In a fast-paced innovative startup where collaboration and creativity are part of the norm, everyone is inspired to be the best version of themselves and is driven to push the boundaries of what it means to make an impact on the African continent.
ALU has a mission: educating 3 million ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders over the next fifty years. You will play a part in achieving this education revolution, and you’ll see the significance of that every day. You’ll get to work with students, experience their growth, and see the impact on their future. And you’ll also get to help shape the way we do things within ALU. Additionally, ALU will make a difference in your life: we aim to have everyone leave us better off than they came to us, with an arsenal of skills and experiences that will accelerate your career trajectory and change the way you look at the world.
We have a team of some of the most talented, driven and passionate people you’ll ever meet. And we’re made up of all sorts: all ages, cultures, backgrounds and diverse thinkers are welcome. We encourage team members to explore and enjoy life beyond the office, and we have many communities and events for you can get involved in. To name just a few: ALUminati is our team acapella group; on Tuesdays we have a writing club; and ASKE (the ALU Staff Knowledge Exchange) is an initiative that hosts skills-exchange sessions facilitated by a team member every two weeks.
Our Core consists of the mindsets we deliberately keep at the centre of everything we do. We trust our people to make their own decisions because they understand and hold to this core. We cultivate a growth mindset, with an openness to asking questions, learning new things and using failure as an opportunity. We believe in ownership and accountability and are deeply invested in everything we do. At ALU, we are collaborative and foster a flat mindset, giving you the chance to speak up and give your input on any issue, no matter your position.
Your ALU adventure will allow you to take charge of shaping your personal and professional growth. From taking on projects you’re passionate about to directly influencing your workstream; from being part of developing new products to working with our students in different forms and settings; you will be an agent for change in your own life at ALU. All these and more are what our crazy, dynamic startup environment has to offer.
Our policies and guidelines are based on positive assumptions rather than being punitive, and this shapes the way we work. To support you and help you thrive, we have frameworks in place called Ways of Working. These include daily check-ins with your team, weekly sit-ins and team reviews, and monthly developmental one-on-ones to help plan your work and keep aligned and monthly developmental one on ones. Every Friday we come together for FLD (Friday Late Discussions), our all-hands meeting that culminates in weekly drinks.
Working at ALU can be challenging but the rewards and experiences always outweigh the challenges. Though it requires high concentration of grit and flexibility, we embrace the need to #DoHardThings because we are driven by our moonshot mission and its unseen, yet sure benefits. Supported by cheering teammates who care to share in our wins and wars, we are pushed to be the best version of ourselves, so we can wake up each day thinking “I absolutely love what I do!”
Our recruitment process is straightforward, designed to be a valuable experience for both you and ALU. When you apply to join our team, you will have the opportunity to explore ALU, reflect on your personal and professional interests and how your career path aligns with our mission. Below is a quick overview of our recruitment process for both full-time employment and internships.
In the first phase of the recruitment process, we really want to get to know you as a person – your background, personal and professional interests. It is an opportunity for both you and ALU to assess whether there is a mutual interest and potential cultural fit.
You will be asked to complete an assignment that we use to give you a better idea of the kind of role you would be in, simulating real work conditions, allowing you to explore your strengths and weaknesses, helping us evaluate whether you will enjoy the job and have the skills we need.
Once you have completed your assignment, the team evaluates the assignment and follows up with another call. During this time you talk us through your assignment and thought process.
At this stage you engage in a one on one discussion with the manager of the team you are being recruited into. This is your opportunity to ask any questions about the roles of this particular team and get to know more about the mission of the team and how it ties to the organisational goals.
Our culture and values are an integral part of what makes working at ALU a wonderful experience. Here you’ll connect with other staff of the university for a conversation about the culture at ALU and a mutual fit with you.
Once reference checks are complete you’ll receive your offer to become a member of the ALU community and get all the information you need to know about the package, start dates and onboarding as well as flights, accommodation and making the move (if applicable).