2 Job Positions at Kepler (Deadline: 24 September 2018)

2 Job Positions at Kepler (Deadline: 24 September 2018)


2 Job Positions at Kepler (Deadline: 24 September 2018)

Job at Kepler : IT Director (Deadline: 24 Sepember 2018 )

IT Director

Operations – Kimironko, Kigali

Generation Rwanda/Kepler

About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

  • The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment – and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.

  • Who we are: Kepler is a nonprofit university program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families, and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University – a global leader in higher education – which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.

  • Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.

  • The future: Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities, and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.

About the position:

The Information Technology Director is responsible for developing, planning and leading Kepler’s IT strategy, defining and delivering IT projects, and managing the IT department to ensure effective use of technology tools and infrastructure to support the success of Kepler program across all campuses. The role will oversee the use of new technology systems and services, software, data storage systems, the creation of IT vendor contracts, the development of tech policies and initiatives, and other areas related to the IT function at all Kepler campuses. The IT Director is a critical member of the team and will be involved in the management team working on country level and expansion projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning and developing IT strategies and operations that are in line with the organizational goal of growth and to match trends in the use of tech in education

  • Establishing, implementing and managing IT department policies and procedures

  • Overseeing and managing department staff, and budgeting

  • Determining Kepler’s requirements for IT systems, software, and student computers

  • Ensuring constant availability of network by using Cisco Meraki and solving network problems as they arise; Managing devices on the Meraki system as well as the ISP bundle supply; Maintaining the network configuration map and documentation of issues and solutions

  • Identifying security vulnerabilities and eliminating them with strategic solutions that increase data security

  • Identifying information system needs and recommending new technology solutions

  • Overseeing and managing the information systems such as Google Suite (including student and staff emails), Student Information System (SIS), Canvas, CSM (Core Skills Mastery), video resources/NAS, Student Portal, and BambooHR

  • Ensuring that Kepler technology systems are in compliance with all local and international regulations

  • Establishing and maintaining a relationship with IT vendors to provide maintenance and support of the IT Systems.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology; Master’s preferred

  • Prior experience in a similar role; at least five (5) years of experience

  • Experience managing, growing and leading an IT team

  • Experience with programming or software development

  • Experience with managing networks

  • Willingness to learn new systems and interest in technology trends

  • Highly-developed communication skills (interpersonal, written, and verbal), and ability to inspire others

  • Effective and tech-savvy manager

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

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Job at Kepler : Chief Operating Officer (Deadline: 24 September 2018)

Chief Operating Officer

Management – Kimironko, Kigali

Generation Rwanda/Kepler

Chief Operating Officer

About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

  • The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment – and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.

  • Who we are: Kepler is a nonprofit university program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University – a global leader in higher education – which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.

  • Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.

  • The future: Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities; and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.


About the Position

As Kepler embarks on its new 5-year strategy, the COO will be critical to ensuring the internal workings of the organization are ready for growth and scale across multiple locations and contexts. Primary to the role is the oversight of all Kepler operations related to finance; student lending; HR; technology and facilities. The COO is a critical part of the global management team and one of the primary thought partners to the CEO in strategic decision making. This is a keystone role for the success of Kepler’s growth strategy over the coming five years.

The ideal candidate has held successively more senior leadership positions in the nonprofit or higher education space over their career and has significant experience working in sub-Saharan Africa. The ideal candidate has a can-do attitude and is relentlessly committed to reaching the organization’s goals through inspiring leadership, creative problem solving, and persistence.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead all of Kepler’s global operations and help build country-level operations as we expand

  • Manage all organizational leads for Finance, Lending, HR, IT and Facilities

  • Collaborate with senior management on Kepler’s 5-Year growth strategy and plans

  • Help set yearly goals for the organization and build teamwork plans that move toward meeting these goals; Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics

  • Measure effectiveness and efficiency of operational processes both internally and externally and finds ways to improve processes; oversee systems planning for growth

  • Represent the organization at conferences, professional associations and other public venues

  • Establish policies that promote a strong company culture and vision

  • Finance and Lending duties include:

  • Managing the annual budgeting process; monthly reports; Board and donor reporting; cash flow management and analysis; and cost modeling

  • Managing the development of Kepler’s student loan program, which will grow to include a number of different lending products

HR duties include: Managing all talent recruitment, continuous professional development and retention programs for all Kepler staff

Tech duties include: Ensuring the ongoing development of tech systems for growth including Kepler’s HRIS, SIS, CRM; oversight of network maintenance and improvements

Facilities duties include: Ensuring safety and compliance;  acquisition of facilities and potential full campus build-out

Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years in a senior management positions in a related field

  • Work history in sub-Saharan Africa

  • BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MSc/MBA is a plus

  • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities; excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills; and aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving

  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development

  • Deep understanding of business functions nonprofit finance and reporting; HR systems; IT infrastructure and tools; facilities management; and systems performance/operation metrics

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds

  • Passionate about mission and impact of Kepler

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in student financing and lending is a plus

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

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