Chief of Staff
Enko Education
Johannesburg, ZA
2d ago

 

  • Are you fluent in French and English, do you have a good understanding of business, and do others recognize you as competent with an outstanding level of emotional intelligence?
  • Have you just graduated from a good Master's program, or are you currently enjoying your first professional experience in a working environment driven by solid growth
  • Do you thrive when you manage a project from end to end?
  • Do you like it when things are well-structured, organized, timed and when commitments are respected? 
  • Are your colleagues telling you how helpful, insightful and caring you are, despite time pressure and a workload that would make many others lose their calm and smile? 

….please carry on and discover the following job offer!

 

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We are looking for a Chief of Staff to serve as a force multiplier for our CEO and leadership team.

This is an intense, high-growth, highly demanding and rewarding role,  exposing you to all aspects of a fast-scaling organization aiming at transforming the African educational landscape. 

You will be working with the CEO, being his megaphone, ears and clock…, managing the follow up of group priorities (OKRs), overseeing cross-cutting group initiatives, leadership off-site organization and logistics, and keeping a pulse across all facets of the organization.

You will need to develop a unique understanding of the entire organization to impulse-momentum, ensure alignment/focus, alert on risks, and fill the gaps when needed.

 

As an ideal candidate you:

  • Are passionate about Sub-Saharan Africa and education 
  • Are rigorous, organized, deadline-driven and persistent
  • Are a problems solver, you have a sense of urgency, data, and curiosity;
  • Have a strong ownership mentality 
  • Are curious and quickly autonomous
  • Have strong writing skills:  you formalize in a crisp and energizing way
  • Have strong interpersonal skills: to represent perspectives, get buy-in and commitment from stakeholders


Detailed mission of the role

The Chief of Staff ensures the delivery of group priorities through his/her project management skills. Roles to play:

  • Initiator: Managing and following up transversal and/or strategic projects; Facilitating key strategy discussions by supporting effective decision-making. Formalizing, proposing methodologies, leading debates within the Group;
  • Implementer: Driving priorities to successful completion by supporting the elaboration, formalization, cascading and monitoring of the group vision, strategy and priorities; Acquiring stakeholders' buy-in by providing value.
  • Administrator: Making the trains run on time by running the key leadership meetings/workshops (including Group Board Meetings and subcommittees): establish agenda, ensure adequate preparation, animate the meeting, track and monitor follow-ups;
  • Gatekeeper: Protecting the CEO's time, taking unnecessary conversations off his plate. Serving as an information funnel, filter, and facilitator. Drafting key internal and institutional communications for the CEO (pitch, interviews, blogs, speeches).

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief of Staff works closely with the leadership team and key stakeholders in the company. 
 

Location and start date

The aim is to start this new role as soon as possible in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 Location during Covid-19 pandemic will be flexible.
 

About Enko Education

Enko Education is a fast-growing network of African international schools, increasing access to the world's best universities for learners across Africa. 

Enko Education has developed innovative programmes leading to globally recognized and sought after qualifications. We are able to offer those at a fraction of the cost charged by other international schools in Africa. Furthermore, Enko learners are supported in their higher education applications through our university guidance programme. It supports them in selecting the right universities and then securing both admission and financing for their studies. We offer an outstanding learning experience striving to educate our learners with Africa at heart and the world in mind.

The Enko Education model is showing impressive results with learners joining top universities like Yale University (USA), Sciences Po (Fr), the University of Toronto (Canada), African Leadership University (Rwanda) and many more.

Enko Education's network today includes 13 schools across 9 African countries, and aims to reach 60 more schools in at least 20 African countries over the next five years. The Group is funded by international institutions such as Proparco, I&P, OikoCredit, BIO, LiquidAfrica.

 

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