Resident Manager position

William Penn House is a Quaker center for education, service, and hospitality, centrally located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.  We facilitate educational programs, host speakers and other events, and provide simple Quaker hospitality for groups and individuals visiting Washington.

The resident manager is responsible for overseeing the William Penn House facility and residential community, creating a welcoming Quaker environment for guests and nurturing the community of permanent residents as a living example of Quaker faith in action.

This role has two main components: hospitality coordination and resident community support and management.

Hospitality:  In partnership with the hospitality and office manager, the resident manager will help coordinate and staff William Penn House’s hospitality program.  The resident manager’s primary responsibility will be to ensure that the house and grounds are a welcoming space for our guests.  This includes maintaining the good repair and cleanliness of the physical space, inside and out, as well as making sure that our hospitality practices are well-suited to creating a welcoming Quaker environment for guests.  Daily hospitality duties include:

  • Convening the daily meeting for worship (7:30-8:00 am)
  • Serving and cleaning up the daily breakfast at William Penn House
  • Taking reservations for guests by phone, on-line and in person
  • Answering phones
  • Washing and folding laundry (1-2 loads per day)

The resident manager will also supervise and mentor interns and volunteers assisting with the hospitality program.


Resident community:  The second major component of the resident manager position is supporting and maintaining a healthy resident community grounded in Quaker faith and practice.  The resident community of 4-5 people includes permanent staff, interns, and volunteers.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Convening resident meetings and other community-building activities
  • Organizing social, spiritual, and educational activities for the resident community (some possibilities: bike rides, reading groups, meditation practices, political activism)
  • Providing mentoring and oversight for interns and resident volunteers

In addition to these areas, the resident manager may contribute to other William Penn House activities, including educational programs, office management, fundraising and community outreach, as Way Opens.

The ideal candidate will have experience—work, education, volunteer, or a combination—in some or all of the following areas:

  • Hospitality
  • Living in faith-based community
  • Program or office management
  • Faith-based activism
  • Building and garden maintenance
  • Spiritual mentorship

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Because William Penn House is open 7 days a week, 7am-9pm, weekend and evening work will be required for this position.

This position is a full-time, permanent staff position.  The salary range is dependent on qualifications.  A generous benefits package is included, including health insurance, pension, annual leave, and professional development support.  The resident manager is required to live on-site at William Penn House as part of the resident community.

To apply, please send by email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to:

Andrei Israel

Executive Director