School of Hard Knocks New Position – Share & Apply

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26 Nov, 2018

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School of Hard Knocks uses rugby to teach life-skills to school children most at risk of dis-engagement. The organisations vision is to create positive and lasting change in the lives of children, enabling them to make positive and definitive steps towards employment or further education.

Job Title: Behavioural Specialist
Job Location: Cape Town
Working hours: 20-24 hours per week
Start Date: January 2019
Salary: Dependent on experience

The purpose of the position is to deliver counselling services to 80/160 children in our programme in 4 schools in the CBD of Cape Town and support the Schools Manager and Coaches in the delivery of the schools programme.


  • Deliver a mentoring programme with students both on a 1:1 basis and in a whole group setting
  • Create new group mentoring sessions around the core principles of School of Hard Knocks that suit the needs of the group
  • Provide information and advice to enable pupils to make choices about their own learning, behaviour and attendance
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress, achievements, behaviours and attendance
  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluating of all pupils on the course
  • Be aware and support differences and ensure all pupils on the course have equal access to the mentoring programme
  • Be aware of, and comply with, policies and procedures relating to child protection; health and safety; confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to the programmes manager
  • Communicate effectively with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the school to support achievement and progress of pupils on the course.
  • Attend and participate in regular meetings, training and other learning activities as required, contributing to the overall ethos and aims of the charity
  • Develop good relationships with school staff and outside agencies, including exchanging relevant information professionally
  • Attend where required, Parents evenings or other specialist school events where SoHK presence is required
  • Support pupils on the side of the pitch, who are struggling with their own emotions or behaviour enabling them to get back into the programme
  • Support the assessment of pupils to determine those in need of particular help and support
  • Assist with and advise on the mentoring of the most complex and challenging beneficiaries
  • Train SoHK staff to enhance programme delivery


  • Experience of working with challenging young people
  • Child safeguarding knowledge
  • Ability to build rapport with young people with a variety of needs
  • Ability to tailor interventions to meet the needs of the students on the course and support coaches to maintain these interventions
  • Ethical knowledge on how and when to disclose as well as refer participants to healthcare professionals
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of education system
  • Writing skills for reports or referrals
  • Ability to time manage effectively
  • Evidence of group facilitation
  • Driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with its values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment
  • Set standards in your own delivery, being meticulous in your preparation and reviews
  • Able to challenge people constructively
  • Care passionately about the success of our beneficiaries and support them to realise their potential
  • Organised with attention to detail
  • Able to not just follow process, but to develop what is already in place and constantly improve delivery.
  • Full of enthusiasm and positive energy and a great role model to those on our courses
  • Be someone who naturally sets high standards and will ensure that course targets are met and exceeded
  • Have a growth mindset, always ready to accept new challenges
  • Knowledge of mental health and child protection protocols with adolescents
  • Knowledge of rugby and the benefits it has for young people
  • Experience in delivering training in any of the areas outlined above
  • Experience of delivering in a classroom setting to a large group of young people

To apply, Fill in the application form at this link:

Application Deadline: 30th November, 2018

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