Onsite Facility Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is negotiable.




United States



TITLE: North Star Academy Onsite Facility Manager

Newark, NJ



North Star Academy Charter School of Newark is one of New Jersey's very first charter public schools and has also become one of its most celebrated. North Star was hailed by President George W. Bush during his visit as "a jewel of excellence," and the Class of 2004 (100% college matriculation) was touted by the New York Times as a harbinger of New Jersey public education reform. The school and its programs have been featured in a PBS Documentary ("Charter Schools that Work"), Time Magazine ("A Real School of Rock"), and in the book No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning. The school currently serves students in grades K-12 across several campuses.


Uncommon Schools, Inc. (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages high-performing urban college preparatory charter schools. To accomplish this, Uncommon builds tight networks of philosophically aligned schools in close geographic proximity to one another so that principals and teachers can collaborate, benefit from common services, and focus on the urgent tasks of closing the racial academic achievement gap and preparing low-income students to succeed at the highest levels in college and beyond. Uncommon schools all have:


·     A College Preparatory Mission

·      High standards for Academics and Character

·      A Longer School Year and Longer School Day


·      A Focus on Accountability and Data-Driven Instruction

·      A Highly Structured Learning Environment

·      A Faculty of Committed Teachers and Talented Leaders

General Summary

The onsite Facility Manager will be responsible for managing a 25,000 SF school/administrative building in Newark, NJ. The onsite Facility Manager will be responsible for ensuring effective and efficient day-to-day facility operations, managing preventative maintenance, overseeing building staff, managing vendors to provide critical building services, and maintaining facility budgets. The Facility Manager will report directly to the Associate Director of Real Estate & Facilities.


Duties & Responsibilities

·      Assist in the development and execution of a facilities management plan

·      Participate in the management and motivation of building staff; foster an atmosphere of teamwork among building staff, school staff, and contractors; ensure appropriate expertise and resources are in place to meet requirements and respond to requests in a courteous, timely, and highly effective manner

·      Manage the repair, maintenance, and continuous operation of all building systems including: fire/life safety, Mechanical (HVAC, plumbing), Electrical (lighting control equipment, bulb replacement, UPS, light construction (painting, doors, locks), digital systems (fire alarm, card access, CCTV security access systems), elevator control, Building Maintenance System (BMS), and audio-visual systems, etc.

·      Manage facility maintenance contracts

·      Coordinate all preventive maintenance and reactive repair maintenance activities; oversee other building staff and vendors, if so required

·      Respond to and coordinate all emergency call activities as necessary

·      Maintain building exterior and grounds

·      Respond to building staff requests regarding building operations; prioritize schedules; and assign, plan, and monitor the work through online ticketing system

·      Assist in coordinating required governmental inspections, and regularly inspect all areas of the building and report deficiencies as well as suggestions for improvement

·      Assist in ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations; maintain up-to-date building documentation and certifications

·      Ensure compliance with local regulations regarding vendor procurement

·      Maintain all required administrative records including, but not limited to, log books, work records, maintenance records, contractor visits, keys issued, etc.

·      Collaborate with School Staff and finance to develop and manage facility budget

·      Inspect facilities on a rolling basis to ensure maintenance quality

·      Attend necessary school meetings to support maintenance management activities as they relate to the school’s schedule



•      Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

•      Familiarity with key building systems (HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing)

•      Familiarity with OSHA and other Life Safety codes, etc.

•      Basic computer skills necessary to operate BMS system and a personal computer

•      Familiarity with electronic work order systems

•      Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through

•      Ability to communicate effectively with facilities staff, school staff, and vendors

•      Extreme flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high level of responsibility and multiple priorities­­

To Apply

If you are passionate about improving educational opportunities for historically underserved children and communities, please email Sabin Ciocan at sabin.ciocan@uncommonschools.org

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.


Full Benefits are offered for this role.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

To Apply

If you are passionate about improving educational opportunities for historically underserved children and communities, please email Sabin Ciocan at sabin.ciocan@uncommonschools.org