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 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 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 Title: Global Curriculum Project Director
About the Role
The curriculum team at Bridge produces over 1000 printed books per year across 4 markets. The team produces close to 50,000 teacher guides. We need someone with exceptional project management skills to liaise between curriculum and production – to ensure that we’re on or under budget, to ensure that our large team of 100 curriculum writers across 5 countries are happy and productive.
Your primary responsibilities will be ensuring that the creation of these books goes smoothly from the Curriculum Director’s and from the Global Production Director’s perspective. Deadlines are communicated well in advance and negotiated based on needs from both sides.
What you will be accountable for –
Being the “connector” between Curriculum and Production. Leaders from both departments will see you as the facilitator of on-time, on- or under-budget product. This includes —
Working with curriculum and production departments to manage “art” and “composition” budgets. These need to be proposed by CPD and then approved by executive leadership.
Working with curriculum and production departments to manage country-specific print budgets. Example – Kenya has a $300 per class materials budget. The CPD and GPD are jointly accountable for staying within this budget. This includes working with and educating Curriculum Directors on the tradeoffs inherent within their work – page counts, number of books, per pupil vs. bench.
Managing scheduling of curriculum product. Hitting deadlines can “make or break” the Academic enterprise at Bridge. Careful, frontloaded scheduling — that considers the needs of both Curriculum and Production – is on the CPD.
Collaborate with the Curriculum Quality Director to ensure that realistic targets are set for improvement within time constraints. This includes –
Setting out a curriculum maintenance and improvement plan for 2016 with the CQD that gets approved by executive leadership. This will require soliciting input from the different content and country Curriculum Directors.
Managing and responding to country-specific requests around curriculum products.
Manage the curriculum writer “vertical.” This includes –
Managing project associate tasked with recruiting Fellows, and working with him/her to facilitate the allocation of Fellows to different teams.
Working with country leaders to manage the Fellow recruiting process in the different markets. This will be particularly relevant in India.
Managing a crucial component of the curriculum writing process: teacher guide management.
A successful scorecard for the CPD in 2016 would include –
Better curriculum as measured by learning gains and by field work.
On budget for production.
On budget for print.
A “state of the art” teacher guide management process.
What you should have
A Bachelor’s degree
Exceptional organization and project management skills
Strong people management skills with experience managing a large team of professionals
Strong problem-solving skills and ability to manage and execute large-scale projects
Experience with designing and implementing organizational systems
Ability to analyze data and effectively use data to inform decisions
Flexibility and a strong work ethic with an ability to overcome obstacles
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
How to Apply
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