Household Staff Job Descriptions


ESTATE MANAGERS
Salary range:
$60K to $95,000 Per Year

Position Description: 
Usually oversees the operation of one home or property for his employer. Typically strictly administrative. Works with butlers to see that the needs of the employers are met. May also handle the planning and execution of social events.
Qualifications: 
Experience as a butler or other similar position in Hotel/Resort industry. Higher education preferred.
Benefits: 
Accommodation at the employer’s home, or housing allowance, Insurance plan, clothing allowance. Access to car. Substantial bonuses.

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HOUSEHOLD MANAGERS
Salary range:
$60K to $95,000 Per Year

Position Description: 
Usually oversees the operation of one home or property for his employer. Typically strictly administrative. Works with butlers to see that the needs of the employers are met. May also handle the planning and execution of social events.
Qualifications: 
Experience as a butler or other similar position in Hotel/Resort industry. Higher education preferred.
Benefits: 
Accommodation at the employer’s home, or housing allowance, Insurance plan, clothing allowance. Access to car. Substantial bonuses.

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BUTLERS  
Salary range:
$60K to $150,000 Per Year

Position Description: 
Usually in charge of one residence. Supervises, organizes and often helps train domestic staff. Serves meals and drinks, answers doorbells and telephone, setting and serving a formal table, caring for the silver, china, and crystal, makes out the household budgets, organizes parties. Some valet duties and light housekeeping.
May also include scheduling of maintenance and staff for employers yacht, stables and plane. Lives in. Not to be confused with major domo or estate manager. The nature of such close personal assistance requires the utmost in flexibility of schedule and duty assignment.
Qualifications: 
Experience as an under butler, valet, ship steward, flight attendant or in hotel management. Higher education preferred. See the Other qualifications list below.
Benefits: 
Free room and board, or housing allowance, Insurance plan. Paid vacations. Travel with employers. Access to car. Two days off per week. Substantial bonuses. Clothing allowance.
Other qualifications:

Etiquette & Protocol Flower Arrangements
Knowledge of wine Valet Duties
Knowledge of spirit Event Planning
Housekeeping duties Guest Meeting
House manager duties Reception Supervision
Chauffeur duties Meals and Drink Service
Knowledge of security Basic Cooking
Silver service Administrative Duties

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PERSONAL ASSISTANTS 
Salary range:
$50K to $110,000 Per Year 

Position Description: 
A Personal Assistant is responsible for keeping up with the social and professional demands of an employer. Duties may include keeping track of the family agenda, arranging for reservations of various events, travel bookings, event planning, some secretarial responsibilities, shopping, and running errands.
Qualifications:
“People skills,” the ability to communicate professionally, remain calm under pressure, be tactful, event planning, time management and etiquette knowledge are essential.  Also be Internet-savvy and comfortable using modern technology.
Benefits:
Room and Board or housing allowance.  Insurance plan.  Travel with employing family.  Access to car.  Two days off per week.  Paid vacations.

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VALETS 
Salary range:
$45K to $70,000+ Per Year

Position Description: 
A valet is a gentleman’s personal gentleman and is comparable to a lady’s maid. The duties include maintaining  the wardrobe and clothing inventory and clothing storage for gentleman, light housekeeping of gentleman’s quarters, confidant of personal matters and business issues, may also serve as chauffeur on occasion, assists butler as needed, packs and prepares the gentleman for travel. The nature of such close personal assistance requires the utmost in flexibility of schedule and duty assignment, and so such positions are occasionally live-in.
Qualifications: 
Knowledge of fabrics & garments, their purchase, care, laundering and ironing, some knowledge of fashion and dress co-ordination, confidentiality and discretion, organizational skills and eye for detail.
Benefits: 
Room and board or housing allowance. Insurance plan. Travel with the gentleman. Two days off per week.  Paid vacations.

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DOMESTIC COUPLES / ESTATE COUPLES  
Salary range:
$65K to $150,000+ Per Year

Position Descriptions:
Often a married couple offering the combination of services of Butler/Housekeeper or Housekeeper/Caretaker, the first is referred to as a formal couple then later an informal couple. Both typically live in. Uniforms are often required for formal couples.
Qualifications: 
Domestic experience and references in the field to which each claims expertise. A strong partnership with the other half of the team.
Benefits: 
Usually a separate cottage on the property or separate apartment is provided, negotiable  food allowance . Access to car. Insurance plan. One or two days off per week. Paid vacation.

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GOVERNESSES  
Salary range:
$40K to $120,000+ Per Year

Position Description:
The governess has in charge the running of a private house and provides a polyvalent and quality service. The responsibilities include the overall management of the house, keeping the standards of quality, domestic staff and third party suppliers management and have for main focus the well-being of the employers and their guests.  On a daily basis, manage the maintenance of the interiors and of the laundry, if necessary, prepare meals. Perform some administrative tasks and accompany children occasionally or regularly.
Qualifications:
Past experience as a general maid.
– Experience with children.
– Meals planning.
– Excellent presentation.
– Polyvalent and flexible.
Knowledge of:
– Fashion and decorum.
– Household operations.
– Washing delicate items.
– Sewing skills for repairs and alterations. 
Benefits: 

Room and board. Insurance plan. Travel with employing family. Access to car. Two days off per week. Paid vacations.

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NANNIES  
Salary range:
$30K to $70,000+ Per Year

Position Description: 
Full charge in tending to children. Takes pro-active role in playing and planning activities for her/his charges. Maintains their bedrooms and play areas safe, bathes, dresses and feeds them. Washes, irons and mends children’s clothes. Typically lives in. Uniform sometimes, but often not required.
Qualifications: 
Experience with children.
Benefits: 
Live in or live out.  Insurance plan. Travel with employing family. Access to car. Two days off per week. Paid vacations.

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NURSE AIDES and NURSING ASSISTANTS  
Salary range: 
$20K to $32,000+ Per Year
 
Part-time: $15 to $25/hour

Position Description: 
A nurse aide or  nursing assistant is a qualified staff who comes on site and helps with various care. They are the most common services used for those who need everyday help to take care of their loved ones when they are at work or unable to be at home for a certain time. For patients who do not need to take medications or shots and are not critically ill, a nurse aide or nursing assistant is the most ideal.
Qualifications: 
Must be certified with state appropriate authorities.
Duties:
– Personal hygiene care such as washing and bathing, mouth care, hair care, preventative skin care, routine hand or foot care.
– Transferring or positioning into chairs, vehicles or beds.
– Dressing and undressing.
– Assistance with eating.
– Assistance with toileting.
– Escorting to appointments.
– Companionship.
– Helping with all daily living skills. 
Benefits: 

Free room and board. Insurance plan. Paid vacations.

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CHEFS and COOKS  
Salary range:
$40K to $225,000+ Per Year

Part-time: $250 to $1000 day

Position Description:
A Cook or Chef prepares detailed menus and food for most or all family and social events. A Cook or Chef may also prepare meals for the staff. The household Chef is responsible for anything food or kitchen-related, including organization, clean up, shopping for all food-related supplies and menu planning. There are many levels of cooks from the basic family cook to the school trained gourmet chef.
Qualifications: 
Restaurant, executive dining, catering or similar domestic experience. Must be able to plan, prepare and organize for frequent entertaining. Most private chefs have culinary degrees from top institutions.
Benefits: 
Free room and board. Insurance plan. Two days off per week. Paid vacations.
Bonuses.

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GARDENERS 
Salary range:
$40K to $100,000+ Per Year

Position Descriptions: .
Cares for formal gardens, lawns, shrubs, flowers and other gardens. The Gardener also supervises any outside vendors who come on the grounds and orders supplies and equipment for the estate. A top of the line Gardener would have knowledge of insecticides and chemical application. Many have greenhouse experience as well.
Qualifications: 
A Gardener may possibly have a degree in horticulture.
Benefits: 
Free room and board. Insurance plan. Two days off per week. Paid vacations.

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CHAUFFEURS and DRIVERS 
Salary range:
$40K to $100,000+ Per Year
 
PT: $250 to $720 Per Day

Position Description:
A Chauffeur will typically be responsible for driving family members and guests to social and professional appointments. He or she is also expected to care for the car, making sure it is always clean and operating properly. A Chauffeur may also be required to work in the office of the employer, doing filing or faxing, and maybe even do errands. Often the hours vary, so flexibility is important.
Qualifications: 
Good familiarity with the area of operation, good understanding of protocol in some areas of operation (such as airports) and possession of a valid driving license.
Benefits:
Two days off per week. Paid vacations.

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HOUSEKEEPERS and HOUSEMEN
Salary range:
$30K to $60,000+  Per Year

Position Description: 
Responsible for maintenance of household. Dusts, vacuums, waxes floors, makes beds, cleans linens, polishes silver, arranges furniture, mends clothing, does laundry.  In absence of laundress, also provides laundry and ironing duties.
Qualifications:
– Past experience as a general maid.
– Good understanding of household operations.
– Well experienced in general cleaning duties.
– Laundering of all clothes.
– Washing and pressing all fabrics.
– Good command of antiquities and their required care and handling.
Benefits: 
Insurance plan. Two days off per week. Paid vacations.

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CARETAKERS
Salary range:
$30K to $45,000+  Per Year

Position Description: 
The Caretaker will perform heavy indoor and outdoor cleaning, make sure generators and other heavy electrical equipment is properly functioning, gardening, automobile maintenance and care, trash and recycling duties, driving and pet care. May do painting, light carpentry and plumbing. May also assist housekeeper with heavier household duties, such as moving and lifting. Typically lives on grounds.
Qualifications:
Minimum of five years experience working as caretaker either residential or commercial.
Benefits: 
Accrued paid vacation and holiday pay.

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LAUNDRESSES
Salary range:
$25K to $40,000+  Per Year

Position Description: 
Responsible for every aspect of clothing and linens, from cataloguing designer items to mending. Duties include washing, steaming and ironing of clothing, organizing and storing seasonal wardrobe, arranging dry cleaning, and maintaining a clothing and linen inventory. May also be responsible for organizing closets and polishing shoes. The laundress is supervised either by the governess, butler, house or estate manager.
Qualifications:
Minimum of five years experience working as laundress in private residence or commercial laundry facilities.
Benefits: 
Accrued paid vacation and holiday pay.

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