Manager, Public Relations at Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is an education company founded in 2008 on a simple belief: high-quality education is priceless, but it shouldn’t cost a fortune. Bridge is the world’s largest chain of primary and pre-primary schools, operating nearly 500 academies in under-resourced communities across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia, and India. Bridge is now the largest education organisation in Africa and one of the fastest growing social enterprises in the world.

Job Title: Manager, Public Relations


  • Lead an effective and efficient press office, at national level, in a fast-paced environment;
  • Audit Bridge’s current communications in Nigeria and develop a plan for optimisation and improvements;
  • Develop proactive external focused multi-disciplinary media campaigns and stories;
  • Crisis communications management;
  • Communications project management;
  • Offer advice on the best media approach to colleagues within the organisation;
  • Map and prioritise external contacts within the media, and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare and place media spokespeople into broadcast and print news media
  • Plan and lead political engagements in Nigeria
  • Plan and lead on Bridge engagement with conferences and events in the Nigeria
  • Contribute to internal communication content and stakeholder news content
  • Develop a content calendar for all Nigeria channels
  • Build partnerships with other education or social enterprises/non-profits, and education innovators
  • Conduct influencer mapping audit and design a strategy for engagement
  • Lead all external communications for the Nigerian operations
  • Pro-actively engage with Communications leaders and colleagues around the world to ensure all work is completely aligned with the global strategy and global campaigns
  • Actively participate in regular department and team meetings, contributing to strategy and tactical discussions which will be beneficial to the brand reputation;
  • Maintain an awareness of own and others’ Health and Safety and comply with the Health and Safety policy and procedures;
  • Take personal responsibility for keeping up to date with Bridge work globally.


  • Substantial experience of success in a fast-paced national press office or equivalent in the corporate, charitable or political sector;
  • International experience working for political, campaigning, non-profit, and other social enterprise type campaigns that concern an idea or movement rather than a product;
  • Experience of developing and delivering comprehensive media strategies and complex media campaigns across a range of platforms for a range of audiences;
  • Experience of successfully developing and managing effective working relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders including senior journalists and broadcasters and editors;
  • Highly developed and proven creative skills to lead a significant communications team with flair, innovation and new ideas;
  • Able to present in person, as a company spokesperson, to large audiences in a highly engaging way;
  • Highly developed verbal, written, and oral skills to promote and represent the company;
  • Experience of offering media advice and guidance to colleagues at a senior level;
  • Broad grasp of Nigerian media and political context and full understanding of all media disciplines and external media environment and experience in crisis communications
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills in a communications context;
  • Experience of successfully managing budgets.
  • A bachelors degree (or equivalent) with superior academic performance;
  • Extensive experience of PR and Communications within a campaigning organisation;
  • Detailed knowledge of the role of social media channels in PR and how to best utilise each channel for Bridge’s benefit;
  • A clear understanding of how to grow the distribution/popularity of channels based upon audience segmentation;
  • Experience of digital content editing;
  • Experience of film editing and direction;
  • Appreciation of PR and Communications in emerging markets or underdeveloped countries;
  • Ability to work independently and across country teams;
  • Experience of engaging in public media debates with policy makers
Location: Lagos

Closing Date
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