WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PROGRAMME MENTOR & TRAINER 2017: CAPE TOWN, TO SUPPORT SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES IN THE AFTERNOONS
Background: Social Innovations after school centres offer additional tuition to intermediate phase children in literacy, numeracy and life orientation. The intention is to help with the transition from Grade 3 (mother tongue tuition) to Grade 4 & 5 (English language tuition). Each mentor is allocated a number of after school centres to manage.
This position requires the person to visit projects for a few afternoons per month and to complete several training days during the course of the year. It is not a full time post and is suitable to someone requiring flexibility on a part time basis.
The following is expected from a programme mentor & trainer:
Training: The mentor is required to train a few days per year in the region. Modules will be delivered from Reading Alive – a classroom library programme. Training takes place during Government school holidays.
Site visits & reports: We have four sites in Cape Town. Each site is visited once per month. The following is done during this visit:
- monitoring to track that classrooms are being managed according to a Social Innovations standard;
- classroom observation of each of the five classrooms with a view to advising on best-practice classroom practice and management;
- feedback to the academy manager and group of teachers after the visit – what has been observed, what seems to be working well, ideas for what can be improved;
- formally introducing and demonstrating specific classroom practices that fall within the broader classroom management strategy of Social Innovations;
- acting as advisor and personal mentor to the academy manager;
- compiling a detailed report after each visit using the site visit template.
Overseeing Loyalty awards: Available to represent Social Innovations at loyalty awards; deliver vouchers to the schools; sign off documentation to confirm that vouchers have been correctly administered. Loyalty awards take place in April and November.
Attending Training: The mentor is required to attend training in other subjects (such as maths) to ensure that they are up to date about what is expected of the academy teachers – this better equips them to fulfil the mentorship role.
Management conference: To attend and play an active role in the yearly management conference in Johannesburg, present information if required, facilitate working groups etc. This conference takes place over a Friday and Saturday in Johannesburg in May.
Troubleshooting: The mentor is also to be available to attend matters at the schools from time to time should issues of importance arise – and be available to handle enquiries that may come from the managers at each site. This requires the mentor to develop a good relationship with the school principal.
- B. Ed qualification
- At least two years of experience in a management position (HOD, deputy principal or principal) in a school or in a district.
- Experience as an intermediate phase English teacher with a deep understanding of the reading methodologies within the curriculum such as reading aloud, group reading etc.
- Experience as a maths teacher is preferable but not essential.
- School based experience (as a teacher and/or manager) to be current, or to have been completed not more than 2 years prior to taking up the position with Social Innovations.
- At least two years’ experience training teachers in English/language with a track record that shows results in this area.
- A formal qualification in mentoring or experienced in having offered formal mentoring/coaching support at schools is an advantage.
- Own office with Internet connectivity, and an ability to complete and submit reports on-line; own vehicle for visiting schools. School visits take place from 14h30 – 17h00 Mon, Tues or Thur.
Compensation: This is a contract position which requires a few afternoons work per month, and compensation will be discussed with shortlisted candidates.
Dates: School mentoring visits to begin in Feb 2017. Initial contract runs from Feb – Nov 2017.
Location: visits to take place in township areas of Cape Town (Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Langa and Belhar).
Contact: Please send a motivation and CV to Kimon Phitidis at firstname.lastname@example.org