Director, Real Estate Development
Nashville, TN  / Fort Worth, TX  / Washington, DC  / Milwaukee, WI ...View All
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Job Description
At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Rocketship School Model
Rocketship's model, which has delivered exceptional academic results, focuses on developing outstanding educators, empowering parents and providing individualized instruction through technology and tutors to improve student achievement.
Rocketship's goal is to transform teaching into the most desirable profession, allowing Rocketship schools to compete effectively against medicine, law and academia for top-quartile college graduates. Rocketship promotes a deep culture of teacher and leader sustainability by recruiting the nation's most promising teachers and leaders into classrooms largely driven by a close partnership with Teach For America. Teachers come to Rocketship for the innovative teaching environment offered by the organization, including higher compensation, a model that better utilizes their abilities and increased professional opportunities for professional advancement.

Rocketship strives to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime by partnering with cities, school districts and communities across the U.S. that share Rocketship's sense of urgency. By bringing the unique Rocketship Model to thousands of low-income students and inspiring other public school systems to adopt similar practices for high-quality, scalable impact, this ambitious goal is attainable.

Position summary
The Director, Real Estate Development is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the CFO and is a member of the national Network Support Team. The Director will; a) develop and recommend team strategy, and is responsible for the planning, design and construction of school campus projects for new schools at Rocketship, b) assist the Facilities/Asset Mgmt. Team with enhancement and upgrade decisions for existing campuses to ensure continuing value and performance, c) refine the process and project management tools to ensure efficiency and improvement in preparation for aggressive growth in the number of school projects, and d) investigate and recommend innovations in school design to the CFO. The ideal candidate would be excited to help define this role and continue to build capacity at the organization, energized by evolving priorities, and prepared to support growth in regions outside of California by systematizing best practices in order to attract and utilize the most predictable and affordable campus development methodologies. The initial set of responsibilities is outlined here, but there will be significant flexibility and evolution around team roles as we work together to optimize the role.
General Job Responsibilities
    • Own the Rocketship mission, vision and strategy for facilities and how it supports the schools and ultimately the communities that Rocketship serves
    • Design, Budgeting and Project management oversight of all new campus projects
    • Hire, train and manage in-house project management staff; including managing to organizational affordability metrics, and managing design and construction timelines to ensure timely completion of school projects
    • Manage and recommend vendor relationships, including; recommendations, negotiation, and management of multi-prime vendor or out-sourced development contracts for each project
    • Ensure accuracy of project budgets for final approval, and process predevelopment and construction billings, including preparation of periodic management reports and board presentations
    • Investigate and recommend best practices and innovations in design for schools, and investigate and recommend processes and tools to create efficiencies of scale to support growth
    • Support Capital Finance efforts through assistance with due diligence for project financing
    • Coordinate contract administration with Legal Dept. for all design and construction related vendors and consultants
    • Support the Facilities/Asset Manager and Operations teams through strategic planning for capital improvements and replacements, and the organizational facilities policy
Required Skills and Experience
    • 5+ years' experience in senior project management of commercial real estate projects, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Candidates with financial modeling and budget management experience preferred
    • Evident passion for Rocketship's mission, matched with a strong work ethic, and a belief that all students, including those with special needs, can achieve academic success
    • Strong PC-based computer skills:
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Internet navigation
    • Experience using email and calendaring applications (Google based applications)
    • Ability to quickly adapt to new computer programs and software
    • Experience in a fast-paced, highly analytical, entrepreneurial environment - with ability and desire to help shape a new role and flexibly shift responsibilities over time as the role and department evolve
    • Strong communications, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills
    • Demonstrated planning, analytical and critical thinking skills
Education requirements
    • Bachelor's degree; preferred to be in Real Estate, Construction Management, Engineering, or a related field such as Urban Planning.
    • Work experience may be considered in the evaluation of candidates at the discretion of the hiring manager.
Work Location
    • Flexible; prefer locale near Nashville, TN or Fort Worth, TX
    • While we do have a Redwood City office space as our corporate headquarters, most of this candidate's time will be spent at school sites nationally, requiring travel as needed in Washington, D.C., Nashville, TN, Fort Worth, TX, Milwaukee, WI and other areas where growth is planned..
    • Periodic travel to the headquarters in California will also be required.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our and here for our . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Email: Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
5+ years
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