Assistant to the Director of Academic Support

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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 these 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.

Assistant to the Director of Academic Support

Academic – Kigali


Position: Assistant to the Director of Academic Support at Kepler

 About 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 non-profit higher education program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for these 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: 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. 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 Assistant to the Director of Academic Support role consists of coordinating different projects on the academic advising team under the guidance of the Director of Academic Support as well as performing a wide variety of administrative and academic support activities.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Offer administrative support to the Director of Academic Support 

  • Coordinate projects involving multiple teams on the advising team and occasionally more broadly at Kepler

  • Coordinate coaching activities at Kepler

  • Organize and keep updated files and documents to be accessed by the academic advising team 

  • Assist in preparing quarterly and annual reports on academic advising activities

  • Schedule and coordinate appointments with students and Student Guild

  • Track the need of classroom supplies to facilitate teaching and learning

  • Conduct class observations and other measurement and evaluation activities when necessary

  • Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Director of Academic Support

 Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Passion for education and understanding of competency-based curriculum as well as academic advising

  • Knowledge of Google Apps and Microsoft Suite

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to type at least 50 words per minute

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work with teams and be proactive

  • Ability to manage a project successfully

  • Data collection and analysis skills

 At Kepler, we value diversity as a paramount aspect of growth, therefore, we do not discriminate applicants based on gender, race, religion, physical abilities, social status, beliefs, and cultural values.

 Reports to: Director of Academic Support