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Head of School Achievement

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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 School Achievement

Purpose of Role

The Head of School Achievement is the most senior instructional leader at SPARK Schools, responsible for the management of our schools, as well as school leadership development. This role drives network-wide excellence and consistency in school leadership and culture, data-driven instruction, and stakeholder experience. The Head of School Achievement leads School Achievement Managers, who coach and manage groups of Principals to drive scholar achievement.

Reports To: Chief Operating Officer.

Responsibilities

  • Drives achievement in schools through the School Achievement Managers in the following areas:
    • School Leadership
      • Creates a united team of school leaders who live the SPARK Schools mission, vision and values daily through their appropriate decision-making and behaviours.
      • Models effective coaching and management practices for ongoing network-wide leadership development.
    • School Culture
      • Envisions, plans, implements, and monitors a consistent, high quality network-wide school culture that leads to thriving SPARK scholars and staff.
      • Creates tools to evaluate school culture and determine targeted improvement plans.
    • Data-Driven Instruction
      • Establishes network-wide protocols for data meetings that result in evidence-based planning and instructional decisions.
      • Ensures the integrity and credibility of scholar achievement data through comprehensive moderation procedures.
      • Establishes a comprehensive instructional and leadership development program that prepares instructional staff in all roles to fulfill their duties and excel in service to scholars and their families.
    • Parent and Family Engagement
      • Develops and maintains mechanisms to inform, involve, and consult our scholars’ parents and families.
      • Engages parents and families through platforms for feedback, used to inform stakeholder experience initiatives.
  • 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 student information system, as well as any other systems related to school administration and stakeholder communication.
  • Creates and maintains a rhythm of accountability within the School Achievement team, including quarterly data analysis and regular team meetings.
  • Collaborates with the Head of Efficacy and Regional Operations Managers to ensure high quality outcomes in all five key drivers of the SPARK Schools model.
  • Identifies, recruits, and engages in the selection of new School Achievement Managers and instructional school leaders, who are able to successfully lead school growth and continuous improvement efforts.
  • 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 schools and the Support office.
  • Ensures alignment of instructional practices across the network and in line with SPARK Schools practices, policies, and core values.
  • 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, a postgraduate qualification advantageous
  • SACE accreditation
  • At least 3 – 5 years of experience leading a team in school management and instruction with evidence of high achievement
  • At least 3 years managing other managers
  • Experience and practice with labour laws
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the South African Primary 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/93DD5AAE79/

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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