Job Title: House Manager – Concord House
What is Concord House?
Concord House is a community of University of Wisconsin students who have committed to adhere to the moral code of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule as a foundation for creating a cohesive and harmonious community. Students may be Christian Scientists, or from other religious backgrounds, including non-Christians. The Concord House community aims to foster a sense of respect for and understanding of the values and perspectives growing out of each individual’s spiritual background.
Concord House occupies the second floor of the Student Center Foundation (SCF) building in the middle of the UW-Madison campus. Concord House includes a House Manager apartment, seven large individual rooms suitable for single or double occupancy, and a newly remodeled communal kitchen with dining area.
On the main floor, a large meeting room and a Christian Science library are set aside for CSO and Foundation use but may be used by students. A computer and lounge area are open to students. Offices for the House Manager and (currently) the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Wisconsin are also on this floor.
The House Manager is a half-time position (20 hours per week). The primary function of the House Manager is to prayerfully support and manage the activities of the Concord House residence and, to watch over the security, safety and order of the Student Center building and its users. The House Manager reports to the Student Center Foundation Work team and Board, which administers the non-profit foundation that owns the building.
The House Manager position is compatible with preparing to enter the public practice of Christian Science or with taking a limited university course schedule. It cannot be successfully combined with full time graduate work or significant time at an off-site job.
House Manager duties include:
- Provide daily metaphysical support of the residence, building activities and the campus
- Offer an active example of the practicality and joy of a Christian Science life
- Support and promote a harmonious community through regular resident activities and interactions
- Enforce house rules and policies developed in cooperation with the Executive Board
- Interact with residents regularly–listen and welcome their feedback
- Actively recruit new residents, respond to inquiries and participate in interviews
- Rent garage parking and monitor proper use
- Coordinate resident check-in/out; collect rent, and make bank deposits
- Pay bills and perform basic accounting software entries & coordinate with bookkeeper
- Bring in and distribute mail frequently; respond to mail and email as needed
- Oversee maintenance of residence/building/grounds safety, security and order; schedule repairs as needed, with support from the Board
- Oversee trash removal and recycling
- Oversee kitchen cleanliness
- Oversee vendors, service personnel, and contractors as needed
- Manage/purchase house supplies
- Help maintain organization contact lists
- Welcome/register guests and visitors; prepare rooms for special events
- Communicate regularly with the Board, prepare monthly reports
- Prepare rooms for new residents
- Survey rental rates for off campus housing and parking, and work with Board to determine Concord House rental rates
- Serve as representative to the University Religious Workers organization
- Prepare monthly reports for the Board of Directors
Be an active Christian Scientist and member of The Mother Church, acquainted with and interested in enriching the spiritual life of university students. Other pertinent life experiences may include any of the following:
- Christian Science class instruction
- Past Sunday School attendance and/or branch church membership
- CSO or campus participation/leadership
- Christian Science camp counselor experience
- College attendance/degree and love of campus life and learning
- 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 on-site furnished housing, free utilities, local phone service, laundry, internet access, garage parking, two-weeks’ vacation, traditional holidays and salary. Salary is negotiable, based upon experience. The House Manager’s primary contract will be for one year from date of employment.
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. In addition, applicants should provide answers to 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.
- If offered the job, when would you be available?
Send your application to the address below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information – mailing address, phone numbers and email.
Student Center Foundation
c/o House Manager Search
315 N. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715
For information, contact Marty Evanson by email at email@example.com or call (608) 514-4251.
We will accept applications until the position is filled. However, to ensure consideration, applications should be received by April 18, 2020.