Project Manager - School Projects and Construction

Ascend Public Charter Schools Ascend Public Charter Schools Employer:
Brooklyn, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Jan 9 '18Posted on:

We’re excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced, team-spirited individual to join our design and construction team and, reporting to the director of schools projects and construction, play an instrumental role in driving successful implementation of numerous Ascend expansion projects.

Strategic growth

Ascend is at a pivotal point in its development. Having grown from a network office of seven staff to almost 60, and from four schools to 10, in five years, and having developed a unique educational and cultural model that is driving ever-increasing academic success, Ascend has now adopted a five-year growth plan to double the number of schools operated and students served.

Critical to the success of this growth plan is identifying, conducting due diligence on, scoping, and undertaking renovation projects on facilities to house our new schools. Unlike the schools operated by many charter management organizations, Ascend schools are all located in privately leased facilities, and are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning. Our facilities are modern, bright, architecturally striking, comfortable, and well-suited to our liberal arts academic program.

Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

Visit our website to learn more about the Ascend approach.


The successful candidate will be a responsible, self-motivated architect seeking immediate, full-time employment. We are looking for an individual who is CAD-proficient, technically skilled, detail-oriented, collaborative, and interested in contributing creatively to design decisions. The project manager will:

  • Prepare space feasibility analysis and plans, and develop program requirements for new schools
  • Develop master plans for, and manage, all phases of project design and construction within an active construction environment
  • Conduct due diligence on all design and project consultants 
  • Review and level bids; assess procurement processes
  • Create and monitor project schedules, budgets, costs, and quality; report on and provide regular updates to senior management
  • Coordinate and manage vendors, consultants, and sub-contractors 
  • Conduct site visits to survey work progress and quality on all construction and renovation projects
  • Monitor performance to contracts; review and recommend construction requisitions and payments for services rendered; review letters of approval, invoices, change orders, support documentation and the like
  • Ensure all federal, state, and local codes and standards are enforced
  • Build and maintain strong internal and external relationships
  • Complete projects on time and on budget 
  • Evaluate facilities and locations for new school sites 


  • Degree in architecture; four to five years professional experience in the field
  • High proficiency in Auto-CAD, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and commitment to accuracy and detail in all work products
  • Ability to multi-task, work within short time frames, and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to take direction as well as work independently
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with a broad stakeholder group with varying degrees of construction expertise 
  • Ability to manage multiple renovation and construction projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of New York City code requirements and the New York City Department of Buildings’ permitting process
  • Agile and skilled negotiating abilities
  • Commitment to the Ascend educational mission 
  • Commitment to a culture of collegiality, and personal traits including unwavering honesty, maturity, transparency, intelligence, warmth, optimism, and a sense of humor
  • Commitment to transparency in all dealings, exacting ethical standards at all times, and a sensitivity to the level of scrutiny to which Ascend and its schools are subject, as recipients of public funds 
  • Professional style that exhibits respect for all members of Ascend’s community and its real estate development partners

Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

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