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Job Vacancies at Bridge International Academies, 18th October, 2019

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life.

We are urgently recruiting to fill the position below:

 

 

Job Title: Regional Manager, School Management

Location: Yaba, Lagos

Details

  • Do you have an educational degree (NCE, B.Ed, M.Ed or PGDE) with at least 7 years’ experience as a Teacher? Have you led a school in the capacity of ‘School Administrator, Principal, VP etc.’ for at least 2 years.
  • We’ll like to have a chat with you for the Regional Manager Role.

About the Role

  • Bridge ensures efficient management of its schools through a schools organizational structure that divides schools into regions and territories and assigns management oversight of each region to one Schools Supervisor. A Schools Supervisor is responsible for the management of a group of schools and Schools Supervisors report to a Regional Manager who in turn is responsible for the success of that school region or territory. The schools are situated in various communities across the state in Nigeria to which you are assigned.

What You Will Do

  • Work closely with a large group of Schools Supervisors in your territory to ensure that they are operating at the highest levels.
  • Work closely with the Training Manager to ensure feedback from the field is translated to effective training content, systems and processes which further empower Teachers and Headmasters to lead successful schools.
  • Empower Schools Supervisors to focus intensely on instructional leadership, including each teacher completing the scheduled lessons each day; on positive classroom and school management without corporal punishment; and school strength through retention, which is a sign of parents’ belief in the positive contribution of the school.
  • Provide management oversight to Schools Supervisors in your region or territory and ensure operating performance and instructional learning targets are met.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Schools Supervisors in your region to help develop their management skills and support achievement of their academy goals.
  • Regional Managers completely own (and therefore, are accountable for) the performance metrics of all of the schools in their territory, as measured by operational and instructional benchmarks.
  • This role requires a constant presence at the schools and close interaction with each School Head or School Administrator to ensure that there is continuous bi-directional communication and coaching.
  • In addition to interactions with schools, the Regional Manager is expected to build close relationships with the local and state level government officials, the traditional and local community leaders, and Parents of the children in the school to promote the importance of education, garner support for the school and education ministry’s activities as it relates to their children and to keep a constant monitor on their feedback.
  • Must be ready to travel on a daily basis to schools in your region. The schools are situated in various communities across the state in Nigeria to which you are assigned.

What You Should Have

  • High level of energy and enthusiasm so as to be effective in a fast paced environment with multiple demands.
  • This role would suit someone who has extensive experience doing community based work, field management expertise and strong people management and program management skills.
  • An Education Degree is a MUST, with at least 5 years of professional work experience
  • Prior team leadership experience using a hands-on role model approach to management and the ability to coach and motivate others to achieve results
  • Proven ability to drive results
  • Passion for providing outstanding customer service
  • Excellent practical problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • Previous experience building relationships with government and community officials
  • A passion for what we do is essential and experience in low cost education environments or in the public schooling environment is an advantage.
  • Must be dynamic, articulate, organized with an attention to detail
  • Must have demonstrated capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals in a high pressure environment
  • Must be passionate about following processes and procedures and be extremely data-driven
  • Must be passionate about education and schooling in general
  • Must be comfortable working in low income communities
  • Must have respect and sensitivity towards cultural, gender, ethnicity and religious diversity
  • Must have maturity and confidence in dealing with high ranking official of government institutions, international institutions and non- government institutions
  • Willingness to have tough conversations when circumstances require it and to take a “no nonsense” approach to driving business results.

You’re also:

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a startup or social enterprise.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any enterprise from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often challenging, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand. Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
  • A customer advocate – Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
  • A life-long learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Supervisor, Schools

Location: Yaba, Lagos

Job Details

  • Do you have an educational degree (NCE, B.Ed, M.Ed or PGDE) with at least 3 years’ experience as a Teacher?
  • Would you like to take on a more challenging role as a Supervisor, Schools having an impact in the overall learning outcome of children?
  • If this sounds like you, then we’ll like you to apply for the Supervisor, School Role.

About the Role
Each Supervisor, School is responsible for the professional development, including ongoing performance management of school staff. As Supervisor, Schools, you are in schools each day, providing ongoing mentorship, specific performance feedback, and on-going group and personal training. In this role, you also engage with all stakeholders of the schools under your care, including government officials, parents, and community groups as may be required. Your role is the nexus of all that we do, ensuring the implementation and results of our overall programing, integrating school management, leadership & development of school staff, instructional design and technology. Using big data that provides a visibility into every day teaching practices and school management, you work with school staff to improve performance – with the goal of student performance and character development in mind – and provide feedback on core programming to our design teams.

This team is laser focused on outcomes, inherently collaborative in nature, loves fostering leadership in others, is unwaveringly committed to ensuring a quality education for our pupils, and is excited about creating incredible learning interventions that drive positive behavior and mindset change in adults. You will flourish on this team if you are: a team player, hyper-focused on results, flexible in a dynamic environment, and have fun while working hard.

What You Will Do

  • Be responsible for supervising the work of all school leaders in your assigned area, including all aspects of School Management, and community and parent engagement. Ensure each school leader delivers on promise of learning and holistic development for children, has a strong and high-performing cohort of teachers, operates within its budget and sustains enrollment necessary for financial sustainability;
  • Use data from multiple sources, including your own classroom observations and school management observations, quality assurance audits, and big data on school staff behavior, to lead school staff to improve their practice, with an unwavering eye to student learning and holistic development.
  • Use data from multiple sources to ensure effective school management, and a safe learning environment.
  • Ensure local regulatory processes are followed, including environmental & social standards, as well as national regulations.
  • Lead leadership & development sessions the course of the school year, and during induction training for new staff, using the materials and programming developed by the Leadership & Development team.
  • Support schools through transition of staff, including of school leaders and teachers; work with local government and other local organizations as needed.
  • Ensure school leader is actively building pipeline of school staff candidates, leveraging parents, local government leadership and other local organizations. Work directly with county or regional government leadership, teacher training centers or regional organizations to support sourcing candidates for school staff.
  • Supervise school budget and optimization, prevent fraud and ensure financial discipline.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Be in schools 80% time, observing teaching, management, and engaging with stakeholders, including government officials, parents, and community groups.
  • When observing or holding meetings, use rubrics or other documents to support structured observation and reporting.
  • Support specific school events, including collaborating on programming for such events as school opening celebrations, parent teacher conferences and school closing celebrations, as well as community showcases and participation on co-curricular competitions.
  • Ensure school staff and students are prepared to sit in government-proctored exams, as they may occur on a termly/semester basis, and with particular attention to national examinations.
  • Ensure school strength and support enrollment efforts.

 

What You Should Have

  • Proven community leadership experience, leading teams of people to accomplish an objective
  • Experience in mentorship and coaching of youth and adults, either inside or outside of a school setting
  • Teaching experience a plus
  • Belief in data-driven decision making
  • Relentless focus on achievement for yourself and others
  • Bias towards action
  • Flexible and loves to work in a dynamic environment
  • Collaborative leader with strong relationship building skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Undergraduate degree in Education is a MUST. Masters is an added advantage.

You’re also:

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience, preferably from the regulatory, education or business sectors.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
  • A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: You would not be contacted if you don’t have a degree in Education.

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