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Full-Time Nanny/House Manager with Heavy Travel: $70-90K and Benefits

Lakeview • Chicago, IL Full Time

Family with main residence in Lakeview of Chicago with 4 and 10 year old boys is seeking an educated, experienced, professional, organized, meticulous and detail oriented Full-Time Nanny/House Manager to manage a busy family and household. The schedule is approximately 50+ hours per week on Monday – Friday at 10:00/11:00am – 8:00pm. If ideal candidate has desire to work more hours, Sundays at 4:00pm-8:00pm is desirable to family. Hours have the potential to shift in future years when children are both enrolled in full day school, during summer months, etc. (position will transition into much more house management and family assistant responsibilities when children are both enrolled in full day school). Nanny is required to spend summer months (Late June through August) in Nantucket, Massachusetts and February and/or March in Scottsdale, Arizona annually with family. Nanny is required to travel internationally and domestically approximately 2-4+ weeks per year (in addition to travel mentioned above) and work overnights when parents are traveling without children approximately 1-2+ weeks annually. Extreme flexibility is required for the position. Children are enrolled in private schools (Youngest child attends on Monday – Friday at 9:00am-12:00pm and oldest child attends on Monday – Friday at 7:40am-4:00pm), which are driving distance from the family’s residence. Family has staff vehicle, so safe vehicle for transportation is not required. Nanny must be comfortable with small dog. Nanny/House Manager must be collaborative to work with domestic staff (Executive Assistants and Part-Time Housekeeper) and directly with Principals on a daily basis, warm, nurturing, calm confidence and demeanor, discreet, assertive, proactive, resourceful, self starter, organized, detail oriented, hard working, service focused, kind, professional, ability to multi-task and wear many hats, respectful and capable of maintaining discretion. Candidates must have previous experience in similar position(s) that include nanny experience along with highly detailed house management responsibilities. Family is open to local candidates or domestic relocations. Start date is ASAP, but flexible for the right candidate. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

• Experienced with play-based learning and creating educational activities (e.g., planned engaging activities at home, developmentally appropriate games and activities, engaging projects and crafts, themed weeks, scheduled outings, etc.)

• Knowledgeable about child development (e.g., firm when necessary and capable of teaching children manners and etiquette, but also capable of being laid back and fun) 

• Support teaching and reinforcement of manners and other social skills

• Provide developmentally appropriate games and activities, engaging projects and crafts at home and schedule/plan fun outings and events 

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

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

• Fresh and healthy meal planning and preparation for children (willing to introduce and encourage them to try new foods) 

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

• Principals and children’s laundry

• Inventory checklists for household items, food, children’s supplies, etc. and ordering 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) 

• Maintain comprehensive household manuals setting priorities for tasks on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis

• Maintain file systems including those for household operations, warranty manuals, household equipment, invitations, entertainment logs, etc. 

• Maintain contacts lists that include family members, vendors, contacts, businesses, etc.

• Responsible for scheduling and overseeing vendors and contractors (e.g., winterizing irrigation system for winter, seasonal landscaping displays, etc.)

• Responsible for running 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)

• Responsible for handling things around the home (e.g., receiving deliveries, service providers, contractors, answering phone calls, sending emails, going through mail and sorting bills and junk, etc.)

• Responsible for organizational projects (e.g., children’s bedrooms, playroom (toys, crafts, etc.), closets, rotating clothes seasonally, getting rid of outgrown toys, taking things for donation, etc.)

• Assist domestic staff with projects when necessary (e.g., creating a collaborative/team environment)

• Ensure pantry, refrigerator and wine cellar are properly stocked in accordance with the Principals’ and children’s travel and entertaining schedules

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

• Managing family and household schedules and calendars

• Scheduling and maintaining calendars for children, registering for activities/camps/etc., planning play dates/outings with friends, etc. 

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

• Assistance with travel arrangements and ensuring all logistics are planned in advance 

• Packing children for trips/travel 

• Assistance with dog (e.g., letting out daily, feeding, taking to vet and groomer, etc.) 

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

QUALIFICATIONS: 

• Capable of building good rapport with similar aged children (intellectual and curiosity about world to engage children) 

• Ability to travel internationally and domestically whenever necessary 

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

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

• Observant to the needs of family and home to anticipate their needs 

• Ability to maintain discretion (confidentiality agreement is required)

• Ability to be discreet with respect for employer’s privacy

• Professional presentation of self and great personality 

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

• Ability to work collaboratively with vendors and oversee projects 

• Ability to easily take direction 

• Strong ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with Principals (extension of parents and consistent childcare philosophies)

• Strong technology skills and experienced working with Macintosh and PC 

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

• Positive attitude and ability to handle residences and staff with ease and calm demeanor

• Active and fit

• 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 

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

• 3-4 references from professional positions

• Live a close proximity to family’s residence in Lakeview 

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

• Driver’s license and clean driving record 

• CPR Certification

• Comfortable with small dog

COMPENSATION:

• $70-90K gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications) 

• $25 per hour net (cash) for hours worked over 50 hours per week 

• $100 per overnight net (cash) for overnights traveling outside of family residences

• Health insurance stipend or coverage 

• Three weeks (15 days) paid vacation

• Government holidays will not be paid due to travel with family (If nanny has specific holidays that are important to them annually, we will negotiate into contract) 

• 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. Submit through our website at www.strollersandstilettos.com/job-opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Position: Full-Time Nanny/House Manager with Heavy Travel: $70-90K and Benefits

Location: Lakeview • Chicago, IL

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