POSITION TITLE: Nanny
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon (plus travel)
POSITION TYPE: Hourly; live-out
HOURS PER WEEK: Full-time (30 - 40 hrs per wk). Scheduled times may vary and include early mornings, evenings, weekends, some holidays, and overnight travel.
COMPENSATION: Compensation will be commensurate with experience, education, and training. Generous paid time off and paid holiday policies. Full-time employees will be eligible to participate in medical, vision, dental and 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching benefits subject to the terms and conditions of the benefit plans.
START DATE: Flexible start date for the right candidate, ideally starting in September, October or November 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
A warm and fun family of three (two dads and an infant) is seeking a full-time, live-out professional nanny to work from a lovely SW Portland, Oregon home with a lot of books, indoor play areas, a big yard, adjacent forested area, nearby walking trails, and only a two-minute walk to a park with swings, slide, and merry-go-‘round. The nanny will accompany the family to events, activities and outings as needed, including occasional travel to their beach home, and on domestic and international trips. As an integral member of the family, the nanny will collaborate with and take the lead of the parents on caregiving priorities and approaches, and will be comfortable in competently and confidently carrying out those responsibilities while independently working with the children.
The family has a dedicated housekeeper, so nanny’s housekeeping duties will primarily be related to childcare; however, the nanny must be willing to fill in as necessary with light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and other duties to help maintain a clean and well-stocked home. As a full-time employee and productive team member, when children are otherwise occupied, the nanny should be proactive in anticipating, seeking out, initiating and completing other duties as needed.
The ideal person will have extensive experience working with infants and children in a similar role, a kind, calm and patient demeanor, and a flexible, adaptable approach. This position requires a growth mindset, teamwork and a positive attitude. Applicants should view nanny work as a profession, be interested in the potential of a long-term position growing with our family if the fit continues to be right, and seek a varied role as the duties and responsibilities evolve as the family grows, children age, and the family’s needs change.
Tend to the general and basic needs of the children while providing supervision to ensure the children’s safety in all activities;
Provide a caring, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating environment for children to develop and thrive;
Manage bottle feedings, including preparing, cleaning and sterilizing used bottles;
Plan, cook/prepare meals appropriately as children grow;
Assisting with preparation of family meals (family eats an omnivorous diet);
Manage consistent naptime and bedtime following sleep schedules/plans;
Change diapers, bathe and dress children;
Assist with toilet training;
Reinforce and assist with proper health and personal care habits such as diet, exercise, toilet behavior, and hygiene;
Wash, fold, put away children’s laundry; Pack/unpack children for day trips or longer family travel;
Clean and organize children’s rooms and spaces; Guide children to clean up after themselves;
Maintain children’s supplies;
Plan, lead and engage children in developmentally-appropriate creative play and educational games/activities/outings including free play, arts and crafts, music, and talking and reading with them; Encourage imaginary play;
Model and teach appropriate social behaviors to encourage children’s social and emotional development, such as developing empathy and cultivating interpersonal relationships;
Encourage physical activity every day, ideally outdoors in nature;
Balance safe supervision with allowing for unsupervised, unstructured, self-guided play and restorative down time for children to dream, reflect and manage their own feelings of boredom appropriately;
Assist parents with enforcing clear, consistent and fair expectations, boundaries and rules, offering meaningful rationales for “Why?” Encourage discussion, questions and open dialogue about reasons “why;” Reinforce rules and disciplinary approaches of parents;
Guide children toward being responsible for getting themselves ready for school when age appropriate, with any items they will need for the day’s activities;
Accompany family to events, activities and outings as needed;
Accompany family to stays at coastal home (about one-and-a-half-hour drive from Portland), domestic trips, and occasional international trips;
Supervise children’s friends/guests/play-dates;
Plan and prepare for special events or gatherings involving children;
Keep children’s appointments and scheduled activities by transporting the children to/from school, extra-curricular activities, social activities, medical and other appointments by car;
Monitor the children’s behavior for irregularities pertaining to their health and well-being as well as their physical, emotional, and mental development and notify parents of such;
Identify potential illness or injury (e.g., fevers, colds, emergencies) and provide medical attention such as taking the child’s temperature, transporting the child to a doctor or hospital, and administering medications as directed and with parent’s consent;
Maintain daily log of activities and developmental/educational milestones for parents;
Communicate and coordinate with parents and any other caregivers to ensure consistent care, routines, schedules, rules and disciplinary approaches;
Meet with the parents regularly to reflect on and plan for the children’s activities and development, review schedules;
Help care for pets (feeding, giving water, walking);
Familiarize oneself with and follow the Employee Handbook and organizational policies
Ensure time tracking, electronic-time cards, expense reports and correspondence is completed on time and accurately;
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2+ years of previous private nanny experience, including infant care;
Vocational, college, bachelor’s degree and/or training in early childhood development/education or another child-related field is a plus, but high school diploma is a minimum.
Up-to-date certifications in infant and child first aid, CPR, AED, and child care food handling are required but may be obtained as training prior to position start;
Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the job responsibilities;
Excellent and verifiable references from current and/or previous employers;
Ability to work scheduled times in shifts that may vary and include early mornings, evenings, weekends, some holidays, and overnight travel;
Must be non-smoking (including vaping/e-cigarettes) during working hours. Property is non-smoking and no thirdhand smoke residues may be present on items worn or brought to the workplace;
Must be fully vaccinated according to most recent CDC Recommended Immunization Schedules and receive the annual influenza vaccine;
Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, auto insurance, and a safe driving record;
Proficiency in computer technology, including calendar and scheduling software, web applications, and word processing software;
Knowledge of the community and activities available to young children is a plus;
Fluent in spoken and written English; Fluency in a second language is a plus.
Dependable, professional, with strong work ethic, honesty and integrity;
A kind, calm and patient demeanor;
Flexible approach and ability to task-shift as needed as the day’s plans change;
A team orientation;
A reader and continual learner and who is eager to learn new skills where there are gaps in current knowledge;
Able to give feedback in a way that’s thoughtful and helpful, and good at receiving feedback;
Have a positive “no job is too big or too small” attitude and personal pride in a job well done;
Must be able to work independently for much of the time, be self-motivated, goal oriented, self-managing, resourceful, and able to take initiative, yet know when to ask questions;
Must possess the ability to take direction, follow instructions and have attention to detail;
Communicate effectively and professionally with parents, other family staff, contractors, and visitors;
Avoid the use of personal cellphone, tablet or computer during work hours;
Show utmost discretion in handling of personal and private family information.
The ability to safely lift, move, push and pull 40 pounds regularly. The ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, squat, kneel, twist, climb and ascend and descend stairs and hillsides of a multi-level home and sloped/terraced outdoor area;
Be able to react and move quickly as necessary to care for young children;
Tolerate allergens such as pets, natural wool fibers, pollen, grass clippings, soil, dust and dirt.
BACKGROUND CHECKS AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY
Authorized background checks, motor vehicle checks, illegal drug tests and psychological evaluation will be required
Authorized review of driving history will be required
Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States
Equal Opportunity Employer
We provide equal opportunity in hiring and employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, family status, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status under federal, state or local law. All personnel actions, including but not limited to those relating to hiring, job assignment, performance assessment, promotion, compensation, benefits, layoff and termination, are based on the principle of equal employment opportunity.
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY?
Work for a great family
Competitive pay and benefits (medical/dental/vision, 401k, generous paid time off and holiday policies)
Beautiful work location; access to nearby activities and resources for children
Domestic and International travel opportunities
Work travel miles with personal vehicle are reimbursed
Professional development support
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION? We will confirm receipt of your application by email (if you do not immediately receive, please check your email spam folder), and then will strive to get back to you within three business days of your submision. Thank you!