Primary English Curriculum Lead

Rising Academies

Rising Academies

Accra, Ghana
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

The context:

Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. A recent study estimated that less than 1% of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend a school where the teaching meets basic standards of quality. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help. Our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

About us:

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools.

About the role:

We are looking for an experienced curriculum designer to join our Academics team at Rising Academies. The Primary English Curriculum Lead will lead on updating our English Primary Curriculum across the schools that we work in to ensure all students leave Primary school with strong foundational literacy skills. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of what an outstanding English Curriculum should look like for students at primary level and, working in the context of the countries we operate in, will develop a curriculum that drives towards speaking, listening, reading, and writing outcomes for students across the network.

The Primary Math Curriculum Lead will:

  • Execute Rising’s curriculum strategy in line with achieving our organisational mission.
  • Develop the vision for our English Curriculum at primary level for Rising Academy Network.
  • Design a six year, knowledge-rich curriculum map for English at primary level that results in consistent, high quality, and relevant lessons for our school partners.
  • Create effective assessments that track progress against suitable curriculum benchmarks.
  • Ensure the curriculum map is aligned with relevant national standards.
  • Manage a team of English Curriculum writers to develop detailed lesson guides.
  • Ensure the quality of math content developed across the curriculum is the applicable level for each grade.
  • Ensure that Rising’s commitment to safeguarding is reflected in our curriculum.

Location and reporting:

This is a full-time position. There is a preference for the role to be based in one of our operating countries, however it could also be a remote position. This role will report to Rising's Head of Curriculum.

Application deadline:

The anticipated start date for this role is January 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in teaching and/or curriculum / content creation.
  • Experience developing English Curriculum at primary level, preferably in multicultural settings.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing assessment tools to measure student performance and curriculum effectiveness in English.
  • Expertise in early literacy including Science of Reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope
  • Fully comfortable with Google workspace applications and easy to adapt to new systems easily.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex literacy based concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Experience managing a team to deliver results.

About You:

  • You are a forward-thinking education professional with the ability to envision and design a primary English Curriculum.
  • You have a strong understanding of current curriculum standards, teaching strategies, and assessment tools across Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and/or Rwanda.
  • Your exceptional communication skills and your vision for an English Curriculum enable you to articulate concepts clearly and concisely, fostering understanding among diverse audiences.
  • You enjoy being part of a team working together to ensure outstanding outcomes for students across multiple countries in Africa.
  • You take initiative and problem-solve when challenges arise.
  • You are willing to take risks, fail, learn, give and receive feedback, and try new approaches.
  • You take an interest in English and literacy based initiatives at a global and local level, staying up to date with the latest educational research, enriching the curriculum with up-to-date and country specific insights.
  • You are passionate about improving the quality of education across Africa.

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. We regularly benchmark our compensation against comparable businesses, social ventures and non-profits.

Rising’s goal is to be transparent about salaries at all levels of the organisation and have a standard, global pay scale for all positions that is non-negotiable.

The benefits we offer are built to have a strong added value on our staff’s well-being and we are excited to discuss this further with you in the process.

Rising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, national origin, family or parental status, veteran or disability status.

Rising is committed to creating a culture within the organisation, and its schools, that recognises the importance of safeguarding children and prioritising their rights and needs. We strive to uphold international safeguarding standards, and keep the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of what we do. All Rising employees are expected to abide by the Child Protection Policy, and to have the same level of commitment to protect children from harm. Safeguarding questions are part of every interview process and all Rising employees undergo reference checks before joining the organisation.