Executive Director

IkamvaYouth is a prominent and award-winning national youth development and education organisation with a fifteen-year track record of ensuring that township youth pull themselves and each other out of poverty through education. The organisation exists to reduce inequality in South Africa, and its track record of matric results, access to post-school opportunities, and alumni success is proof that positive change is possible. IkamvaYouth has been operating since 2003, and has 17 branches across five provinces, and works with implementing partners delivering programmes in an additional 12 communities. In the last five years, the organisation has increased its learner reach by 1700%; the full time staff contingent by 678% and revenue by almost 2000%.

The organisation is looking for an Executive Director (based in Jhb or CT) to drive further organisational growth and impact, towards realising their Vision 2030; whereby all learners in South African township schools within 35 km of a tertiary institution are able to access the information and support they need to reach and pass matric, and go on to access post-school opportunities that set them on the path to earning a dignified living.


- Strategic Vision & Leadership

- Stakeholder Management

- Financial Sustainability

- Strengthening Capacity, Infrastructure & Operations

- Programme Development, Delivery & Training

- Staff Management

Qualifications & Experience:
- Relevant Postgraduate degree
- 6 or more years of experience in a senior leadership position
- Minimum of 6 to 10 years of overall professional experience
- Prior non-profit experience ideal
- Management of a global or multi-branch organisation preferred
- Significant fundraising, marketing/branding and financial management experience - not negotiable

- Commitment to redressing inequality through education, and a deep belief in the vast potential of all young people
- Strategic and analytical thinker
- Unwavering commitment to impactful programmes and data-driven programme evaluation
- Resource mobilisation, unlocking opportunities and building collaborative networks
- Leadership and communication
- Flexibility and willingness for extensive travel


Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter via email to careers@ikamvayouth.org, with the subject heading “Executive Director” by the 16th March 2018.

IkamvaYouth upholds the objectives of the Employment Equity Act and subscribes to a policy of Employment Equity, which takes cognisance of the diversity which exists in the broader South African society.