Subject Manager for Information Communication Technology
Academic · Kigali, Kigali
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
Kepler is hiring a Subject Manager for Information Communication Technology in the Faculty of Management. We are looking for a candidate with excellent leadership skills paired with strong knowledge in ICT and a passion for education. The role is an academic leadership position that serves to provide support to new and developing instructors (Lecturers, Assistant Lecturers, and Tutorial Assistants) as well as to continue to support the growth of best academic practices at Kepler.
The Subject Manager is an exemplar model of Kepler’s core values and works to lead initiatives that support students and the academic vision as a whole. It includes developing systems of support for developing instructors, creating curriculum, modeling and coaching the use of data to drive instructional decisions, and supporting students inside and outside of the classroom to help fulfill the mission/vision of Kepler.
- Manage a team of Lecturers, Assistant Lecturers, and Tutorial Assistants
- Lead and inspire the team to achieve their goals in relation to Kepler’s mission, vision, and core values
- Research and utilize effective online, in-person and blended learning teaching techniques
- Serve as a model instructor for other instructors as well as visitors to the Kepler model through an open classroom forum, demo-lessons, or co-teaching with struggling instructors
- Share and train other educators in the implementation of online education in a blended learning environment
- Conduct class observations to give feedback and offer coaching to support to the team as needed
- Plan and facilitate various activities such as professional development, meetings, workshops for the team
- Build courses (curriculum delivery and communication regarding curriculum) through a Learning Management System
- Teach ICT-related modules in compliance with Kepler policies and procedures
- Regularly evaluate student learning through competency/project-based assessments, including both formative and summative assessments and provide clear and actionable feedback to students
- Utilize student data to make informed decisions to guarantee all student progress through the curriculum
- Conduct student office hours and create other channels for open and positive communication with students
- Collaborate with the Director of Academic Studies to generate ICT scope and sequences, lesson plans, and another curriculum that supports diverse learners to acquire necessary and relevant technical skills in accordance with blended learning and competency-based model
- Under the direction of the faculty leadership, collaborate with the curriculum team in planning and implementing new learning content
- Lead out the evaluation of ICT curriculum as well as to conduct and facilitate other forms of assessments as specified in Kepler academic and assessment policies
- Provide feedback on the program, curriculum, and students to various stakeholders within the organization in a timely manner
- Collaborate with peers to share best practices and innovations from the classroom
- Undertake any other activities assigned from time to time by the Dean of Faculty
- Master’s degree (or in progress) in Information Communication Technology, Computer Science, Computer Application Technology, Software Engineering or related fields (candidates with qualifications in other fields than the above but who possess strong technology-related skills are encouraged to apply)
- Ability to manage people in a fashion that demonstrates service leadership
- Open and willing to give and receive feedback from all stakeholders within the organization including students, colleagues, and supervisors.Ability to be creative and innovative in the way that education can be created and delivered to students
- Demonstrated understanding of how students learn and ways to support them.
- Experience creating or modifying curriculum
- Demonstrated problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Demonstrated mastery of Google and Microsoft suites
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Excellent command of English as a language of instruction.
- Ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with colleagues to productively contribute to teams
- Proven ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects and competing and conflicting priorities in a fast-paced, changing environment
- Demonstrated willingness to implement education through a process model of learning, implementing, reflecting, revising and re-implementing
- Ability to support students in their various learning needs
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- 2 years of teaching experience at the university level, preferably in the East African Community
- Experience in program or training /curriculum development, either in academic or other professional settings, ideally with a focus on employability and using competency/project-based learning
- Demonstrated adaptability and commitment to innovation in Learning and Teaching pedagogy
- Ability to teach across a number of ICT related areas such as software design and development, database and web/internet development, project management, network technology, etc.
- Experience evaluating the effectiveness of programs and making recommendations for improvements
Reports to: Dean, Faculty of Management
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience
- Health insurance
- 18 days/year for annual leave
- Additional days of vacation during December and April break
Kepler is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and enhancing our organizational capability. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, or other category protected by law.