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.
The Strategy Group at Bridge is responsible for our overall direction in education service, designing our verbal and visual brand, communicating our work internally and externally, providing insight into the ecosystems within which we work, measuring the impact of our programs, engaging our government partners in programming, ensuring regulatory compliance, and expanding the reach of our services into new geographies. Creative, Communications, Insights, Measurement & Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Policy & Partnerships, and New Opportunities are all departments within the Strategy Group. Collaboration between and coordination of each of these department’s functions is critical to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country.
The Communication team at Bridge is housed with the Strategy group and collaborates across departments to ensure that Bridge is telling its story both locally and globally in the most compelling way. Communication is responsible for a wide range of activities including digital communications, external relations, advocacy, reputation management and media. We are focused on ensuring that the work that Bridge is doing to improving learning outcomes for hundreds of thousands of children reaches a wide audience.
We support a wide array of initiatives simultaneously and need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to help shape the external environment in which we operate. We spot opportunities as well as create them and always make sure that those in the communities we serve and the Governments we support get their voices heard.
About the Role
As Director, Communications, you will be assisting in the management of the Bridge’s reputation and profile across all communications channels. You will be responsible for safeguarding the organization’s integrity and image; both internally and externally. You will report to the Vice President of Communications.
Our ideal candidate will have worked in communications in Africa or Asia. You will be responsible for developing platforms for critical stakeholder engagement and corporate communication content and will be well versed in media relations. You will be at the forefront of reputation management while building partnerships in the international education and development space.
You will be comfortable working in a campaigning organisation that is experiencing fast paced growth; and have direct or indirect experience of working with Government(s). You will be experienced in working in a global matrixed organization with colleagues across Africa and Asia.
What You Will Do
- Lead on media relations and reputation management.
- Lead on developing partnerships and build relationships with those in the international education space.
- Lead on ensuring internal alignment of messaging and positioning.
- Support the creation of a strategic direction for the department with oversight for internal & external communications .
- Support internal /external communication & engagement with stakeholders across the organization.
- Support the delivery of research reports, analysis and policy developments.
- Support on organisational positioning, messaging, and engagement.
- Crisis communications.
- Develop strong cross functional relationships and influence in all external facing departments / groups to ensure consistency of communication and information
- Represent the organisation in advocacy conversations and discussions.
- Line manage a small team.
What You Should Have
- Masters' degree with superior academic performance
- Experience of working at a senior international level for political, campaigning, non-profit, or social enterprise.
- A background of working in matrixed organisations with internationally based and remote working colleagues.
- Experience of developing or supporting an organisational speaker programme.
- Experience developing communications for a campaign or movement, rather than a product
- Experience developing and delivering comprehensive media strategies.
- Experience of developing engaging communications collateral that is visible and impactful.
- High profile crisis communications experience.
- Experience successfully developing and managing effective working relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders including journalists and broadcasters and editors.
- Experience of delivering effective stakeholder communications.
- Able to present in person, as an organization spokesperson, to large audiences in a highly engaging way;
- Highly developed verbal, written, and oral skills to promote and represent the organization;
- Experience of offering media advice and guidance to colleagues at a senior level;
- Experience building relationships and managing external partnerships.
- Excellent project management and organisational skills in a communications context;
- We particularly value experience in international fast paced growth or start up organizations.
- A background of working in matrixed organisations with internationally based and remote working colleagues from Africa or India.
- Ideally experience of working in Africa or India.
- Team management experience
- A robust, confident, can do attitude.
- A willingness and ability to travel to the communities we support.
- Fluency in a second language from a country in which we work such as Yoruba, Swahili, Igbo, Hausa, Hindu or Urdu is desirable.
● 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 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.