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Posted: 07/20/2009

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Robie House Facilities

non-profit Museume

FAcilities Assistant
Professional Opportunity
Chicago, IL

WORK SUMMARY: Responsible for the general care and preservation maintenance of the Robie House, a property of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. The successful candidate will carry out assigned aspects of the preservation maintenance and housekeeping plans. The facilities assistant is also designated as one of the primary respondents on the emergency plan.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. The successful applicant will be required to work a five-day work week to include a regular weekend day or days.


1. Complete daily housekeeping duties of the public spaces, bathrooms, and offices. Remove leaves & trash from decks and entrance areas. Completes special cleaning projects as assigned.

2. As necessary, clear snow from public and private throughways.

3. Provide support for special events as needed.

4. Provide ongoing maintenance, minor repair and assessment of housekeeping, maintenance and security conditions to Robie House Museum facilities.

5. Assist in the preservation and maintenance of the original historic fabric of the building under the director of supervisor.

6. Complete data based reports and maintenance plans.

7. Carry out seasonal upkeep to the properties.

8. Make seasonal adjustments to property, plant, and equipment (e.g. climate control systems, lawn irrigation, lawn mower, ice melt). Supervise contracted employees (e.g. plant maintenance, pest control, snow removal, carpet cleaning, climate management.)

9. Complete or assist with restoration projects and other special needs as assigned.

10. As a staff member with security clearance, open and close museum building and/or serve as building steward as assigned. Attend and assist with core staff training. Monitor potential problems from any sort of emergency. Initiate response in accordance with emergency preparedness plan to contain potential damage, summoning outside assistance as needed. Respond to safety issues reported by staff, volunteers and visitors.

11. Move, assemble, and/or install office desks, chairs, file cabinets, computer components, heavy boxes, business machines, and other furniture.

12. Maintain facilities storage areas. Maintain and report condition assessment on supplies and equipment inventory.

13. Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills that promote open communication and respect for all positions, maintenance of confidentiality and contribute to the success of the organization.

14. Provide facilities support for all Preservation Trust sites as needed.

15. Performs other duties as assigned.


" Associates Degree or equivalent trade experience. Mechanical and technical skills as demonstrated by a minimum of 2 years of prior work experience and/or certified training. Ability to learn and apply special procedures related to historic houses and museum environments.

" Travel to off-site locations may be necessary.

" Ability to lift loads of 75 pounds.

" Frequently moves, loads, delivers, or adjusts supplies and property weighing 35 to 75 pounds. On rare occasion, may move with assistance loads over 100 pounds.

" Frequently required to climb ladders, work on roof, and work in tight spaces (crawlspaces, etc.).

" Weekend and evening hours required.

" Ability to conduct visual, auditory, olfactory inspections.


Majority of work in historic building currently under restoration. Exposure to environmental allergens including dust, pollen, mold and building materials pre-OSHA standards. Frequent high levels of noise. Multi-level work area; museum building and administrative offices not accessible to the mobility impaired. Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer.


Employees advised on OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates compliant with federal and state law.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
TO APPLY Email resume and cover letter to apply@gowright.org reference Robie House Facilities Assistant in subject line NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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