Senior Learning Assistant_Job Description

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About Kepler

The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment – and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.

Who we are: Kepler is a non-profit university program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for these young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families, and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.

What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University – a global leader in higher education – which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.

Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.

The future: Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities, and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.

About the Role:

Kepler is launching a pilot to explore some teaching innovations with a bigger class size for a period of 3 months. The aim of this project is to identify ways to innovative teaching practices to serve more while maintaining our high quality.  We are looking for 4 Teaching Innovation Interns to work as Senior Learning Assistants (SLAs) in 2 technology modules — Audio-Visual Editing and Advanced Excel 1. The LAs will help in all aspects of the class including running class sessions, identifying struggling students and offer them support in small groups, and be involved in grading student work. The Senior LAs will also help with tracking data about the progress of the pilot and will report to their assigned Lecturer/Assistant Lecturer.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Set up the classroom before workshops/seminars
  • Facilitate sessions in one of the modules  mentioned above
  • Track attendance and monitor tardiness
  • Regularly track data about the innovations used and impact on student performance.
  • Run small group discussions (workshops)
  • Use canvas to create and grade pre-work, short quizzes, and discussion board
  • Identify and support struggling students in small groups (during class time or other out of class interventions)
  • Attend planning meetings 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

 Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Strong academic performance 
  • Strong passion for education
  • Senior student (further advanced in CfA with 100+ BA competencies and at least 17 module credits)
  • Successfully completed Audio-visual Editing and Advanced Excel 1
  • Ability to work 30 hours/week and successfully manage TA responsibilities and academic requirements as a student
  • Commitment to completing  the internship for 3 months
  • Strong typing skills (50 WPM or above)
  • Functional knowledge and/or personal experience with technology: Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Google Chrome
  • Familiarity with the use of the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Outstanding moral and interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Critical thinker and detail-oriented
  • Creative/critical thinker and effective and tech-savvy manager 

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • At least 1-year experience as a TA at Kepler, most preferably in Technology
  • Graduates preferred

Compensation

This is a professional internship. Therefore, there is no salary or other benefits associated with it. However, Kepler will provide a facilitation fee equivalent to Rwf 100,000/month to cover transport and communication for the intern to accomplish his/her tasks.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter by completing this {form} by Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 5 pm.  

For any questions regarding the position, please contact:

Jean Pierre Mutambarungu, Dean of Faculty at jeanpierre@kepler.org