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Preservation Manager for Taliesin West 

About the Organization The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation exists to preserve Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and enrich society through an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, architecture, and design.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran or uniformed service member status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Taliesin West  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 12/15/2017  

The Preservation Manager directs planning, implementing, documenting and recording of preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects, as well as capital-improvement projects, at Taliesin West. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark comprised of 495 acres of preserve land and 80,000 square feet of historic buildings. The Preservation Manager is the key liaison between the Director of Preservation and Facilities Manager in project management and coordination for both in-house and contractor implemented work. Responsibilities also include participation in development and outreach initiatives as well as serving as a resource to the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

Position Requirements

Essential Functions:


  • In coordination with the Director of Preservation, helps to document preservation projects from conception to completion to include documenting existing conditions and preparing appropriate drawings and specifications as needed for project execution.
  • Coordinates with Director of Preservation to incorporate historic research into projects as appropriate.
  • Participates in the development of project scope, approach, schedule, budget and staffing for preservation/restoration, capital, and maintenance projects; collects and maintains documentation on all projects and work by consultants/contractors.
  • Writes and presents project proposals to the Board of Trustees Preservation Committee and City of Scottsdale Preservation Commission, including for projects that potentially alter the historic character of property.
  • Assists with the writing of RFPs, assessment of proposals, selection of consultants, and helps to supervise all consultants and/or architects on preservation projects.
  • Obtains required approvals for construction projects from city and state officials.
  • Works with Facilities Manger to maintain Procedures and Standards manual outlining standard materials and construction methods.
  • Prepares quarterly preservation and facility reports outlining projects status and future department goals.
  • Provides necessary support for the master planning of the campus facilities in reference to building and site facilities.
  • Assists Facilities Manager with creating and monitoring the preventative maintenance program including detailed documentation of existing conditions and scheduling of on-going preventive maintenance work.


  • Works with Collections Department to coordinate collection projects
  • Assists with enforcing Collection Policy and Standards of Use
  • Assists with crating and shipment of models and objects for conservation and exhibitions.

Development and Outreach

  • Assists in the preparation of donation solicitation documents.
  • Involves students of the School of Architecture at Taliesin in preservation and restoration projects as appropriate.
  • Works with institutions of higher learning to conduct educational projects/programs on site.
  • Conducts special presentations and tours.
  • Maintains positive relations with the City and State Historic Preservation Officers and Archaeologists
  • Actively participates in professional organizations to promote the visibility and excellence of work conducted on site.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, or facilities management; knowledge of construction standards, methods and materials.
  • An in-depth, working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to foster a cooperative environment with staff, faculty, students, residents, contractors, vendors, and the general public.
  • Excellent verbal and written technical communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Proficient in Autodesk/AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and unexpected events or delays.
  • Ability to manage several major activities at once, while analyzing and resolving specific problems.
  • Ability to understand and follow departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasional nights and weekends.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the missions of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural principles.
  • Working knowledge of historic preservation methods and techniques.
  • Prior experience with project management, especially as it relates to preservation.
  • Grant-writing experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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