Manager, Communications


This role will be a critical member of the Communications team, reporting to the Director of Communications. The Communications team at Global School Leaders plays a key strategic role in positioning Global School Leaders as a global thought leader. 


As a Communications Manager, you will help shape an engaging narrative around school leadership, that has the potential to impact policy and research agendas. You will use your writing abilities to inform, inspire and engage a diverse audience of researchers, policymakers, donors, and practitioners. You will help establish Global School Leaders' online presence by leveraging social media platforms. Finally, you will take ownership and work collaboratively with GSL’s global network of partners to highlight stories of change.

We are looking for a creative and entrepreneurial individual to join our team as Manager, Communications.

School leaders have the potential to make incredible changes in the lives of students by building a strong school culture and helping teachers provide great instruction. Yet, school leadership has not been prioritized in low and middle-income countries. GSL works to change that through the following workstreams:

  1. We catalyze and support local partner organizations to deliver and scale high-quality training to school leaders. 

  2. We generate insights from our partners and the broader research community to inform education policymakers, researchers, and practitioners on the best ways to support and develop strong school leadership. 

  3. We connect our partner organizations with each other for deep learning between themselves and amongst the broader school leadership community - governments, funders, and policymakers.

We are a small but mighty remote team spread across the globe. We care about each other and we care about the work. You can learn more about our culture here. In five years, we have: 

  • Partnered with organizations in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, and Brazil that work with over 3,500 school leaders, impacting approximately 920,000 students.

  • Published an evidence review on what is known about school leadership globally, as well as two surveys that help the policy community hear from teacher and school leader voices.

  • Become one of the leading voices in conversations about school leadership in the global south, being asked to speak at conferences and webinars throughout the world, and being recognized for our work. In 2021, HundrED in partnership with the World Bank recognized GSL as one of top ten impactful and scalable solutions that support teachers’ professional development. 

  • Established the School Leadership Network with the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 hosted by UNESCO and the Varkey Foundation to convene online meetings with 100+ experts and 400+ school leaders from 50+ countries to foster peer learning, share innovative practices, and strengthen school leaders’ voice in policy circles.

  • Expanded our work to support needs during COVID in the Philippines, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Peru.

Your first year as Manager, Communications will be a success if you:

  • Engage a diverse online audience by writing engaging content for social media, newsletters, websites, and other public communication materials.

  • Identify powerful stories of change across our network and communicate this impact to an external audience

  • Create effective knowledge management systems with the intention of ensuring consistency in how we capture, curate, track, and archive stories about our work.

  • Ensure brand consistency on all external-facing materials

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of an overall content strategy

  • Support the writing, editing, and design of fundraising material such as grant proposals, one-pagers, presentation decks, etc.

Key skills, mindsets, and knowledge for this role

  • 2-3 years of experience in digital writing, marketing, or relevant role 

  • Creative and critical thinking to craft narratives for diverse audiences

  • Strong project management skills to create results and lasting impact

  • Attention to detail, with excellent proofreading abilities 

  • Willingness and ability to give and receive tough feedback 

  • Demonstrated interest in working in the social sector

Work Location and Remuneration


The candidate can be based in any country, with a preference for candidates based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya, or Brazil. The candidate must have work authorization in their place of residence as GSL is not able to sponsor employment visas. The candidate must have the ability to travel internationally as well as within the country.  


Salary and title are commensurate with experience and competitive with the non-profit education sector in the country where candidates are based. The salary range for this position is dependent on the cost of living of the candidate’s home country and their level of experience.

  • India: INR 12 lakh  - INR 15 lakh per annum

  • Malaysia: MYR 90,000  - MYR 118,000 per annum

  • Indonesia: IDR 325m  - IDR 406m per annum

  • Brazil: BRL 130,000  -  BRL 170,000 per annum

Commitment to Diversity

GSL is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees - across nationalities, races, ethnicity, religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, languages, ages, genders, and prior experiences. In our hiring, we seek those who have an inclusive mindset and who notice and correct inequities when they arise. 

Child Safeguarding

GSL is committed to safeguarding children. Background checks may be conducted as part of the hiring process. All team members are asked to agree to a safeguarding policy.