Current Vacancies


Job Title – UpLearn Academic Head

Reports to – Programme Manager

Work location – Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town

Work hours – 40 hours per week (Full Time)

Closing date – 23 September 2021

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The Scalabrini Centre is a registered non-profit organisation focusing on assisting people who are refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, including children. The Business Skills Growth Project is part of Employment Access’ programmes that provides resources and support to advance sustainable livelihoods of beneficiaries.

Job Purpose

UpLearn, launched in 2018, works in partnership with the non-profit Southern New Hampshire University to support 200 migrants and refugees to obtain fully accredited competency-based Associates and Bachelor’s degrees at no cost to the students. The degrees offered include; Communications, Management, and Healthcare Management.

UpLearn is a part of the Global Education Movement (GEM) launched by SNHU in 2018 – 2019 in four different countries; South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, and Lebanon. The project is grounded in SNHUs pioneering work with vulnerable learners and refugees in Rwanda. Based on this model the university has partnered with Scalabrini to facilitate the delivery of a blended learning programme. Together we address the reality that worldwide there are more than 65 million refugees and other displaced peoples and only 1% have access to higher education. The objective of the initiative is to give those who may be prohibited from accessing higher education by financial or legal barriers an opportunity to live lives of choice by empowering themselves through education..

The Academic Head will be responsible for all academic programming with the objective of improving student success outcomes. The Academic Head will work closely with the Programme Manager to enhance existing support structures and create a comprehensive long term academic strategy. The Academic Head will also lead a team of teachers and tutors and be responsible for capacity building related to professional teaching practices.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create strategic vision for the growth and sustainability of the Academic Programme with an objective to maximise positive learning outcomes
  • Lead academic programming – creation, adaption and review of monthly degree classes and additional courses (academic skills course, digital literacy course)
  • Responsible to the for ensuring the overall quality of the curriculum and assessments
  • Responsible to the successful launch and delivery of all new academic interventions
  • Creation, adaption and review of teaching and tutoring methodologies
  • Promote a culture of teaching and learning within the programme that is directed at students needs and of teaching that is informed by research and best practice
  • Lead teaching team – trainings, capacity building, meetings, peer review process, develop a professional teaching practice
  • Oversee academic operations – monthly sign-ups, attendance and remediation systems, engagement tracking, communications
  • Lead academic honesty interventions – workshops and remediation in line with university policies and procedures
  • Curriculum design
  • Teaching online and/or in person
  • One-on-one tutorials

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Particular knowledge of and interest in the exciting developments at the intersections of innovation, education and technology in areas such as inclusive Education; Learning Design; Online Pedagogy; Educational Technology; and Education Management.
  • Experience in Academic Leadership in Higher Education.
  • Experience in Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance.
  • Experience in teaching and/or facilitation
  • Experience with blended learning approaches
  • Experience with learning management systems (google classroom)
  • Experience in adult education (tertiary level)
  • Experience in working with powerbi or other data management systems
  • BA or higher degree (Masters preferable)
  • Excellent digital literacy skills – Microsoft & Google Suites
  • Leadership experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence
  • Organised and systems minded
  • Responsive, creative and adaptive
  • Proficient knowledge within context students live and work
  • Strong desire for social justice through education


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Scalabrini Centre reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position. Shortlisted individuals may be contacted for any further supporting documents and registration details needed.

Scalabrini Centre has a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination; and adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. Selected candidates will be expected to undergo reference and background checks, including verification of academic credential(s) and employment history.

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