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Instructional Coach

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Position: Instructional Coach, Rwanda

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Duration: Minimum 2-year commitment, full-time


Organization Description:

The future of peace and stability in East Africa lies in the hands of young women who have the leadership skills and wisdom to create jobs and build businesses that will lift their communities out of poverty. At Akilah, we bring together the most promising female leaders from Rwanda and Burundi for an innovative three-year program
 that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles. Ninety-seven percent of our current students are the first in their family to go to college. One-third of our current students are the heads of their households. This is particularly noteworthy because in East Africa, 85% of women work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Furthermore, only 1% of the population enters university, and less than one-third of those students are female. We believe that educating young women is simply the wisest and most effective investment a developing country can make. We also know that women will invest 90%of their income into their families, as opposed to 30-40% for men. Similarly, educated women are less likely to contract HIV, and will also earn more money and have fewer and healthier children.

Akilah aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. Akilah will graduate 1,200 students by the year 2020. By the fall, Akilah will serve 280 students on campus in Rwanda and 150 students on our new Burundi by January 2015. Our hands-on and project-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local private sector. Students start with a foundational year of English, math and leadership immersion before choosing a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems (IS), or Hospitality. Students graduate with the market-relevant skills required for meaningful employment in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

92% of our graduates have been placed in jobs since our inception. Specifically, 35 of Akilah’s graduates are employed
 by Marriott International. They are being trained to assume leadership roles at Marriott’s first sub-Saharan African hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. Other graduates have launched their own entrepreneurial ventures, including a clothing and handicrafts company.


About the Position:

Akilah is searching for an energetic candidate for the position of Instructional Coach. Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, the Instructional Coach will serve as a coach to all Akilah faculty and help them build their capacity as instructors and educators. She/he will design, plan, and carry out professional development workshops for teachers based on observational data and common areas of need. The Instructional Coach will work closely with the Chief Academic Officer to develop a vision and a concrete plan for teacher support and development.


Qualifications and Skills

  • Masters Degree preferred – in relevant field.
  • 5 years of teaching experience is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success leading and directing strategic educational initiatives that result in measurable student outcomes and achievements.
  • Excitement about working in a vibrant and evolving start-up environment.
  • Extraordinarily resilient, positive and proactive character.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Engaging and collaborative leadership style with mature interpersonal skills and the ability to juggle and manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Special capabilities (e.g., ESL management, supervisory experience, IT, program assessment) also valued.
  • Experience working in the region highly valued.


Cultural Leadership

  • Works in partnership with CAO to create a culture of openness to learning and professional development amongst instructional staff.


Assessment and Data coordination

  • Works with leadership to produce customized reports for teachers based on quantitative and qualitative assessment data surrounding student performance.
  • Provides ongoing support and training to teachers on how to use data to drive student achievement.
  • With the CAO, develops a plan of action for the year. This may include: needs assessment, goal setting, identification of major task areas and steps for accomplishing tasks, method of establishing effective communication, method/calendar for supporting and developing teachers.


Instructional Leadership, Support & Professional Development

  • At the direction of CAO and other leadership staff, designs and delivers targeted, high-quality professional development for new and experienced teachers across the school year for developmental purposes.
  • Demonstrates best practices, including modeling instruction.
  • Provides guidance in classroom management, instructional planning, and the gathering of instructional resources in support of student mastery of coursework.
  • Establishes performance goals for/with all instructional staff.
  • Provides timely and relevant feedback on plans, practices, and strategies to ensure continuous improvement and ongoing development of instructional staff.
  • Conducts observations of instructional staff.


Curriculum Coordination

  • Collaborates with Akilah leadership on curriculum development and implementation.
  • Monitors curriculum and instruction and ensures rigor and delivery of all assigned components of the lessons, as prescribed.
  • Coordinates and monitors curriculum materials, ensuring that all instructors have access to necessary materials.
  • All other duties as assigned.



Competitive compensation, health insurance, campus crèche, gym membership, generous PTO, 1 annual round-trip flight to home country (if applicable)


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