Manager of Academic Advising

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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.

Manager of Academic Advising

Academic – Kigali, Kigali City

Kepler

Manager of Academic Advising

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 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.

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 Role:

Kepler is looking for a Manager of Academic Advising to oversee the support for students working toward their Bachelor of Arts degrees in Project Management, Management, Communications, and Healthcare Management through the program. The main goal of this role is to design and implement support structures that will help students consistently complete their degrees in a timely manner. The Manager of Academic Advising will supervise a of Academic Advisors and report to the Director of Academic Support. She/he will also collaborate with various other staff members to ensure effective support of students from admissions through to the transition to employment after graduation.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage Academic advisors and part-time employees to support students through the degree
  • Revise and edit current structures of support
  • Collaborate with the other Manager of Academic Advising to strengthen the current support systems
  • Collaborate with the Director of Academic Support to transition students from the Associate’s degree to the Bachelor’s degree
  • Collaborate with the Kepler Data Manager to collect, manage and share data of student progress with the broader academic team
  • Instruct non-native English speakers to rapidly improve English fluency through a competency-based, blended learning curriculum
  • Conduct study groups  in a variety of content areas to support student basic skill acquisition as related to their degree.
  • As needed, conduct class sessions and build courses (curriculum delivery and communication regarding curriculum) through a Learning Management System online.
  • As needed, grade competency-based work and provide student feedback in a timely manner (48 hour turnaround max)
  • As needed, modify curriculum for applicability to the context and to best support students
  • Engage in team meetings to collaborate and build quality products for student consumption and use
  • Support student success throughout the program
  • Create workshops and support courses to help students make informed decisions about choosing the appropriate degree.  
  • Collaborate with Careers team to invite motivational guest speakers to share their experiences and inspire our students across different classes
  • Provide feedback on the program, curriculum and students to various stakeholders within the organization in a timely manner
  • Conduct optional and mandatory office hours through a variety of formats: workshop, 1:1 conferences, group supported work time, etc.
  • Share and train other educators in implementation of online education in a blended learning environment
  • Facilitate various meetings for small teams and/or whole academic team
  • Participate in the Kim Marshall Observation process as outlined by administration
  • Work in collaboration with the academic team to achieve annual academic goals
  • As needed, support Academic Advisors through the Kim Marshall evaluation system as an observer and coach
  • Plan and facilitate Professional Development for the Academic Team
  • Collaborate with the Kiziba Curriculum Associate to adapt the CfA BA in Communications,  Healthcare Management, and Management degree curricula to the Kiziba model
  • Serve as a model advisor for other Academic Advisors as well as visitors to the Kepler model through an open classroom forum, demo-lessons, or co-teaching with struggling instructors
  • Serve as a lead or contributor to one or more teams outside of academics

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (preference for Project Management, Management, Business, or related degrees)
  • Highly motivated with a passion for education
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to implement education through a process model of learning, implementing, reflecting, revising and re-implementing
  • Demonstrates leadership through participation, initiative and work ethic within the academic team
  • Conducts himself/herself in a fashion that demonstrates service leadership
  • Demonstrates growth in teaching practices over time
  • Applies learning from personal professional development or Kepler-based professional development in the classroom
  • Has high expectations of him/herself and believes in high expectations for students
  • Has the ability to be creative and innovative in the way that education can be created and delivered to students
  • Is open and willing to give and receive feedback from all stakeholders within the organization including students, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Excellent writing and language skills in English.
  • Displays ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal formats
  • Exceeds at building and maintaining relationships, online and off.
  • Possesses functional knowledge and/or personal experience with technology: Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, Google Chrome
  • Thrives in a dynamic environment and believes that change leads to progress
  • Comfortable with not having or providing answers to students through an inquiry-based model where the facilitator of the class is not the “keeper” of all knowledge

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree

 Reports to the Director of Academic Support