Director of Special Projects (Immediate Start - SY 21-22)

  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 21-22)

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 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. 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. 

Rochester Prep currently manages six schools serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. Rochester Prep schools are consistently some of the city's top-performing, and our students have an impressive 85% college acceptance rate.

Job Description

At Uncommon, our Directors of Special Projects (DSP) are drivers of school based projects and administrative support that enable our schools to flourish. The DSP is the primary owner of a variety of operations support tasks such as project management, external communication, student recruitment, event planning, compliance, technology support, and data analysis. 

As the Director of Special Projects: 

  • You'll implement and enhance the school’s administrative systems, culture, and routines.
  • You’ll communicate key updates and crucial logistics with stakeholders such as teammates, teachers, students, and parents. 
  • You'll develop and execute the strategy and implementation plan for school-wide projects, budgets, logistics and student recruitment.
  • You'll create informative slideshow presentations for staff retreats, community members, and/or the school board.
  • You'll coordinate staff events and prepare materials for staff workshops and professional development.
  • You'll gather and synthesize school performance data and create data presentations.
  • You'll write and edit letters, website content, and promotional materials (e.g., brochures, newsletters).


  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization.
  • Detailed-oriented, strong follow-through skills and ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently.
  • Digital literacy skills including Microsoft Office (e.g., 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; 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 is required.

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer 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 an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by 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. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

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