Communications Manager

 Job Description:

Communications Manager

Bridge Academy is on a mission to ensure that each child has access to an education that develops their full potential and creates the foundation for nation building. They actively collaborate with governments, donors and parents to help them facilitate their goal.
They leverage data,experts and technology to support teachers and empower school leaders in the process of quality education delivery. They support each of their country teams by utilizing the inputs from their other offices around the world to ensure world class expertise with a mixture of local resident leadership and execution.
Bridge’s model involves them using technology and thoroughly researched customized learning materials to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. This model allows them to be able to deliver significant learning outcomes on a large scale. This model is strongly powered by the belief that innovation and technology can transform learning.  
Their  mission is to provide pupils with a life-changing education and they believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. 
They relish the challenge posed by this mission and are inviting you to join them in ensuring that children are able to learn better across the world.

About The Role
In their bid to provide each child with access to quality education, Bridge is looking to hire a Communications Manager to take the lead on communications for a wide-scale government education programme. 
You will support the government in the creation and delivery of communications strategies and ensure that the programme is being communicated effectively to a wide range of stakeholders both at a statewide, national and international level. 
You will create, write and design compelling content that places your programme at the core of the group communications strategy in Nigeria.
What do you need to do to be considered successful
Defining the most effective approach to communicating the programmes and leading the implementation of communications strategies is a core deliverable on this role. You will build and leverage relationships to influence communications approaches and build strong advocacy platforms to further the aims and ambitions of the work. You will also be responsible for the following:
  • Manage the communications for a statewide government education programme.
  • Act as the communications lead for a government communications team and programme.
  • Develop compelling communications strategies for the promotion of the programme within Nigeria and internationally.
  • Directly manage media engagement and cultivate media contacts.
  • Pitch stories to both national and local media to achieve high visibility for in print, broadcast, TV and online media outlets.
  • Evaluate opportunities for communications partnerships and platforms that will strengthen the programme.
  • Act as a spokesperson and represent the programme in local and national forums
  • Build a strong advocacy engagement programme with national and multinational partners
  • Write clear and compelling pitches, press releases and articles.
  • Support the government to develop content strategies for digital communications.
  • Identify media trends, news cycle opportunities.
  • Support Internal communications initiatives to promote the programme.
  • Analyse and measure results of communications initiatives.
  • Work closely within the Nigerian communications group to ensure that the communications strategy for the programme is advanced and complementary to the group strategy.

How Important are you to the bottomline
You will be saddled with the pivotal responsibility pf communicating the value of the programme via compelling and relatable content to relevant stakeholders to maximize the reach and impact of the programme . 

Biggest Problem Solving duties on the Job
You will have the exciting challenge of designing and implementing communication strategies that can efficiently drive the purpose of the programme to relevant stakeholders and also ensuring that such strategies are scalable to a national and international level.

What You need to have done in your career?
  • Possess a masters degree
  • 8+ years relevant experience in communications
  • Experience of working with or for government in a communications capacity.
  • Experience in Nigeria of working in communications for political, campaigning, non-profit, or social enterprise. Experience with a multinational organization is a plus.
  • Experience working within a matrixed global organization.
  • Strong experience of creating and executing communications plans and strategies.
  • An established network of local and national media contacts..
  • Experience of being the lead external relations contact for media and stakeholders.
  • A strong sense of the news agenda and ability to make issues and campaigns relevant.
  • Experience of handling crisis communications.
  • Experience of supporting in the creation and delivery of social media and digital campaigns
  • Strong writing and editorial skills.
  • Experience with collecting and analyzing data to inform decision making.
  • Have a proven track record of getting things done.
  • Flexible and excited about the prospect of solving problems
  • A strong-sense of teamwork and ability to both manage and execute programs
  • An extremely proactive and determined attitude.
  • Prior experience within a fast-paced, disruptor, metric driven consulting or educational organization is a bonus.
  • Curious and relentless about learning.

What do you stand to Gain?
  • Work with diverse, multicultural teams.
  • Competitive Remuneration.
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