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Job Opportunity: Student Development & Co-op Manager

posted on October 8, 2015
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS, is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and public engagement in mathematical sciences. Its mission is to enable Africa's brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa's future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. The first AIMS centre opened in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003; since 2011, AIMS has opened additional centres in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania. The goal of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is to build a Pan African network of 15 centres of excellence across the continent by 2023.

The AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative is committed to preparing students for successful careers in their area of choice, whether academic, industry, the public sector or other pursuits. To this end, AIMS-NEI has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to pioneer a so-called Co-op Track of the Master’s program at AIMS Senegal. The pilot version of this program was launched in 2015 and will be of 18 months’ duration. In addition to the course work undertaken by all Master Students, the Co-op Track includes periods of internships, during which students bring their knowledge and skills in mathematical sciences to local employers, where they will learn to apply their abilities to solve practical problems and to contribute to innovations. As part of their training, all Master students at AIMS also take courses in professional development and in entrepreneurship and business skills, which should benefit them in their future career and prepare them to make informed career decisions.

If you bring a collaborative spirit with a passion to affect change, consider this new opportunity as our…

Student Development & Co-op Manager (SDCM)

Reporting to the Academic Director, Senegal and working closely with the Program Manager, MasterCard Foundation, the Student Development & Co-op Manager (SDCM) will be responsible for two main areas, namely, student development and co-operative education (co-op) training. 

The SDCM will perform student development activities with the aim of preparing students for their future careers, whether in academia or industry. The SDCM will provide classroom and one-on-one training and mentorship to all AIMS students in the areas of professional development and career skills, as well as in GMAT/GED preparation. The incumbent must be prepared to deliver such training in both English and French. 

For the Co-op Track, the SDCM will personally develop and maintain partnerships in industry, including the public and non-profit sectors. Such partnerships should enable and promote students to secure internships that will add to their knowledge and skills and prepare them to use their mathematical sciences education in a practical way to meet industry needs and expectations.

The SDCM will also oversee and support Co-op Track students during their internship periods; support and maintain relations with Co-op Track graduates in their post-AIMS careers; and liaise with the AIMS Director Industry Initiative to extend the reach of this pilot program within Senegal. 

In this start up role, you will embrace the challenge of spearheading student development and the pilot of a comprehensive co-op (work integrated learning) program at AIMS-Senegal--an inaugural initiative for the AIMS network with significant opportunity for scale-up and to distinguish AIMS as an innovative learning institution that consistently produces sought-after graduates by top employers.

Do you have what we need?

  • Master’s degree or higher qualification in a relevant field e.g. Human Resources/ Marketing/Business.
  • Must be bilingual (French and English).
  • Superb relationship management skills to network and build and nurture fruitful industry partnerships and to effectively interact with diverse students, staff and the public.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a similar role in an international setting, with particular expertise with African academia.
  • Working knowledge of the various applications of a mathematical sciences education, as it applies to both industry and higher education pursuits.
  • A genuine passion to applying mathematical sciences for the development of Senegal and African society.
  • Be self-driven with the ability to work independently.
  • Strong communication skills with a demonstrated ability to write and present orally.
  • Teaching experience at the university level or above is desirable.
  • Demonstrated evidence of integrity and ethical behaviour.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Internet applications (Skype, Google Apps).
  • Availability and eligibility to travel within and out of Africa, for periodic extended in-country stays of up to 8 weeks.

Are you ready to be a part of the transformation?

Submit your letter of motivation (including salary expectations) and a detailed CV, together in one, English document to: (please quote “SDCM SEN” in the subject line).  Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified.

Should no feedback be received from AIMS-NEI within two weeks of the submission deadline, kindly accept that your application will not be further pursued. AIMS-NEI reserves the right not to make an appointment at its sole discretion.

AIMS-NEI is an equal opportunity employer.