Kepler Kiziba Campus Director

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In 2013, we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable university programs, enabling even students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. Nearly 300 students are now enrolled in Kepler.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent. Studies show that more earning potential is unlocked with each year of higher education than any other period of study. We aspire to help unleash a generation of African students who otherwise would lack the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Kepler Kiziba Campus Director

Management – Karongi, West

Generation Rwanda/Kepler

Kepler Kiziba Campus Director

About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

Generation Rwanda began in 2004 and has supported young people in Rwanda in achieving their higher education goals through scholarships for universities throughout the country. In 2013, Generation Rwanda expanded its reach when it started Kepler.  Kepler is a nonprofit university program designed to deliver the skills that emerging economies need. It combines the best of online learning and an American competency-based degree program with in-person seminars and intensive education-to-employment support. The degrees are awarded by our degree partner Southern New Hampshire University.

About the Position:

The Kepler Kiziba campus was established in 2015 to offer high quality higher education to promising students in Kiziba Refugee Camp.  The unique setting also places the campus as a “learning laboratory”, where innovative solutions to academic and logistical challenges are continually being tested, refined, documented, and shared.

Kepler is looking for a leader for its Kiziba campus to oversee campus operations, the creation and delivery of educational programs, and external partnerships.  The Campus Director will report to the Director of Refugee Education Programs.

The Campus Director will oversee an academic and operations team and ensure the quality of the student learning experience in and outside of the classroom.  This campus leader works directly with other members of the staff to provide a high quality learning journey for every Kepler student by overseeing the development and quality of the academic program, student support systems, campus infrastructure, safety and security, and partnerships.

*This position will likely start between October 2018 and January 2019 (flexible) and is located in Karongi, Rwanda with daily travel to Kiziba Refugee Camp.  The role also entails periodic local and international travel.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall academic and operations leadership and management for the Kepler Kiziba campus, to ensure delivery of a high quality educational experience and meet the Kiziba campus academic goals

  • Recruit, manage, and develop Kepler Kiziba staff and volunteers through performance management, professional development, and coaching/modeling

  • Coordinate external visitors

  • Collaborate with the Kepler Careers Director to meet the Kiziba campus internship and employment goals

  • Collaborate with the Kepler data team to manage, evaluate, and share student  and program data and identify and implement changes based on student data

  • Model and support best teaching practices

  • Oversee student culture, community/academic events and programming, including the Student Government Association, student services, student discipline and work study programs

  • Oversee all operational activities on the campus, including facilities, technology and finance, safety and security, with the support of the Kiziba Operations Manager & Kigali Ops team

  • Collaborate with the Admissions Manager to meet the admissions needs of the campus

  • Liaise and advise Kepler management staff on the learnings and programs and continually push for innovation in the spirit of Kiziba as a “learning laboratory”

  • Work directly with external academic and operational partners, including UN and government agencies, to coordinate resources and programs at Kepler Kiziba, including research initiatives

  • Complete monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements for specific donors and partners

  • Create and oversee the annual campus budget

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years of professional experience

  • Fluent English communication skills (electronic and in-person)

  • Classroom teaching or school management experience

  • Highly flexible and able to adapt quickly to changes

  • Demonstrated personnel management, leadership, and external partnership skills

  • Strong technology skills (Microsoft Suite, Google suite, internet research)

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree

  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda

  • Experience in a refugee camp setting

  • Experience in operations or facilities management

  • Passionate about innovation in education

Reports to: Director of Refugee Education Programs