Associate, Learning Innovation
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 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.
The Learning Innovation Department is responsible for driving improvement in instructional design and academics more broadly. The Learning Innovation team collects qualitative and quantitative data daily in order to guide the creation and development of learning materials. In addition, the Learning Innovation Department uses randomised A/B testing to test new and innovative approaches to instructional design using rigorous research methodology and study design.
About the Role
This role is an exciting new opportunity to contribute to learning innovation efforts across multiple contexts and across a wide variety of evaluations. This role contributes to the departmental objectives in several ways. First, this role produces the materials necessary to propose and execute new evaluations. Second, this role supports efforts to apply lessons-learned at scale. Third, this role supports on a diverse range of tasks crucial to the execution and evaluation of ongoing experiments, including a focus on data collection, entry, and analysis. Finally, this role will support on a huge range of tasks that flow through the Learning Innovation department.
This position would be based in either London, UK, Boston, USA, or Hyderabad, India depending on the location of the candidate. This role would report directly to the Learning Innovation Director who is based in London, UK.
What You Will Do
- Write teacher guides that will be used in A/B testing to evaluate the impact of new approaches to instructional design and teaching methodology
- Edit lesson materials (teacher guides, textbooks, exams) that will be used during an A/B test to ensure they are free of errors and inconsistencies
- Create pilot lesson materials in order to field-test new interventions
- Apply successful experiment results retroactively to incumbent instructional design materials
- Support work on data collection, data entry, data cleaning, and analysis of outcomes
- Draft teacher communication related to upcoming and ongoing experiments
- Support the development of new proposals for future evaluation
- Process incoming lesson observation data to identify necessary changes to existing materials
- Pitch in where needed on miscellaneous projects to help with other academics departments
What You Should Have
- 1-2 years teaching experience strongly preferred
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficiency in R or STATA is a plus
- Deep knowledge of best practices in the field of education and social science research methodology
- Obsessive attention to detail
- Strong writing and editing skills
- 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.