Position Title: Vice President of Engineering /IT
Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Reports to: President
About this position
The Vice President of Engineering will be responsible for managing the software development, product management, data reporting, IT support and IT infrastructure teams and projects at the company. We currently have two in house scrum teams developing both mobile applications for use in the field and web applications for use at headquarters. We also have a product design team responsible for business analysis and UX design, a data team responsible for reporting infrastructure and responsive reporting, and an IT infrastructure and services responsible for the network and IT helpdesk. In addition to managing these teams we expect the VP of Engineering to recruit and train at least two more scrum teams to increase our capacity to build software as well to expand our use of outsourcing. The VP Engineering will also be responsible for recruiting a software architect who will ensure that our systems are built on a solid foundation that can scale to support our rapid expansion.
About Bridge International
Bridge International Academies was conceived in Protected content of the belief that giving every child access to a high quality education would have the greatest impact on reducing poverty worldwide. With that guiding insight, Bridge International developed a strategy that would enable it to launch a large-scale network of high-quality, ultra low-cost, for-profit primary schools. Operating a network of schools supported by a strong central headquarters gives Bridge International the scale, experience, and capacity to invest in systems of management, support, training, and innovation that allows individual schools to dramatically increase their effectiveness. Using this model, Bridge International is able to profitably deliver high-quality education for $4 per child per month. This ensures that its academies will continue to successfully serve its communities as long as parents value the educational service provided. The first Bridge International Academy launched successfully in Kenya in Protected content over 70 academies are operating in Kenya today. Through rapid and strategic expansion, Bridge International will provide a quality education to over a million students in the coming years.
We have and are continuing to develop one of the most sophisticated operational approaches to providing affordable education to MILLIONS of children in one of the most challenging environments in the world! Our success relies on our “School in a Box”, a sophisticated set of custom developed systems, tools and processes (think McDonalds or Starbucks) that are used by all Academy Managers, as well as by support teams at headquarters to audit, monitor and support all of our academies. While the end-user technology at the academy is limited to paper and a smartphone, all of our systems and processes are underpinned by a sophisticated set of supporting and enabling technologies that allows schools to operate cost effectively and efficiently, with oversight by headquarters.
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