Valenture Institute UCT Online High School Portfolio Manager Jobs in South Africa

Valenture Institute UCT Online High School Portfolio Manager Jobs in South Africa


  • The UCT Online High School Portfolio Manager oversees all student experience support team members working on UCT Online High School. The Portfolio Manager owns the delivery and support model for FET or Senior Phase for UCT Online High School. They translate the support vision as directed by the Head of Student Experience into clear priorities and goals for their team.

  • They are responsible for leading their team, providing day to day operational support, monitoring SLA and monitoring the quality of the support and teaching that the team provides.The UCT Online High School Portfolio Manager role is focussed on people management and development and the holistic student experience for UCT Online High School as we seek to serve thousands of students across the globe.

    Leadership and Culture

  • Work with the Head of Student Experience, to build a culture of student experience, teaching excellence, collaboration and innovation

  • Provide direction and leadership to direct reports in line with the Student Experience team’s priorities.

  • Focus on the overall health and wellness of the team through coaching and development plans.

  • Actively shape the culture of the team to provide high-quality education and pastoral care at scale.

  • Monitor and report on key academics and support SLA’s for UCT Online High School.

  • Ensure the alignment and consistent application of policy and procedure across the Student Experience Leads

  • Oversee the academic and support quality for the FET or Senior Phase

  • Recruit and retain exceptional academic and support staff, ensuring that Valenture is known for the quality of its teachers, mentors and leaders.

  • Work with the Principal and Teaching and Learning Advisor to write and maintain all academic and support policies, including Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Reporting, Curriculum and the relevant sections of Student Handbooks.


  • Ensure good collaboration and communication with the Product Division on all matters relating to timetabling, scheduling, capacity planning and process mapping.

  • Support on process development and improvement, remove operational blockers and ensure that Student Experience Leads, Support Coaches and Teachers are enabled to provide efficient and effective support to students.

  • Overseeing redundancy in the team and ensuring effective workforce management and capacity planning day to day and at established planning intervals.

    Student Experience

  • Oversee the academic and support quality for UCT Online High School for FET or Senior Phase.

  • Work with the Head of Student Experience and the School Counsellor on continuously refining and improving our Pastoral Care offerings

  • Guide the framework and content development for the Learning Compass programme.

  • Ensure seamless collaboration between all departments working on UCT Online High School, namely Student Experience and the Learning Design, Learning Technology, Project Management and Admissions teams.

  • Liaise with other teams on inter-departmental processes.

    Student Progress Monitoring and Assessment:

  • Work with the Principal, Teaching and Learning Advisor and School Counsellor to continuously assess and refine the Remediation Policy (RTI)

  • Maintain the integrity of assessment data through ongoing quality assurance, moderation and data validation exercise


  • A bachelor's degree in Education, Communication, Counselling or Psychology preferred.

  • Teaching and or management experience at secondary school level, with either BEd or PGCE qualification is beneficial

  • Customer support mindset

  • Management and leadership experience is essential
    with demonstrated experience in mentoring and leading people. At least 3 years of experience.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Operationally savvy.

  • A good feel for working with assessment data and operational data.

  • A blend of academic, customer support and business skill sets is preferred.

    Realities of the role:

  • Valenture Institute is a fast-paced startup. We are not a traditional school! We are reimagining schooling and precedent needs to be adopted only where it has proven to have great results. If you think that traditional schools have it all figured out, this is probably not the right role for you.

  • Collaboration is the name of the game. We operate in highly specialised teams, and our ability to deliver an excellent student experience is premised on our team’s ability to collaborate, value the contributions of their teammates (including those in other teams) and see the value in the “rubbing of minds”. If you do not find value in having your ideas interrogated or others weighing in on how things could foreseeably be done, you are unlikely to enjoy the role.

  • Similarly, if you are not comfortable with other teams being accountable for different parts of the learning experience, you are unlikely to find this environment to be a good fit for you.
    The Student Experience team are master multitaskers.

  • They enjoy the pace and variety of parent and student engagements, coaching groups, monitoring multiple data points, updating student progress monitoring resources, collaborating with teams, dealing with special cases, and working on multiple systems — all in a day’s work! If you prefer long periods of deep, uninterrupted time, you are unlikely to enjoy this role.

  • Providing a seamless learning experience for students and parents often involves a lot of backend admin. The ideal candidate would have a pragmatic understanding of the value that administrative tasks bring to bear on the experience of an end user.

  • As a new brand of schooling operating at the forefront of digital disruption, technical challenges do arise. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation for how necessary it is to fail fast and fail forward, learn through iterative feedback loops, and embrace the process of continuous learning.

  • Change is constant as a result of rapid learning cycles. If consistent change gives you energy rather than drains your energy, you are likely to thrive in this environment. Similarly, if you are adept at managing yourself in a demanding environment and understand the importance of self awareness and boundaries in your work, you are likely to do very well.


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    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Valenture Institute UCT Online High School Portfolio Manager Jobs in South Africa

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