Manager, Instructional Design (French Language)
Job Description: Manager, Instructional Design
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.
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. 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 succeed 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.
The Instructional Design department produces the learning materials that are used in our schools across our communities. This department has team members based in multiple Bridge support offices, organised into teams that each work on a portfolio of projects. Driving student achievement through the development of rigorous content is the number one priority. One core tenet of the approach is less lecture (traditional among many schools in our markets) and more student practice. Consistent, rigorous opportunities to refine his or her skills are crucial to a child’s learning progression. The Instructional Design department structures all lessons, textbooks, and other materials to ensure this.
About the Role
The Manager provides hands-on daily leadership and support to a team of content writers within Instructional Design department. Reporting to and working very closely with the Deputy Managing Editor, the Manager enables the success of the Instructional Design department by building a strong team, while working on a wide range of projects and initiatives related to print product quality, project management, people management, and department culture.
The Kigali-based Manager will have two core focuses - creation of French-language programme materials and effective translation of existing English-language lessons into French. The first focus will involve the writing of lessons and textbook content based on effective course scope and sequences. The second focus will involve the review of translations from an external firm, ensuring quality assurance AND closing any remaining gaps on partial translation.
What You Will Do
- Manage your team of 6 writers and 1 proofreader as they create assessments, lessons, textbooks, and other French-language instructional materials
- Collaborate with other Academics Group members and government stakeholders to improve assessment quality
- Provide team members with detailed feedback and coaching - especially on product quality - on a weekly basis
- Manage product flow - ensuring that all content is created on time and high quality
- Respond to lesson observation data on lesson quality
- In this deadline-driven environment, finding the balance between speed and precision is key. You’ll need to be comfortable telling your team that they aren’t meeting deadlines, and then help them find a way to do so, all the while ensuring the lessons are high quality. Feedback will reach your team at different intervals, and you’ll need to figure out how to respond to it. At times, the projects your team is working on will need to change; your job will be to keep everyone on the same page and steadily moving forward, even when unexpected challenges arise.
- Pitch in where needed on miscellaneous projects to help with other academics departments or other instructional design teams
What You Should Have
- A bachelor’s degree
- A minimum of 5 years experience in education, educational publishing, or a related field.
- Bilingual in French and English
- Experience translating instructional content a plus
- Desire to manage a team; previous management experience strongly preferred
- Experience working with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
- Extremely detail-oriented, organized and deadline-driven
- Flexible, willing to jump in and help wherever necessary, no matter how big or small the task
- Good problem-solver, analytical thinker
- Self-motivated and comfortable creating solutions without a lot of support or structure
- Comfortable working in a demanding and sometimes high-stress environment
- Clear communicator - both verbal and written
- Lover of feedback - giving and receiving
- 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, NewGlobe 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,
- 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 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.