I spent a minute poking around a couple of weeks ago thinking that maybe, once soccer ended and we were down to one afternoon/weekend sport for each child, I’d look into getting a second job a few evenings a week. It seemed incredibly daunting to think of actually working MORE and being home LESS, but I thought maybe something perfect is out there and there was no harm in looking.
After just a couple of minutes, I found this.
(Hmmm….sounds, interesting, right?)
|This private family is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is focused on supporting and helping the family manage a myriad of activities among all family members.
(I can do that! I already do that!)
Key characteristics for employment with the family are flexibility, discretion, trustworthiness, enthusiasm, anticipatory thinking, strong organizational skills and helpfulness. The family hopes that the working environment will be both challenging and rewarding, particularly as one develops skills and builds upon experiences for long-term career goals.
(OK. I’m with you….sounds realistic!)
The position of Household Assistant directly reports to the Estate Manager. It is a full-time, hourly position. Daily work hours and specific responsibilities may vary day to day so it is important that the Household Assistant has flexibly in their schedule. Longer hours might be required from time to time as well occasional overnights and some weekends.
(Ummm, sounds a bit more time consuming than what I have available, but maybe I’ll read on for kicks)
Job Objectives and Responsibilities
The Household Assistant will be expected to provide exceptional care for the family, children and household pets as well as manage various aspects of the home.
(Yikes…I’m not sure I even do that for my own family)
- Responsible for all aspects of family activities, by facilitating activities outside of the home, and creating a positive environment
- Preparation for daily activities and events
- Coordinate the calendar forchildren schools, appointments, and activities
- Work closely with family and Estate Manager on weekly and monthly calendar with a specific focus on the resources and time to accomplish the kids and the family goals
- Support around travel planning and packing organization
- Support the family around major events, holidays, and activities
- Grocery shopping, including the finalization of a meal calendar in consultation with family, and preparation for some children’s meals
- Manage household inventories and provide support to the Estate Manager to ensure that supplies are up to date
- Perform daily errands including dry cleaning, returns, meeting with vendors, and miscellaneous activities
- Assist in the care of pets, including both cats and dogs
- Provide support to the Estate Manager in the oversight of the primary home, as well as three vacation properties
- Help coordinate dinners and events with family and friends at the home from catering and decorations to invitations and clean up
- Monitor and report on all household correspondence in the form of mail and voicemail
(Wait….What???? Is that even humanly possible??)
The Household Assistant must be willing to accomplish a multitude of tasks throughout the day. An ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment is critical. Strong communication skills, prioritization, and organization are critical to job performance.
We would be excited to find someone who has culinary skills and enjoys the process of meal planning, preparation, and occasional cooking; service experience is a plus. This is a great job for someone with past Nanny experience or other household service experience, and wants to move to the next level. One must also be willing to develop constructive working relationships and to collaborate with other members of staff. The ideal person will always remain discreet and cooperative in the accomplishment of job responsibilities.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $25.00 /hour
Local candidates only
- Private Service: 2 years
- (26 hands to juggle with. And…no life of your own.)
Required license or certification:
- Drivers License
- (Sainthood. Or at least a Master’s in Cloning)
I have to admit, while totally overwhelmed by the job description, I was also a bit sad. I thought, What a phenomenal job opportunity for some spunky 25 year-old go getter!
But then I thought… Is that really a job for ONE person? I mean really. Who can actually do all of that?
And then, forgive me please, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my next thought was… And what’s left for the parents to do?
And then I felt bad because I thought…Well, maybe there’s only one parent and they are extremely busy working to provide (the main estate and 3 vacation homes) for the children. Or maybe they are volunteering like crazy for a multitude of charitable organizations!
And then, one of my last thoughts was….If I was ever sooo wealthy that I could afford four homes, an estate manager, to throw (seemingly) lavish and catered events, (seemingly) significant holiday decorating, enough travel to require assistance in packing, vendors (?) that need to be met with, a chef, a nanny, and more….. Couldn’t I also simply afford to work less so that I wouldn’t have to post such a GIANT job description for someone else to do in my home?
And, then I caught sight of all the dust bunnies taunting me from all corners of the living room, knowing they are safe and sound for at least 5 more days until I might have time to grab the vacuum, and I thought….sigh…maybe I would.
I’m honestly not judging…just wondering.