Academic Director At Bridge International Academies
Academics | Nigeria, Nigeria
Roughly 2.7 billion people live on less than $2/day. In their communities, there is a huge gap between the education offered and the needs of the population. Too often the schools available to them fail. The quality offered is poor, teachers are unresponsive and occasionally abusive, and fees are expensive. Even “free” government schools can cost anywhere between $2 and $12 per month after all of the additional fees (some sanctioned, some not) are added up. 55% of families end up choosing private schools instead, but then fear for the stability and sustainability of their choice as many schools close after only a few years of service. Both the government schools and the private schools tend to lack well-conceived curriculum, student achievement data, and the capacity to react to that data.
Families are actively searching for a better academic alternative.
Enter Bridge International Academies. As of May 2014, Bridge is operating more than 300 academies, serving roughly 100,000 pupils, in Kenya. Bridge is one of the fastest growing education enterprises in the world, with plans to open 150 new academies in Kenya alone in 2014 and to expand internationally thereafter.
Bridge utilizes a scripted-learning education methodology coupled with ‘big data’ (all teachers have tablets for instruction, assessment, and data-gathering) that allows us to make curriculum a little better every day.
With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge International Academies offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting, ambitious, and socially conscious companies, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.
Academic Director, Nigeria
We are seeking an Academic Director to oversee all aspects of the academic program in Nigeria, where we will be launching our first academies in 2015. The Academic Director will be ultimately responsible for educational outcomes across Bridge International Academies in Nigeria. The position will initially be based in Nairobi, but will transition to Nigeria.
- Representing Bridge with key national stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education and other government education officials.
- Work with Boston-based Academics Team to roll-out new curriculum and introduce programmatic innovations.
- Oversee recruitment and training for teachers and Academy Managers.
The Academic Director, Nigeria, will report to the Expansion Director, Nigeria and the Chief Academic Officer.
The Academic Director, Nigeria, must be a data-driven individual with experience developing and managing cultures of high performance and high expectations. You must be a great academic leader who understands exceptional instruction and can motivate and support others in realizing a vision of academic excellence.
In addition, the Academic Director, Nigeria, must:
- Be a self-starter and problem-solver, who thinks three and four steps ahead.
- Be hard working and collaborative, with the tenacity to plow through challenges and an appreciation for teamwork toward achieving a shared vision.
- 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.
- Be humble, seeking out feedback, internalizing it, and using it to get better.
The Academic Director, Nigeria will initially be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and then will transition to Nigeria.