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Full-Time Housekeeper: $70K+ and Benefits

Lake Forest, IL Full Time

Family living in Lake Forest, Illinois (north shore suburb of Chicago) with four school aged children is seeking an experienced, organized and detail oriented full-time housekeeper who will efficiently clean 10,000 square foot residence. Schedule is on Monday – Friday at 7:00am – 3:00pm. Flexibility to work occasional later weekday evenings and weekends for events at residence 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. Candidates must be comfortable working around two Golden Retriever dogs and children. Applicants need to be honest, trustworthy, understand the importance of maintaining discretion, experienced working with principals 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 at family’s residence, skilled with laundry, proficient with ironing and collaborative to work with other domestic employees. Candidates with many years of private full-time housekeeper experience working in a 5,000+ square foot or larger residence(s) is required. Safe vehicle for transportation is required to get to and from work daily. Uniform is required (e.g., black or khaki pants, white or black collared shirt or polo, house/indoor shoes, etc.). Start date is flexible for the right candidate. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

• Strong knowledge of proper care for various surfaces

• Cleaning and preparation of guest bedrooms

• Sweep, scrub, mop and polish floors

• Vacuum carpets, rugs and draperies

• Dust and polish furniture and fittings

• Knowledge of cleaning artwork

• Clean metal fixtures and fittings

• Empty and clean trash containers

• Dispose of trash in a sanitary manner

• 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

• Tidy up rooms

• Organize closets, storage, etc. 

• Keep cleaning supply, household and food inventory (use inventory for creating lists to run errands)

• Keep light bulb inventory

• Change light bulbs

• Sort, wash, load and unload laundry

• Iron and press clothing and linens 

• Sort, fold and put away clean laundry

• Maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition

• Monitor and report necessary domestic repairs and replacements to principal

• 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., dry cleaner, seamstress, florist, dropping off donations, etc.)

• Declutter and organizational projects 

• Take items for donation, as directed by principal 

• Clean entryway of home

• Care for indoor/outdoor plants

• Polish silver

• Cleaning up and organizing outdoor living spaces (e.g., rooftops, decks, balconies, etc.)

• Assistance with preparing basic/easy breakfast for children in the morning before school 

• Assistance with dogs (e.g., vet appointments, grooming appointments, walking, feeding, cleaning food/water bowls, etc.)

• Minimal assistance with entertaining (e.g., preparation for event, helping during event, clean up, etc.) 

QUALIFICATIONS:

• 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 other domestic employees (e.g., full-time nanny/house manager)

• High energy level

• Active and fit 

• Discreet and calm demeanor 

• Non-smoker

REQUIREMENTS:

• 5-10+ years of full-time housekeeper experience with one consistent family 

• Minimum of two or more references from domestic positions

• Eligible to work in the United States

• Seeking longevity (e.g., 2-5+ year commitment) 

• Live a close proximity to family’s residence in Lake Forest 

• Fluent in English 

• Safe vehicle for transportation to get to and from work daily 

• Driver’s license and clean driving record

• Willing to run extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks and drug tests 

• Willing to get vaccinations (e.g., MMR, TDap, Flu Shot)

• Comfortable with two Golden Retriever dogs 

COMPENSATION: 

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

• Overtime gross rate for hours worked over 40 hours per week 

• $400-500 per month gross health insurance stipend 

• Two weeks (10 days) paid vacation 

• Seven government holidays paid: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas 

• Three sick days paid 

• 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 photo if you feel that 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 Housekeeper: $70K+ and Benefits

Location: Lake Forest, IL

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