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Resident's Job Description

Resident Job Description  (revised 7-2011)



From the Residence Committee Mission Statement, "We believe that the mission of Santa Fe Friends Meeting is to offer an environment and a community where the divine spirit may more easily be felt and known, where members/attenders/guests may experience and share that of God within and carry this awareness with them as they go out into their families, communities, and workplaces."



A)Joins in the fellowship of the Meeting as one who shares Quaker values and is a valued participant in Meeting activities.

B) The Resident and the Meeting intend a two-year commitment to the Residency, with the option of extension for one or more successive year-long terms, by mutual agreement between the committee and the Resident, and with the approval of Meeting for Business. A review after the initial six months, and thereafter annually, will give the Meeting and the Resident opportunity to confirm their compatibility. If unexpected circumstances arise for the Meeting or the Resident, either may give six month's notice to end the agreement, bearing in mind the needs of each party for adequate advance planning time.
C) The Residence Committee and its individual members provide regular ongoing support of, and communication with, the Resident. Meeting members are encouraged to share any concerns regarding the Residency with the Committee.

D) Is a member of and responsible to the Residence Committee. Serves as ex officio member of the Garden and Building Committees. Since many of the activities of the Garden and Building Committees impact the Resident or require input, the Resident is expected to work closely with these committees, as well as with the Residence Committee. Logs hours spent at various tasks and provides a monthly report on activities to the Residence Committee and in person monthly at Meeting for Worship with attention to Business.
1) Reports promptly to appropriate committee needs for repair and maintenance of buildings and grounds.
2) Periodically updates Meetinghouse bulletin boards.
3) Assists the Garden Committee with garden maintenance, in particular, start up, shut down and monitoring of drip irrigation system in compliance with Santa Fe City water regulations.


The Resident lives on the property at 630 Canyon Road in a separate building from the Meetinghouse. Performs regular tasks in the Guest Apartment, Meetinghouse and Garden. Safety of visitors and care for the Meetinghouse are important duties in this area, which include making sure daily that doors are locked and that gates and the garage are closed when no one is on the property. The resident also performs the following duties:

A) PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE-Serves as a public representative and first-line contact person for our Meeting of about sixty attendees. In many cases the Resident is the Meeting's public face in interactions with guests in the apartment, tourists on Canyon Road, and other visitors.

The Resident:
1) Answers Meetinghouse phone and responds to recorded messages within twenty-four hours.
2) Collects and distributes mail to appropriate people in the Meeting.
3)Responds to callers in need and directs them toward the appropriate helping agencies and administers a petty cash fund for emergency assistance.

B) GUEST APARTMENT - Maintains the scheduling and preparation of the guest apartment. The guest apartment is a form of hospitality ministry by the Meeting. It is also the main source of income for maintenance of this historic and listed property. Thus, a certain firmness and efficiency is needed in taking reservations, moving visitors in and out, and making them aware of the need to formally cancel if they cannot use their reservation. Careful use of a waiting list is encouraged when this can help keep the apartment in use during periods of high demand. The Resident is also the person who acts as the Hostess or Host, greeting guests in a Friendly manner and welcoming them to the Meeting and to Santa Fe.
The Resident:
1) Schedules reservations made via phone and email for use of guest apartment.
2)Prepares guest apartment for use, including laundering and replacement of linens and any necessary cleaning.

The Resident:
1)Collects and secures cash and checks from the contribution box and guest apartment donations and submits to the Treasurer on a weekly basis.
2)Maintains a calendar of events in the Meetinghouse  and schedules all events which take place, be they by rental or by donation.
3)Monitors heat in the Meetinghouse and classroom for First Day and for groups using the Meetinghouse during the week. Reminds groups to leave in a clean and acceptable condition after each use.
4)Keeps Meetinghouse tidy after usage each week.
5)Communicates with Meetinghouse monthly cleaning service cleaning needs on behalf of Meeting/Building Committee.

D)RECORDS - Keeps records of guest contact information, money received, quarterly expenses for supplies for the Meeting, and the petty cash fund for emergency assistance.

E)HOURS- The Resident is expected to work about 15 hours per week. With seasonal variation approximately 4 of the 15 hours are devoted to the Garden: irrigation, tidying, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, raking, etc, as determined by the Garden Committee. Other periodic and regular chores: shoveling snow in driveway and walkways and applying de-icers as needed; setting out the garbage and recycling for city pickup; laundering soiled kitchen linens in the Meetinghouse and returning them to use.

NOTE: The resident's reports from 2009 and 2010 indicate that over the past year and a half she has averaged 48 hours per month, ranging from 34 hours in November to 74 hours in May, when she was more active in the garden.


The Meeting provides the resident with a small house (casita) called 'The Ramada', in the garden of the Meetinghouse property, located on Canyon Road. In addition there is sheltered off-street parking for a single vehicle (except Sunday morning, when it is used by disabled attenders).

This historic adobe structure is characteristic of early southwestern dwellings. It is rustic, with heavy timber beams (vigas) in the main room's low ceiling, a working kiva fireplace, cupboards and hand-hewn bookshelf. It is heated primarily by gas, and has a refrigerator, gas stove, washing machine and outdoor clothesline.

The Ramada has approximately 360 square feet of living space, consisting of two rooms - a living/sleeping room and kitchen with small eating area, bathroom with shower, and small closet area where the washing machine is housed. The building is simply furnished, with minimal storage for clothes, linens and other belongings.

In addition to providing housing and use of the Meeting's phone and Internet access, the Meeting pays all utilities, including gas, electric and water.

The Ramada shares the 1/4 acre garden with First Day School children on Sunday mornings. The garden is also open to guests and tourists who happen by, especially during summer months, but it is completely fenced and provides a sense of privacy and peaceful retreat most times of day and year.


Shortly after arrival the Resident will be introduced to Meeting and share after Meeting for Worship their spiritual journey and gifts.

The Resident receives 30 days of vacation in each 12 month period as arranged with the Resident Committee.

The Resident will host one open house for Meeting in each 12 month period as arranged with the Resident Committee

Uses their personal computer for Meeting business, such as booking the guest apartment reservations.

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