Job at Kepler :Associate Director of Academic Studies (29 July 2018 )

Job at Kepler :Associate Director of Academic Studies (29 July 2018 )


Job at Kepler :Associate Director of Academic Studies (29 July 2018 )




Associate Director of Academic Studies

Generation Rwanda/Kepler

Associate Director of Academic Studies

About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

Generation Rwanda (GR) launched in 2004 and has since supported a number of young people in Rwanda in achieving their higher education goals through scholarships for universities throughout the country. In 2013, GR expanded its reach when it started Kepler, a nonprofit university program designed to reinvent higher education with a lens on readiness for 21st-century careers. We aspire to be among the first organizations to demonstrate at scale that it is possible to provide excellent learning and employment outcomes to students at a low cost.

To achieve this goal, Kepler is building its academic model around the demanding, practical needs of employers. We deliver the skills that businesses seek through hands-on learning that combines world-class online content, high-quality in-person coaching, and extensive real-world work experience. To date, we have more than 550 students on our two Rwanda campuses – in Kigali and in Kiziba Refugee camp.

Currently, all Kepler students earn their degrees through our degree partner Southern New Hampshire University and that will continue to be a key part of the Kepler model. In parallel, we are working on developing a Bachelor’s degree provided by Kepler and accredited in Rwanda. This new degree would be offered in Rwanda as well as in two additional countries over the next few years.

About the position

The Associate Director of Academic Studies is responsible for the planning, development, and maintenance of the curriculum for the new degree program(s). This includes managing consultants and vendor(s) as well as supervising or managing through influence other Kepler staff members. The Associate Director of Academic Studies is a new role at Kepler so a successful candidate will get to take initiative to help define and shape the role. They will also need to work closely and collaboratively with another new role, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement who will work on the government relations and accreditation aspects of the new degree as well as providing quality assurance reviews.

The Associate Director of Academic Studies will adapt and create curricula that is applicable to the East African context and work with the academic leadership team to develop new ways to deliver effective instruction to students at all Kepler campuses. As Kepler grows, this role will manage various projects and help determine priorities for development of new courses and platforms to meet students needs.

Responsibilities

Work with the academic leadership team to create curriculum development standards based on innovative pedagogies and best practices

Conduct research to design and develop curricular goals, outlines for new curriculum and curriculum updates. Involve instructional staff in the process

Adapt existing curriculum resources to regional African context depending on the location of future campuses

Ensure that all program development and revisions follow established standards across all the campuses

Support quality assurance activities for all accredited curriculum and implement feedback from regulators

Coordinate the regular review of all curriculum to evaluate how it meets the intended objectives, including high quality learning experience, industry relevance, accreditation compliance, etc. Use the data from the review to recommend improvements and edits

Model continuous self-improvement through research, professional development, and other learning opportunities for curriculum design and provide professional development for academic staff around curriculum design and implementation

Provide in-class and out-of-class support and coaching to instructors with using designated curricula, including coaching on teaching strategies

Other tasks as assigned by the Director of Academic Partnerships

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree, preferably in Education or Instructional Design

Experience in program/curriculum development, ideally with a focus on employability and using competency/project-based learning

Practical or educational experience in either Finance, Accounting, ICT, Business, or Entrepreneurship

Experience working in a fast-paced environment

Willingness to experiment, try things out, fail fast, and learn constantly

Knowledge of current techniques and procedures used in the design and development of curriculum

Communication skills; both written and oral English

Very detail-oriented and able to work independently

Ability to develop long-term goals and objectives

Ability to give and receive feedback

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with a university located in the East African Community (EAC)

Experience working with a government education ministry within EAC

Experience with assessment creation

Experience evaluating the effectiveness of programs and making recommendations for improvements

Notes: Candidates will be asked to submit work samples they worked on such as syllabi, assessments, lesson plans, etc.

Reports to: Director of Academic Partnerships

 

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