Ascend Public Charter Schools
Ascend Public Charter Schools equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Founded in 2007, Ascend comprises 12 schools in the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Cypress Hills, and educates 4,800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with plans to open six additional schools by school year 2022-23. By school year 2024-25, Ascend's student enrollment will have doubled. Ascend is committed to operating truly public schools that enroll all students, fill every vacated seat through grade 9, and operate at current public spending levels. Its established schools have begun to not only close, but reverse longstanding racial and economic achievement gaps.
By offering a rich liberal arts education in a warm and supportive environment, Ascend teachers animate children's natural sense of curiosity and prepare students to think on their own, thrive on their own, and engage the world as informed, responsible citizens.
Ascend's ambitious curriculum and inquiry-based pedagogy fosters independence of thought and intellectual confidence; its innovative positive discipline model, based on Responsive Classroom and restorative practices, builds student agency and social and emotional competencies.
For more information on Ascend, its model, and core values, please visit www.ascendlearning.org.
The Director of Real Estate is responsible for the selection and development of facilities for Ascend Learning's schools. This includes identifying potential sites, negotiating purchase contracts or leases with owners and securing and structuring the financing of acquisitions and construction. Ascend and its schools currently lease more than 500,000 square feet and anticipate occupying another 500,000 square feet over the next five years. The Director shall report to the President of Ascend Learning and participate as a key member of Ascend's Real Estate and Facilities team. The Director manages the relationships with Ascend's attorneys, lenders, brokers, and developers. This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial, experienced leader with deep expertise in real estate acquisition and development to play an instrumental role in driving the growth of one of the highest performing Charter Management Organizations in Brooklyn. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lease Negotiations and Acquisitions
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
Ascend Learning is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.