People Matter

Real Estate



Florida, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

About Primer

Our goal is simple: help the next generation of kids be more ambitious, more creative, and learn to think for themselves. To do that, we're creating a new education system— one that takes kids seriously.

At Primer, students learn at their own pace, pursue their passions, and get the support they deserve every day. We started Primer because standard schools can’t possibly make space for every kid’s curiosities. But a small school connected to a big network can. Our goal with Primer isn’t to teach you everything under the sun—it’s actually the opposite. We want you to go deep on whatever it is that drives you. Because we think passion is the surest path to learning. And the world could use more of it. Come join us, and do your life work.

About Primer

The US K-12 education system is failing an entire generation of kids. Primer exists to fix it. We help top 1% teachers launch microschools in their communities, making a world-class education accessible to every family.

What You’ll Do

In the abstract, our goal is to decrease the friction required to launch each new Primer microschool. We have thousands of teachers ready to launch, and it’s our job to pave the way for them. We define friction in three buckets: time, cost, and effort.

To launch 1,000’s of microschools in a year, we need a real estate engine that can efficiently deliver new spaces for our microschools. We’ve made great zero-to-one progress here, with 23 microschools across Florida and Arizona. We’re looking for a Real Estate Lead that can turn this into an engine that can scale nationwide.

You’ll own the entire real estate process for each new microschool: from the earliest conversations about new market expansion to delivering a fully-approved space ready for students on the first day of school. You’ll be accountable to delivering these spaces below budget and ahead of schedule, minimizing both opex and capex in our expansion to new markets. You can expect to lean into our current asset-light strategy – partnering with churches, libraries, and community centers – and finding new unlocks for other paths to scale.

You should be an expert in local approval processes – certificates of use, changes of use, health inspections, DERM approvals, and more – and be maniacal about shaving off hours and days of each step of the process.

You should be excellent at operating both deep in the weeds of each new school approval as well as ensuring we’re building the engine that can scale – executing at both the 5,000 foot view and the 20,000 foot view at the same time.


  • Work with the executive team to select new expansion markets for Primer.

  • Identify, source, and secure new properties within those markets (or, even better, design campaigns to bring the ideal properties to us).

  • Own the end-to-end process of negotiating and leasing each new property, getting the property ready for students, and navigating all approval processes (local fire, health, certificates of use, and Department of Education).

  • Architecting the real estate engine that will allow us to eventually open 1,000’s of new microschools each year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience obtaining regulatory approval for local physical businesses, ideally in multiple municipalities.

  • Experience identifying expansion opportunities – including both market-level analysis and property-level analysis.

  • Work experience within a fast-growing startup is a plus.

If this sounds like you, fill out the application below with a bit about yourself and we'll take it from there! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at