What we do
Madhi works closely with the Tamil Nadu School Education Department to conceptualise and implement large scale quality improvement programmes in Tamil Nadu’s government schools. Over the course of the next 5 years Madhi will strengthen its existing programmes in the state (as well as undertake new programmes) with the singular aim of ensuring transformative improvement in the quality of school education in Tamil Nadu. Madhi’s programmes in Tamil Nadu are consolidated under a single umbrella called Project: TN Soars, comprising 3 critical projects: 1. Ennum Ezhuthum (The Tamil Nadu state Foundational Learning Mission), 2. TechForEdSystems and 3. Tamil Nadu STEAM Model Schools.
Ennum Ezhuthum: We are currently also working as the ‘Chief Management Partner’ for Tamil Nadu’s official Foundational Learning Mission, The ‘Ennum Ezhuthum Mission’ – a Rs. 500 Cr Mission of national and regional importance aimed at universalising foundational learning for all children in Tamil Nadu’s 37,000 government schools.
Project MALA: Project MALA aims to create high-tech, low-tech and no-tech tools which can support child-educators (parents, teachers, volunteers) to build the neuro-linguistic exposure that children require to acquire language proficiency through oracy. Children in rural areas or from low income households have minimal exposure to the English language- particularly oracy. They find the existing english language learning tools inadequate to build fluency in spoken English and also have difficulty in reading to learn from English sources. Project MALA aims to leverage technology and contextually built learning resources to solve this problem.
TechforEdSystems:Madhi is working towards revolutionizing the state’s education governance systems through TechforEdSystems – an end-to-end monitoring solution including sophisticated applications and processes developed by Madhi, which enables the system to effectively integrate technology and data into its governance and decision making systems.
Tamil Nadu STEAM Model Schools: To ensure holistic growth of children from underserved communities and to empower them with the skills to work toward their dreams, the Department of School Education has embarked on an ambitious project of setting up ‘Tamil Nadu Model Schools’ that will serve children from the most marginalized backgrounds and equip them with skills and knowledge such that their disadvantages get mitigated and no longer impede their success in academics, work and life. Madhi has joined the Department to assist in the setting up of these 38 Model Schools, each exemplifying the principles of equity and inclusion in letter and spirit, enabling every student, irrespective of their background, to receive equal opportunities to aspire and achieve their goals.
The job vacancy detailed here pertains to the state reform projects undertaken by Madhi in partnership with the Government of Tamil Nadu. To know more about the work we do, check out our information brochure at bit.ly/MadhiFdn_LearnMore2
Your team (TNSOARS-1)
The TNSOARS -1 team comprises five sub-verticals: Teaching Learning Materials (TLMs), Training, Tracking, Targeted Communication and Tutoring at home. All the sub-verticals work together seamlessly and support the implementation of the state reform projects that Madhi undertakes in partnership with the Government of Tamil Nadu.
About the role
The Senior Manager will play a key role in delivering on Madhi’s mandate with the government. They will be expected to anchor the Project Management of a team of regional managers and district project management teams to drive the outcomes of the projects undertaken by Madhi by integrating the sub-verticals to function seamlessly and deliver on the objectives. The TNSOARS-1 team consists of diverse & dynamic professionals like instructional designers, master trainers, field experts, data analysts, and product developers. The Senior Manager will be responsible for bringing the programmatic vision for the project by setting up project management systems and constantly aligning the team’s activities in line with the short, medium, and long-term project goals.
The challenges you will help solve in this role:
Addressing the unique challenges that the public education space faces.
The average age of the team at Madhi is 28 years old. This means we are a team of highly-driven, ambitious and committed individuals (mostly millennials!) whose aspirations and motivations are not limited just to money or a promotion.
We are an outcome-driven organisation and we do not obsess over clocking in and clocking out. As the Senior Manager, you will be responsible to identify ways in which we can hold ourselves accountable to a high bar of excellence with a singular focus on outcomes by setting up systems that let us keep our eye on the ball at all times
We are a people first organisation which means we do whatever it takes to make Madhi a safe and comfortable and enjoyable place for the team to work at. We are also a small, growing team which means everyone does everything, many a time. As the Senior Manager, you will be expected to operate without inhibitions, doing whatever it takes to make Madhi a great place to work at. On some days this may look like ensuring the roof is not leaking and on others this may look like you sitting in on a discussion resolving conflict among team members.
Building a robust project management team, as a Senior Manager, you will be leading district teams who will have varied degrees of challenges. You are expected to guide them, mentor them and set them up for success.
The job description:
Below is an indicative set of responsibilities you will be required to lead as part of your role. We believe that a job description is best created collaboratively where the individual joining the team and the senior leadership team together define the role in greater detail so it reflects your aspirations and ambitions as much as it does the organisation’s needs. A detailed description will be jointly created once the selection process has been completed and you have accepted our offer of employment.
In this role some of your responsibilities will include:
Set and achieve goals along with sub-vertical heads and senior management, towards vision setting process and ensuring all objectives of the programme are met successfully
Build strong relationships at the state and district levels to ensure efficient coordination for any activity that may come our way
Ensure all team management structures are followed diligently and personalised support is provided whenever required
Design a comprehensive project management process and implement project management protocols to ensure on-time delivery of the goals of the project you will be managing
Set up processes and build support infrastructure to enable the team to produce high-quality output adhering to Madhi standards
Represent Madhi in state-level committee meetings with Samagra Shiksha, SCERT, and other departments
Facilitate cross-functional conversations with state-level stakeholders and ensure that the mission strategy is aligned with in decision making processes
Ensure periodic connect with key stakeholders (internal & external) and diagnose and provide effective solutions for seamless collaboration
Create periodic reports to different stakeholders to inform regarding the project milestones and deliverables
Manage a team of 160 comprising of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills and unlock their potential to achieve the same
You will thrive in this role if you:
Have lead people management at a nonprofit or a start-up
Posses a growth mindset and are comfortable seeking solutions for problems that you may not immediately have an understanding of
Have prior experience in developing targeted Learning & Development experiences for diverse teams
Enjoy travelling to different parts of the state and interacting with diverse stakeholders
Possess demonstrable leadership skills and a resilient entrepreneurial mindset
Have outstanding formal written communication skills in English
Have impeccable planning and task tracking skills
At least 6-10 years of relevant work experience in Communication, Mass media, Outreach strategy etc
Experience of having directly managed a team of at least 3-5 mid-level managers
Experience in the education/development sector would be an added advantage
A degree in a relevant field of study from a reputed institution
Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and all Google Suite applications
At least spoken knowledge of Tamil language
This role will report to:
Associate Director, TN Soars – 1
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Rs 11,00,000 – 13,00,000 p.a
You will be expected to bring your own laptop, with updated software (MS Office 2016)
Link to Application Form:
For more information, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urmila Reghunath & Vijayalakshmi Mohan writes for The Bastion on how effective advocacy can influence public policy.
“This policy brief examines Tamil Nadu governments’ policy response to school education and attempts to assess the impact of the 14th FC recommendations on the current level of public spending on school education and identify areas where more resources need to be invested.”