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Global Programs Coordinator

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

Global Programs Coordinator

About the Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting a new generation of young leaders who will lead the continent towards lasting peace and shared prosperity for all. Since our inception in 2008, we have worked to lay the foundations of this audacious mission by identifying and developing a group of exceptional young leaders who will work together to shape Africa’s future. To deliver on this mission and further their careers, we have created six sector network communities made up of our young leaders, partners and friends of ALA. These networks are focused on addressing Africa’s greatest challenges around agribusiness, governance, infrastructure, health, education and the arts.

The Global Programs department seeks an exceptional junior professional with a demonstrated passion for experiential education, a strong understanding of curriculum design and experience in planning and delivery of youth camps as well as skilled in coordinating multiple camps during season.

Position Overview

The Global Programs Facilitator/Coordinator (GSP/School Visits) at ALA is responsible for planning, coordination, team recruitment and delivery of key ALA’s signature hosted programs – The Global Scholars Program (short holiday programs) and the School Visits program (hosting international school groups). He/She will provide outstanding, transformational educational and recreational experiences for participants and educator that focus on ALA core values (Integrity, Compassion, Curiosity, Diversity, Humility, Excellence) and its Pillars of Entrepreneurial Leadership (Self, Others, Africa, BUILD, Communicate, and Practice). This role also requires someone with planning and training skills to support our educator teams and co-design interactive programs for our season camps and school visits.

Position Responsibilities

School Visits Program

  • Schedule, plan and ensure quality implementation of all aspects of in-coming middle and high school visits to ALA, from one-day to multi-week programs; on- and off-campus logistics, designing set programming, and preparing debriefs/evaluation. This will require on-campus overnights for most visits.
  • Design, coordinate and facilitate BUILD workshops and other special programs.
  • Implement consistent, responsive and positive communications with visiting school representatives through all phases of engagement.

Global Scholars Program / Holiday Programs Season

  • Schedule, plan and ensure quality implementation of our holiday season of leadership camps.
  • Coordinate the recruitment of guest directors & educators, alumni and interns to capably run the holiday season.
  • Implement community service and cultural experiences.
  • Coordinate the delivery logistics of each session, including arrivals and departures, ensuring safety and security of all participants along with other ALA functions (security team; hospitality team; community out-reach team; educator training team etc.)
  • Create emails templates and ensure regular and quality communication with parents.
  • Provide regular reports on program quality, budgets and expenditure.


  • Use ALA’s systems for student and family records, communication, billing and collection.
  • Develop content for Global Programs newsletter, write-ups, program updates and advertorials.
  • Writing impact stories on student/school/partner experience for newsletter.
  • Writing content for website & social media in collaboration with marketing department.
  • Collecting data and reporting on program outcomes.
  • Understand and follow all policies and expectations around risk management and chaperoning students.
  • Provide the Marketing & Communications team with regular and timely photographs and text for social media.
  • Provide reports to the Head of Short Programs on any program’s planning or execution status.
  • Support and work effectively with other Global Programs, including Model African Union (MAU) and Custom camps.
  • All other duties as requested by the Head of Short Programs.
  • Develop and maintain partner relationships.

Profile of the Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in educational programming for teens (e.g., summer camp, after-school programs, outdoor/adventure programs.)
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree.
  • Passionate about youth development, Africa, global citizenship, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership.
  • You are strong in Microsoft Office applications and/or other productivity software.
  • You work well under pressure and thrive on bringing tasks to completion.
  • You maintain strong organizational and logistics skills.
  • You are flexible and adapt easily to changing circumstances.
  • You work well within a team environment.
  • Must have a car with South African or international driver’s license.
  • You have experience leading camps, youth programs or other related activities.
  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in activities which include, but are not limited to, camping, hiking/trekking, swimming, bicycle riding, horseback riding, wildlife research, team-building initiatives, and physical games.
  • First-Aid trained or certified, preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication.
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • An ability to interview and engage students, partners etc. and storytelling.

Start Date: October 2023

Location: Honeydew, Johannesburg