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Operations Director

at Earlybird
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Date Posted August 29, 2019
Category NGO Jobs in South Africa
Currency ZAR


Earlybird seeks to appoint a Operations Director, to be based in Johannesburg.

If you are passionate about early childhood development and are looking for a rewarding, challenging, flexible working environment with plenty of opportunities to learn, then please get in touch with us! We are targeting a total cost-to-company annual salary range of

Remuneration: R480,000 – R540,000


Supervising contractors in the renovation and fitting out of each of our new educare centres during the months leading up to their opening dates.
Procurement of educational supplies and furnishings for educare centres and development of a procurement database and ordering system
Working with our Training and School Management Director on recruitment and hiring of principals and teachers
Working on parent enrolment drives ahead of centre openings and during the early months of operation.
Liaising with parents during their enrolment process.
Managing compliance: required construction certifcates, Department of Social Development registration.
Ongoing Educare Centre Management Support
Working with our CFO to develop an efficient monthly financial managemnet process for our centres (using our custom bookeeping app, and standard accounting software such as Xero).
Working with educare centre principals to ensure they are implementing the monthly financial management process correctly.
Reviewing our school management data dashboard and ensuring that attendance, enrolment, visitors, incident, medication, teacher planning, teacher check-in and child observation data is being entered accurately and timeously on our school management app by the educare centre principals and teachers.
Corporate Partnership Relationship Development and Management
Working with our Head of Business Development and CEO to identify potential corporate partners and pitch our offering at high-level management meetings with partner corporates, as well as at conferences and events.
Establishing effective lines of communication with existing corporate partners and maintain a positive relationship with all key stakeholders.
Headoffice Operations and Communications Support
Managing website content updates together with web-developer
Reporting to funders and investors
Collecting and filing employee receipts for outsourced accounting provider.

Based in Johannesburg. Available to start 1 November 2019 or sooner.

If you feel this position is a good fit for you please submit a cover letter and your CV (with at least two professional references)

Earlybird is a social enterprise that seeks to address the shortage of high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in South Africa by opening a network of workplace- and community-based educare centres across the country.

Desired Skills

Possess strong people-management and team-work skills.Excellent project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple and overlapping deadlines almost exclusively on one’s own. Willing and able to gain a working knowledge of concepts in the fields of early education and education technology.A creative problem-solver who is undaunted by the inevitable challenges that will crop up as we work to break new ground in South Africa’s under-developed Early Childhood Development sector.

Experience Requirements

Minimum of three years’ work experience, preferably with exposure in the property development, project management, design, and/or marketing/communications space(s).

Educational Requirements

Hold a Bachelors degree or higher.