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Leadership and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher


Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Leadership and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher to teach grades 8 -12 and spearhead the development of the academic programme for leadership at our Ormonde School in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic teacher who has leadership and some SEL teaching experience to empower students using an enquiry-based learning approach and to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century.


As a Leadership & Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resident Teacher, you are responsible to teach grades 8-12 and help to establish a unique, innovative leadership and social and emotional learning programme at Nova Pioneer. Resident teachers lead instruction and planning for the subject or grade level classrooms they teach and are responsible for driving a rigorous, enquiry-based learning environment the Nova Pioneer way. Resident teachers are supported by Deans of Instruction who partner with them in their growth journey by observing lessons, providing feedback and coaching. The Leadership and SEL Resident teacher also works closely with the Dean of Students. Resident teachers support and mentor apprentice teachers. See below to learn more about the teaching model at Nova Pioneer.

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Work closely with Leadership team to design rigorous lesson plans
  • Work with school leadership to create a framework for Nova Pioneer’s leadership academic programme
  • In consultation with our school psychologist, establish and run a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Programme across all grades
  • Deliver impactful and engaging enquiry-based lessons supported by technology to enhance instructional delivery
  • Observe, coach and be a model teacher for new teachers
  • Infuse joy and passion for learning into lessons so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence
  • Set and communicate rigorous and ambitious goals for all students and provide student feedback so they internalize it
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of student progress
  • Use assessment data to adjust instructional content and delivery techniques accordingly
  • Attend weekly feedback meetings with Deans to enhance teaching practices
  • Fully participate in opportunities for professional growth including daily team meetings and reflections, weekly professional development meetings, instructional coaching, and organisation wide learning and reflection
  • Communicate regularly with parents through e-mail, telephone and parent-teacher conferences
  • Contribute to and participate in co-curricular programming for at least one activity in the course of a term
  • Participate in a variety of collaborative teams and committees, fulfill supervision duties as assigned including occasional morning, evening and weekend events


Skills and Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or Bachelor’s Degree + Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • You are SACE registered
  • You have vast experience incorporating leadership principles in the classroom
  • Experience and/or understanding of Cambridge curriculum objectives would be a strong advantage
  • You are able to lead a classroom independently
  • You have a deep passion for student support and growth and student-centered learning
  • You embody Nova Pioneer’s culture principles and are ready to enthusiastically model them for students and fellow staff members
  • You are highly organised and excited by the opportunity to lay a foundation for new programmes at Nova Pioneer
  • You are willing to engage with both students and their families outside of class time
  • You are creative and energetic
  • You have a strong willingness to learn new strategies for leadership and SEL from the leadership team and school psychologist
  • You are a team player and you enjoy group problem-solving
  • You are adept at using technology for instruction

Required documents to support your application:

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • ID Document / Passport with valid work permit
  • Valid SACE certificate
  • Qualifications & Transcripts
  • Police Clearance – not older than 6 months
  • Tax number

Key attributes you will need to succeed in the role:

  • You love teaching and care deeply about the success of each and every student
  • You have an understanding of and passion for enquiry based, student-centered learning
    You have a deep understanding of children and you know how to connect with the specific age group that you teach
  • You are deeply committed to your development as a teacher and welcome constructive feedback, translating feedback into improvements and innovations in your approach and in your classroom
  • You are able to work within a team-based environment and collaborate with other resident teachers, apprentice teachers and deans
  • You communicate openly and effectively with your colleagues
  • You are adept at using technology for instruction


  • Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!
  • To apply, please complete the form on this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.
  • Please note: Where a copy of your resume is required, copying and pasting from a formatted document e.g. Microsoft Word may not result in the formatting transferring correctly to the final resume. You are encouraged to attach your resume in Microsoft Word® or PDF format to protect formatting.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews.



Nova Pioneer teachers don’t lecture, they lead discussions and facilitate projects that help students engage deeply and think critically about course material. There are two types of teachers at Nova Pioneer: Resident Teachers and Apprentice Teachers.

Resident Teachers are able to lead classrooms and, depending on the grade level they are teaching, have strong content knowledge. Resident Teachers are typically qualified teachers with classroom experience or have a strong ability to lead a classroom independently .Centralised lesson planning supports teachers to enable them to deliver rigorous enquiry-based learning and to engage deeply with students to help the on their individual learning journeys.

Apprentice Teachers are high potential individuals with an eagerness to learn and grow into a resident teacher. Apprentices are paired with a resident teacher who provides them with mentorship and coaching, observes lessons and provides regular feedback so that they are soon able to own their own classrooms. Apprentice Teachers may support more than one resident teacher across multiple classrooms. Apprentice Teachers have typically completed a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a teaching qualification. Apprentices have the exciting opportunity to work at Nova Pioneer while still pursuing their studies – this gives them the opportunity to get real experience and earn money at the same time! Apprentices who do well in their time at Nova Pioneer could be offered a job as a Resident Teacher once they have qualified.

Nova Pioneer welcomes professionals who are looking to make a career change into education and are passionate about pursuing a new career in teaching.


Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here.

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Nova Pioneer, Ormonde
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