Refer talented individuals, get rewarded.

We are Uncommon Talent

Get rewarded for your referral. We want to partner with you to find the best talent for our schools and Home Office. Individuals will receive a bonus of $500 (or more) for anyone they refer who becomes a full-time staff member.


For any referral hired at our Home Office or in a school-based role for the 2021-22 school year.


For any referral who is immediately hired in a school-based role for the 2020-21 school year.

How to Make a Referral

There are three ways to submit referrals and be eligible for a bonus:

  1. Submit your referral directly via SmartRecruiters’ Employee Referral portal,
  2. Copy your personal “Referral Link” from SmartRecruiters and paste on social media or in an email to your network who you think are a good fit for a role at Uncommon,
  3. If you referred someone who applied within the past 30 days, or who is currently in the hiring process, and you do not see their name listed under “Your Latest Referrals” in SmartRecruiters, please email recruitment@uncommonschools.org with the person’s name, email address, and the job they applied to or for which you are referring them.

Not familiar with SmartRecruiters? Having trouble logging in? Follow these instructions to refer a friend or find your personal referral link.

To refer someone for any of our open roles, visit our company page on SmartRecruiters and search for the role. Click on the “Refer a Friend” button to submit referrals to our recruitment team.

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for a referral bonus, referrals must be submitted via SmartRecruiters using one of the above methods outlined under “How to Make a Referral.” It is no longer sufficient to have an applicant list you as a referrer. Additionally, referrals who are hired must remain on staff for 90 days.

If you are an Uncommon employee:

Referral Bonuses are paid out on a quarterly basis via employee’s normal payroll process according to the following dates for all referrals hired and still working at Uncommon Schools for at least 90 days (or on the date that a referral bonus is paid out, whichever is earlier):

  • October 30, 2021 — Bonuses for all teachers and leaders referred and hired for the 2021-22 school year, who started on or before August 9, 2021
  • December 17, 2021 — Referrals that start between September 16 and December 1
  • March 31, 2022 — Referrals that start between December 2 and March 15
  • June 30, 2022 — Referrals that start between March 16 and June 30

If you are NOT an Uncommon employee:

External Referrers will be paid once a referred staff member works 90 days. Processing will occur monthly and will take 6-10 weeks from the time a referred staff member works 90 days. Processing time is dependent on receipt of all external referrer paperwork by the recruitment team.

Yes. All referral bonuses are taxable. The standard bonus tax rate is approximately 45%. Taxes will be taken out of bonuses for employees and the total amount paid out to you will be the amount of the bonus after the taxes have been deducted. Any referral bonuses paid out to external referrers over $600 will receive a 1099 form to include when submitting your tax return.

External referrers who work for headhunting or placement agencies that have a contract with Uncommon Schools are not eligible for bonuses for any referrals hired for roles that fall within the bounds of pre-existing contracts.

Among Uncommon Schools staff members, the following people are not eligible for a referral bonus:

  • Principals and DOOs who submit referrals for their own regions
  • Recruitment Team members
  • Executive Team members
  • Home Office Team Leads who submit referrals for their own teams

Once you submit your referral via SmartRecruiters, you will be able to access the referral portal to see the status of anyone you referred. If your referral is hired and works the required 90 days, a member of the Recruitment Team will reach out to you with specific information about your referral bonus.

You may submit a resume and contact information to recruitment@uncommonschools.org, however, you will not be eligible for a referral bonus or any referral drive prizes.

Email the Recruitment Team at recruitment@uncommonschools.org.