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Programme Manager, Academics



Ekiti, Nigeria
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Who We Are

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us.

Academics 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 Program 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 Program Manager, will ensure that our pupils - all of our pupils - are ready to take and excel in 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 Program Manager, will be responsible for coordinating with the Schools and Policy & Partnership team in the 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 Program Manager, you 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 the Innovations team in running experiments aimed at improving pupils' achievement in high stake exams, working with the L & D team in professional development for teachers preparing pupils for high stake exams.
  • Secondary School Transition and Scholarship program: 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.
  • Project manage the entire High Stake Exam lifecycle of Bridge pupils taking both external as well as internal High Stake exams, including but not limited to, high stake exam registration, secondary school selection, High Stake Exam preparedness, exam score projections and analysis and class promotions.
  • Collaborate effectively with other Ekiti teams - Operations, People, Schools, Policy & Partnership
  • Collaborate effectively with external partners.

What You Should Have

The Program 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 Program 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 in a related field
  • 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
  • Previous management experience

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 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, 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.