Employment Opportunities: Teacher Support Network and Empowering Parents Initiative

The DG Murray Trust (DGMT) sees itself as a strategic investor into social projects and a public benefit innovator.  Our goal for South Africa is a flourishing people, economy and society in which every person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Towards this goal, our strategic aims for 2017 – 2021 are:

  • To nurture an innovative and inclusive society;
  • To keep all children on track by Grade 4; and
  • To enable all young people to get their first decent job.

To achieve these aims, key areas of intervention are identified as Opportunities within the DGMT’s Five Year Strategy. We drive this strategy forward through:

  • commissioning or funding projects that can seize the opportunities for success;
  • communicating the DGMT’s opportunities in ways that inspire leadership and action; and
  • connecting people of like and unlike mind, who are committed to the same goal.

To that end, DGMT is recruiting for four positions in the Teachers’ Change Agent Network and Parents Empowerment Initiative.

These positions are:

  1. Training and Facilitation Specialist: Teachers’ Change Agent Network (TeachersCAN) – View below.
  2. Communications Specialist: TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative – Click here to jump to this position.
  3. Operations Intern: TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative – Click here to jump to this position.
  4. Network Mobiliser: Parents Empowerment Initiative – Click here to jump to this position.

Training and Facilitation Specialist Teachers’ Change Agent Network (TeachersCAN)

Parents and teachers play a critical role in the educational journey of South Africa’s children. When empowered, they can use their agency to shape the education system and ultimately the learning experience of South African children.

Currently incubated by DG Murray Trust, TeachersCAN seeks to build an empowered network of young teachers who –

  • are driven by the goal to enable all learners to reach their potential and
  • find a common identity rooted in professionalism, creativity and disruption of the status quo.

Position:

We are recruiting a Training and Facilitation Specialist for TeachersCAN to take on the following key responsibilities:

  • Design, execute and facilitate the TeachersCAN Fellowship.
  • Develop the Fellowship curriculum and facilitation Guide guides with Project Lead.
  • Continuously improve and refine the TeachersCAN fellowship based on insights and feedback
  • Manage logistics and operations with support from the TeachersCAN team.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to ensure insights and stories from the TeachersCAN fellowship feed into public communications.
  • Design a monitoring and evaluation plan for the TeachersCAN Fellowship.

Requirements:

At a minimum, the candidate must have:

  • a relevant degree – in education, social science or related field;
  • 5 years of relevant experience in a similar field;
  • 3 years of experience in facilitation and/or training;
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills and;
  • strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation.

The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:

  • are fluent in two or more South African languages.
  • are analytical, and can think creatively to remove obstacles and solve problems;
  • have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with diverse groups of people and gain their trust and respect;
  • can initiate and encourage collaboration amongst others;
  • Enjoy helping others learn and develop, and can provide constructive feedback based on facts and behavioural patterns observed;
  • continually acquire and apply new knowledge and learnings

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town.

Interested candidates should send the below to work@dgmt.co.za with the following subject line “Training and Facilitation Specialist Teachers’ Change Agent Network”, failure to do so may result in your application not being assessed:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • A CV
  • Names and contact details of three references

Applications close on 22 May 2020, 17h00.


Communications Specialist: TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative

Parents and teachers play a critical role in the educational journey of South Africa’s children. When empowered, they can use their agency to shape the education system and ultimately the learning experience of South African children.

With that in mind, the DGMT is incubating 2 initiatives focused on building the agency of parents and teachers.

The Parent Empowerment Initiative aims to support parents to –

  • demand quality education for their children and accountability for their learning;
  • build their shared identity as valued and active stakeholders in children’s education; and
  • leverage “ordinary magic” for the benefit of their children.

The Teachers’ Change Agent Network (TeachersCAN) seeks to build an empowered network of young teachers who –

  • are driven by the goal to enable all learners to reach their potential and
  • find a common identity rooted in professionalism, creativity and disruption of the status quo.

Position:

While both projects are in the emergent phase, the DGMT is recruiting a Communication Specialist to work across the 2 initiatives. As the Communications Specialist supporting the Parent Empowerment Initiative and the TeachersCAN Network, the successful candidate will take on the following responsibilities:

  • Develop, design and execute the overall communications strategy for the Parent Empowerment Initiative and TeachersCAN;
  • Work with the Parent Empowerment Initiative and TeachersCAN team to develop content for public communication that:
    • Builds the identity of parents and teachers as powerful actors;
    • Surfaces relevant stories of lived experiences of parents and teachers;
    • Drives public awareness of key issues through public media channels (print, radio and television); and
    • Frames key issues and solutions for decision-makers
  • Support the development of written publications and reports

Requirements:

At a minimum, the candidate must have:

  • a relevant degree – in journalism, media and communications, or social sciences;
  • 5 years’ experience in a similar field;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

Preferably, the candidate has:

  • fluency in two or more South African languages
  • Proven ability to engage with the media.
  • A background in advocacy work
  • the ability to support content development across different mediums (visual, audio, written)
  • A valid driver’s license.

The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:

  • have strong analytical abilities;
  • consider issues at a strategic level;
  • can use communication to galvanize the public on the improvement of educational experiences and systems

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town.

Interested candidates should send the below to work@dgmt.co.za with the following subject line “Communications Specialist: TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative”, failure to do so may result in your application not being assessed:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • A CV
  • Names and contact details of three references

Applications close on 22 May 2020, 17h00.


Operations Intern TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative

Parents and teachers play a critical role in the educational journey of South Africa’s children. When empowered, they can use their agency to shape the education system, and ultimately the learning experience of South African children.

With that in mind, the DG Murray Trust is incubating 2 initiatives focused on building the agency of parents and teachers.

The Parent Empowerment Initiative aims to support parents to –

  • demand quality education for their children and accountability for their learning;
  • build their shared identity as valued and active stakeholders in children’s education; and
  • leverage “ordinary magic” for the benefit of their children.

The Teachers’ Change Agent Network (TeachersCAN) seeks to build an empowered network of young teachers who –

  • are driven by the goal to enable all learners to reach their potential and
  • find a common identity rooted in professionalism, creativity and disruption of the status quo.

Position:

While both projects are in the emergent phase, the DGMT is recruiting an Operations Intern to work across both projects. As the Operations Intern will be supporting the Parent Empowerment Initiative and the TeachersCAN Network, the successful candidate will take on the following responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Parent Empowerment Initiative and TeachersCAN team.
  • Track payments and invoices to ensure that all activities for the TeachersCAN fellowship and Parent Local Mobilisation are executed within the allotted budget.
  • Support the team in resolving operational issues and problems.
  • Provide the team with operational updates.

Requirements:

At a minimum, the candidate must have:

  • a post-school qualification – in business administration or related field;
  • Computer literacy, with basic proficiency in MS Suite, particularly Excel;
  • good communication skills both orally and written and;
  • detail orientated;

The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:

  • are fluent in two or more South African languages;
  • can take initiative and use judgement;
  • are a skilful problem solver;
  • are respectful of deadlines;
  • can work well within a team.

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town.

Interested candidates should send the below to work@dgmt.co.za with the following subject line “Operations Intern TeachersCAN and Parents Empowerment Initiative”, failure to do so may result in your application not being assessed:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • A CV
  • Names and contact details of three references

Applications close on 22 May 2020, 17h00.


Network Mobiliser: Parents Empowerment Initiative

The DG Murray Trust is incubating an initiative targeted at building the collective power of parents. Parents play a critical role in the educational journey of South Africa’s children. When empowered, they can use their agency to shape the education system and ultimately the learning experience of South African children.

The Parent Empowerment Initiative aims to support parents to –

  • demand quality education for their children and accountability for their learning;
  • build their shared identity as valued and active stakeholders in children’s education; and
  • leverage their love and support for the benefit of their children.

Position:

We are recruiting a Network Mobiliser for the Parent Empowerment Initiative to take on the responsibilities outlined below. Working with the Programme Lead for the Parents Empowerment Initiative, the Network Mobiliser must

  • Design a strategy, plan and relevant tools to facilitate local mobilisation of parents
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to coordinate and execute the local mobilisation of parents
  • Build a network of champion parents.
  • Facilitate the relationship between the Parents Empowerment Initiative and the network of champion parents.
  • Develop and facilitate mechanisms and platforms that allow the network of parents to collectively advocate for change.
  • Identify and share best practices across the network.
  • Source stories from the network to feed into public communications content development.
  • Design a plan to monitor and evaluate the effects of parent mobilisation

Requirements:

At a minimum, the candidate must have:

  • a relevant degree – social sciences or related field;
  • 3 years of relevant experience in a similar field;
  • 2 years of experience in community engagement and;
  • strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferably the candidate his:

  • fluency in two or more South African languages.
  • facilitation or training experience

The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:

  • can project manage
  • have the ability to think creatively to remove obstacles and solve problems
  • have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with diverse groups of people and gain their trust and respect
  • can promote the vision and values of a programme to stakeholders

Interested candidates should send the below to work@dgmt.co.za with the following subject line “Network Mobiliser: Parents Empowerment Initiative”, failure to do so may result in your application not being assessed:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • A CV
  • Names and contact details of three references

Applications close on 22 May 2020, 17h00.