Ubuntu School Principal

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

Program Overview

The Ubuntu School offers students an exceptional education and a transformational pathway out of poverty. Our team instills confidence, creative expression, character growth, and social skills through a flexible, evolving, and child-driven learning model. Through a nurturing environment, high-quality instruction, and world-class wraparound support, we provide everything South Africa's most vulnerable children need to thrive.

Position Overview

Ubuntu Pathways (www.ubuntupathways.org) is seeking a Head of School to help us launch a progressive primary school for 220 children ages 2-8 (pre-primary through grade 4) in Zwide Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This position reports directly to Ubuntu’s Education Capacity Coach and works in collaboration with Ubuntu’s Executive Team. Ubuntu is looking for an open, flexible leader who aims to create a safe and supportive school environment. (S)He should promote investigation, curiosity, and play as central facets of the school’s vision and mission.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead day-to-day functioning of the school
  • Coordinate academic and timetabling programs
  • Coordinate and manage events
  • Work with local leaders, teachers, staff, and parents to assure a consistent, high-functioning learning environment
  • Conduct parent interviews and respond to parental needs
  • Implement and maintain Code of Conduct
  • Implement a system to monitor student progress, including maintaining accurate attendance records
  • Manage the school’s discretionary budget
  • Manage marketing, public relations and advertising for the school
  • Coordinate outreach programs
  • Develop student leadership
  • Manage student disciplinary measures
  • Develop school curriculum with the support of an advisory team
  • Drive and manage innovation, research, development and implementation of initiatives
  • Work directly with the Education Capacity Coach to develop and adapt the school’s academic/operating models as required
  • Manage all additional school activities, including but not limited to: transportation, health and safety policies, social services, and referrals
  • Work with Education Capacity Coach to manage professional development and accountability procedures for staff

Experience and skill requirements are as follows:

  • Recognized degree and/or 4-year post-matric Teaching Qualification
  • Minimum 5 years teaching and management experience in a similar type of position in a similar environment
  • Experience and/or willingness to lead constructivist learning activities (e.g. project-based, play-based, or investigative learning) in an early-primary education context
  • Experience in a leadership role in an educational environment (note: prior experience as a school principal is not required)
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to motivate and deal empathetically at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with colleagues, students and parents
  • Ability to be energetic, self-motivates and use own initiative
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Excellent organization, administrative and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • An innovative and creative outlook
  • Comfort with experimentation and pushing the status quo
  • Comfort with the ambiguity inherent in a start-up environment
  • Computer literacy
  • SACE Registration


Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Additional benefits such as medical aid, provident fund, funeral cover, life cover, additional annual leave days and study leave days are also offered.

Application Information & Method

  • Send your CV with cover letter via Email to: jobs@panlila.co.za
  • Please do not contact or forward your application directly to Ubuntu Pathways. Make use of the above contact information.
  • Make sure that your save your CV under your name AND surname.
  • Make sure that you type the name of the job/position that you are applying for the "subject" section of your email.
  • Please include an active and current e-mail address which can be used for communication purposes and which you are happy to receive e-mail information on regarding your application.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • If you are not contacted within thirty (30) days after closing date, you should consider your application to have been unsuccessful.
  • Please indicate on your CV whether you have a criminal record, were found guilty of misconduct or have pending criminal or misconduct chargers.
  • Applicants may be subjected to any of the following: a security and credit clearance check, a competency assessment, signing a performance contract on appointment and signing an employment contract on appointment.

Please ensure that your CV includes the following information:

  • Notice Period at current place of work.
  • Salary expectation – per month, basic without benefits.
  • Please indicate two referees. Requirements for referees:
    • must have acted as a supervisor/manager
    • must give permission to act as referee and thus be contacted