Ubuntu School Teacher Coach in South Africa

Gqeberha

Candidates must have experience working in primary/elementary school setting as a school counselor or school social worker.

The Ubuntu School requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Location: Gqeberha, South Africa

Designation: Full-Time Staff Member (Contracted)

Salary Range: Market related and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Gqeberha (formerly 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 School 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

The Teacher Coach will provide support and coaching to teachers as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her potential. We are looking for an experienced elementary school teachers that have experience with coaching teachers, responsive classroom methods and are culturally competent. This person will work collaboratively with school leadership, teachers and parents to help our students achieve their highest academic, emotional and behavioral potential. This person should be culturally competent, promote investigation, curiosity, and play within a safe and supportive setting. This person will help launch the school counseling program and train 6-8 teachers as well as provide training for teaching staff and administrators. This is a 6-12 month position based in Gqeberha, South Africa.

Location and Contract

The position is located at the Ubuntu Campus in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa. Depending on the candidate, we will consider a 6-12 month contract with the potential to renew. Applicants not based in Gceberha must be willing to relocate for the duration of their contract.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Builds a positive, supportive school culture among students, staff, and parents through the coordinating of community circles, staff, school and family events;
  • Support the development of high quality/effective classroom instruction in multiple grades; observe and coach developing teachers to improve instructional planning, teaching practice, and the use of data, assessment, and instructional technology
  • Work with teachers to refine and develop common standards based pacing plans, mid-year and end of year common assessments for each grade level
  • Work with various teams (administrators, teachers) to facilitate analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments
  • Help teacher teams develop both school wide and classroom intervention plans.
  • Continuously monitor, track and analyze student achievement data in order to identify needed supports and strategies
  • Assist teachers in understanding Ubuntu’s mission, core values and progressive education
  • Teach/model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis, teaching lessons side-by-side with teachers
  • Assist teachers with understanding and sourcing resources for classroom instruction and planning
  • Assist teachers in learning new teaching practices and dynamic models that involve experiential investigative and inquiry based learning
  • Work closely with school principal to organize professional development plans/sessions, orientations and training programs for staff
  • Observe teachers’ lessons and provide feedback for professional growth and students’ success
  • Conduct professional development on targeted topics to improve staff understanding of teaching strategies, progressive education and other needs of students
  • Implement other approved instructional coaching strategies
  • Work to create an effective learning community and demonstrate progress through weekly coaching documentatio

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • A Master's degree and a minimum of three years' experience as a Lead Teacher
  • Knowledge of language arts skills, math and social studies content at multiple grade levels
  • Experience in inquiry-based learning and teaching methodologies
  • Ability to teach to a diverse range of learning styles
  • Experience and comfort with differentiated instruction
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Passion for the teaching and coaching
  • Curiosity, collaboration skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Interest in social justice, diversity, and inclusivity

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to apply@ubuntupathways.org with the name of the position you are applying for, and your name in the subject. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

Ubuntu offers competitive salaries and a low student-teacher ratio. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Ubuntu Pathways practices a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, age or gender. As an organization, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.