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Senior Manager, Communications


Applications for this position are now closed.

About the role

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 thought leader. 


As a Senior Manager of Communications, 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. Finally, you will take ownership and work collaboratively with GSL’s global network of partners to highlight stories of change. 

Your first year will be a success if you: 
  • Lead efforts to creatively communicate powerful stories of change across our network 

  • Work in partnership with internal and external teams to build a community of school leaders to advance the conversation around school leadership 

  • Lead the development of content for digital platforms (LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Newsletters) to grow and diversify our audience.

  • Identify influential partners in the education ecosystem to collaborate with and further our mission

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

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

Candidate Qualifications
Required Qualifications 

(we will use these in our screening process)

  • 5-8 years of experience in 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

Preferred Qualifications 

(these will not be used for screening purposes; if you feel you have some but not all of these, you are still encouraged to apply)

  • Proficiency in Spanish

  • Basic visual design skills

The Life of a Senior Manager, Communications

What your day looks like:

  • Teamwide meetings generally occur between 11 am UTC and 2 pm UTC, with individual or small group meetings occurring before or after depending on time zones.

  • Apart from meetings, you can work whenever is best for you (early morning, late evening, weekends). You will work around 40 hours each week, with some weeks heavier than others.

  • You will work with your manager to determine priorities each week, but no one will be regularly checking on you. You will need to manage your time and balance multiple priorities on your own.

What is rewarding about the role:

  • You will work alongside a kind, compassionate, and hardworking team.

  • Your voice will matter — you will have opportunities to lead and take part in decisions.

  • You will be supporting school leaders around the world and helping them to better support students and their instruction.

  • You will be contributing to building knowledge around issues like gender-inclusive education and education in emergencies, improving conditions for students who are most marginalized.

What is challenging about the role:

  • This is not a 9–5 job. You will have either early morning (as early as 5 am for those in the western hemisphere) or late evening (as late as 11 pm for those in the eastern hemisphere) calls.

  • It can be lonely working in a remote space across many time zones. 

  • The work is fast-paced and requires juggling many projects at the same time.

Work Location and Remuneration

The candidate can be based in any country, with a preference for candidates from Latin American countries. 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 in which candidates are based. As an example, the salary range for this position in Chile would be $27,000,000 CLP - $39,000,000 CLP. The final salary is dependent on the cost of living of the candidate’s home country and the candidate’s level of experience.

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 with 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.

Applications for this position are now closed.

What we look for


You believe passionately that students can achieve at high levels, that education systems can be designed to ensure that achievement, and that developing school leaders is a key element in doing so.


You love to learn - from others, from research, from your work - and you are open to saying that you do not know the answer to a question, but that you will go and find the answers. You are also willing to help others on the team learn and are generous with your knowledge.


You welcome opportunities to lead. Because we are a small team, everyone has a voice and has opportunities to lead meetings and projects. 


You set a high bar for yourself and for others both in the work you produce and in the way you form relationships. You demonstrate care for others, and you think about the impact you have on those around you. You seek out, listen to and value the voices of those closest to children - students, teachers, school leaders, and our partners.


You are a self-starter and great at managing your time. Because of our remote work, you will have a very flexible schedule but high expectations for what you accomplish during your work time. (Please note, though, that due to our team being spread across the globe, meetings may need to be scheduled at very early morning hours (5 or 6am) or very late evening/night hours (10 or 11pm).

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About GSL

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.

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 the 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.

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