Head of People and Culture

Job vacancy

Application Deadline: Actively Recruiting
Reference code: TSOSJ/HR/ADM/PAC/01/21
International applicants are highly encouraged to apply. You must be willing to relocate to Arusha, Tanzania for a minimum of  24 months commitment.
Do you love building relationships with your fellow colleagues and the community? Are you passionate about improving the lives of our students through a holistic education? Do you have experience leading a team? Does it sound like we’re talking about you… Keep reading!
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The People and Culture team at St Jude’s was established just over one year ago. It is not your typical HR team… The aim of People and Culture is to enhance the culture and spirit of the entire St Jude’s community through encouragement, morale-boosting and community-based activities. We lead the school’s Sports Program and provide guidance to extra-curricular clubs to ensure St Jude’s students receive a holistic education. We also build lasting and positive relationships with our neighbours, the surrounding community, the Tanzanian government, and people of importance.

Who You Are
  • You are a true believer in the organisation’s mission. Improving education is important to you and you understand the power that improving education can have on an individual, their community, and their country.
  • You radiate positivity and thrive off improving the morale of fellow staff and students.
  • You are passionate about sports, extra-curricular clubs, and making a positive contribution to a student’s holistic education.
  • You can communicate with and be understood by diverse audiences.
  • You are interested in developing and maintaining positive relationships with the community.
  • Your leadership style shows care and compassion and you constantly seek to improve the working culture for your team and fellow employees.
  • You are a natural leader with the ability to motivate, grow, strengthen, and manage a team.
  • You are an ultimate project manager with strong planning, prioritisation, and organisational skills, and embrace a flexible and changing plan to focus on the next most important thing.
  • You go to sleep at night dreaming about how you can improve the lives of people around you and you get excited for what tomorrow will bring.
What you’ll do
  • As the Head of People and Culture, your outstanding project management skills will be put to use every day and you will embrace various new initiatives thrown your way; no challenge is too great!
  • Your four key focus areas will be overseeing St Jude’s Spirit Program, boosting staff morale, leading the Sports Program, and enhancing the school’s holistic approach to education through extracurricular clubs.
  • You will work within our Head Office to lead and support a diverse team of five people, ensuring all jobs are tracked effectively and stakeholders are aware of progress.
  • You will oversee our newly formed Sports Program across our three schools, ensuring an international school-standard program is implemented and all students are provided with a well-rounded education.
  • You will manage the sport and coaching staff as well as increase students’ engagement in sports and extra-curricular activities.
  • You will support both staff and students in joining extra-curricular clubs that help to stimulate talents, develop 21st century skills and build self-confidence through proactive planning and time management.
  • You will drive the St Jude’s Spirit Program which seeks to recognise and appreciate those who go above and beyond in giving back to the school.
  • You will develop community engagement strategies and seek to improve relationships with the local government, community members, and people of importance in Tanzania.
  • You will encourage professional development for academic and non-academic staff and support both sides in enhancing already established programs to ensure the school achieves its Strategic Plan goals.
  • You will identify ways to improve staff morale and the school’s working environment through team-bonding initiatives, relationship building, recognition programs, and positive feedback channels.
  • You will support St Jude’s local marketing efforts and brand awareness by enhancing the reputation of the school with local authorities, media outlets, local businesses, and corporates.
  • You will create and manage the People and Culture budget.
What we’re looking for


  • 3+ years’ experience in a similar role at a similar level.
  • Tertiary qualifications, or equivalent experience, in community development, sports management, project management, or business.
  • Demonstrated success in community development or staff more-boosting activities, particularly in the charity sector.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication and relationship management skills, with the ability to oversee a variety of projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish warm, constructive working relationships with co-workers and stakeholders through collaboration and networking.
  • Understanding of international school sports programs and events involving multiple sports and teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management including planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Proven ability to contribute to a cohesive team environment by sharing information, supporting team priorities, and ensuring open communication.
  • Naturally inquisitive, thrives on troubleshooting and finding creative solutions.
  • A natural-born leader, with strong organisational skills, impeccable attention to detail, and the ability to manage time efficiently.
  • Comfortable liaising at all levels with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Leadership experience or training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of an international school’s curriculum, specifically in the area of sports, school camps, and/or extra-curricular clubs.
  • A passion for sport, coaching, health, outdoor education, and non-academic subjects with a desire to provide equal opportunities for underprivileged students.
  • Experience building relationships and working with government leaders and people of importance in Tanzania or East Africa.
  • Experience coordinating events and team-building activities for adults, or school camps for students.
  • You resonate with our core values (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Kindness) and bring a willingness to listen and positivity to how you work.
  • Team player that loves to share ideas with an upbeat positive attitude, you thrive on creating challenges, and have a great sense of humour!

Why us?
  • An opportunity to use your talents and expertise to fight poverty through education and make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of students in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • A flexible and supportive community of international and local employees.
  • Ample opportunities for career progression and development.
  • Mid-morning tea and lunch (during working days).
  • Safe and reliable transport to and from school.

Interested in applying?

If you feel you meet the criteria for this position, please fill out the application form and upload your completed form along with your CV and cover letter to the form on this page.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you have any further questions you can head to our FAQ page or contact recruitment@schoolofstjude.co.tz.
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