Programme Manager, Academics

Schools Lagos, Nigeria


Position at Bridge


Programme Manager, Academics

Lagos & Osun, Nigeria


Bridge Nigeria

Bridge Nigeria is a life-changing community school program. It is one of four community school programmes run as part of NewGlobe’s education portfolio.


Bridge Nigeria opened its doors in 2015, with affordable education targeted at providing life changing education for families living in low-income areas of Lagos State in parts of Ikorodu, Alimosho, Badagry, Ojo, Epe, and other local government areas.


The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) initially contracted us as part of the Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN) programme. Now, Bridge Nigeria partners with communities, parents, and teachers to deliver life-changing education and provide a gateway to success for underserved families. Since 2019, our national (CEE) exam results have continued to prove academic excellence. Our community school graduates have gone to top secondary schools.


Schools Group

Schools is the heart of our work. The team is mandated to inspire teachers to teach with passion, pupils to learn with purpose, parents to believe in a better future for their children, and communities to become the change they want to see in the world. To achieve this vision, the team ensures schools are smoothly run - the school team is motivated and inspired, delivering life changing lessons, creating an experience that makes parents stay with us, and also cultivating interest and excitement in our work in communities where we serve. Schools is responsible for ensuring all of the work created by our expert teams, including Instructional Design, Leadership & Development, Technology, Communications, Creative and Insight, are used in each school, and each school is managed to achieve its goal of ensuring every child enjoys a learning environment that develops her core skills, knowledge and confidence. The performance of the entire organization is led by the Schools Group, which is responsible for day-to-day management of each school. Schools works to strengthen school enrollment and student retention, ensuring every school is regarded as the strongest school in its neighborhood and delivers on improved learning outcomes for children and earns the trust of the parents. We engage with school leaders and teachers every day, ensuring ongoing professional development, performance management, and intensive coaching. We are always seeking effective ways of ensuring every school is supported with data-driven practices. We measure our success through both the financial sustainability of the school and the learning outcomes of the children in the classroom. We are performance driven.


Academic Department

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; thus, 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 use them 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.


About the Role

The Programme Manager, Academics will be ultimately responsible for optimizing the Primary School to Secondary School transition for every single Bridge pupil in their assigned territory.

As an individual contributor, the Programme Manager, Academic will ensure that our pupils - all of our pupils - are ready to take the high stake exams. This will include the implementation of individual and class level initiatives throughout the academic year aimed at preparing pupils for high stake exams.

As a collaborator, the Programme Manager, Academic will be responsible in coordinating with Schools and Partnership team Secondary School transition for all pupils. This will involve scouting for Secondary School scholarships from both Corporate and Non-governmental organisations, providing guidance to eligible pupils on the application and admission process and tracking the scholarship pupils throughout secondary school. 

Finally, as a Programme Manager, Academic will ensure that all project trackers for individual and class level initiatives for preparing pupils for high stake exams are updated as well as Secondary school scholarship trackers.


What You Will Do

Become an expert on the High Stake Exams - devour every exam and how it connects to the National Syllabus.

  • Become an expert on High Stake Exam Preparedness: Conducting lesson observations in the high stake class, working with Innovations team in running experiments aimed at improving pupils achievement in high stake exams, working with L&D team in professional development for teachers preparing pupils for high stake exams.
  • Become an expert on the Secondary School Admissions process in assigned territory aligned to the National curriculum in place.
  • Scouting for Secondary Scholarships and Tracking Scholarship pupils throughout Secondary School:
  • Think “Beyond High Stake Exams”- how are we setting up ALL pupils for success beyond Primary
  • Seek Leverage - Identify and Develop plans for implementing the highest impact initiatives and programs that drive performance on High Stake Exams
  • Execute Well - Oversee the planning of large-scale programming for High-Stakes Assessments across territory assigned.
  • Collaborate effectively with other Bridge teams - Operations, People, Schools
  • Collaborate effectively with external partners


What You Should Have

The Programme Manager must be a data-driven individual with experience in High Stake Exams. You must be an expert in Secondary School Admissions who understands exceptional beyond High Stake Exams and can motivate and support pupils in excelling. Ideal candidates have worked in organizations with a proven track record of generating High Stakes Exams performance.

In addition, the Programme Manager must:

  • Be a self-starter and problem-solver.
  • Be hard working and collaborative, with the tenacity to plow through challenges and an appreciation for teamwork toward achieving a shared vision.
  • Be a fast learner and someone who is able to flourish in fast paced, dynamic, and sometimes ambiguous environments
  • Be both detailed and results-oriented, driven by the data that will allow us to know what is working and what isn’t working for kids.
  • Have strong project management skills and excellent organizational skills, with keen attention to detail and ability to follow up systematically on a broad set of initiatives and decisions
  • Be an effective, articulate communicator who can represent Bridge to external audiences.
  • Be humble and ready to “roll up your sleeves” to get things done

Education and Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience with proven track record of achieving high academic outcomes with pupils on high-stakes assessment.
  • Experience in a variety of International Contexts (particularly the ones in which Bridge operates) strongly preferred.
  • Some Management 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 on 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.