Director, Production

Academics Boston, United States


Description

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.

Academics Group

The objective of the Academics group is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know -- what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom. Our team is collaboratively organised around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom. Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department looks at cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains. Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.

Production

Hundreds of lessons are delivered every single day across the globe in Bridge classrooms. Whether it’s a phonics lesson for kindergarteners or a lesson on the pythagorean theorem for students nearing secondary school - each of them requires materials. The Production department is on the hook for ensuring all of these materials - whether it’s the thousands of printed textbooks or hundreds of thousands of digital teaching guides - are created in pristine, user-friendly format, while being on-time and under-budget. This team thrives with contribution of ultra detail-oriented team players, who welcome the challenge of a dynamic environment and have fun while working hard.

About the Role

The Production Director provides leadership and support to the globally distributed Production department. Nested within the Academics group, the department lives alongside the others in the group that are developing the content intended to drive learning gains. As the leader of this department, you are charged with finding new and better ways to efficiently deliver high quality content to the classrooms, while maintaining a team that executes the day-to-day work flawlessly. Doing this successfully requires a department culture that focuses on this end goal no matter what obstacles appear. Maintaining a balance between in-the-weeds daily work and forward-looking strategic planning will be key to your success as Production Director.

What You Will Do

  • Maintain systematic approaches to production appropriate for the scale at which we work, while simultaneously identifying projects that don’t fit the system and need a more flexible or creative approach
  • Manage a team of 3-5 production coordinators, located both locally and abroad
  • Manage our relationship with and the workflow of relevant external contractors: designers, compositors, artists, image researchers
  • Work with departments inside the Academics group to understand the evolving production needs, both print and digital
  • Train team members outside the production department to submit error-free products
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate progress against production cycle timelines
  • Liaise with non-Academics groups whose work is intricately connected to production, namely Operations and Tech
  • Ensure impeccable communication between Production and other teams through development and maintenance of intuitive, user-friendly tools

What You Should Have

  • 10 years experience, majority in the production field
  • Strong people management skills, with experience managing a large team of professionals
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Desire for constant improvement, both in process and in product
  • Flexibility! Excitement - for the idea of facing the challenge of finding new solutions when unexpected variables arise
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to manage and execute large-scale projects
  • Experience with designing and implementing organizational/content management systems
  • Experience with development of digital content within a learning management system environment
  • Thorough knowledge of the printing process and the impact file construction has on print quality
  • Strong knowledge of design processes and the integration of design into the Educational Production process
  • Exceptional organization and project management skills
  • Self-motivated and comfortable creating solutions without a lot of support or structure
  • Willing to jump in and help wherever necessary, no matter how big or small the task
  • Education experience preferred

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 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.