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  • Posted: Nov 22, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • SPARK Schools is a network of affordable private schools implementing Africa’s first blended learning model for primary school students. Students learn in both the traditional classroom setting and our innovative Learning Lab. The SPARK Schools model combines highly engaging classroom teaching, individualised instruction in the Learning Lab, partnersh...
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    Chief Operating Officer (COO)

    Purpose of Role:

    A position has been created for a senior and widely experienced Chief Operating Officer to take direct responsibility for the SPARK Schools operations portfolio while contributing to the development of SPARK’s highly capable and driven team. The position requires a COO who will effectively execute across all business scenarios to eliminate operational and tactical issues before they arise.

    Departments reporting to the COO:

    • Human Capital

    • School Achievement, compliance and registration

    • Company operation including facilities, property maintenance, health and safety and procurement

    • Sales and Marketing

    Reports to: Chief Executive Officer



    • Drives the execution of the organisation's strategic goals and mandate through the development and delivery of a operational and tactical implementation plan for SPARK Schools covering five years which will include, school achievement, operations management, organisational development related to the SPARK team and the financial resources required for this plan to be achieved.

    • Environmental scanning, risk mitigation and operational and tactical strategy formulation to ensure the successful operations of new and existing schools.

    • Together with the CEO and other executives, actively participate in successfully communicating to the rest of the organisation in order to:

      • Drive the formulation of operational and tactical plans to enhance organisational effectiveness and execution.

      • Help develop, document and iterate systems, structures, processes and services that result in a scalable, effective, quality support system for schools, scholars and parents.

      • Help develop the control systems that measure and give feedback on the impact of operational decisions and performance, the organisation’s financial health and key business metrics.

    • Continually challenges the management team to go beyond the industry status quo related to costs management and innovation.

    • The research and development of new operational and tactical partnerships.

    Qualifications and Criteria:

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:

    • Significant experience at senior executive committee or C Suite level in an appropriate multi site organisation or franchise for a minimum of 5 - 10 years.

    • Direct skill or background in the areas reporting to this post will be a distinct advantage.

    • Prior experience in a high growth multi site environment or in an environment related to the educational sector could also be an advantage.


    • 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


    SPARK offers:

    • fair market linked remuneration

    • performance-based annual bonuses and increases

    • above average/good annual leave

    • life, disability and funeral cover

    • employee wellness support

    • educational support & study leave

    • individualised professional development, support and mentorship

    • employee discount on school fees

    • opportunities for career growth

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

    Position Type: Full Time

    Location: Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

    SPARK Schools may expire the posting of this advertisement at their own discretion.

    Kindly note that should you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to SPARK Schools on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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