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  • Posted: Nov 2, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • 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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    Regional Manager (Acting) - Primary Schools

    Requirements

    Purpose of Role:

    The Regional Manager is responsible for the instructional and operational outcomes of the schools in their designated region. The primary role of the Regional Manager is to manage, coach, and support the Principals of the schools in their designated region, with emphasis on excellence in scholar achievement, school operations, and professional and leadership development.

    Regional Managers work closely with the functional teams in SPARK Support, SPARK Schools’ central office, to ensure excellent service to the schools and network-wide alignment in decision-making and execution. Regional Managers are integral to SPARK Schools’ culture and our commitment to rigorous, engaging learning experiences for SPARK scholars.

    Reports To: Chief of Schools

    Responsibilities:

    • Manage and Coach Principals

      • Work with and through Principals and school leadership teams to drive scholar achievement and productive, positive school cultures.

      • Use a regular coaching cycle to build strong relationships with Principals that enable the leaders to meet their performance targets and model effective coaching to their own school leadership team.

      • Use research-based coaching practices in coaching leaders and work with the Chief of Schools to codify SPARK Schools coaching and management practices.

      • Use leadership tools and surveys to best assess leader strengths and areas of growth.

      • Use scholar achievement and school operations data to determine goals with each leader and monitor progress toward goals.

      • Hold Principals to academic, professional, ethical, and other performance standards.

    • Develop and Implement Professional and Leadership Development

      • Collaborate with fellow Regional Managers, the Learning Model and Human Capital Teams, and the Chief of Schools to plan and implement leadership development opportunities for current and future school leaders.

      • Collaborate with all departments in SPARK Support, in order to build and maintain relationships between school leaders and the Support office.

      • Develop Assistant Principals and School Operations Managers alongside Principals.

      • Advise Principals as they coach and develop Assistant Principals, School Operations Managers, and Trailblazers (prospective school leaders) to ensure the strength of SPARK Schools’ internal leadership pipeline.

    • Maintain a regular schedule of school visits to monitor and evaluate instruction and operations.

    • Collaborate with fellow Regional Managers to develop and implement standards, assessment, and performance metrics for instruction and operations.

    • Ensure alignment of operational and instructional practices across the network and in line with SPARK Schools’ practices, policies, and core values.

    • Serve as a primary liaison between teams in SPARK Support and school leadership, to ensure clear and distinct lines of communication and accountability.

    • Attend coaching 1:1s with the Chief of Schools and regular team meetings with the Regional Managers.

    • Participate actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.

    • Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    Qualifications and Criteria

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:

    • Completed Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in education or business

    • Preferred: SACE registration

    Experience

    • At least 3 years experience leading a team with evidence of high achievement.

    • At least 1 year managing other managers, whether in education or business.

    • Experience and practice with labour laws.

    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

    Benefits

    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.

    Location: SPARK Support/Schools Team.

    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 apply.workable.com to apply

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

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