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Company website: www.theroom.com
Location: Remote (but strong preference for EMEA region)
Would you like to get a front-row seat to ALL it takes to build a game-changing business while equipping yourself with a wide range of skills and experiences that can fast-track your career? Does the prospect of working directly alongside the CEO of one of the most innovative organizations in Africa excite you? Do you enjoy creating order out of chaos? Do you enjoy turning complex messages into insightful resources that influence an organization's strategy, direction and impact? Is your superpower that you are a resilient, entrepreneurial doer?
If your answer is yes, then keep reading…
In 2035, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world and will need to catalyse transformation by empowering its largest untapped resource - its people. The African Leadership Group is an ecosystem of institutions with a shared vision to harness Africa’s abundant human capital and transform the continent and the world by selecting, developing, and connecting 2 million ethical and entrepreneurial leaders by 2030. ALG was founded over 15 years ago by Fred Swaniker, a serial entrepreneur recognised by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.
ALX and The Room are two brands of the African Leadership Group. ALX is our training arm, focused on developing skills for the fourth industrial revolution - software engineering, data science, UX design, cyber security, etc.) to ensure that Africa is able to compete effectively as the world undergoes a digital transformation. The Room is our connection arm, a community that our young talent join to access a lifetime of extraordinary opportunities and meaningful relationships. To learn more about us, please read this article about why we launched The Room & this article about the impact of our development programs in African youth.
ABOUT THE ROLE
As the Chief of Staff of Fred Swaniker, you will serve as his ‘right hand’ -helping him to build a disruptive leadership movement and reinvent talent development on a global scale. No day will be the same as you help manage a rapidly growing organisation to achieve its ambitious priorities, lead special projects, launch new initiatives, and engage with investors, board members, corporate partners and other key stakeholders. You will have a front-row seat of entrepreneurship in its most exciting and complex form.
This role is a great fit for you if you are extremely good at juggling different priorities, you are a fast-learner, highly analytical, an outstanding project manager, humble, and very hard working. Ideally, you bring 2-5 years of work experience in strategy consulting or investment banking with a global firm, and are excited about working with a seasoned entrepreneur to build a large-scale, highly innovative enterprise.
Experience & Background: At least 3-5 years of experience working on a diverse range of projects
Extremely organized: You keep meticulous to-do lists, plan your day carefully, and make sure everything gets done.
Excellent writer: You enjoy writing and know what is appropriate for different audiences (e.g. high profile ministers/CEOs, media, vs general public etc).
Detail-oriented: You are very careful and triple-check important documents, emails, presentations, etc.
Learning mindset: You are always willing to seek and receive feedback and see it as an opportunity for growth.
High standards: You know what excellence looks like, and can be counted on to deliver consistent quality.
Humble, service mindset: You can see how seemingly low-level tasks like scheduling can contribute to the organization’s bold mission.
Proactivity: You get into the mind of the CEO and anticipate what is needed way before him; you are always one step ahead.
Administrator: You are excited by taking administrative work off the CEO’s plate so he can focus on his most critical tasks.
Adventurous: You are excited about doing new things .
Experience: You have experience working closely with a senior manager.
Project manager: You can break a big project into smaller steps, set milestones, track progress, and deliver results.
High-performer: You are energetic, thrive under high pressure and work at a fast pace.
Critical Thinker: You don't just execute on something, but always think critically and ask yourself if this is the best way of doing it