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🔗Facilities & Preservation Manager

  • Full Time
  • Red Cloud, NE
  • 50,000.00 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Facilities
  • Job Qualifications:

    ● Proactively review all general maintenance records and maintain detailed maintenance files on all HVAC units, security systems, fire suppression systems, and other equipment

    ● Maintain compliance with applicable regulations by completing regularly scheduled inspections per established schedules and update maintenance checklists as needed ● Oversee the safe and proper maintenance of equipment and tools including coordinating repairs and/or replacement and ensuring all are returned to appropriate storage areas

    ● Ensure that security, fire, and emergency safety equipment is inspected and in good working order

    ● Respond to and resolve issues regarding security systems, buildings, and grounds ● Manage and conduct basic maintenance and repairs including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and engaging outside vendors/contractors with approval

    ● Keep centralized detailed records of preservation work completed, costs, warranty cards, paint colors, and other pertinent material

    ● Oversee construction projects, ensuring timely completion within budget ● Regularly communicate maintenance priorities, concerns, and emergencies both verbally in meetings and in written and digital communication

    ● Develop a long-range facility maintenance plan including necessary improvements and costs

    ● Adhere to approved budget, managing expenses for the benefit of the organization

    Education and Qualifications:

    ● Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree with technical training in facility management, construction, or a related field is preferred

    ● Minimum 1–3 years of experience as a facility manager or related profession that involved conducting repairs and renovations including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc.

    ● Well versed in facilities management and historic preservation best practices and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, or a willingness to pursue professional development to acquire this knowledge

    ● Outstanding communication skills, organizational skills, and impeccable attention to detail

    ● Ability to work collaboratively

    ● Strong analytical skills to review complex information in order to make decisions based on priorities and budget availability

    ● Experience using Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive, and Microsoft applications ● Ability to have a flexible work schedule when needed (occasional evenings and weekends)

    ● Appreciation for rural America, small town life, and local history


    Salary and Benefits:

    This is a full-time, salaried position. Competitive compensation will be based on experience. Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO) are available.

  • How to Apply:

    To apply, send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to:

    The Willa Cather Foundation

    Attn: Human Resources

    413 North Webster Street

    Red Cloud, NE 68970 |

    DEADLINE: Applicants are encouraged to apply by June 15. The position will remain open until filled.

  • Job benefits: PTO, Health
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: ● Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs.  ● Must be able to perform moderate to heavy manual labor  ● Must be able to crawl, bend, stretch, and climb while performing routine tasks ● Must be able to work in non-temperature controlled areas throughout the year ● Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a motor vehicle
  • Contact Name: Human Resources
  • Application Email:
  • Application Address: The Willa Cather Foundation Attn: Human Resources 413 North Webster Street Red Cloud, NE 68970

Website National Willa Cather Center

Job Purpose: The National Willa Cather Center seeks a highly-organized, technically skilled, and multi-talented candidate to fill a Facilities & Preservation Manager position. The Manager ensures the short- and long-term maintenance, security, and safety of the NWCC’s historic properties and grounds, including the National Willa Cather Center (30,000 square feet); the Red Cloud Opera House (11,000 square feet); and nine sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including Willa Cather’s Childhood Home (a National Historic Landmark), the Burlington Depot, the Farmers and Merchants Bank, the Cather Second Home, Pavelka Farmstead, J.L. Miner House, and three historic churches.

The Facilities & Preservation Manager works as part of the Collections team to ensure efficient maintenance and repair of properties within a framework of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation; acts on behalf of the NWCC when engaging and overseeing the work of independent contractors and vendors; and assists NWCC leadership in planning and prioritizing regular preventative maintenance and capital improvements. Duties include evaluation of and contribution to sites-related procedures and documents, such as disaster planning, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring, and maintenance scheduling.