Preservation & Facilities Manager

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites applications for our part-time Preservation & Facilities Manager. To apply for this position, please complete our online employment application here. Position will remain open until filled.

A nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program, and a host of annual special community events. In addition, Shake Rag Alley offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events, and celebrations.

Position Title: Preservation & Facilities Manager
Buildings & Grounds
Status: Part-time hourly, non-exempt
Schedule: 25 hours/week Monday-Friday

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with our staff and Buildings & Grounds Committee, the Preservation & Facilities Manager oversees the historic preservation planning and maintenance of Shake Rag Alley’s collection of historic and reproduction buildings and the grounds on our 2.5-acre campus. Identifies and may perform highly diversified duties to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain buildings, grounds, and equipment, and manages the resources (volunteers, contracted services, materials, equipment) necessary to preserve and maintain the campus and support workshop and event space-use needs. Provides excellent and timely customer service to colleagues, Board members, volunteers, donors, students, instructors, vendors, and the public.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages the day-to-day preservation planning and maintenance needs of Shake Rag Alley buildings to include:
    • Alley Stage, Blacksmith Barn, Cabinet Shop, Cafe, Coach House, Ellery House, French Cabin, Lind Pavilion, Log Cabin, and Potter’s House on our main campus;
    • The Sardeson and Smeja Studio nearby.
  • Manages the day-to-day preservation planning and maintenance needs of Shake Rag Alley grounds to include:
    • keeping bridges, the patio, and walkways at all lodging, events, classroom and office spaces clear and tidy;
    • keeping weeds down throughout brick and sand pathways;
    • mowing lawns;
    • plowing walkway and patio in the winter;
    • repairing water damage to grounds as needed;
    • keeping Alley Stage clear as needed;
    • partnering with volunteers supporting gardens and grounds projects.
  • Manages the calendar of regular and seasonal buildings and grounds projects including winterizing and opening buildings and outdoor bathrooms; storing and setting out patio furniture; storing and installing air conditioners; checking filters, lights, and locks in all buildings; garbage and recycling collection; and servicing equipment.
  • Assists with the bid process, estimates, and development of scope of work for historic preservation and maintenance projects and the preparation of annual and capital project budgets.
  • Attends weekly staff and monthly committee meetings and provides project updates.
  • Uses a variety of hand and power tools to perform maintenance work within multiple maintenance trades and assists with emergency and unscheduled repairs site-wide as needed or directed.
  • Reads and interprets equipment manuals to perform required maintenance and service and understands standard operating procedures as required to perform duties.
  • Collaborates with Program and Hospitality staff on setup and cleanup needs for workshops, events, and site rentals.
  • Promotes a safe work environment, to include proper use of tools, equipment, and personal protective gear.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution in a related field (i.e., project management, construction management, engineering, historic preservation, architecture, etc.) and a record of work-related experience in a similar environment. An equivalent level of education and/or experience may also be considered.
  • Knowledge and understanding of skilled work/trades, including carpentry, masonry, concrete, structural reinforcement/restoration/stabilization, plasterwork, painting/staining, landscaping, equipment maintenance, etc.
  • Knowledge of preservation principles and practices in order to effectively manage resources within an appropriate historical framework.
  • Knowledge and understanding of construction standards, methods, and materials.
  • Computer and Internet proficiency to include Google Drive and Gmail.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to foster cooperative relationships.
  • Appreciation for Shake Rag Alley’s mission and ability to understand and follow Shake Rag Alley policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work effectively individually or as a team member in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and unexpected events or delays.
  • Valid driver’s license.

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.

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action 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.