M-Pesa Foundation Academy Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EL) Program Head Job in Kenya

M-Pesa Foundation Academy

Career Opportunity: Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EL) Program Head

Established on a modern campus of 75 acres, 45 kilometers outside Nairobi, the M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, coeducational and residential secondary school offering both the Kenyan National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).

The Academy is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP).

Driven by leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, the Academy serves talented but economically disadvantaged students with demonstrated leadership potential.

M-PESA Foundation Academy offers a world class, well rounded learning environment to develop future leaders.

The Academy places great emphasis on the holistic development of learners not just in academics but also in technology, music, sports, the arts outdoor pursuits and community service.

Learners are exposed to the latest technology as part of the day-to-day teaching and the school prides itself in moulding future leaders and entrepreneurs.

The M-PESA Foundation Academy is seeking to recruit a dynamic and visionary individual with exceptional skills in the following role.

Position Title: Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EL) Program Head

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports To: Director of Teaching and Learning

The Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EL) Program

The Entrepreneurship Leadership Program is the focus of entrepreneurial leadership activity at the M-PESA Foundation Academy. It explores the intersection between great leaders and entrepreneurial thinking. The program prepares students to deliver a profound impact founded on core principles of innovation, collaboration, strategic problem solving and courageous value based entrepreneurial leadership.

Our passionate and progressive staff guide students – through four pillar areas – In-class EL lessons, Experiential Student Enterprises (ExSE), Community Leadership Programs (CoLeaPs) and Innovation Challenges. By building our students’ mental flexibility, we help them to be comfortable with complexity and to be adaptable, empathetic, and resilient problem solvers. Equipped with this pioneering mindset, the graduates of M-PESA Foundation Academy become entrepreneurial leaders in their fields of interest.

Position Purpose

The Head of EL Program will work with small, multidisciplinary teams and manage strategic responsibilities of considerable difficulty and sensitivity in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating administrative, academic and operational activities. The Head will have the strategic skills to envision what the EL Program can become and the operational management capabilities to make it a reality.

The role will involve development, support, coordination, and instruction of a variety of initiatives within the program.

Expected Responsibilities

  • Design and develop, along with other stakeholders at the Academy, curriculum and key learning experiences across the 4 year EL program.
  • Teach EL classes and; support EL and non-EL faculty with the implementation of EL curriculum in an effort to work towards targeted student outcomes.
  • Manage the content related to EL Program on the Learning Management System including assignments, announcements, and files required by teams.
  • Coaching students as they explore their own entrepreneurial leadership journeys.
  • Design and oversee successful implementation of programs that will enhance the application of learned EL attitudes, mindsets and skills like Experiential Student Enterprises, Community Leadership Projects, entries into innovation competitions etc.
  • Promote the program among staff at the Academy in an effort to increase buy-in and enthusiasm.
  • Conducts administrative tasks required to run a successful department such as handling e-mail correspondence; developing and executing operational plans; scheduling, promoting, and producing EL Program events including Ideas Demo Days, pitch nights, Leadership Stories series, field trips and kickoff events.
  • Support and coordinate the recruitment and maintenance of database of program partners, Business Coaches and Advisors to the ExSEs and CoLeaPs.
  • Work with the finance department to develop and monitor budgets and, execute financial transactions including overall financial requisitions and reporting related to the EL Program.
  • Manage logistics for the program including, transportation, catering, set up of facilities, purchases for ExSEs through the relevant Academy departments
  • Manage EL Program stakeholder relations in liaison with other Academy departments.
  • Develop reports and provide regular updates about the EL Program during scheduled Academy meetings.
  • Audit the EL program using the appropriately designed Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
  • Supervises EL Program staff. Oversee and participate in the allocation of duties, training and evaluation of program staff. Determine and take appropriate corrective action when need be.
  • Stay connected with local and international entrepreneurial ecosystems and help the Academy community stay plugged in.
  • Support other student-facing initiatives and the overall Academy community.

Profile of Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation).
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisation skills.
  • Comfortable in exploring and utilising innovative approaches to teaching.
  • A demonstrated understanding of human centred design, social entrepreneurship, innovation and servant leadership.
  • Experience in an environment of incubating student/youth ventures (non-profit or for-profit) with a proven track record of success preferred.
  • Experience in an education environment as a teacher or administrator.
  • Proven capacity to work with efficiency and flexibility.
  • An appreciation for and ability to work with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • Must be able to deal with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and diverse array of contacts.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Procedure

Please send your applications to [email protected] not later than 15th October, 2020 stating clearly on the email subject line and on your application letter reference line, which role you are applying for.

Please note, only soft copy/ email applications to the address provided will be accepted.

No hard copy applications will be accepted or received.

Kindly include in your application copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials, certificate of good conduct, and detailed CV, contact details as well as names and contacts (telephone and e-mail address) of three (3) professional referees.

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Thika, Kenya

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