Western Cape

Deputy Head Western Cape

Since being founded in Khayelitsha in 2008, Equal Education (EE) has grown extensively across the Cape Flats and into the southern suburbs. This branch of EE is currently focused on fighting for schools and school communities to be provided with the necessary resources and support to ensure the safety of learners and teachers.

The Deputy Head of the Western Cape supports the Head of the Western Cape in leading a team of staff and volunteers on campaign strategy, youth leadership development, political education, media engagement, as well as management of finances and human resources matters.

The successful candidate is an activist and organiser who demonstrates the ability to strengthen EE in the Western Cape.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Assisting the Head of the Western Cape in meeting the objectives of the province and the broader movement
  • Providing support and guidance to existing branches in the provinces
  • Providing the support necessary to organisers and volunteers to fulfil their roles (this includes the creating of content for youth group, as well as research for school-based and provincial campaigns)
  • Coordinating and running Youth Group meetings for EE members, and mass meetings of EE members
  • Organising and running trainings and political education seminars and camps for EE members
  • Coordinate impactful parent organising activities
  • Build relationships with university societies and establish EE university branches
  • Establishing relationships with crucial stakeholders (schools, partner organisations, etc)
  • Representing EE publicly through engaging stakeholders including academics, government and media
  • Budget planning and monitoring
  • Implementing the EE Policies and Procedures

Requirements for the role:

  • Tertiary qualification in Social Sciences, Law, Community Organising or related field
  • Knowledge of South African education policy
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, lead and mentor
  • Understanding of politics, law, government policy and civil society
  • Experience in planning, coordinating and evaluating activities, projects and informal educational programmes
  • A strong background in youth organising in the civil society sector, and demonstrated success in campaign advocacy work will be advantageous
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Fully computer literate
  • Adept at using social media
  • Strong research skill
  • Willingness to work extended hours, including weekends and public holidays when necessary

The position is based at EE’s Head Office in Khayelitsha, however extensive time is spent with members in areas that EE is organised in.

 Application process:

Each application should include a CV and a letter of motivation. You should motivate specifically for the position you are applying for, and also detail your interest and suitability to work at EE. Generic letters are strongly advised against. Please also include two contactable references.

Applications must be sent to hr@equaleducation.org.za

Closing date: 24 September 2018 at midnight

Carla GoldsteinWestern Cape