Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Work Ready Nigeria

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Reports to: Board Chair (on behalf of Board of Directors)

Organization Overview

  • The Work-Ready Boot Camp is a four-months intensive training and assessment program with the goal of producing work-ready graduates that have expertise in entrepreneurial leadership, communication skills, project management capabilities and the ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • The WRA curriculum is based on a blended learning system that leans heavily on publicly-available online learning, peer-based learning and is heavily dependent on the use of technology to maximize the efficiency and the effectiveness of the learning process.
  • After the “Work-Ready Boot Camp”, these graduates will gain employment at top companies in Africa, or (if they prefer) pursue independent entrepreneurial business careers.

Overview Of Responsibilities

  • The CEO is the leader of the organization, and the Chief Mobilizer; s/he leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community.
  • The CEO possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization.
  • The CEO is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact.
  • The CEO is the steward of brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of Work Ready Nigeria. S/he is responsible for building trust in Work Ready Nigeria and its relevance in the community.

Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions
The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Community Impact:

  • The CEO works closely with the Board to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising the funds to support it.
  • S/he will establish and build relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government and non-profit sectors.

Resource Development:

  • The CEO is charged to drive key results in fundraising; to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors, and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; to leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and to promote a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level.
  • The CEO will also be responsible for coming up with marketing plans to ensure we continue to recruit the best graduates at all times.

Strategic Management:

  • The CEO serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation.
  • S/he partners with the Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership team to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved.
  • S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all Work Ready Nigeria activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.

Organization Management:

  • The CEO is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.
  • S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors.
  • The CEO assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises Senior Leadership positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Head of Finance to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.

Experience / Position Requirements

  • Substantial experience working in the Education and/or Human Resource sectors are desirable.
  • Expertise on issues relevant to the organization.
  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams and conflict management.
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
  • S/he has unquestioned integrity; a long term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor.

Education Background

  • Undergraduate degree required. Training, experience or advanced degree preferred in business, or management. Experience for 3 years in role may substitute for an advanced degree.

Core Competencies required for this Position:

  • Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
  • Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
  • Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
  • Team-Builder: First ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right times; fostering commitment, trust, and collaboration among multi-cultural leaders and stakeholders.
  • Outward Turning: Understands the dynamics of local, regional, and national environments, and works on an agenda rooted in the community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations.
  • Business Acumen: Possesses a high-level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating financial support for the organization.
  • Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks; striving to leverage Work Ready Nigeria’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy.

Application Deadline
14th July, 2020.


Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to: info@workreadyng.org using the “Job title” as subject of the email.

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