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Head of Department: Science and Technology


African Leadership Academy seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa by developing and connecting the continent’s future leaders.

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Head of Department – Science & Technology

Since 2008, African Leadership Academy (ALA) has sought to identify, develop and connect the most promising young leaders on the African continent. Our learning community serves 260 young leaders aged 16-19. Students spend two years at the academy engaging with the knowledge, skills, habits and mindsets that will accelerate their trajectories of ethical and effective leadership. ALA is a learning community committed to leadership development through authentic practice, academic rigor and intentional community. ALA also seeks to become a learning organization, invested in deliberate continuous improvement.

As we continue pursuing our strategic vision, ALA 2023, ALA is seeking a Head of Department (Science & Technology) to join the academic leadership team. At this exciting time in our journey, the Head of Department will build on 12 years of progress, leading a capable team of experienced science educators. The Science & Technology department at ALA aims to prepare Africa’s future scientists, engineers and innovators. Faculty lead academic course-work aligned with the Cambridge A-level syllabi in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics. The department also houses ALA’s internally designed Scientific Research program, through which students can pursue independent research projects. The Living Machine, ALA’s award winning water sustainability project, is also stewarded by this department.

The Roles & Responsibilities

ALA’s curriculum seeks to enrich and accelerate leadership potential built on firm academic foundations. Students are challenged to develop a critical outlook, collaborative disposition and productive self-awareness. ALA’s educational philosophy values authentic and experiential learning, enabled by a solid grasp of the requisite knowledge and skills. ALA faculty are passionate about their discipline and experts in their field. Traditionally trained teachers work alongside academics, professionals and practitioners to design and facilitate a learning program grounded in best practices. ALA works to foster a community of practice committed to the continuous improvement of its program.
Heads of Department at ALA lead the continuous development, review and improvement of the academic program. They collaborate to define interdisciplinary standards, gather to review student work and assessment data and hold one another accountable for the learning outcomes which will enable ALA’s mission. HODs also steward the pedagogical standard at ALA. Through collaborative observation, regular discussion of best practice and continuous coaching, HODs work with one another and with their teams to continuously improve classroom results.

ALA actively participates in a broad range of external opportunities and competitions, and challenges students to carry out independent research. As ALA is a boarding school, every faculty member is expected to participate holistically in the life of the community, within the classroom and beyond.

Expected Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of faculty in the development and continuous improvement of Science & Technology curriculum and programming at the Academy
  • Work with faculty 1:1 and in groups to set, pursue and evaluate professional development goals
  • Conduct engaging and challenging courses six days per week for truly exceptional students from across Africa
  • Serve as a faculty advisor for 6-8 students as they navigate a transformative journey of academic, personal and social growth
  • Contribute to student life and leadership learning by coaching student teams, clubs or societies
  • Serve as a tutor on duty in the residence once a week
  • Competencies and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in subject or related area
  • Passion for the subject, highlighting its relevance to students and to the African continent
  • A capable facilitator of engaging and inclusive learning environments
  • Meaningful experience leading teams of educators to create, evaluate and improve curriculum
  • Strong track record of working with young people towards challenging learning aims
  • A coaching mind-set that enables the growth and development of students
  • Prior residential experience is valued but not required


Interested candidates should submit a CV and Cover Letter online at:

Expected start date: August 2020 or January 2021

Closing Date
African Leadership Academy, Johannesburg
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