Lecturer: Foundation Phase

Academic Team · Johannesburg, Gauteng
Department Academic Team
Employment Type Fixed-Term
Minimum Experience Experienced

Instill’s mission is to transform teaching, learning and leadership in every classroom on the African continent. We believe that the greatest levers for change in the education system are teachers and school leaders. We have recently been accredited as a higher education institution in South Africa, and seek to build a team that will change the face of teacher education across the continent. We’re looking for Foundation Phase Lecturer to join our small and growing team to ensure the success of our first cohorts of student-teachers. 


What makes you a great candidate?  

You are ambitious, hungry to learn and have a deep passion for education. You want to work in a fast-paced business environment and grow with a young organisation that seeks to change the face of education across the African continent. You want to learn how a start-up works by getting your hands dirty, and getting involved in every aspect of the business. You are excited by the challenge of immersing yourself in new contexts and tackling complex problems. You are not afraid of failure and are driven to improve through robust, data-driven decision making and feedback. When evaluating your candidacy, we will look for the following:


  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion
  • You have the ambition to grow with the business and move into leadership positions
  • You are an exceptional critical thinker with strong interpersonal communication skills
  • You have a demonstrated passion for educational development, closing educational equity gaps, and are strongly aligned with our vision, mission and values


What does the role entail?

As a Foundation Phase Lecturer, you will be working under Instill’s Academic Dean in Johannesburg to design and deliver content on the Foundation Phase teacher training programme. The Lecturer’s role is anchored in sound theoretical and practical knowledge of preparing teacher trainees to lead their own classrooms. Specifically, you will:


  • Design content for asynchronous online learning
  • Design and revise contextually relevant and engaging teaching and learning materials based on research-based best practices to improve student outcomes
  • Facilitate, orchestrate and supervise classes, student practice, and small-group work
  • Grade assessments, synthesise performance data, track cohort progress, and identify gaps in student understanding
  • Observe and coach teacher candidates during their practical experience and provide them with specific, actionable feedback around best teaching practice
  • Provide teacher candidates with additional classroom support and observations as needed
  • Serve as an advisor to and advocate for teacher trainees
  • Create and maintain a positive work environment and sense of community for all teacher candidates 
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned
  • Support in the development and maintenance of a strong, inviting and engaging working culture at Instill Education 


Selection Criteria:

  • A Masters in Education qualification (PhD will be an added advantage) in a Foundation Phase related specialisation (i.e. Literacy, Numeracy or Life Skills)
  • Experience in a Junior Faculty/ Lecturer role 
  • You have the ability to co-facilitate teacher-trainee sessions and coach teacher trainees
  • You are highly adaptable, with strong critical thinking, planning and execution skills
  • You are an outstanding written and oral communicator
  • Commitment to excellence in the provision of service to students


Anticipated start: 1 September 2022

Location:  Johannesburg, South Africa


Do our values resonate with yours?

We measure the impact of everything we do. We believe that education equity is a central pillar of achieving social justice. We pursue excellence in everything that we do. We have the courage to make bold decisions and learn from our mistakes. We build community by being accountable for our actions, fostering collaborative environments, and acting with integrity and humility. We believe that diversity is central to our success.

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  • Location
    Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Department
    Academic Team
  • Employment Type
    Fixed-Term
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced