Regional Director, Schools

Schools Nairobi, Kenya


Regional Director, Schools

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.  

Schools Group

Schools is the heart of Bridge. Schools is responsible for ensuring all of the work created by our expert teams, including Instructional Design, Leadership & Development, Technology, Communications, 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 works to strengthen school enrollment and student retention, by ensuring every school is regarded as the strongest school in its neighborhood and delivers on improved learning outcomes for children. Schools is the largest team in the organization, as this Group is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of each school. We engage with school leaders and teachers every day, ensuring ongoing professional development, performance management, and intensive coaching. Our investments in instructional design and teachers’ professional development are overseen by the Schools Group, and academics is at the forefront of our school programming. To ensure sustainability, we support effective school-level budgeting and financial management. We are always seeking effective ways of ensuring every school is supported with data-driven practices. We measure our success through increased enrollments in the school, signaling strength in management and community engagement, and by the learning outcomes of the children in the classroom. We are performance driven.

 About the Role

The Regional Schools Director is responsible for the educational and enrollment outcomes across schools in all territories, via his or her co-management and functional support of Schools Directors. Schools Directors are responsible for the performance management of every school in the territory or program. This includes school management, academic programming, school programming, staff professional development, regulatory compliance, commercial sustainability, and parent and community engagement in every school we support. The team they supervise is in schools each day, providing ongoing mentorship, specific performance feedback, and on-going group and personal training. They manage one of the largest teams in the company, led by the field team of School Supervisors that give daily support to each school. They have the incredible responsibility for the integrated delivery of all our programming in each school, for each teacher, for each child. 

This is a managerial role. The Regional Schools Director is the functional manager of Schools Directors. You work with Managing Directors in each territory to ensure that all Schools Directors are using data to drive performance, constant coaching to change behavior, and ensuring rigorous implementation of core school programs. You will also hold Schools Directors accountable in achieving strong performance on schools KPIs.

You will also ensure that Schools Directors have a clear and focused work plan, ensuring that each territory has an up to date Schools Plan for each academic year, setting quarterly goals for the Schools Director to execute the Schools Plan, and The Regional Academic Director ensures that there is strong coordination and clear communication between territory and Shared Services teams regarding core schools programming. He or she ensures that our processes and tools for school management and parent and community engagement are implemented in each territory.

Finally, you will coach Schools Directors on all aspects of their roles and responsibilities

This role reports to VP, Schools.

What You Will Do

  • Work with Managing Directors in each territory to ensure that all Schools Directors are using data to drive performance, constant coaching to change behavior, and ensuring rigorous implementation of core school programs. 
    • Hold Schools Directors accountable in achieving strong performance on schools KPIs
    • Use data to drive School Director performance, and coaching needed across all parts of the Schools vertical in the territory, and program implementation
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director to ensure that Schools Directors have a clear and focused work plan
    • Ensure that each territory has an up to date Schools Plan and calendar for each academic year
    • Set quarterly goals for the Schools Director to execute the Schools Plan
  • Facilitate strong coordination and communication between Shared Services and Territory teams
    • Ensure that there is routine communication between the Schools Director, Regional Schools Director, and Managing Director
    • Ensure strong information flow and coordination between Shared Services Schools, Leadership and Development, Academics or other Groups and the Schools Director, as necessary
    • Guide Schools Directors in facilitating change through healthy change management  (especially changes that affect daily operations or the experience of school staff, parents or pupils)
  • Coach and support Schools Directors in all of their work
  • Other duties as required

What You Should Have

  • Proven management and leadership experience, leading teams of people to accomplish an objective
  • Minimum 5-6 years proven experience managing managers of field-based teams
  • Prior work experience in education or social enterprise space at a global scale, delivering on roles in an environment with high volume, super fast paced
  • Belief in data-driven decision making
  • School management experience a plus
  • Relentless focus on achievement for yourself and others
  • Bias towards action
  • Flexible and loves to work in a dynamic environment
  • Collaborative leader with strong relationship building skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) or Master’s degree

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.