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English Content Writer

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Location
Ghana
Rising Academies

Job Description

The context:

Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. A recent study estimated that less than 1% of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend a school where the teaching meets basic standards of quality. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help. Our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

About us:

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools.

About the role:

We are seeking a skilled English Content Writer to join our Academics team at Rising Academies. The English Content Writer will play a key role in creating detailed and engaging English lesson plans. They will work with the Primary English Curriculum Lead to refresh our English Primary Curriculum across the schools we operate in. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of effective English lesson design for primary level students and, within the context of the countries we serve, will craft lesson content that enhances learning outcomes for students throughout our network.

The English Content Writer will:

  • Have a strong understanding of the Rising Approach to Teaching and Learning.
  • Plan highly effective and engaging English lessons from G1 - G6.
  • Work directly with the English Curriculum Lead and Head of Curriculum.
  • Ensure that Rising’s commitment to safeguarding is reflected in our curriculum.

Location and reporting:

This will be a remote role. We are open to hire someone for either full-time and part-time positions. The role reports to Rising's English Curriculum Lead as well as the Head of Curriculum.

Application deadline:

The anticipated start date for this role is June 2024.

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in teaching or curriculum / content creation.
  • Experience developing English, Phonics and Literacy lessons at primary level, preferably in multicultural settings.
  • Fully comfortable with Google workspace applications and easy to adapt to new systems easily.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working within a team.

About You:

  • You are a forward-thinking education professional with the ability to plan outstanding Phonics, Literacy and English lessons.
  • You have strong subject knowledge for literacy at primary level and experience in teaching the subject.
  • You have a strong understanding of teaching and learning strategies for English that enable you to plan outstanding lessons.
  • Your excellent communication skills enable you to articulate phonics and literacy concepts clearly and concisely, fostering understanding among diverse audiences.
  • You enjoy being part of a team working together to ensure outstanding outcomes for students across multiple countries in Africa.
  • You take initiative and problem-solve when challenges arise.
  • You are willing to take risks, fail, learn, give and receive feedback, and try new approaches.
  • You are passionate about improving the quality of education across Africa.

Benefits

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. We regularly benchmark our compensation against comparable businesses, social ventures and non-profits.

Rising’s goal is to be transparent about salaries at all levels of the organisation and have a standard, global pay scale for all positions that is non-negotiable.

The benefits we offer are built to have a strong added value on our staff’s well-being and we are excited to discuss this further with you in the process.

Rising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, national origin, family or parental status, veteran or disability status.

Rising is committed to creating a culture within the organisation, and its schools, that recognizes the importance of safeguarding children and prioritizing their rights and needs. We strive to uphold international safeguarding standards, and keep the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of what we do. All Rising employees are expected to abide by the Child Protection Policy, and to have the same level of commitment to protect children from harm. Safeguarding questions are part of every interview process and all Rising employees undergo reference checks before joining the organisation.

Advice from our career coach

As an English Content Writer at Rising Academies, you will play a crucial role in creating engaging and effective English lesson plans for primary level students in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some key tips to help you stand out as an applicant:

  • Highlight your experience in developing English, Phonics, and Literacy lessons at the primary level, especially in multicultural settings.
  • Showcase your strong understanding of teaching and learning strategies for English, emphasizing your ability to plan outstanding lessons.
  • Emphasize your excellent communication skills, as well as your experience working within a team, to demonstrate your ability to convey complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate your passion for improving the quality of education in Africa, showcasing how you have taken initiative, problem-solved, and contributed to positive outcomes in previous roles.
  • Be prepared to discuss your comfort with Google workspace applications and your adaptability to new systems, as well as your willingness to receive and implement feedback in a collaborative environment.

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