Junior Interior Designer at Common

| Greater NYC Area
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About Common

Common is the nation’s leading residential brand offering convenience and community through coliving and traditional apartments. Our signature approach to end-to-end property management and technology offerings allows us to deliver unparalleled experiences across 35 buildings, 6 cities, and over 1,000 members. Common is the preferred choice for both residents looking for a stress-free and all-inclusive living environment, and 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, and Washington, D.C. and receive over 4,000 new member applications per week.

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

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

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

About the Role

Common is hiring a Junior Interior Designer to design, procure, and manage the installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment inside our homes. This is a creative role and the right candidate will have a positive impact on the company’s design aesthetic, direction and member experience. From working with our furniture sales reps, warehouse and logistics managers and manual labor on site during home move in, this role is responsible for all aspects of preparing our new homes for our members. You will coordinate your FF&E designs with team members who are responsible for finishes selections, and with developer partners who are ultimately responsible for the design and construction of the home.

Furnishing a co-living home has many unique challenges and opportunities that go beyond creating beautiful spaces. We are thoughtful about removing the pain points of shared living to eliminate potential conflict between housemates. Common’s goal is to provide convenience and community in all of our homes. From the bed to the silverware, the rugs to the wall art, we think through every item we provide and the value it brings to our members. It is the Junior Interior Designer’s responsibility to ensure that, on opening day, our homes are move-in ready and deliver on our promises.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an exciting start up at an early stage. Your work will have a meaningful and significant impact on the member experience and you will be an important part of the Space team. You will report directly to the Associate Director of Interior Design and Visual Content and work closely with peers in this role. Being an early stage startup there is great opportunity for growth, and to contribute to the formation of new processes and systems. The role is creative, both in interior decoration, and also in problem solving.


This role requires a candidate who can combine an eye for style and quality with an attention to detail and affinity for organization. The role will require the successful candidate to:

  • Prepare design boards for the furnishing of our homes in line with our brand aesthetics, the home’s finishes scheme and member requirements
  • Be a valuable contributor to our brand aesthetic
  • Draft furniture layout plans in conjunction with design boards and procurement schedules
  • Create and maintain the procurement schedule, track orders and expenses and report against the overall budget
  • Coordinate with the Procurement Team as they place purchase orders and assist with supplier communication and lead time management
  • Source and maintain vendor relationships for furniture, lighting, artwork and signage
  • Assist the Procurement Team as they verify the inventory against the procurement schedule.
  • Manage the home set up and load in process, taking full responsibility for the load in and successful opening of the home. This includes scheduling the deliveries, managing the movers, installers and site labor.
  • Style interiors of new homes to visual brand standard for photoshoot; partner with photographer on site to ensure home’s best features are highlighted and captured
  • Our homes are located in various cities across the USA and the load in process requires travel to these locations for periods of 3-6 weeks at a time
  • Other responsibilities and duties may be required from time to time and based on business needs
  • You have 1 to 3 years experience in an interior design or related field
  • You have a passion and an eye for well-designed residential spaces, furniture, and interior photography
  • You are able to use drafting software to create furniture layouts and space plans
  • You are able to demonstrate experience and skills in Project Management
  • You are able to make independent decisions and prioritize to achieve project deadline
  • You think critically and creatively about process and take initiative to suggest and implement changes
  • You will be comfortable both in the office and in the field (at the homes during move in)
  • You have skills in excel and a proven record of care and attention to detail
  • You are a strong and proactive communicator
  • You have a sincere passion and care for the end member experience
  • You are keen to work in a fast-paced startup environment
What We Offer
Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation and sick time, medical, dental and vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD Insurance, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, generous paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks!) and a 401K. Additional benefits such as Company equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, flexible working hours, 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 and 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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You can find our team taking meetings in Bryant Park, catching up over coffee at Blue Stone or commuting right out of Grand Central Station!

An Insider's view of Common

What are some social events your company does?

Every Thursday we host the "happiest hour" at 5 PM in our office. This is a great way for teams to mingle and take a break from work while playing chess, checkers, Jenga, etc. with people on other teams over some beer, rosé and mocktails.


Leasing Manager

What does your typical day look like?

As our first Product Manager, every day looks different! I'm thinking strategically about initiatives in our roadmap, getting consensus on minimum viable product designs, drafting tickets and working with engineers, and supporting them through the development process. I also support other departments' technology requests and manage their priority.


Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Cross-department moves and promotions are encouraged and welcomed always! On my team specifically, my manager is super interested in helping us grow and learning what responsibilities we want to take on to further our career growth. We focus on each other's strengths and make sure that we are working at our full potential.


Benefits + Payroll Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

Common is making city living better by designing and operating community-driven homes. 75 million Americans live with roommates, and Common is addressing this housing need by creating homes designed for sharing through community, convenience, and affordability. With thousands of beds under development, Common is a leader in new ways of living.


Founder + CEO

What makes someone successful on your team?

On Common’s marketing team, I love that success means more than just putting your head down and getting the work done. Everyone is empowered and encouraged to take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and decide what’s really important for our consumers to know about us. It allows us to not get too in the weeds and be the best team we can be.


Communications Manager

What are Common Perks + Benefits

Common Benefits Overview

Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees.
And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Common offers company-paid life insurance up to 1x your annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
In office yoga + meditation and discounts + perks.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Up to 16 weeks paid leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Common offers 12 company paid holidays + one floating holiday to use as needed.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Weekly team lunch provided on Tuesdays!
Happy Hours
In-office weekly bar-cart!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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