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Resident Academic Manager 

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 Non-Exempt  
Location Taliesin or Taliesin West  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 7/5/2019  

Position Summary: The Resident Academic Manager serves as the key liaison among the School of Architecture at Taliesin students, faculty, Taliesin community members, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin Preservation, Inc. Manages day-to-day community projects and issues pertaining to residential and School use of facilities. Oversees student, resident, and guest housing at both campus locations. Manages community and school related events. Ensures students have a positive, healthy and safe environment to live and learn in. PLEASE NOTE TRAVEL REQUIREMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to move between Arizona and Wisconsin seasonally (May and October); accommodations provided.

Essential Functions:

Facilities (in coordination with the Foundation’s Facilities Manager)

Manages and coordinates seasonal opening/closing of school housing and campus spaces, to include Studio, classrooms, and shared spaces.

Coordinates with facilities maintenance schedules and reconciliation of school and shared facilities.

Serves student and residential safety officer for all School and Residential facilities and acts as liaison with Foundation.

Coordinates with Chef and kitchen staff for student and residential meal setup, planning, and preparation.

Guest Room Management:

· Oversees and administesr guest-housing procedures at Taliesin and Taliesin West for guests of the School, Foundation, and TPI.

· Oversees and maintains guest housing lists and secures guest housing agreements.

· Provides on-call residence life/hospitality support, and orientation to overnight guests.

· Collaborates with Facilities/Housekeeping in the preparation and maintenance of guest accommodations.

Community Liaison:

Acts as a resource for students, community members, and Foundation and Taliesin Preservation staff with questions or concerns pertaining to student residence life.

Oversees assignment and communication of seasonal and weekly work lists.

Manages and coordinates arrival procedures for incoming students; conducts residential orientation and tour training; ensures participation in all training and safety related orientation (shop, site, and property).

Oversees the planning, coordination, and execution of special social events at Taliesin such as Wright’s Birthday, Taliesin Evenings, Easter Celebrations, School Fundraisers, Graduation. Acts as the School’s point person for other Foundation events that require School involvement, and supervises staff, students, and community members in related event duties.

Contributes to community communication efforts to inform residential members about changes in School or Foundation policies, events, or updates that impact residents.

Provides residence life support as needed to established School programs such as the Taliesin Immersion Program, annual University of Madison-Milwaukee Historic American Buildings Survey, Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Newhouse program, the Taliesin Artist Residency Program, and pilot continuing education programs, as well as extended visits by occasional school/special interest groups.

Assessment and Outreach:

Participates in school committees as related to position for program improvement and student outcomes.

Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3/years’ experience directly related to residential life management and student housing.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including on-call.
  • Ability to live on site in School-provided housing and transition between both campuses according to the School migration calendar.
  • Ability to efficiently deliver excellent customer service to and effectively communicate with employees, students, and residents in group and individual settings verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize physical spaces, materials, and information with a high degree of attention to detail.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and make sound, independent judgments.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and see projects through to completion in a high-traffic environment.
  • Ability to mentor and lead others and serve as a role model.
  • Appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusivity in community life.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Student Information Software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Frank Lloyd Wright, experience working and/or studying with the School of Architecture at Taliesin, and the Taliesin Fellowship.

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 finger, 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 25 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.
  • Travel: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to move between Arizona and Wisconsin seasonally (May and October).

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