Job Title: House Manager – Concord House
Concord House is a residential community of students who actively engage in advancing their life journeys toward greater spirituality. The community is comprised of students who are Christian Scientists as well as those from a variety of other backgrounds. It aims to foster respect for and understanding of the values and perspectives growing out of each individual’s spiritual practice. Though not all residents are from the Christian tradition, all have committed to adhere to the moral code of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount as a foundation to creating a cohesive and harmonious community.
Concord House occupies the second floor of the Student Center Foundation building in the middle of the UW-Madison campus. Concord House includes an efficiency apartment, 7 large dormitory-like rooms and communal kitchen, dining and laundry area. Multi-use rooms, a Christian Science library, and computer on the main floor of the building are enjoyed by residents and also used for Christian Science Organization (CSO) and Foundation activities.
The House Manager is a half time position (20 hours per week) to include some evenings and weekends. The primary function of the House Manager is to prayerfully support and manage the activities of the Concord House residence and watch over the security, safety and order of the building and its users. The House Manager is responsible to the Student Center Foundation Board of Directors, which administers the non-profit organization that owns the building. The House Manager is supported by the Foundation’s Work team and Board of Directors.
The House Manager position is compatible with preparing to enter into the public practice of Christian Science or with taking university courses. It generally cannot be successfully combined with full time graduate work or significant time at an off-site job.
House Manager duties include:
- Provide metaphysical support of the CSO, residence and related activities
- Support and promote a harmonious community through regular resident activities and interactions
- Help develop and enforce House rules and policies
- Interact with residents regularly, listen and welcome their feedback
- Actively recruit new residents, respond to inquiries and participate in interviews
- Rent out garage parking and monitor proper use
- Coordinate resident check-in/out; collect rent and make bank deposits
- Bring in and open mail frequently; pay bills and respond to mail and email as needed
- Oversee residence and building and grounds safety, security and order; schedule repairs as needed
- Oversee trash removal and recycling and perform kitchen appliance cleaning
- Oversee vendors, service personnel, and contractors if needed
- Welcome/register guests & visitors and prepare rooms for special events
- Manage/purchase house supplies
- Keep organization’s mailing list current
- Help promote and oversee Swope educational loans
- Communicate regularly with the Student Center’s Board of Directors and bookkeeper
- Serve as liaison with Luther Memorial Church
- Serve as representative to the University Religious Workers organization
Qualifications, life experiences, and skills:
The only required qualification is to be an active Christian Scientist, interested in enriching the spiritual life of university students. We consider the following life experiences a plus:
- Christian Science class instruction
- Membership in The Mother Church
- Sunday school experience and/or branch church membership
- CSO or campus participation/leadership
- Christian Science camp counselor experience
- College work/degree and love of campus life and learning
- Good Communication and promotional skills–oral and written
- Creative and proactive thinking and organization skills
- Ability to listen and relate to students
- Familiarity with Microsoft office and Google docs
- Familiarity with social media
- Property management activities
Salary / Compensation / Contract
Compensation includes garage parking and salary. Paid salary is approximately $21 an hour. Holidays are given during academic breaks. Contracts will be negotiated yearly. On-site housing for the house manager is a possibility starting in 2019. If this is needed, the salary would be adjusted commensurately.
Applicants should send a current résumé and the names and contact information for three references. At least one reference should be someone who can attest to the applicant’s dedication to Christian Science. The application should also include applicant’s contact information – mailing address, phone numbers, and email.
In addition, applicants should answer the following questions separately:
- Why do you feel you are qualified for this position?
- How might your life goals be supported by taking a position such as this?
- Describe a time when you shared Christian Science or Science and Health with someone who was new to these ideas.
- Describe your experience and skills regarding each of the qualifications, life experiences, and skills listed above.
Feel free to contact us to answer any questions as you are completing your application. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. However, to ensure initial consideration, applications should be received by November 26, 2018. For information contact Lee Sorensen by email or by phone at 608-577-9173. Or mail your application the address below.Student Center Foundation Board
c/o House Manager Search
315 N. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715-1019