promote implementation of common resources where suitable in context of brand differentiation – making use of both traditional and digital platforms
Work with team responsible for STASY to ensure that it remains aligned with requirements and with strategy and provide final decisions related to academics within this system
Evaluate trends and products to identify those with the potential for impact on teaching and learning and guide adoption where appropriate
Monitor and evaluate impact and adoption
Differentiation (brand and divisional)
Ensure inclusion of divisional differentiators such as global competencies and RDI
Develop and implement programmes/ competitions/ other differentiators such as Tournament of Minds
Drive implementation of technology enabled learning
Data driven decision making
Develop and administer common assessments as standardised assessments
Use benchmark testing to compare and develop performance and align performance goals and strategies
Embed a goal-oriented approach to results including deliberate use of data from Jumptrak baseline and benchmarking, ACER IEB and grade 12 final results
Develop, review and implement school readiness test at Grade 0
Develop, review and implement transition tracking tools for first year of each phase
Develop a standardised framework for timetabling
Develop BI capability through KITSO (working with ITSU team) and drive use of the tool to improve school management of performance
Research and Analysis
Creates a dynamic and forward-looking research environment
Conducts analysis of key areas of academic performance in through data collection and analysis
Pilot projects and initiatives
Keeps abreast of educational trends and assesses for impact and implementation where appropriate
Develop and implement a quality assurance framework including performance measurement
Establish a QA and growth-oriented mindset in the brand to support development of same in each school
Ensures that the necessary evaluation and monitoring procedures and tools are in place to ensure both compliance and improvement
Oversee authorisation and verification visits of newly introduced curricula
Ensures teachers of new schools have mentors aligned to ensuring strong matric results in the “Road to Matric” programme
Training and capacity development
Manage the Schools CAT members for high performance aligned with strategy and goals
Support brand management of staff and assist with senior appointments
Give regular, actionable feedback to the brand and schools
Support transformation objectives
Budgeting and financial management for all associated activities
Stakeholder Relationship Management
Partner with brand leadership to quality assure differentiation as well as divisional compliance
Strategically manage relationships with principals, MDs, COOs and teachers
Ensures and enables clear and open communication that includes regular feedback and information sharing
Refine and improve functioning of communication and information sharing processes and places such as the Schools Hub
Report to Board and Management Committees
Provides and guides strategic partners regarding the division’s objectives and marketing strategy
Ensure that the compliance requirements for academic work across the division are known and understood and engage with the relevant bodies to ensure compliance
Provides guidance on where the division’s objectives require alignment to stakeholder objectives
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a matrix structure.
Exceptional communication skills – both verbal and written.
Analytical skills exercised effectively in the pursuit of solutions and opportunities.
Advanced ability to work in a matrix and across systems.
Good judgement, unquestioned integrity and high energy levels.
Ethical behaviour and judgement.
Conflict handling and problem solving.
Persuasion and motivation.
Education and Training.
Please apply online via the ADvTECH Career Portal: