StoryWeaver is looking for a Senior Partnerships Manager!

Posted by Julia M on November 02, 2021

About Us: 

Pratham Books (www.prathambooks.org) is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. As a publisher serving every child in India, Pratham Books has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to exploring innovative ways in which to create access to joyful stories and have been fortunate in finding partners to collaborate with who share this vision.

In 2015, Pratham Books increased its footprint by going digital. StoryWeaver is a digital platform that hosts stories in languages from India and beyond so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. The stories can be read, translated, versioned, or downloaded for free.  All stories on the platform are openly licensed. 

India’s National Education Policy (NEP 2020) has made it a mission to achieve foundational literacy for all children by 2025 and aims at building a culture of reading in schools across the country. In the last few years, we have increased our impact by investing deeply in foundational literacy and reading programmes to further our mission. 

We are looking for a passionate individual to lead the StoryWeaver Partnerships function who can drive our impact goals by forging strategic partnerships with organisations that promote reading and learning among children. The Senior Partnerships Manager will be responsible for strategizing and executing plans to increase the user base of StoryWeaver and also provide the necessary resources, support, and training to the partner network.  This position will also play a critical role in the development of new foundational learning programmes as well as enhancing the existing ones. The role also requires keeping a close eye on policies and trends in the education sector and forming strategies for agile organizational responses. 

 

New Partnerships and Key Account Management:

  • Build and manage accounts with governmental and non-profit organisations and strategise, design, and execute plans to nurture sustained partnerships with them
  • Forging large scale partnerships with government education authorities, nonprofits, UN bodies, civil society and ed-tech organizations
  • Large scale adoption, roll out and monitoring of the Foundational Learning, STEM and Reading Programmes
  • Ensure integration and uptake on Diksha and other ed-tech platforms
  • Represent StoryWeaver at relevant platforms and events while being the SPOC for government and large-scale partnerships
  • Analyse and interpret platform and partner data from the platform to devise and develop the strategy for the vertical

Content Curation and/or Development: 

  • Project manage collaboration with partners and external subject matter experts to curate and/or develop curriculum-based offerings for existing and prospective partners
  • Liaison with educational organisations, governmental partners, and teachers on curating content based on curriculum and structured frameworks

Others: 

  • Provide information, feedback, and support to the internal product team for the development of new product & program offerings
  • Maintain documentation for the various processes under the Partnerships function and to help with research and documentation for impact assessment
  • Lead and manage a team to ensure a wide network of Indian and International partners 

Required skills and experiences: 

  • Minimum 8-10 years of work experience in Education, Outreach, Partnerships, or related areas
  • Direct experience working with teachers and/or in classrooms
  • Knowledge of Indian school education landscape especially in the context of Foundational Literacy
  • Experience in content design/development and training in the areas of literacy and primary education
  • Exceptional communication and project-management/organisational skills
  • Proven ability to build consensus and work within a cross-departmental team
  • Ability to network and make connections

Nice to have but not mandatory: 

  • Experience working with nonprofits
  • Understanding of central and state government education resource platforms such a DIKSHA, NISHTHA
  • An established network of contacts in the Indian education sector
  • Experience or interest in researching/documenting education/literacy programmes

 

Location: Bangalore

 

Compensation: 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Write to us:

Email your resume with 'Senior Partnerships Manager- StoryWeaver' in the subject line to [email protected]. Also, send us a short paragraph on why you think you are suitable for the position.

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by Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan

Following the success of our Readalong feature and the StoryWeaver Hindi YouTube channel, we bring to you an exclusive channel for your favourite English stories, the StoryWeaver English YouTube channel! These vides are created to bring stories to life with their audio-visual engagement, making your kids fall in love with the tales. Now you can watch your favourite stories like Goloo, the Circle, Susheela's Kolams, Smile Please, Moon and Cap, and many more, with two new videos being added each week!

Illustration by Aditi Dilip from Look Up! by Aditi Dilip

Aimed at our youngest readers, these stories are mostly Levels 1 and 2, with the videos running no longer than five minutes to make sure that we don't lose the child's attention. Similar to the Readalong feature on the StoryWeaver page, these stories have been carefully handpicked to ensure that they include repeat sounds and words, that are enjoyable to read aloud, have eye-catching illustrations, and a whole lof of pazzaz. 

Here at StoryWeaver, we are always looking to see how we can make the reading experience better, what we can give you to help you children revel in the joy of stories. These YouTube videos have been designed with enjoyable background music, a 'natural' narrative coiced by professional artists, and synchronized highlighted text running throughout the story. The act of watching the video, listening to the pronunciations, and following the words allows for easy language acquisition by the child. 

To get started on a fun-filled reading experience, subscribe to the all-new StoryWeaver English YouTube channel here

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Art thou ready for our first ever Illustrator Workshop!

Posted by Sherein Bansal on November 20, 2018

Written by Sheena Deviah, Art Director, Pratham Books

 

This year, over two balmy days in May, we teamed up with the talented Vinayak Varma to conduct an immersive workshop with a bunch of extremely talented illustrators. The participants were Priya Kuriyan, Rajiv Eipe, Somesh Kumar, Sunando C and Kabini Amin and the workshop was led by Vinayak. Fun and snacks were had by all.

This workshop has led to the zany Bow Meow Wow by Priya, the lovable Khusar Pusar by Somesh and a couple more that will be up on StoryWeaver very soon.

Here’s what happened in picto-typographical form!

Lettering: Sheena Deviah

Photos: Aparna Kapur, Vridhhi Chaudhry

 

A huge thank you to the folks at Lightroom Bookstore and The Ladies Finger for hosting us.

 

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