Head of Academics

at Better Days Greece
Published January 24, 2023
Location Athens, Greece
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


Better Days is looking for a Head of Academics to lead the academic team of ‘Gekko Kids’ in Athens and provide leadership in the areas of curriculum design and development, teaching methodology, assessment, and planning.

This is a position that requires non-conventional thinking, and excellent organizational and problem solving skills. The role will ensure that ‘Gekko Kids’ fulfils its main function as a non-formal, non-traditional educational center: to offer quality education to its students and enhance their prospects for personal growth and career/academic development. Specifically, the role requires confidence with curriculum D&D, HR management and MEAL, since it will oversee Gekko’s academic program to ensure that students receive an education that meets their needs and interests, as well as any relevant industry standards.

This is a field-based position located in Athens and the right candidate must be familiarised with the Greek educational and humanitarian context, or be able to demonstrate their experience in a similar position in the field.

The right candidate must be confident to promote the educational philosophy of the organisation. They will be expected to share the ethos and pathos of Better Days to support students overcome barriers that prohibit them from accessing education, and note the limitations that traditional educational methods have on displaced communities, critically challenge outdated and ineffective practices and thus expose the academic team to new and exciting learning. Continuous training and personal development is expected from the academic team. Over the past 5 years Gekko has adopted the following practices: individual student assessments and personalised student plans, Social & Emotional learning practises, one-on-one counselling, co-teaching, project-based approach and blended learning.

The Head of Academics will work closely with the School Counselor, Gekko’s educational team, Better Days back-office, and management team.

Main functions include:

Phase 1 Gekko Launch (Feb-Apr 2023)

D&D: contribute to the design of the service provision process of Gekko Kids, by developing SOPs and key documentation such as roadmaps, templates and policies.
M&E: Identify areas for monitoring and evaluation, and contribute to the design of a solid M&E system alongside our M&E lead
Outreach & Communication: represent BD in external meetings, identify partners, and other learning opportunities for Gekko students, review partnership opportunities and support to establish student pathways for access to formal/ advanced education in Greece or abroad
Lead the design and development of an academic program and curriculum that is tailor-made for refugee youth and take into account BD’s pedagogical philosophy and Gekko Kids methodologies.
HR: Recruit the educational team, draft and implement training and inductions to the educational team, work closely with BD’s volunteer coordinator and other members of the team to establish quality standards for the recruitment and coordination of volunteer teachers and the vetting of project proposals from third parties
Phase 2 Summer School (May 2023 - onwards)

Manage the academic staff incl. hiring new faculty members, overseeing the training and L&D of each member of the academic team and reviewing performance
Analyse data and prepare donor reports
Analyse data and prepare senior-level reports in order to help the school improve its academic and operational standards. This could include monitoring KPIs, quarterly assessing the needs and expectations of the student body, noting context/policy developments that affect our work, reviewing student/partner/staff satisfaction, identifying risks and opportunities as they arise and offering contingencies
Oversee the general operations of the school, including student activities, campus security, and maintenance of facilities
Hold faculty meetings to discuss policy changes or other important issues
Oversee the admissions process to ensure that all applicants meet the school’s requirements for admission (compliance)
Oversee the implementation of our curriculum (compliance) and methodologies
Coordinate with other staff members to ensure that administrative policies are followed by all faculty members
Evaluate the effective adoption of SEL and other child-friendly, trauma-informed methodologies by teachers post-training / submit report to SC
Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with students and their guardians
Promote well-being and cultivates a positive, trauma-aware environment, that promotes dialogue and peer learning
Provide academic counseling and/ or teaching as required
Educational Requirements and Experience: (candidates who do not meet the below criteria will not be considered)

Excellent level of English and Greek
University Degree in Education
Working experience as a Head of Academics or a similar senior role with focus in Policy, Curriculum Development, team management and school administration
Proven ability to teach and train other members of the team
Proven experience working with displaced populations in Greece or abroad
Excellent understanding of the national educational system
Key characteristics: we are looking for a confident and experienced professional, a visionary leader with a passion for social equality and education
Additional experience in a relevant area such as counselling, sociology, psychology and special education will be taken into consideration

To apply:

All applicants should please send their CV and a cover letter in English by email with the subject “Head of Academics application”


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