Dean of Faculty
Academic – Kigali, Kigali City
Generation Rwanda / Kepler
Dean of Faculty
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 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 Dean of Faculty is responsible for leading the newly created faculty of business and administration. His/Her most important responsibility will be creating a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. The Dean of Faculty is a new position at Kepler so a successful candidate will get to take initiative to help define and shape the role. The Dean will report to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He/She will oversee the hiring and development of faculty committed to student-centered learning and innovative, technology-enabled pedagogy.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Assist the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the development of the Faculty into an academically excellent unit with world-class standards for teaching and learning;
· Coordinate the delivery, assessment and development of academic programs within the Faculty;
· Develop effective channels of communication for faculty members, other staff, students, and other stakeholders in order to maintain an open and collaborative culture;
Make recommendations for hiring, promotion, and compensation of the members of the faculty;
· Prepare regular reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, including review and evaluation of educational performance and progress against education plans and strategies;
· Undertake any other activities as assigned.
· Master’s degree in a field of study relevant to management, project management or operations;
· Deep understanding of student-centered and blended learning;
· Ability to foster a positive student and staff culture;
· Excellent understanding of the landscape and trends in higher education and training in Rwanda, regionally and globally;
· High academic credibility, intellectual curiosity and commitment to the values and culture of Kepler, including its students and their concerns;
· Professional or educational experience in operations, project management or general Management
· Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and networking skills;
Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects and manage competing and conflicting priorities in a fast paced, changing environment.
Willingness to experiment, try things out, fail fast, and learn constantly
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
· Doctoral degree in a field of study relevant to management, project management or operations;
· Experience in program/curriculum development, ideally with a focus on employability and using competency/project-based learning;
· Experience with providing high-quality professional development to teachers;
· At least six (6) years of teaching experience at the University level, including using innovative and effective pedagogies;
· Experience with effective assessment creation
· Experience evaluating the effectiveness of programs and making recommendations for improvements
Reports to: Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs