Early Childhood Education Program Capacity Coach

Port Elizabeth

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.

Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa's most vulnerable children with what all children deserve—everything, every day.

Our Team At-a-Glance:

  • Founded in 1999
  • 75 global staff with 10 on the New York City team
  • 2,000 vulnerable children on pathways out of poverty

Early Childhood Education (ECD) Program Overview:

The first five years of a child shape her future. At Ubuntu, we believe the most sustainable way of breaking the cycle of poverty is through early interventions. Driven by this core belief, we have created an ECE program that provides children aged 2-5 with a safe and stimulating space to grow and thrive throughout their critical early years of life. The program utilizes a play-based, emergent curriculum on par with the best early education programs around the world. Ubuntu's ECD team designs lessons to stimulate brain development and promote motor control and cognitive functionality through art, free expression, and social interaction. Educators monitor each child’s progress by observing their unique ideas, interests, and challenges in the classroom and engage families in their children's well-being. Incorporating high-quality health and caregiver services, the ECE program provides a truly transformative support system that prepares our youngest scholars for a lifetime of learning and success. Since the launch of the program in 2012, we have seen a remarkable, sustained impact: 100% of Ubuntu's ECE graduates attain age-appropriate developmental milestones and enter primary school with a strong physical, socio-emotional, and academic foundation.

Position Overview:

Ubuntu is looking for a Capacity Coach for Ubuntu’s ECE Program to further develop the ECE team through the next phase of the program. Ubuntu is looking for a coach that will be able to build relationships with other staff based on mutual respect, demonstrate effective communication skills, practice conflict resolution skills and have an ongoing commitment to learning. This person must possess excellent observation skills and model best practice in working with young children. They must be able to lead the interactive coaching process of observation, discussion, and reflection to promote the teams’ ability to grow.

  • This position is based out of Ubuntu’s South African office and is a 3-month contract with possibility to renew.
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • This person reports directly to the Chief Strategy Officer and the Managing Director and will lead the entire Early Childhood Program through a Strategic Growth Plan outlined by the CSO and developed with this person.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist teachers in structuring environments, routines, and interactions which promote students' growth and development across developmental domains including cognitive, physical, language, and social-emotional development. Provide continued support to maintain such systems.
  • Assist ECD Manager to establish efficient, effective, and easily maintained systems for completing required tasks and relevant documentation/communication
  • Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with teachers and manager to develop and work towards collaboratively set goals.
  • Translate best practices into specific tasks, skills or techniques which can be mastered and measured.
  • Plan and prepare high quality ECD training and mentoring programs that meet the needs of practitioners in informal settings
  • Facilitate training courses for groups of ECD practitioners
  • Monitor and record progress of practitioners and provide feedback
  • Contribute to the development, evaluation and improvement of ECD training courses, materials and related services
  • Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with teachers to develop and implement ongoing goals.
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with other coaches, community partners, and professional development technical staff.
  • Contact community partners to access external support when needed.

Guiding Principles:

The ideal candidate will understand and value the following:

  • Culturally and linguistically sensitive, family-centered practice
  • Natural learning environments
  • Play-based, child-centered approach to ECE
  • The process of learning through experience
  • Functional and meaningful activities/supports
  • Collaborative goal setting
  • Operation from a systems perspective
  • Long-term view of change

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or a related field.
  • Experience Coaching or Mentoring a Plus
  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years in an administrative position in the field and a minimum of 5 years teaching in the field.
  • Knowledge and education regarding developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, competent interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills. Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports, and track data.
  • Driver’s license required

How to apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two references to ubuntunyc@ubuntupathways.org.