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Chief of Growth


This role will be a critical leader of Global School Leaders. Global School Leaders is on a trajectory for growth. We are seeking a Chief of Growth who can lead our scaling process with our partners and our internal team. 

We are looking for an energetic, creative, inspiring leader to oversee two of our major workstreams - supporting country partners to run school leadership programs and building a global movement around school leadership - and us as the Chief of Growth.

School leaders have the potential to make incredible changes in the lives of students by building a strong school culture and helping teachers provide great instruction. Yet, school leadership has not been prioritized in low and middle-income countries. GSL works to change that through the following workstreams:

  1. We catalyze and support local partner organizations to deliver and scale high-quality training to school leaders. 

  2. We generate insights from our partners and the broader research community to inform education policymakers, researchers, and practitioners on the best ways to support and develop strong school leadership. 

  3. We connect our partner organizations with each other for deep learning between themselves and amongst the broader school leadership community - governments, funders, and policymakers.

We are a small but mighty remote team spread across the globe. We care about each other and we care about the work. You can learn more about our culture here. In five years, we have: 

  • Partnered with organizations in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, and Brazil that work with over 3,500 school leaders, impacting approximately 920,000 students.

  • Published an evidence review on what is known about school leadership globally, as well as two surveys that help the policy community hear from teacher and school leader voices.

  • Become one of the leading voices in conversations about school leadership in the global south, being asked to speak at conferences and webinars throughout the world, and being recognized for our work. In 2021, HundrED in partnership with the World Bank recognized GSL as one of top ten impactful and scalable solutions that support teachers’ professional development. 

  • Established the School Leadership Network with the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 hosted by UNESCO and the Varkey Foundation to convene online meetings with 100+ experts and 400+ school leaders from 50+ countries to foster peer learning, share innovative practices, and strengthen school leaders’ voice in policy circles.

  • Expanded our work to support needs during COVID in the Philippines, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Peru.

As Chief of Growth, you will be able to:​

  • Set a vision for how GSL works with partner organizations in countries around the world and support them as they build their policy and scale plans

  • Develop a plan for motivating critical stakeholders in the education space to take action around the issue of school leadership 

  • Lead our growth both in terms of countries that we work with and in terms of the footprint of school leadership in the ecosystem

  • Serve as a leader in the organization, working with the CEO and COO on fundraising, scale, internal culture, and other issues as they raise. You will manage a team that includes our expansion, communications, and fundraising efforts.

Your first year will be a success if you:

  • Build strong relationships with each of our existing country partners and help develop a long-term scale and growth plan with them

  • Work with our research, program, and expansion team to recruit and onboard new partners

  • Manage a strong team of self-directed individuals who are aligned on efforts to scale and grow the work of Global School Leaders

  • Develop a vision for the long-term life cycle of a partner working with Global School Leaders

  • Understand the ecosystem of stakeholders that we need to engage around elevating the importance of school leadership

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and use their insights to develop a plan for what a movement around school leadership should look like

  • Work with our communications team to plan key events and activities

  • Lead our fundraising efforts, including finding funders, working with existing funders, and writing reports and proposals

  • Serve as a key member of the GSL leadership team and actively make strategic decisions relating to our growth and culture

An ideal candidate for this role is:

  • Passionate about school leadership as a key lever for change in LMIC schools. The Chief of Growth believes deeply that schools are a necessary element in correcting inequities, and that school leadership is critical to building great schools. They are dogged in their commitment to equity for children. 

  • Entrepreneurial & creative at heart. The Chief of Growth needs to seek and find creative solutions to perplexing challenges faced by our country partners. They need to be able to see possibilities, find creative ways to engage people, and develop a strong vision. 

  • A communicator. The Chief of Growth will have to communicate with stakeholders across the community—partners, donors, government officials, school administrators, and more. 

  • A culture builder. The Chief of Growth needs to be able to build culture in a fully remote organization across time zones

Candidate Qualifications

  • Thrive in a dynamic environment. This requires flexibility and ability to manage through ambiguity.

  • A systems thinker with experience working across organizations with multiple teams. You are able to see the big picture to prioritize and manage barriers or issues.

  • Strong communication skills, analytical skills, and focus on making data-driven decisions

  • Excited about GSL’s mission, opportunities for growth and potential impact

  • Open to a pro-feedback, pro-fun, mission driven and global workplace culture

In addition, candidates for this position must have the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in non-profits, with global non-profit experience preferred

  • Strong project and team management skills; 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload, track assignments and provide organizational support to team members

  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow through

  • Solutions-oriented approach with ability to multi-task and troubleshoot

  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, and demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds

  • Ability to work independently while working with a remote, global team

  • Ability to travel internationally up to 40% of your time

Work Location and Remuneration

The candidate can be based in any country with a preference for candidates who live in LMICs. The candidate must have work authorization in their place of residence as GSL is not able to sponsor employment visas. The candidate must have the ability to travel internationally as well as within the country.  Salary and title are commensurate with experience and competitive with the non-profit education sector in the country in which candidates are based. As examples, the annual salary range for this position in the US is $125,000-$140,000, in Kenya is KES 7.7million- KES 8.6million, and in India is INR 39 lakh - INR 44 lakh.

Commitment to Diversity

GSL is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees - across nationalities, races, ethnicity, religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, languages, ages, genders, and prior experiences. In our hiring, we seek those with an inclusive mindset and who notice and correct inequities when they arise. 

Child Safeguarding

GSL is committed to safeguarding children. Background checks may be conducted as part of the hiring process. All team members are asked to agree to a safeguarding policy.

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