Director, Development

Development Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh


Director, Development

Who We Are

Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.

The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.

Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.

We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.

About the Role

This is an incredibly exciting position, and not for the faint at heart. There will be many intense hours and you will face more conflicting priorities and unexpected setbacks than you thought possible before the grand opening celebrations of the first cohort of academies are even underway. Luckily, there will be just as many rewards both personally and professionally. You will personally build a business that will drive innovation and reform in education in Andhra Pradesh for the majority of the region’s population.

Bridge’s model is simple in its concept – hire experts to build best-in-class systems, use technology to deliver them, and data to track and improve upon them – but very laborious in its implementation.  As the Development Director, you drive growth of new service delivery units, or academies. You direct and drive delivery for the teams that produce a full school ready to enroll children: real estate acquisition, urban and physical planning, and construction. You must interface and engage heavily with People Operations to ensure fully trained academy staff and with Supply Chain to ensure the materials needed for construction are ready to use, at or under the budget set. You will engage with Marketing to ensure your teams are integrated into holistic brand engagement and customer acquisition.

What You Will Do

The Development Director, Andhra Pradesh will work closely with the Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh to build a comprehensive and sustainable expansion strategy for establishing private schools in the state. The Development Director will manage four verticals under this portfolio:

  • Development Strategy (identifying viable real estate options for acquisition, lease, or purchase)
  • Real Estate Management (managing the real estate process – legal review, lease/property management, upkeep)
  • Physical Planning (structural certification, building evaluation, architectural drawings, building permits)
  • Construction (all aspects of physical construction, alterations, and repairs)
  • This is a role for someone who is excited by taking on a radical challenge: delivering land at very low cost, securing planning approvals in 2 weeks, constructing and kitting an 8-11 classroom school in 1 month. You will be excited the challenge of figuring out how to drive this all across Andhra Pradesh.
  • This is not an armchair position. This is not a position where there is light management. This is a position for someone who can manage managers to succeed through coaching and empowerment but digs into the weeds when a manager is flailing and can personally help solve the problem and set a new pathway to success.
  • This will be exhilarating but demanding. You’ll be working on one of the biggest problems of developing economies and poverty alleviation, where trillions of dollars have had little effect, and thousands of initiatives have failed to change the systematic failure to provide children living in poverty with high-quality education. You are going to change this, enabling children from low-income families to access world-class basic education, democratizing the right to succeed.

What You Should Have

  • We’re looking for ambition, organization, drive, intellect, problem solving, and respect for others.
  • We are also looking for someone who has deep experience in managing managers and delivering work directly.
  • And, critically, you know that you still have a lot to learn and you know that working at Bridge will give you that opportunity to build on your experience while learning anew. You will report to the Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh, with dotted line reporting into our shared services Development Group that supports work in all our territories

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 other rapid-growth company.
  • 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.