Area Manager Career Opportunity – Bridge International Academies

Job Title:    Area Manager
Organisation:  Bridge International Academies
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of
primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils
in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families
living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their
children to live a very different life. We leverage experts, data, and
technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education
delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected
and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We
are vertically-integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability.
Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and will be
launching operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in
Job Summary:  The Area Managers lead the continued growth of
a group of Bridge International Academies within a specific geographic area.
They work hands-on with Academy Managers to provide the leadership, mentorship,
and individualised support needed to ensure that each of their academies
delivers on the Bridge experience and continues to reach more pupils, receive
timely payments from parents, meet operational requirements, and deliver
instructional excellence at scale. In order to achieve this, Area Managers are
based in the field, spending their days traveling from academy to academy. This
also allows them to engage with teachers, parents, pupils, and local government
and community leaders and stay tuned to the unique needs of each community.
Area Managers are authoritative but inspirational, and exhibit excellent
problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
effectively. Ideally they have been an Academy Manager before, or done similar
work running a customer-facing business that was results driven and sought to
create social change.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Academy oversight – supervise
and mentor Academy Managers to ensure that financial, operational, and
instructional goals are met, and any/all academy issues are resolved in a
timely manner; helps recruit staff as needed
Government and public relations – develop and
maintain strong relationships with local government and community leaders to
advocate for higher-quality education and promote Bridge
Customer relations – support the
customer outreach and customer relations work of Academy Managers; engage with
customers personally to stay tuned to the unique needs of each community;
ensure that the academy delivers on the safe, conducive, and smart environment
that parents expect
Financial sustainability – ensure that
all academies in your geographic area are growing and able pay all staff salaries
and vendors on time by ensuring all pupils fees are paid on time and academy
spending is on budget; conduct audits on spending and processes as needed
Travel – commute
between all of the academies in your area on a daily basis using public
transport; depending on your area, you may be required to spend a significant
amount of time away from home to meet the needs of academies
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants should have a minimum of six years’ experience,
Degree holders preferred.
At least two years’ experience as a successful
Academy Manager, a microfinance or micro insurance agent at a formal
institution serving hundreds of clients, or ran a community-based organisation
that they were able to scale (in Nigeria this could be a church with multiple
branches; those are run as businesses);
Geographic flexibility, willing to move with the
requirements of the organisation
Proven leadership experience managing a large-scale
community organisation or business including a large sense of personal
responsibility, a dynamic ability to manage and motivate field-based staff, and
the ability to be stern when needed; Experience as an Academy Manager highly
Prior success driving growth at a data-driven,
customer-facing organisation
Proven resilience handing the realities of
on-the-ground operational challenges and ability to thrive in a fast-paced
environment with multiple demands
Strong familiarity of the communities Bridge
International Academies are in; you have lived or worked in low-income
communities for several years and are accustomed to how communities work
Past experience and passion for education, social
equality, community development, or community organising; experience working
with local governments preferred
Clear communication skills with impeccable written
and spoken English and multiple local language skills (3+ languages preferred)
A desire to grow personally and professionally,
including the ability to quickly learn and follow the policies of a
multinational organisation; internal promotions are encouraged
Is equal parts articulate and passionate;
Has worked with and has some connections within
local government or important community organisations.
Age: Between 26-40
years old
How to Apply:
If you so
desire to join Bridge International Academies in the aforementioned capacity,
please Apply Online by Clicking on the link below

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