Bridge International Academies Job for a Global Director of Teacher Training

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 100,000 pupils in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.

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 leverage experts, data, and technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We are vertically integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability. Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and has just launched operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in 2016.

Job Role:  Global Director of Teacher Training

About the Role
Bridge has intense 15-day initial trainings for teachers. In Kenya, for example, this trainings have 300 to 900 trainees. Each country has a local Training Manager, who in turn manages several full-time trainers — who run the sessions. (Occasionally there are also ‘re-trainings’ — 2 to 3 day centralized gatherings that we’ve used to good purpose, when we make big changes to curriculum). We might estimate that each of our four countries has 5 to 9 trainings next year. So roughly 25 different fifteen day trainings! The job of the director is to maximize the readiness of teachers for their first months on the job — by doing a great job of managing and improving each country’s Training Manager; using data and judgment to understand what’s working and what’s not; and inventing systems to improve every aspect of this 15-day experience. The Director also manages an Assistant Director who creates the training curriculum — the mix of sessions, of readings, and videos. This job has a ton of travel. We can be flexible on the ‘home base’ — Nairobi, Lagos, Boston, London — but the right director should love to actually be present at trainings, personally modeling excellence for the Training Managers and the Trainers as well.

What you will do
Manage the Associate Director of Teacher Training who develops the teacher training content.
Manage the Training Directors in each country, who manage the trainers and assistant trainers who execute the training program in each country.
Ensure the training program and selection activities are executed as designed by the Associate Director of Teacher Training and the Associate Director of Teacher Evaluation, Recruitment and Selection.
Collaborate with HR, IT, Administration and other teams to ensure the entire 3-week residential training runs smoothly and that the trainers and have the support they need to do their jobs well.
Work with the country directors, academic directors, innovation team, curriculum team and training managers to determine the extent to which the current training program is effectively preparing our teachers to be successful; consistently driving improvement.

Required Skills & Experience
The Director must be a data-driven individual with experience developing and managing cultures of high performance and high expectations. You must be a great academic leader who understands the difference between typical ‘blah’ teacher training and excellent training (that ultimately makes a difference for the young students).

Be a self-starter and problem-solver, who thinks three and four steps ahead. Be hard working and collaborative, with the tenacity to plow through challenges. Be both detailed and results-oriented, driven by the data that will allow us to know what is working and what isn’t working for kids. Be humble, seeking out feedback, internalizing it, and using it to get better.

How to Apply
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