Kepler is a non-profit organisation building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for young people across sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2013, from a partnership between Generation Rwanda and Southern New Hampshire University - a global leader in higher education, Kepler’s ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families and communities in each of their countries of operation - re-imagining what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa. Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the skills, drive and attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. 70+ staff currently serve almost 1000 students across two campuses in Rwanda – the flagship campus in Kigali, and a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda. Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries, including Ethiopia; expanding their academic offerings, including a local registration as Kepler College in Rwanda; partnering with other public and private sector universities; and reaching a new level of organisational sustainability through innovative financing and resource generation mechanisms. Kepler are looking for a charismatic leader with a passion for addressing youth unemployment within Africa to join their team.
As the new CEO, you will report to the Chair of the Kepler Board. You will be the driving force behind the success of this innovative organisation, positively impacting the lives of thousands of individuals, families and communities in Kepler’s countries of operation. You will set the global strategy and ensure delivery of Kepler’s organisational development objectives, expansion plans, philanthropic and revenue-generating activities, overall academic offerings, employer engagements and engagements around refugee education. You will continually recruit and develop a dynamic, talented team of extraordinary pan-African leaders to do the work; ensuring that the financial sustainability of the organisation is secured through a mixture of philanthropy and other innovative financing mechanisms. This last area of work is of the greatest significance to the organisation, as they try and balance their ability to grow with the financial realities of fundraising and other financing. In order to succeed, you will be required to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure the organisation meets its paradigm-shifting goals on higher education in Africa.
As the ideal candidate, you will be fully committed to fulfilling the organisation's DE&I goals. An Africa-based CEO is preferred - with potential location flexibility for the right candidate. The CEO will be required to spend a significant period of time at the outset in Rwanda, as they familiarise themselves with the organisation and team.
Kepler is reinventing higher education with a lens on readiness for 21st century careers. Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent.
Kepler aspires to be among the first to show at scale that it is possible to dramatically improve learning and employment outcomes while lowering the cost of higher education to make it more widely accessible.
Unlike traditional higher education, Kepler builds its academics around the demanding, practical needs of employers. It delivers the skills that businesses seek through hands-on learning that combines world-class online content, high-quality in-person coaching, and extensive real-world work experience. 90%+ of Kepler graduates are employed within six months of graduation, and a series of impact analyses over the past five years has demonstrated that the model provides statistically significant improvements in academic and employment outcomes when measured against a comparison group.
Kepler's co-founders, who serve on the board, have deep experience in education in East Africa, having also founded a K12 school network (Nova and Pioneer Academies) and corporate training venture (Spire).