The Edo State Government, led by Governor Obaseki, implemented the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme to improve basic education across the state. Through EdoBEST, the government is transforming learning outcomes for the 300,000 children across 1,029 public primary and 471 junior secondary schools in Edo State. EdoBEST is a Government designed and lead programme that is re-training all 15,000 government teachers – novice and experienced – to be technologically supported and empowered teachers.
Under EdoBEST, The Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results (Edo STAR) programme is a hands-on government teacher training initiative forming a core pillar of the State’s reform agenda for basic education. The programme is developing a more highly skilled teaching workforce by training, supporting and motivating Edo State teachers to succeed in the classroom of tomorrow.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Director, School
Employment Type: Full-time
About the Role
- The Director, Schools is responsible for the performance management of every school in the territory. 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. You have incredible responsibility for the integrated delivery of all our programming in each school, for each teacher, and for each child.
- Consequently, your focus on using data to drive performance, constant coaching to change behaviour, and rigorous implementation of core school programs is critical. The team you supervise is in schools each day, providing ongoing mentorship, specific performance feedback, and ongoing group and personal training. You manage one of the largest teams in the company, led by the field team of School Supervisors that give daily support to each school.
- In this role, you also engage with all stakeholders of the schools under your care, including government officials, parents, and community groups as may be required, just as your school supervisors do in the community of each school.
- Instructional leadership is a core part of your remit, ensuring that school leaders and teachers are delivering on our promise to ensure each child has the opportunity to learn, which only happens when each teacher uses the right materials at the right time each day, listens and responding to students’ learning, and is supported by the school leader in this practice daily.
- Your role is the nexus of all that we do, ensuring the implementation and results of our overall programming. Using big data that provides visibility into everyday teaching practices and school management, you work with your direct supervisory staff to improve the performance of each school with the goal of student performance and character development in mind, as well as each school’s financial sustainability – and provide feedback on core programming to our design teams.
- This team is laser-focused on outcomes, inherently collaborative in nature, loves fostering leadership in others, is unwaveringly committed to ensuring a quality education for our pupils, and is excited about creating incredible learning interventions that drive positive behaviour and mindset change in adults. You will flourish on this team if you are: a team player, hyper-focused on results, flexible in a dynamic environment, and have fun while working hard.
What You Will Do
- Be responsible for the success of schools in your territory. Success is defined by (i) achieving excellence in all School Management metrics, (ii) meeting or exceeding ambitious learning outcome targets, and (iii) building a culture of community and parent engagement.
- Ensure each Supervisor delivers on their oversight of schools and individual KPIs. Their schools should deliver the promise of learning and holistic development for children, have a strong and high-performing cohort of teachers, operate within their budget and sustain enrolment necessary for financial sustainability;
- Be responsible for the management of direct reporting lines with Regional Managers (to whom School Supervisors report), L&D Managers, and Academic Managers
- Use data from multiple sources to ensure that academic programming – offerings, lesson quality, teacher support, learning innovation, etc. – throughout the year is robust, adhere to regulatory guidelines, is contextualized to the territory, and leads to outsized learning outcomes for all pupils.
- Use data from multiple sources to ensure Regional Managers, Supervisors are effectively managing their schools and creating safe learning environments.
- Be in schools 20% time, observing teaching, observing management, and engaging with stakeholders, including government officials, parents, and community groups.
- When observing or holding meetings, use rubrics or other documents to support structured observation and reporting.
- Support specific school events, including collaborating on programming for such events as school opening celebrations, parent-teacher conferences and school closing celebrations, as well as community showcases and participation in co-curricular competitions.
- Ensure school strength and support enrolment efforts are achieved.
- Ensure local regulatory processes are followed, including environmental & social standards, as well as national regulations.
- Ensure school staff and students are prepared to sit in government-proctored exams, as they may occur on a termly/semester basis, and with particular attention to national examinations.
- Ensure that leadership & development sessions are delivered to schools during the course of the school year, and during induction training for new staff. Supervisors should use the materials and programming developed by the Leadership & Development team.
- Work with the Leadership & Development team to provide, and facilitate ongoing professional development for Supervisors
- Support schools through the transition of staff, including school leaders and teachers; work with local government and other local organizations as needed.
- Ensure school leaders are actively building a pipeline of school staff candidates, leveraging parents, local government leaders and other local organizations.
- Ensure schools are working directly with country or regional government leadership, teacher training centres or regional organizations to support sourcing candidates for school staff.
- Supervise school budget and optimization, prevent fraud and ensure financial discipline.
- Supervisor budget and optimization, prevent fraud and ensure financial discipline among the Schools group
- Other duties as assigned
What You Should Have
- B.Sc. or M.A. in Education is preferred
- Proven leadership experience, leading teams of people to accomplish an objective
- Belief in data-driven decision making
- Proven experience managing field-based teams
- 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
- 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 networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
- 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, analyse 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.
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