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Head of Efficacy

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About SPARK Schools

SPARK Schools is a social impact disruptor and is leading change in the education space through its network of affordable private schools. The SPARK Schools network provides transformational education innovation through Africa’s first blended learning model, which elevates student achievement and provides the tools teachers need to serve their students effectively.

The blended learning model, which combines classroom teaching and online instruction, allows teachers to anticipate student needs and equips schools to provide personalized education at an affordable cost. SPARK Schools is pioneering this transformative education model to ensure the accessibility of university and careers for all.

SPARK Schools is a high growth, mission and values-driven entrepreneurial organisation, operating 19 primary schools, 1 high school and serving over 14,000 families in 2022. We are looking for dynamic people to join our team.

Head of Efficacy

Purpose of Role

The Head of Efficacy leads product development of the network’s learning models and is responsible for strategic planning, research, evaluation, and reporting on personalised learning and academic achievement. This role drives continuous improvement through frugal innovation and thought leadership as the SPARK Schools network scales. The Head of Efficacy is the steward of SPARK’s codified school model and ensures that professional development programs equip educators to execute with consistency and excellence.

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer.

Responsibilities

  • Leads the learning model team to:
    • Design and roll out high quality curriculum that meets and exceeds local standards and drives scholar achievement to global competitiveness.
    • Acquire or develop formative, interim, and summative assessments in all grade levels and subjects.
    • Translate rigorous assessment for learning into data analysis that drives personalised instruction and interventions.
    • Deliver effective professional development, communication, and change management to instructional leaders and instructional staff.
    • Create alignment between online and offline learning, as well as continued innovation and thought leadership in blended learning and personalisation in the learning models.
    • Ensure that all curriculum, educational resources, and pedagogical training reflect SPARK Schools’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and culturally-responsive teaching and learning.
  • Leads the High School Product Manager to:
    • Define and monitor the progress of the critical success factors for the high school model and SPARK Randburg, the network’s first high school.
    • Use customer research to inform the design and implementation of the high school model.
    • Design and confirm all elements of the high school model curriculum and assessments, backwards planning from matric assessments, in line with global standards.
    • Document and codify the school culture and school management model for high school, specifically highlighting deviations in practice from the primary school model.
    • Design and finalize the scholar value proposition for high school SPARK scholars.
    • Engage business units to drive strategic direction with regards to all elements of the high school, including the financial sustainability of the model.
    • Line manage and coach the Principal of SPARK Randburg, through a regular coaching cycle to drive personal and professional development, as well as build the Principal’s pedagogical content knowledge and the full range of leadership competencies needed to lead a high performing high school.
  • Creates a tool for evaluation of the codified learning model and inspection schools network-wide.
  • Drives efficacy and constant research and strategic development of the learning models, striving for world-leading learning model standards.
  • Champions Learning Management System, as well as any other systems related to scholar achievement, like gradebook and report cards.
  • Owns and steers the codification of the SPARK Schools model as documented on our knowledge management platform by:
    • Monitoring the effectiveness of the implementation and adoption of the codification in schools through agreed metrics.
    • Defining and implementing processes related to the change, update, addition, or deletion of resources the codification knowledge management platform.
  • Builds a regular rhythm of school visits and observations, in order to evaluate consistency and quality across SPARK Schools network, as well as identify the highest leverage network-wide and school-specific action steps for implementation.
  • Champions the Learning Management System, as well as any other systems related to scholar achievement, like gradebook and report cards.
  • Creates and maintains a rhythm of accountability within their team, including quarterly data analysis and regular team meetings.
  • Collaborates with the Head of School Achievement and Regional Operations Managers to ensure high quality outcomes in all five key drivers of the SPARK Schools model.
  • Provides feedback on the learning model and highlights areas of success and areas of improvement.
  • Collaborates with all departments in SPARK Support, in order to build and maintain relationships between primary schools and the Support office.
  • Interprets and ensures compliance of both academic and operational standards as per current South African legislative requirements.
  • Provides relevant reports and analytics to the Chief Executive Officer and other relevant stakeholders regarding the SPARK Schools network.
  • Ensures the integrity of academic and student data.
  • Enforces compliance with ethical standards guided by the company values and mission.
  • Participates actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.
  • Conducts self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.

Qualifications and Criteria

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:

  • Degree in education. Advanced degree preferred.
  • SACE accreditation.
  • Experience teaching and/or leading in both primary and high schools.
  • At least 3 – 5 years of experience leading a team in school management and instruction/learning model with evidence of high achievement.
  • Evidence of past experience in curriculum design and/or development
  • At least 3 years managing other managers.
  • Experience and practice with labour laws.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the South African Primary and Secondary school CAPS curriculum

Competencies

  • Critical thinking skills applied to strategic planning, data analysis, collaborative problem-solving, and confident decision-making.
  • Professional, clear, and concise written and verbal communication, which can be tailored by audience and brief.
  • Ability and willingness to take initiative, in order to drive one’s own development and team leadership in a fast-paced environment;
  • Calm and resilience to lead self and others through challenges;
  • Strong organisational skills that allow a detail-oriented approach, while maintaining a “big picture” view.
  • Ability to consolidate feedback in order to clearly communicate highest leverage action steps.

Qualities

  • Grit: Persistence through challenges.
  • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.
  • Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.
  • Self­ Reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.

Values

  • Service, Persistence, Achievement, Responsibility, Kindness

Please apply online via the Spark Schools career page:

https://apply.workable.com/sparkschools/j/AFE0C207DB/

Spark Schools, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but such information will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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