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Common // co-living & shared housing
New York City    Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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About Common
Common is the nations leading residential brand offering convenience & community through coliving & traditional apartments. Our signature tech-enabled property management allows us to deliver unparalleled experiences across 40+ buildings, 6 cities, & over 1,500 members. Common is the preferred choice for both residents looking for a stress-free & all-inclusive living environment, & for real estate owners seeking reliable, above-market returns. Launched in October 2015, we now operate homes in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, & Washington, D.C. & receive over 15,000 new member applications per month.

Its an exciting time to be part of Commons team. We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, client service representatives, & so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, & embrace a whatever it takes mentality to ensure our work is done & done well. Common sits squarely at the intersection between technology & real estate, working every day to build quality residential solutions that bring positive change to the worlds rental housing crisis.

Common was founded by Brad Hargreaves & has raised $65MM in venture funding. Brad is a visionary leader with vast experience in the technology & service space, previously founding the education company General Assembly.

To follow the latest Common news, get to know our community of residents, & learn about what its like to work at Common, you can follow us on Instagram, Linkedin, & Twitter. To see more open roles & hear from Common employees check out our Careers Page.

About the Role

Common is looking for an experienced Studio Director to join the Common Design Studio at a senior director level. We are looking for an expert people manager & an action orientated leader to direct our design team at an exciting stage of growth for the business. The role will be suited for a candidate who has specialized in studio management including resource planning, budgeting, project management, people management, & coaching. The ideal candidate has a background in architecture with a solid understanding of the process, a creative eye, & a strong reputation for being action driven. Reporting directly to the President of Real Estate, this is a rare opportunity to join a fast growing start up at a formative time.


  • Leadership & management of a large team of Architects & Designers including individual & team management & development, resource planning & allocation, recruiting, hiring, & reporting
  • Oversight & management of project timelines, deliverables & deadlines over multiple projects at varying stages
  • Create, implement & manage effective processes to drive team success
  • Close collaboration with the Creative Director of Architecture
  • Perform & report within a budget
  • You know how to ask for help when you need it
  • Other responsibilities & requirements from time to time & based on business needs
  • Travel as required
  • Ad hoc projects from time to time & based on business needs


  • BA/BS Degree & qualification in Architecture or equivalent
  • 8+ years of professional experience
  • Background in project & or studio management including managing to a budget & reporting on project performance internally
  • Experience managing a large team
  • Experience & understanding of the property development process & client management preferred
  • Experience building processes from scratch
  • Scrappy & resourceful problem solver
  • A team player with a can do attitude

What We Offer

Common truly values our employees & wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy & professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable & valuable health & wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation & sick time, medical, dental & vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, paid parental leave & a 401K. Additional benefits such as equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees' needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates & qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.

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