Property Company Managing Director Career Recruitment Kenya Dec 2015

Job Vacancy: Managing Director Employment Kenya 2015

Job Description: Today Work Kenya
Career vacancy : Managing Director, Property Company
Pioneer and Nova Academies are looking for an experienced dealmaker to lead the real estate subsidiary that will drive property development for the Pioneer / Nova school network as it expands in Kenya, South Africa and beyond.
This is an entrepreneurial opportunity to do well by doing good: building a large and successful real estate venture that turbocharges the growth of a transformative school model with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.
Imagine a world in which every young person in Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century.

A school that demands excellence, helps students learn by doing and exploring rather than by memorizing, equips students with globally competitive science and technology skills, and builds the character and growth mindset that will shape the rest of their lives.

Now imagine that this school is not in one town, in one country, but in every town, in every country.

This is what we imagine, and we want you to help make it happen.

About Nova Pioneer

One year ago we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable primary and secondary schools. In 2016 we will be operating three schools – two in South Africa and one in Kenya – and gearing up for rapid growth.

Our venture is structured as a for-profit company to enable us to attract the investment that will be needed to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students in the next decade.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world and a rapidly expanding middle class, 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.

We aspire to be among the first to show at scale that this is possible.

Our team culture is designed to reinforce our vision:

  • We model the growth mindset we want our students to embody: you are challenged every day and, as a result, you grow more than at any other point in your life
  • We pursue excellence in every detail and do whatever it takes to produce great work quickly
  • We are radically open: we share tough messages and our own vulnerabilities because doing so helps us grow
  • We put our students before our team, and our team before ourselves
  • We bring infectious energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning
About The Role

Pioneer and Nova Academies are establishing a subsidiary real estate company to source and develop the school campuses that will enable Pioneer/Nova to launch new schools quickly and enhance its brand positioning as a 21st-century learning environment.

You will launch, build and manage this captive real estate venture as it grows in the coming years.

During your first year on the job, you will launch the subsidiary company and lead a small team that closes at least 2-3 major deals to develop Pioneer/Nova campuses in Kenya and South Africa.

Working with the Pioneer/Nova leadership team you will determine the optimal structure for the company and best way to capitalize the venture at the corporate level.
You will build a small team under you – spanning Kenya and South Africa – and then lead that team to secure deals to develop one new school campus in each country for new school launches in January 2017.
In addition, you will explore opportunities to pursue the next phase of expansion and development for our existing leased campuses in both countries.
You will oversee all development projects to ensure that they are completed in a timely way and on budget.
You will report to the CEO and be a member of the Leadership Team.

Specific key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Develop and manage an overall property strategy and business plan for the group that will both achieve the long-term vision of the schools and deliver necessary return to investors
  • Lead the sourcing, structuring and management of deals to deliver optimally designed and located school campuses. This will include:
  • Initial sourcing of land, through acquisition, joint venture, or other structures, with sizes and locations aligned with the school roll-out strategy;
  • Design of campuses in close coordination with academic teams;
  • Creation and ongoing close oversight of development of buildings that maximize quality and cost-efficiency;
  • Structuring of financing and legal agreements that provide sufficient return to investors and partners while providing each school with affordable and predictable long-term building costs;
  • Cultivate and close major capital investment for the property company from local and international investors
  • Build and manage partnerships and/or a small team to enable the efficient execution of the above responsibilities for more than 20 campuses over the next 5 years
About You
  • You have 8+ years’ experience, including significant experience managing property acquisition, financing, and/or development in high performing organizational settings
  • You have a track record of building strong relationships with and managing diverse stakeholders, from investors to land owners to contractors
  • You love problem solving and are particularly skilled at crafting arrangements that satisfy the objectives of multiple stakeholders while meeting the core objectives of the organization
  • You have an exception ability to operate and deliver great results in a highly fluid, fast-paced environment, including creating the necessary structures and carefully managing tight deadlines
  • You are an entrepreneurial self-starter and able to independently manage work execution and lead company development
  • You have a passion for education and Nova Pioneer’s vision of transforming schooling across the African continent
How to Apply: Managing Director vacancy
CLICK HERE to apply online
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified.
Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews.

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