Director of Special Projects

  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 20-21)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.

Job Description

The Director of Special Projects will:

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of schools;
  • Implement and enhance the network’s systems and culture;
  • Maintain the network’s administrative systems and routines;
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues;
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in meetings
  • Share responsibility for network-wide activities;
  • Develop the strategy and implementation plan for network-wide projects;
  • Assist with student recruitment;
  • Create slideshow presentations for staff retreats, and/or the school board, or community members;
  • Collect school performance data and create data presentations;
  • Write/edit letters, promotional materials (e.g., brochures, newsletters), website content, etc.;
  • Organize staff events and preparing materials for staff workshops/trainings;
  • Work with the network Leadership Team to ensure that all government and authorizer grant proposals and reports are completed on time


  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to create and maintain an orderly, effective network organization;
  • Detailed-oriented, strong follow-through skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently;
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office; especially Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, maturity and ability to juggle competing priorities;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues and community members;
  • Interest in performing a critical support role and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment;
  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures;
  • Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities; relentless commitment to mission of educating urban students;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; and
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

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 important 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.

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