Two Full-Time Nanny/House Managers: $70K+ and Benefits

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Family living in Lincoln Park of Chicago with 1 and 5 year old girls is seeking two educated, experienced, engaging, professional, organized and detail oriented full-time nanny/house managers to manage a busy family and household. Schedule will be spilt between two full-time nanny/house managers to ensure the family has seven day per week coverage. Schedule on days working will be a combination of 7:00am – 7:00pm or 10:00/10:30pm. When working at main residence in Chicago, nanny/house managers should expect to work on three to five days per week (including weekdays and weekends). This schedule will ensure that each nanny/house manager works half the time (26.5 weeks per year), receives approximately two weekends off per month and travel is split annually. Nanny/House Managers will receive monthly schedules at least two to three months in advance. Nanny/House Managers should be comfortable working many days consecutively (e.g., if traveling for one or two weeks at a time, only one nanny/house manager will travel with family and the other nanny/house manager is off work). The position requires extreme flexibility as family’s schedule changes at various times in the year (e.g., school holidays, summer, travel, etc.). Approximately 6-8+ weeks of international and domestic travel per year is required and approximately 1-2+ weeks of overnights at residence when principals are traveling without children. Applicants need to be honest, trustworthy, understand the importance of maintaining discretion, collaborative and experienced working with domestic staff (full-time housekeeper and full-time nanny/house manager) and experienced working collaboratively with principals that are at residence often (discreet and staying out of the way is important). Oldest child is enrolled in full days at private school, which is a short driving distance from the family’s residence. Staff vehicle is provided for transporting children and running errands. These are newly created positions. Family is open to local candidates in Chicago and domestic relocations. Start date is August or September 2020, but flexible for the right candidates. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Plan and provide developmentally appropriate play-based learning and educational activities (e.g., planned engaging activities at home, developmentally appropriate games and activities, engaging projects and crafts, scheduled outings, etc.)

 

  • Apply knowledge about child development in the support and reinforcement of manners and other social skills (e.g., firm when necessary and capable of teaching children manners and etiquette, but also capable of being laid back and fun)

 

  • Assist children with homework, school projects, studying for tests, etc. and keep parents informed of progress and needs (when age appropriate)

 

  • Transporting children to and from school, activities, play dates, camps, etc.

 

  • Fresh and healthy meal planning and preparation for family

 

  • Pack children’s healthy lunches and bags for the following day (e.g., ensure all school work is completed, pack gear for sports and activities, etc.)

 

  • Pack and unpack children for trips and travel (create pack lists in advance to ensure children have everything needed for travel)

 

  • Assistance with travel arrangements and ensuring all logistics are planned in advance. Research and plan activities at travel destination and ensure appropriate gear is available at hotel or resort

 

  • Inventory checklists for household items, food, children’s essentials, principals’ essentials, etc. and order through Amazon, Instacart, etc.

 

  • Event planning for children’s themed birthday parties and other events (e.g., plan, organize and oversee flawless execution day of event)

 

  • Run errands (e.g., shopping for home supplies, returns, purchasing school supplies for beginning of school year and needed throughout the year, purchasing gifts for birthday parties children are attending, and other requested items)

 

  • Managing tasks and projects around the home (e.g., receiving deliveries, service providers, contractors, sending emails, going through mail and sorting bills and junk, etc.)

 

  • Organizational projects (e.g., children’s bedrooms, playrooms (books, toys, crafts, etc.), closets, rotating clothes seasonally, getting rid of outgrown toys and clothing, taking things for donation, etc.)

 

  • Assist domestic staff with projects when necessary, creating a collaborative and team environment

 

  • Ensure pantry and fridges are properly stocked in accordance with principals and children’s travel and entertaining schedules

 

  • Maintain vehicles, fill gas tank, take for service appointments and keep accurate records of services completed

 

  • Schedule and maintain schedules and calendars for household and family (register for sports/activities/camps/etc., plan play dates and outings with friends, etc.)

 

  • Manage household petty cash (including proper documentation) and submission of house/staff credit card purchases and receipts

 

  • Schedule meetings with principal(s) as needed to discuss their schedule, children’s schedules, travel plans, upcoming events, special projects, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Capable of building rapport with similar aged children (toddlers, school aged, pre-teens, teenagers, etc.); kind and calm engagement with children at all times

 

  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically whenever necessary

 

  • Highly organized, detail oriented, proactive, excellent time management, positive attitude, efficient and service focused

 

  • Attentive to principals’ preferences and style (intuitive to their needs)

 

  • Ability to maintain discretion and respect for employer’s privacy (confidentiality agreement is required)

 

  • Professional presentation

 

  • Ability to develop and maintain solid working relationships with service providers, contractors and vendors

 

  • Strong ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and efficiently with principals (extension of parents and consistent childcare philosophies) and domestic employees; responsive to feedback

 

  • Strong technology skills

 

  • Active and fit (e.g., swimming, overseeing snow skiing, etc.)

 

  • Non-Smoker

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development is most ideal, but bachelor’s degree is required 

 

  • Experienced working with at least two children in nanny position 

 

  • 2-5+ years of full-time consistent and recent domestic experience working as a nanny/house manager/family assistant 

 

  • 2-3+ references from domestic positions

 

  • Seeking longevity/long term commitment (e.g., at least 2-5+ years)

 

  • Live a close proximity to family’s residence in Lincoln Park or willingness to relocate to the area

 

  • Ability to complete extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks, drug tests and psychological evaluation

 

  • Driver’s license and clean driving record

 

  • Vaccinations (e.g., MMR, TDap, Flu Shot, COVID-19 testing and antibody testing) 

 

  • CPR Certification (Pediatric)

 

  • United States passport 

COMPENSATION:

  • $70K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications) 

 

  • $500 gross per month health insurance stipend

 

  • Two weeks (10 days) paid vacation

 

  • 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 meet all of the requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!

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