Want to Make a Difference by supporting South African youth? We are looking for you!

Make A Difference Leadership Foundation is seeking an energetic, motivated and professionally qualified person to join our dynamic team. We are offering an opportunity to be part of a supportive and multidisciplinary team that provides care for our scholars. We identify academically talented scholars with leadership potential, who do not have the necessary financial resources and offer them support in the areas of education, leadership and life-skills development. It is a long-term, personal, financial and comprehensive commitment to each scholar to develop their potential through education, mentorship and exceptional leadership advancement opportunities.

MAD Leadership Foundation aims to develop carefully selected scholars as leaders in their chosen fields: they define the leadership parameters applicable to their lives, but all scholars are expected to step forward whenever there is a need to drive positive change. We are seeking an enthusiastic person to join our multidisciplinary team as a Final Year and Graduate Coordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for caring for a caseload of scholars on our programme.

Qualifications – Tertiary Qualification in Education, Human Resources, Industrial Psychology or related field.

Location – Head Office, Newlands, Cape Town

Hours – Full-time

Remuneration – Market-related salary

The 5 key areas of responsibility for the Final Year and Graduate Coordinator are as follows:

1. Management of all administrative matters pertaining to the scholars i.e.
  • All administrative tasks connected to coordinating and taking care of a group of scholars;
  • Ensuring all educational and academic necessities are provided to the scholar in a timeous manner;
  • Accurately capturing of any and all data pertaining to the scholars;
  • Organising, booking and planning any practical or travel logistics for the scholars;
  • Assisting the team in planning, organising and attending functions or events for our scholars;
  • Accurately tracking scholars’ academic, social and personal development;
  • Quarterly writing of professional reports to provide feedback on scholar’s performance;
  • Be able to operate within the budget and according to the established financial parameters and processes in place
2. Coordination and implementation of support services where necessary i.e.
  • Liaising with the scholars, universities or any third party involved;
  • Providing access to resources on an academic, social or emotional level;
  • Offering emotional support and guidance to scholars on a daily basis;
  • Identifying any problems and arranging the necessary interventions either through the multidisciplinary team or external service providers such as for academic tutoring;
3. Work readiness and placement for Final Years:
  • Work closely with the Final Year Students due to leave university to assist them in achieving the best positions possible in the following year and beyond. This entails quarterly face to face/virtual meetings as well as ongoing remote support.
  • Be a vocational resource for senior students in assisting them with contract and salary negotiation, relocation logistics, budgeting, conflict resolution and other workplace occurrences.
  • Work closely with senior students regarding their employability and career capital. This includes providing CV and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, as well as other skill development such as email etiquette and professional communication, personal branding and digital profile optimisation.
  • Keep abreast of the training and opportunities available to our senior students through university career/bursary offices, as well as local and global corporations and organisations.
4. Supporting the Launch Programme Initiative
  • Work with the General Manager on graduates to grow Launch programme, define its priorities, and prepare its plan and budget accordingly.
  • Provide support to the Graduates to meet regularly and ensure their active engagement.
  • Develop the coaching and mentoring aspects of the Launch Programme for career development in collaboration with the mentorship Programme Manager.
  • Plan, facilitate and co-host work-readiness workshops with industry professionals and stay up to date with the latest trends in graduate and employer associations by attending workshops, conferences and conducting own research.
5. Contribute to, and implementation of the medium and long-term Launch Programme Strategy
  • Contribute to and implement a strategy supporting job search and placement of graduates.
  • Ensure ongoing measurement of the programmes to track our effectiveness in achieving our employment KPIs, the progress of our graduates and collect feedback to inform future offerings of the programmes.

This strategy includes, but is not be limited to:

  • Continuously reviewing, redefining and enhancing the existing training and coaching offered to our students for job search and placement.
  • Facilitating access to potential employment opportunities through direct networking, the use of online tools (LinkedIn, website, etc.) and other mechanisms.
  • Regularly testing the demand for graduates by the market, assessing which technical and essential business skills are needed, salaries being paid, new/ emerging careers and adjusting our selection and training activities accordingly.

Qualities you need to encompass:

  • Initiative to perceive;
  • Patience to build positive relationships with the scholars;
  • A good work ethic;
  • The ability to deliver high-quality care and support to our scholars;
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, organisational and problem-solving skills;
  • The ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and to multi-task; and
  • Be able to travel on a regular basis.

Candidate Profile:

  • Tertiary qualification in Psychology/Human Resources/Talent/Graduate Management, Education, Youth and/or Adult learning;
  • Ability to build rapport and maintain positive relationships;
  • Previous extensive experience in case management in a similar educational environment;
  • A true multi-tasker able to work to set deadlines and priorities;
  • Extensive experience in the education and academic sector;
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders and influence positive outcomes;
  • Demonstrated programme design and development in the field of expertise;
  • Ability to manage and lead projects;
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to manage budgets;
  • Demonstrated mediation and crisis management experience; and
  • Positive and professional communication skills across audiences, including the facilitation of workshops;
  • Demonstrates a focus on goals and deliverables;
  • High level of professionalism and adaptability
  • A keen interest in relevant trends within the graduate landscape and hiring climate.

Applications close on 31 January 2022.

We reserve the right to not fill this post and may extend the application date if required.

All inquiries can be sent to hr@madleadership.org