Joanna S

Full-Time Housekeeper: $18-$22/hr (Benefits Negotiable) Highland Park, IL

Highland Park, Illinois
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20/hr

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Housekeeper Job in Highland Park, Illinois

Owners of a historic David Adler home in Highland Park are seeking an experienced, organized and detail-oriented (nearly) Full-Time Housekeeper who will efficiently clean both the main house and coach house on an 8-acre lakefront property.

Schedule is 3-4 days/week, approximately 30 hours but may be more for right candidate. Flexibility with hours and scheduling is required depending on family’s event and extensive travel schedule. Additional availability for holidays and special events required (help with serving, cleanup, etc.) The ability to work around the family when they are at residence, while at the same time cleaning and organizing in an productive and high-quality manner, is key.

Must be comfortable with role fluctuation when family is traveling (i.e. large organization projects and working alongside Estate Manager, Assistants, Nannies and other staff). Candidates must also be comfortable working around two young children (one is an infant) and two very friendly dogs 2 cats when they are in the home (when family travels, animals are boarded).

Applicants must be exceptionally trustworthy, understand the importance of maintaining discretion and able to work collaboratively alongside domestic staff. An individual who can prioritize and work independently with an impeccable eye for detail is a must. The right fit for this role will be skilled with organizing and cleaning of fine items and knowledgeable re: various surfaces and artwork. Experience cleaning historic homes and/or vintage flooring/fixtures/furniture is a HUGE PLUS.

At least 3 years of private housekeeper experience working in a 10,000 square foot or larger residence is required and experience working on the North Shore is strongly preferred. Impeccable references and background check required. Standard ‘uniform’ required (dark pants, button up or polo type shirt with solid color). Start date is ASAP with 2-week trial period to assess performance.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
In concert with Estate Manager, create daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual task lists
Cleaning and preparation of master, guest and children’s bedrooms; make beds and change linens as required
Tidy up all rooms as needed
Empty and clean trash containers and diaper pails/dispose of trash in a sanitary manner
Scoop and dispose of cat litter
Wash/put away dishes and clean kitchen according to agreed hygiene standards
Sort, wash, load and put away laundry; ironing as needed (family of four with two small children)
Clean wash basins, mirrors, tubs and showers
Sweep, scrub, mop and polish floors
Vacuum carpets, rugs, upholstery and draperies as needed
Dust and polish furniture and fittings; clean metal fixtures and fittings
Knowledge of cleaning fine artwork
Wipe down glass surfaces
Wipe down refrigerators and freezers; dispose of expired food in refrigerator, freezer and pantry
Clean appliances as needed
Polish silver as needed
Assist in harvest of large organic garden (cleaning, sorting, storing, disposal of bad produce; manual harvest is done by an outside company)
Indoor plant care (ie watering etc)
Change light bulbs keep light bulb inventory
Organization projects -- ex: closets, storage, declutter etc.
As needed assistance with animal care (meal portioning, feeding, etc.)
Assistance with entertaining, especially during holidays (ex: setup, helping during event, serving, clean up, etc.); collaborate with staff to prepare home for guests
Run errands (ex: dry cleaner, seamstress, dropping off donations, etc.) as needed in collaboration with other staff
Keep cleaning and household supply lists; notify when inventory is running low
Maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition
Monitor and report necessary domestic repairs and replacements
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
Reliable transportation to Highland Park (clean driving record and license required)
Understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement is required)
Agree to a background check
Several excellent and recent references
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos along with ability to write simple correspondence (ability to communicate via email and text; ability to make inventory lists, etc.)
Physical stamina and mobility including ability to reach, kneel and bend (high energy level; active and fit)
Professional with positive attitude; hard working with high personal standards
Self-starter with a calm demeanor in high-performance roles
Non-smoker
3 years of full-time housekeeper experience in home with large square footage, ideally with one consistent family
Experience working on the North Shore or similar
Eligible to work in the United States
Interest in longevity
Fluent in English
Comfortable with dogs/cats
Strong knowledge of proper care for various surfaces
COMPENSATION: $18-$22/hr
Please review the job description carefully and if you feel you are a good fit for the position, please apply and include ALL of the following:
Please include:
Your cover letter
Resume
References (email address and phone number)
Letter(s) of recommendation
A professional photo
We look forward to reviewing your application!


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Your responsibilities will include:

Fridge cleaning

Fridge cleaning

Dishes

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