Director, Policy and Partnerships
Director, Policy and Partnerships
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, Public Relations, Insights, Measurement & Evaluation, 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.
Policy and Partnerships Department, Strategy Group
The Policy & Partnerships team (P&P) leads the Bridge movement to transform lives of millions of children through education. We lead pioneering efforts to revitalize Government-led delivery of education across the world. We engage with visionary political and Government leadership to help shape policy, strengthen delivery and impact complex education systems through public private partnerships. We also engage with other dynamic influencers (NGO, donors, think-tanks and academicians) to unlock news ways of partnering to make high-quality education accessible to every child in underserved communities.
About the Role
As the Director, Policy & Partnerships for India you are focused on building and managing, diverse stakeholder relationships. You own Bridge’ growth through partnerships with Government and other influencers. You are the voice of Bridge among all stakeholders who serve children in underserved communities. You represent Bridge with the Government in respect of any applicable local regulations for schools that are run directly by us.
What You Will Do
- Report to the Vice President Policy and Partnership (P&P), to help design policies, build partnerships, and execute strategy to advance Bridge’s position as a powerful partner for Education reform in India;
- Work closely with the Country Policy & Partnerships team to design and execute strategies to implement legislation to create Private Public Partnerships (PPP) in education that can impact system level changes;
- Utilize lead management techniques and maintain a detailed and dynamic database of these key stakeholders and engage with them as influencers, facilitators and partners who can help advance strategic goals for Bridge;
- Ensure that P&P teams are kept up to date on K-12 related updates and developments on legislation, acts, state rules, and other policy related developments within Education Departments and Governments across India;
- Network with new and unfamiliar audiences while preparing for and understanding your audience;
- Partner with the in-country team on strategic communications to achieve our goals;
- Identify opportunities and work with partners in the private sector to drive efficient service delivery with government schools;
- Identify partners in the private sector to strengthen Bridge’s market presence and delivery;
- Identify the larger contours of PPP and private relationships and work closely with manager to structure PPP and private partnerships
- Coordinate complex interactions with legislators, legislative staff, other local and state officials, and sometimes district agency staff and other government officials/staff; and
- Lead proactive and reactive media relations, social media, web-based communications, and others as necessary.
- Master’s degree or vast experience in education reform, public policy, or a related field;
- Demonstration of being a strategic and agile thinker, a highly analytical mind and navigator of complex landscape, multi stakeholder relationships and political actors
- Strong experience in government, advocacy, or public sector;
- Extensive knowledge of local, state and federal government organization and legislative processes in India’s primary education sector;
- Regular contacts within the ministry of education or equivalent local and state regulatory bodies or easy access to make them;
- Knowledge of local, state and federal government issues related to the provision of primary education in India;
- Demonstrated ability to work with the media, including local, national and international media across print, broadcast and online;
- Experience acting as an on-the-record spokesperson
- Prior experience within a fast-paced, metric driven consulting or educational reforms organization
- Excellent writing skills including the ability to draft press releases, statements, talking-points, and opinion pieces in partnership with Bridge Public Affairs; and
- Experience working for a political, non-profit, or other social campaigns that concern an idea or a movement rather than a product.
- 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