Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 53 schools serving more than 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

Job Description

The Special Assistant provides essential support to the Chief Real Estate Officer by ensuring follow-through on projects and tasks related to the construction of new and maintenance of existing school facilities, maximizing the CREO’s time by expertly managing her calendar and preparing her for meetings, drafting presentations for Board and school meetings, owning meeting logistics and next steps, and managing special projects. We are looking for candidates who are high-energy and eager to learn and have an expressed interest in real estate, architecture, facilities, and education. The role will provide a unique opportunity to see and learn about school design, construction, facility maintenance, and planning. Location is NYC with travel between regions (including Camden, Newark, Brooklyn, Boston, and Rochester) required about 1-2 times monthly.


Administrative Tasks

  • Own, arranger, and manage meetings by creating presentations, taking minutes, and managing logistics
  • Improve current operations and processes within the Real Estate team to efficiently allocate resources and time 
  • Provide direct support to the CREO on projects and processes including research (such as demographic research), data analysis, mapping, and communications
  • Perform general administrative duties, including calendar support, credit card reconciliation, and expense reimbursements


Systems Management  

  • Manage stakeholders on projects laterally and above including partnering across multiple leaders, teams, and regions for project execution
  • Create and maintain trackers and metrics to ensure progress on high level work towards goals and deadlines
  • Project manage and operationalize the CREO’s organization-wide initiatives; activities include building out project plans, owning implementation, and monitoring budget and execution
  • Own the creation and upkeep of real estate project trackers
  • Assist in monitoring progress of rehabilitation projects; interact with vendors, contractors, and outside professionals



  • Project manage communications, including creating project plans, managing up and across to collect content from stakeholders, and ensuring high quality and on-deadline execution
  • Create internal and external presentations for a variety of stakeholders: determine presentation goals, outline proposed content, create slides, conduct research, draft talking points, own logistics, and analyze feedback
  • Synthesize and edit meeting notes into polished, shareable communications


RE&F Team Support

  • Build and maintain internal systems to ensure the efficiency of the CREO’s teams
  • Partner with the CREO to develop RE&F team meeting scope & sequence and agenda
  • Ability to connect across teams to serve as a resource and build culture.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-2 years professional experience, preferably in real estate, design, urban planning, or an executive level support role
  • Strong skills in Microsoft’s Office Suite
  • Experience with mapping programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Organization skills
  • Location is NYC with travel between regions (including Camden, Newark, Brooklyn, Boston, and Rochester) about 1-2 times monthly.


Additional information

Our people are what make us uncommon. It’s important to us that our compensation practices align with our values and enhance our ability to attract and retain talent. Our compensation philosophy is focused on equity and fairness, retaining our talented staff and valuing their expertise, and transparency and clarity.

Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in New York, NY is between $64,000 to $75,300 and generally, we expect that qualified candidates in this location will be made an offer between $64,000 and $67,800. The starting pay will depend on a variety of factors that may include but are not limited to experience, education, training, certification, and location. Because we value staff staying in their roles over time, we do not currently cap salary ranges.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.