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Real Estate and Facilities Manager

Company: Great Oaks Charter Schools
Location: Newark
Posted on: May 28, 2019

Job Description:

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Real Estate and Facilities Manager for the 2019-20 school year.

Great Oaks Legacy Overview
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving over 1,600 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. We do so with a unique model that incorporates daily high-dosage tutoring, differentiated instruction, and building a school community based on genuine, caring relationships.

Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country. We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. For example, our students are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff.

The school's mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:

  • Small school- Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
  • More time on task- We offer longer school days than traditional schools and weekend or after school sessions for students who need additional support.
  • High expectations- Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from Pre-K through 12th grade. Advanced Placement and real college courses for high school students.
  • Effective Instruction- World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.

    To fulfill our mission, we must -

    • Create a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
    • Be surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members
    • Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond

      Real Estate and Facilities Manager Role Description:

      A new position for 2019-20, the Real Estate and Facilities Manager plays a critical role in providing our students with high-quality spaces to learn while supporting our expanding footprint throughout Newark. Studies have shown that the quality of the learning environment has demonstrable effects on student learning. By ensuring that our students attend safe, clean and welcoming spaces every day, this role will directly influence learning and achievement.

      This position will be responsible for oversight of contracted and staff custodians, responding to facilities maintenance needs, managing vendors through the process of planning and executing projects in our schools, and supporting the acquisition of new facilities via site research and cost analysis.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

      The Real Estate and Facilities Manager will:

      • Monitor and respond to facilities repair requests from staff and identify repairs via regular walkthroughs and check-ins with campus operations staff.
      • Ensure cleanliness of buildings by managing outsourced cleaning staff and providing feedback to in-house custodial team.
      • Manage the purchasing process for repairs and upgrades, including soliciting quotes and bids, selecting vendors, and issuing purchase orders.
      • Oversee outside vendors in safely and efficiently completing work on-site.
      • Serve as the primary point of contact with the school's landlords to ensure buildings are managed consistent with lease requirements.
      • Support the school's long-term Real Estate function by conducting research and analysis on potential locations.
      • Assist the SBA in facility budgeting, managing real estate/capital projects, and long range facility planning.


        Real Estate and Facilities Manager is a twelve-month employee with salary to be recommended by Executive Director and approved by the board.


        Reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is additionally accountable to campus leadership via survey of facilities satisfaction.


        Evaluated twice annually against completion of annual goals, staff satisfaction around facilities quality, and overall professionalism and mission alignment.


        • Bachelor's degree and at least two years professional experience, ideally in a construction or building management or school operations role
        • Knowledge of building trades, facilities systems, and construction terminology
        • Preferably, experience with New Jersey governmental purchasing rules
        • An ability to be a fierce advocate for our school and our students while maintaining productive relationships with outside vendors and contractors
        • A very strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.


          Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty - a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.


          • Employee takes responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively and reactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
          • It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff, including the Campus Directors, Admin Teams, CAO, CEO, President, Operations Team and COO and Employee, acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek - through formal and informal feedback - to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.

Keywords: Great Oaks Charter Schools, Philadelphia , Real Estate and Facilities Manager, Executive , Newark, Pennsylvania

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