Director of Preservation
Company: Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
Posted on: February 25, 2021
The Director of Preservation manages the property (building and
land, inclusive of 500 acres at Taliesin West) for the Frank Lloyd
Wright Foundation. Works with facilities staff to ensure the
highest level possible of property management and care of the
buildings and grounds, including utilities and systems. Works with
Foundation staff to develop and manage a maintenance program and
participate in the planning and implementation of preservation,
restoration, and capital-improvement projects throughout the site
as deemed necessary. Works with the VP of Preservation to adhere to
maintenance and capital project scopes and assure timely project
completion and stay within operating and capital budgets. Taliesin
and Taliesin West are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and National
Historic Landmarks. The Director of Preservation must be cognizant
of the historical integrity of the buildings as well as building
codes, standards, and methods and dedicated to the Foundation's
mission. Essential Functions:
- In consultation with the VP of Preservation, identifies
restoration, rehabilitation, and capital-improvement projects and
maintains project planning schedules.
- Plans and executes preservation and maintenance projects,
including but not limited to development of requests for proposals
(RFP's), bidding, contracts, obtaining approvals, staff and/or
contractor scheduling, procurement of supplies, supervising work,
and assuring work is completed within budget and to the highest
standards, specifically the Secretary of the Interiors Standards
for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
- Document existing conditions and develop appropriate drawings
and specifications as needed for project execution including
historical research; maintain records of all work planned and
completed with assistance from the Preservation
- Prepares the annual Preservation Department budget and related
Capital Improvement budget.
- Prepares quarterly preservation and facility reports outlining
projects status and future department goals for Foundation Board of
Trustees and Preservation Committee.
- Maintains positive relations with the local municipality and
State Historic Preservation Officers and Archaeologists.
- Actively participates in professional organizations to promote
the visibility and excellence of work done at the Frank Lloyd
Wright Foundation including conducting special presentations and
- Provides ongoing oversight of and planning for infrastructure
and support systems, including HVAC, Electric, Plumbing, and
Structural, for maximum efficiency and performance and to meet
current building standards.
- Identifies, prioritizes, schedules, and oversees maintenance
projects with assistance from the Facilities
- Oversees the custodial, preventative maintenance, and routine
maintenance programs including detailed documentation of existing
conditions, scheduling of on-going work and staffing, and
procurement of supplies.
- Works with all Foundation departments to assure facilities are
prepared for Foundation programming; works with staff to assure
programming is within acceptable standards for the preservation of
a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Leads the Foundations Safety Committee and works with other
departments to assure that there are necessary emergency procedures
and emergency-reporting procedures in place in the event of any
emergency facility events.
- Assure that OSHA compliance is in place at all times.
- Efficiently and effectively supervises Facilities staff,
creates and maintains ongoing training for Facilities staff to
optimize functionality, and evaluates staff annually and works with
staff to create and meet annual goals.
- Other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in
architecture, preservation, engineering, or facilities management;
five-plus years of facilities management experience including
knowledge of construction standards, methods, materials, equipment,
and tools for operations, usage, and safety implementation; or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Working knowledge of pricing and costing, finance, budgeting,
and projections for purchasing and maintaining facilities and
- OSHA construction training/proven knowledge and
- Three years' supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to
supervise, train, mentor, and evaluate employees and organize,
prioritize, and schedule work assignments.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to
foster a cooperative environment with staff, faculty, students, the
Taliesin Fellowship, contractors, vendors, and the general
- Excellent verbal and written technical communication
- Microsoft Office and Autodesk/AutoCAD knowledge, usage, and
experience working in the associated programs.
- 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 Foundation and departmental
policies and procedures.
- Ability to work weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasional
nights and weekends.
- Valid Arizona driver's license or ability to obtain one at time
of hire. Preferred Qualifications:
- Familiarity with Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin
- Facilities management experience in a residential and/or
- Certification or licensure in architecture, plumbing, HVAC,
electrical, or mechanical trades and/or project management.
- Working knowledge of historic preservation methods and
techniques. 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 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.
- OSHA Risk Classification for COVID-19 Exposure: Lower Risk
(Caution): This position has minimal occupational contact with the
public and other co-workers and is therefore determined to fall
within the Lower Risk category as defined by OSHA. To further
minimize risk, employees are required to follow the Foundation's
Safe and Healthy Workplace guidelines and related personal and
facility infection control policies. About Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation What is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation?Our mission
is, in the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, "to make life more
beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give
reason, rhyme, and meaning to life."The Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation inspires people to discover and embrace an architecture
for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the
arts, and each other.The focus of our work includes:* Preserving
the buildings, landscapes, collections, and communities of Taliesin
and Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's own homes and studios and
the most personal expressions of his work, to provide experiences
that will inspire and challenge visitors to build and live
better.*Influencing the growth of architecture, design, and
planning by collaborating with universities, scholars,
practitioners, and industry at the intersection of nature and the
built environment.*Educating a worldwide audience about the
continued relevance of Wright's architectural and cultural legacy
through tours, exhibits, performances, school and youth programs,
and digital engagement.
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