Would you like to get a front-row seat to ALL it takes to scale an innovative venture from the ground up? Are you looking for an opportunity to fast-track your career? Does the idea of becoming the right-hand to the CEO of one of the most groundbreaking mission-driven organizations in the African continent excite you?
If your answer is yes, then keep reading…
About The Room
In 2035, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world and will need to catalyse transformation by empowering its largest untapped resource - its people. The African Leadership Group is an ecosystem of institutions with a shared vision to harness Africa’s abundant human capital and transform the continent and the world by selecting, developing, and connecting 2 million ethical and entrepreneurial leaders by 2030. ALG was founded over 15 years ago by Fred Swaniker, a serial entrepreneur recognised by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.
ALX and The Room are two brands of the African Leadership Group that work as one single entity (collectively called The Room). ALX is our training arm, focused on developing skills for the fourth industrial revolution - software engineering, data science, UX design, cyber security,... - to make Africa a global hub of high performing tech talent. The Room is our connection arm, a community that our young talent join to access a lifetime of extraordinary opportunities and meaningful relationships. To learn more about us, please read this article about why we launched The Room & this article about the impact of our development programs in African youth.
About The Role
As the Chief of Staff of Fred Swaniker, you will serve as his ‘right hand’ - helping him to build a disruptive leadership movement and reinvent talent development on a global scale. The role is very dynamic - no day will be the same as you help manage a rapidly growing organisation to achieve its ambitious goals. You will have a front-row seat of entrepreneurship in its most exciting and complex form.
This role was designed to have a duration of 1.5-2 years, before the ‘Chief’ jumps to their next role. Previous CoS have come from top firms like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or BCG and gone on to hold leadership roles in the Group (e.g. ALX COO, The Room Kenya General Manager), attend top business schools (e.g. Stanford) and start their own businesses.
We would also like to remind you that this is a remote job, which means that you can work from anywhere in the world. However, we have a very strong preference for the EMEA region, particularly for this role . Relocation support to Kenya is possible if desired.
Your responsibilities will all be directed towards helping Fred become an effective CEO. They will include among others:
THE MINDSETS YOU EMBODY:
What Makes The Room Different?
Born in Africa, not in Silicon Valley, The Room is inclusive and global from inception. We seek to build the most diverse community of top talent in the world.
An ‘ofﬂine’ community
We believe trusted relationships are best built in person. While we leverage the best technology and virtual experiences (esp in the pandemic), we prioritize in-person events and spaces.
Built on a higher purpose
Each member is expected to not only strive for their personal success, but to ultimately aim for “signiﬁcance”. We challenge our members to use their inﬂuence to enable positive outcomes for society.
We give as much as we get
Every Room member is expected to create opportunity for others. As Michelle Obama said: “When you’ve walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed”.
Relationships, not transactions
We seek to build long-term, trusted relationships with our members as they progress through different stages of their lives.
Because we are tied to the AL Group (which is training 3 million leaders in Africa by 2035), we constantly infuse the community with fresh, innovative young leaders with new ideas for solving the world’s big challenges.