Full-Time Housekeeper: $70-90K+ and Benefits

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Family with main residence in Lincoln Park of Chicago is seeking an experienced, organized and detail oriented full-time housekeeper who will efficiently clean 20,000 square foot semi-formal residence alongside another full-time housekeeper. Schedule is on five to six days per week (including combination of weekdays and weekends) at 8:00am to 4:00pm. Occasional evenings and holidays are required when family has events and residences need to be prepared for family and guests arrival. Travel to other residence in Michigan is required up to four weeks per year (3-7 days per trip) with advanced notice. Extreme flexibility with scheduling is required. The ability to work around the family’s schedule while at the same time cleaning and organizing in an efficient manner is important. Applicants need to be honest, trustworthy, understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement required), collaborative to work with domestic employees (estate manager, property manager, housekeepers, private chef, executive/personal assistant at family office), experienced working with principals and children that are around residence often (discreet and staying out of the way is important), adept at organizing and general cleaning, knowledgeable with cleaning various surfaces and artwork, experienced assisting with entertaining, skilled with laundry and proficient with ironing. Candidates must be comfortable working around dog and high school aged children. Candidates with many years of private full-time housekeeper experience working in a 10,000+ square foot or larger residence is required. Staff vehicle is provided for running errands and work related responsibilities. Uniform is required (e.g., white or black collared shirt, black or khaki pants, house shoes, etc.). Family is open to local candidates and domestic relocations. Start date is flexible for the right candidate. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Cleaning and tidying of 20,000 square foot residence
  • Sweep, scrub, mop and polish floors
  • Vacuum carpets, rugs and draperies
  • Dust and polish furniture and fittings
  • Cleaning artwork and fine furniture (following specific care instructions)
  • Clean metal fixtures and fittings
  • Empty and clean trash containers
  • Clean wash basins, mirrors, tubs and showers
  • Wipe down glass surfaces
  • Wipe down refrigerators, wine fridge, mini fridges, etc.
  • Dispose of expired food in refrigerator, freezer and pantry
  • Make up beds and change linens as required
  • Pack and unpack principals and children for travel (pack lists provided by estate manager)
  • Keep cleaning supply and household inventory (use inventory for creating lists to run errands)
  • Keep light bulb inventory and change light bulbs
  • Laundry for clothing and linens (sort, wash, fold, etc.)
  • Experienced folding laundry using Marie Kondo “KonMari” Method
  • Iron clothing and linens (sheets and clothing are ironed weekly) 
  • Maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition
  • Monitor and report necessary domestic repairs and replacements to estate manager
  • Wash dishes and clean kitchen according to agreed hygiene standards
  • Clean appliances
  • Manage dry cleaning, dry cleaning inventory and inspect clothing and linens upon return
  • Run errands (e. g., grocery store, dry cleaner, seamstress, florist, dropping off donations, etc.)
  • Declutter and organizational projects, as directed by estate manager (e.g., closets, storage, etc.)
  • Take items for donation, as directed by estate manager
  • Clean entryway of home
  • Fresh flower bouquets arranged weekly or as needed based on family’s travel schedule, as directed by estate manager
  • Care for indoor and outdoor plants
  • Polish silver
  • Clean, tidy and organize outdoor living spaces (e.g., rooftops, decks, balconies, pool houses, etc.)
  • Assistance with entertaining (e.g., preparation for event, helping during event, clean up, etc.) 
  • Display seasonal holiday decorations (e.g., Christmas tree and decorations, etc.)
  • Meal preparation on days when private chef is off work (e.g., putting together ingredients left by chef, chopping vegetables, etc.)
  • Assistance with dog (e.g., walk, take to groomer/bath, routine veterinary appointments, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to travel domestically to Michigan residence up to four weeks annually (3-7 days per trip)
  • Understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement is required) 
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos along with ability to write simple correspondence
  • Technology proficient (e. g., email and text messages for communication, etc.)
  • Physical stamina and mobility including ability to reach, kneel and bend
  • Professional with good attitude, hard working and pleasant to be around 
  • Collaborative to work with domestic staff and family office
  • High energy level
  • Active and fit 
  • Discreet and calm demeanor 
  • Non-smoker

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 5-10+ years of recent and consistent full-time housekeeper experience 
  • 2-3 references from domestic positions
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written communication)
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Willing to run extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks, drug tests and psychological evaluation 
  • COVID-19 testing and antibodies testing
  • Comfortable with dog
  • Seeking longevity/long term commitment (e.g., at least 2-5+ years)
  • Live a close proximity to family’s residence in Lincoln Park

COMPENSATION: 

  • $70-90K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications)
  • Health insurance family plan (including dental)
  • Simple IRA Retirement Plan (2% annual employer contribution)
  • PTO days
  • Discretionary annual bonus and raise (performance evaluation required)

 

 

Please read the job description carefully and kindly apply with your cover letter, resume, references (email address and phone number), letter(s) of recommendation and professional photo if you feel that you meet all of the requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!

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