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Regional Director, Academics



kigali, rwanda
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Regional Director, Academics

Who We Are

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us.


The objective of Academics is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom. Our team is collaboratively organized around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom. Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department consults cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains. Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.

About the Role

The Regional Director, Academics is responsible for educational outcomes across schools in multiple territories, via their co-management and functional support of Director, Academics. The Regional Director, Academics is the glue between each Director, Academics' territory and what is known as “Shared Services.” Academics Shared Services is the team that is responsible for all the content creation and distribution that runs in each territory.

The Regional Director, Academics works with Managing Directors in each territory to ensure that all Director, Academics have a clear and focused work plan. This includes ensuring that each territory has an up-to-date Academic Plan for each academic year, setting quarterly goals for the Academic Director to execute the Academic Plan, and holding Director, Academics accountable in achieving their goals.

The Regional Director, Academics also ensures that Director, Academics effectively advocate for the academic programme of work in their territory. This includes ensuring that academic outcomes are a central part of all conversations around school support and operations. In the case of government partnerships, this also includes working directly with government stakeholders in Ministries of Education or State Boards of Education. The Regional Director, Academics supports Director, Academics to collect relevant input, engage in continuous dialogue, and generate buy-in for core elements of the academic programme.

Finally, the Regional Director, Academics ensures that there is strong coordination and clear communication between each territory and Shared Services regarding academic programming. They facilitate processes and conversation necessary for smooth execution of each territory’s academic program to happen within a large matrix organization. This facilitation should ensure that:

  • all levers of achievement are robust and contextualized for the territory
  • all schools have the right operational conditions for learning to take place
  • data is foundational to advocacy and engagement while supporting governments to gain insights and clarity

What you will do

  • Ensure that Director, Academics have a clear and focused work plan oriented around the Academic Plan. These Academic Plans must be created, reviewed, and approved before the launch of each academic year - the Regional Director, Academics must make certain that Director, Academics are delivering on this every year
  • Manage multiple Director, Academics to ensure that the academic programmes within the Academic Plan are high-value and will lead to outsized learning gains, but also that these programmes fit within the broader organisational context in the territory
  • Support Director, Academics to become owners of the academic programmes in their territories. This includes providing training on core principles and systems, and also coaching on effective troubleshooting and ongoing management systems
  • Empower Director, Academics to become persuasive advocates for their academic programmes, including in internal conversations and also with external government partners
  • Facilitate strong coordination and communication between each territory’s Director, Academics and Shared Services
  • Ensure that Academic Plans are managed using standardised systems across territories, even though those Academic Plans themselves are contextualised and unique to each territory
  • Ensure that Director, Academics thoroughly review and provide input on all new content in their territory; this review and input process should be informed by the Director, Academics expertise, which the Regional Director, Academics will cultivate
  • Help Director, Academics to manage urgent or high stakes requests that require additional resources or expertise
  • Establish and guide additional streams of work with an Director, Academics' portfolio, including high-priority initiatives like strengthening pupils’ post-primary readiness and facilitating more effective transitions to secondary school

What you should have

  • Education and Qualification:
    • Fluency in French and English required
    • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field; graduate degrees preferred
    • A Management graduate degree or an MBA would be an added advantage
    • At least 8-10 years of experience working in education
    • Experience working in education consulting
    • Experience managing a team of 5 or more direct reports
  • The Regional Director, Academics must be a data-driven individual with experience developing and managing cultures of high performance and high expectations. You must be a great academic leader who understands exceptional instruction and can motivate and support others in realizing a vision of academic excellence. Ideal candidates have worked in organizations with a proven track record of generating large learning gains.
  • In addition, the Regional Director, Academics must:
    • Be a self-starter and problem-solver, who thinks three and four steps ahead
    • Be hard-working and collaborative, with the tenacity to persevere and an appreciation for the role of teamwork in achieving a shared vision
    • Be a fast learner and someone who is able to flourish in fast paced, dynamic, and sometimes ambiguous environments
    • Be both detailed and results-oriented, driven by the data that will allow us to know what is working and what isn’t working for kids
    • Have strong project management skills and excellent organizational skills, with keen attention to detail, the ability to follow up systematically on a broad set of initiatives, and the ability to empower team members to take ownership over programmes of work
    • Be an effective, articulate communicator who can represent NewGlobe to external audiences, including government partners
    • Be humble and ready to “roll up your sleeves” to get things done

You’re also

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, NewGlobe works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, understand them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person is wearing or looks like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience,
    and value.
  • A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely on your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.