Director of East Africa External Relations, Kampala, Uganda

Educate!

About the organization

Educate! tackles youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.

Duties

The Director of East Africa External Relations position is senior role in which you will be at the helm of a high-performing team on the cusp of its next phase of growth. Reporting to Educate!’s U.S. Director (Loren Crary), you will work towards full ownership of Educate!’s fundraising systems, team leadership, and activities, including by leading major grants, investor visits, implementing new revenue strategy, and collaborating closely with our global team and each of our three country teams, as well as by driving high performance across the team. We are looking for an experienced, self-motivated leader and manager with exceptional communication, relationship-building, and writing skills, as well as strong professional judgment and accountability. You should be ready and excited to take on leading a mature fundraising function and team for a high-growth organization at a key moment of expanding its revenue s. You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa.

Team management and Leadership (30%)
People are the key to our impact, and we invest heavily in training rockstar coaches and managers who build high-performing and engaged teams. In this role, you will manage, coach, and lead our five-person East Africa External Relations team, ensuring that the team is motivated, aligned on priorities, and performing at the top of its ability. You wi

Qualifications

A minimum of seven years total work experience including at minimum five years of managing individuals and three years of leading teams (Years spent in relevant graduate studies can substitute for some years of work.)
Substantive experience in the nonprofit/social enterprise sector, including three years working in fundraising or business development.
At least three years working in international contexts, ideally including time spent living and leading outside the U.S.
A well-honed sense of professional judgment, integrity, and accountability: you’ll have responsibility for some of our most mission-critical workflows, a dynamic team, and some of our most valuable and sensitive relationships.
Strong initiative and motivation, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once, proactively identify and solve problems, and work independently. Your manager will be a continent and eight time zones away, and you should be quickly moving towards autonomy and raising your levels of responsibility.
A flexible, collaborative attitude, openness to feedback and change, and ambition to learn and grow.

You should be a fit for and be excited by our Five Cultural Tenets. These active values are core to the way we work at Educate!, from hiring to performance management and promotions for everyone from our front line mentors in the field to our Board members, and they inform how we make decisions on everything from highest level strat

Application instructions

This is a full-time position. A minimum two-year commitment is requested to best meet potential professional growth at Educate! and team needs.
Located in Kampala, Uganda, working alongside our rockstar Uganda and regional teams. Opportunities for regional travel on a regular basis.
Benefits & perks include a generous vacation policy, health insurance, and breakfast in the office!

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