The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing formal education by initiating school reform through The School Project as well as non-formal education through the Akanksha centers. Currently, Akanksha reaches out to the 7000 children through its 20 schools in Mumbai and Pune.

The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune. These schools are in partnership with local municipalities, with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system. Through the centers, a commitment is made to support each child by providing a strong educational foundation, self-esteem and values, and support towards a steady livelihood with the aim of improving their standard of living.

Akanksha has the following opportunities in the School Project:

School Leader

The role of the school leader is to oversee all instructional, operational, and community initiatives. The school leader must ensure that high standards of excellence are maintained by building a motivated, skilled team of teachers, developing a strong academic program, engaging the families in their child’s education as well as creating a positive, achievement-oriented school culture.

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Program
●Set ambitious goals for student achievement along with teachers for each class and subject.
●To oversee planning, curriculum and instructional development for teachers in a timely and meaningful manner.
●Observe classroom instruction and provide feedback to teachers and Conduct professional development trainings around effective instruction.
● To ensure high-quality training for the teachers throughout the academic year.
● To model effective lessons and instructional strategies .
● To oversee the collection and analysis of student data to drive school initiatives.
●To ensure documentation and collection of effective plans/other resources from teachers.
●To oversee the implementation of a wide array of enrichment opportunities for students.
● To oversee design of the parent engagement plan for the year.
●To conduct an effective parent orientation with the social worker at the start of each year.
●Work with social worker to ensure opportunities for parent engagement within the school community and SMC meetings.
● To oversee that the social worker is able to develop the team of helpers in each school.
● To manage the operations and logistics of the school.
● To maintain positive relationships with school-based government officials.
● To execute performance management system for all school-based staff.
● To oversee the school budget throughout the year.

Required Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years of teaching experience.
● Clarity of pedagogical concepts.
● Fluency in English.

Preferred
 Experience in school leadership.
 Fluency in Hindi and Marathi to be able to communicate with families and government officials.
 Experience training teachers (theory, classroom application and feedback).
 Experience in developing and documenting curriculum.
 Familiarity with contemporary issues in Indian education.
 Willingness to travel for professional development periodically.
Competencies
 Ability to assign tasks, manage and build a rapport with school staff and team.
 Organizational and time management skills.
 Highly motivated, persevering, achievement-oriented attitude.
 Strong inter-personal skills.
 Flexibility in planning and working with a team.

Reports to: Lead Instructional Specialist

Location: Masjid Bunder, Mumbai

Please send in your CV’s to dimple.laungani@akanksha.org

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