JOB DESCRIPTION – COLLEGE PATHWAYS AND POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES ADVISOR
Job Title: Pathways Advisor – KIA Burundi
Reports to: Head of School
Location: Kigutu, Burundi
Village Health Works (VHW) is a 501(c)(3) corporation. It is a social justice organization founded on the belief that health equity is not a commodity but a right. Founded in partnership with the communities we currently serve, VHW’s mission is to provide the neediest high quality, compassionate health care and education based on critical thinking in a dignified environment. VHW’s holistic approach integrates clinical services with education, food security, economic development, environmental protection, music, and the arts. In the context of where we currently work, this is the only way we can sustainably end extreme, multigenerational scarcity in a way that uplifts and engages communities with dignity and in their own context. We believe that the lack of access to quality healthcare and education is the biggest threat to development and world peace.
Currently VHW operates in a wide array of clinical and community programs in a catchment area of over 200,000 people within the provinces of Rumonge and Bururi, though its doors are open for every patient regardless of where that patient is coming from. Our first clinic attends over 51,000 outpatient consultations per year. Since 2007 until summer 2023, our 60-bed inpatient wards have been providing basic adult and pediatric non-operative inpatient services including treatment of malnutrition, mental health, chronic and acute diseases, and uncomplicated obstetrical deliveries. These services have been administered by our staff of generalist physicians under the supervision of our current Medical Director.
Village Health Works has embarked on a plan to expand our clinical services to provide comprehensive quality medical care and training. To achieve this goal, VHW has constructed and officially opened an 85,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art teaching hospital with several services that include surgery, obstetric deliveries, intensive care, pediatrics and neonatology, emergency, pathology lab, medical education, and research center, etc. To provide excellent patient care and training we must expand the scope and skills of the healthcare providers through training, teaching and research, hiring through rigorous development and implementation of systems and structures, policies and procedures that are framed by high quality norms and international standards. Additionally, VHW has established the Kigutu International Academy, a grade 9-12 boarding school to equip young minds with an education based on critical thinking to prepare them to become the leaders we wish their country and the continent to have for a better future.
Kigutu International Academy (KIA)
Kigutu International Academy is an ambitious initiative of Village Health Works. A secondary boarding school, KIA was created to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial young leaders in Burundi. The students are at the core of their own transformative education at KIA. The school recruits, identifies and selects the most promising students throughout all of Burundi. Those selected have demonstrated not only success academically but have also shown leadership and commitment to improving their schools and their communities.
KIA brings together this cohort of students from a diverse range of backgrounds for a powerful educational and leadership journey over four years. Competencies and skills such as critical thinking, and character development are intentionally folded into a sustained high level of academic achievement. KIA helps these young students to reinvent what is possible in a progressive and intentional sequence throughout their four years of secondary school and their further careers.
A central element of KIA’s mission is to serve as a model school to help reinforce and enrich the Burundian educational system. In doing so it also prepares the KIA graduates for success in universities within the East African community, within central Africa and internationally. To fulfill this mission, KIA seeks to establish strong partnerships with higher education institutions and funding organizations in Burundi, Africa and the rest of the world to support students’ transition to higher education and to their professional life. It is in this context that KIA is recruiting a motivated and competent staff member to fill the position of College Pathways and Post-Secondary Opportunities Advisor.
We are searching for a competent, dedicated, and experienced candidate for the position of KIA Pathways Advisor. In this position, the staff member will design and lead the implementation of an efficient program to prepare KIA students to transition from high school to college, and to position themselves to succeed in their professional career. The staff member will also assist the Head of School in exploring and establishing partnerships with higher education institutions in the country and abroad as well as funding organizations that can support KIA’s mission of training the next generation of leaders. The staff member will work with teachers in addressing issues related to college preparation and orientation. The staff member will also work with the officers in charge of development and resource mobilization at the VHW level to pursue funding opportunities for KIA.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and implement a comprehensive college preparation and orientation program for KIA. Work with advanced level English students formally (classroom) and informally (learning activities) to increase fluency to and prepare them for college-level courses taught in English.
- Prepare and implement monitoring instruments to gauge progress and performance of KIA students towards transition to higher education and propose accessible services to support students in successfully transitioning from secondary to academic, vocational, or entrepreneurial endeavors.
- Lead the exploration of opportunities for partnerships with higher education institutions and implementation of partnerships found to be viable and of interest for KIA.
- Lead the exploration of opportunities for student scholarships and under the guidance of the Head of School and in collaboration with VHW Development Office.
- Assist the Head of School in monitoring and reporting on partnerships and funding initiatives.
- Bachelor's degree in education or related fields.
- Experience in studying abroad and/or working in international education.
- Teaching, advising, program management or related experience.
- Highly organized planning and time management capabilities.
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills and strong verbal and writing skills.
- Patience and emotional management skills for dealing with students of assorted ages and personalities.
- Proficiency in computer-based management tools used in the educational environment Self-disciplined and coachable.
- Personal integrity and alignment with the core values of KIA and the mission of Village Health Works.
- Native or native-like fluency in English is required; proficiency in French is a plus.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to immediately submit a CV and a thoughtful cover letter outlining why this position is of interest, exactly how their experience matches the qualifications stated and what they believe differentiates them from other candidates. Candidates are asked to provide the salary range requested. Submissions without cover letters and salary requirements will not be considered.
Submissions should be in English and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please include “Pathways Advisor - KIA Burundi” in the subject line of your email. Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted until the position is filled.
Village Health Works considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.