Do you love children under 4 years old, going outside on scavenger hunts, and engaging in imaginative play, singing, dancing, coloring, and more? Are you a natural helper who finds joy in supporting parents as they tackle the demands of their careers? Are you extra organized, secretly really into geeky things like color-coding, and do you instinctively know what needs to be done (and then basically just do it?) Are you ready to start your next job pretty much right away? Do you have a mode of transportation outside of public transit, or are you up for creative solutions in order to match with a family's COVID safety needs? If so, we want to talk to you right away!
The Ideal Sitter for this Job
Personality: Loves to keep busy, loves to check things off a list, enjoys managing a home, planning, and keeping a pantry fully stocked. Kind and warm personalities who loves the ages of these kids and can keep them entertained, happy, engaged, and off their screens! Someone who can not only help with childcare, but also support the parents and the home overall. Someone who enjoys tidying and light cleaning and is open to those responsibilities. Someone who is a team player and loves to provide support. COVID Logistics: The ideal sitter will be dedicated to working with just one family, to keep the "bubble" small, and the salary will ensure that this is financially possible. The ideal sitter is going to be either drivable (with a car), walkable, bikeable, or a short uber/lyft ride away and will be willing to not regularly use transit when outside of work. For the right person, there may be other arrangements the family is willing to consider, but in a perfect world, this would be the set up. Someone comfortable having playdates with one other family who lives across the street and has kids who are similarly aged (but keeping the bubble small). If things got more serious with COVID, there is the chance that the family would want to leave town for 1-2 months (VT or Hilton Head) and would love if you were open to coming along. All of these what-ifs and potentials will be discussed in advance. SmartSitting's core values (adaptable, accountable, inspired, supportive, and always improving) are crucial in positions just like this one!
Guaranteed 40 hours per week minimum regardless of the schedule, but flexibility is desperately needed since the school-schedules are so up in the air! (1) Monday to Friday, 8 AM- 5 PM, flex until 6pm. In this case, it's closer to 45-50 hours, and all hours over 40 will be overtime. (2) Monday to Friday, from 8-11 AM and 2-6 PM, in this case, it's closer to 30-35 hours, but you would still be paid a minimum of 40 hours. Some flexibility to help out for a few hours on a weekend here and there is appreciated, with advanced notice, just to keep the number of people coming in and out of the house small (as opposed to having a different babysitter).
About the Children
Boy, 2 - He loves reading books! Into everything his big sister is into Girl, 4 - Good at communicating, very loving, takes good care of her little brother, loves unicorns and anything pink and purple, loves to dance to music, loves to color and read as well!
We need your help doing parent stuff! Please help us get the kids ready for school in the morning, have their breakfasts, make them giggle, laugh, and smile as they get dropped off for school (when it's in session). Keep the kiddos on their nap schedules, give them healthy snacks before they hangry, and anticipate their needs. Encourage them to get outside, find ways to have fun and learn while playing games, help with their development, etc. You might need to do tech support for remote learning, so please know how to turn on Zoom! Outside of that, our home is our oasis in this crazy world. We love to feel the calm and peacefulness of a tidy space. Please help with keeping the toys organized in the playroom, putting dishes in and get dishes out of the dishwasher, washing and folding kids laundry when there is a quiet moment, planning and prepping kids meals so lunches and dinners go smoothly, wiping down kitchen counters and eating spaces once the kids are done. We have a housekeeper so we wouldn't ask for deep cleaning - we just super appreciate someone who can run the vacuum once a week, do a touch up in the bathrooms between house cleanings, and do some dusting during nap time.
Important Notes: (1) Due to the uncertainty of in-person vs. remote school schedules, we are looking for someone flexible to work a full day straight through (approximately 8am-6pm) or take a midday break during times when kids are in school (approximately 7:30am-10:30am, and then again from 2pm-6pm), and can be adaptable as these scheduling shifts occur. 40 hours will be guaranteed for either schedule, so the base income won't be impacted. This position could be a great fit if you're working on something personal, like online schooling. (2) Since we have some underlying health conditions in the home, the ideal candidate will not be utilizing public transit and will either have a car (parking will be reimbursed), live within a walkable distance, or be an inexpensive Uber/Lyft ride to/from work (would be reimbursed). Anyone who is currently taking transit but willing to adjust their transit use for this position will be considered. It's more about the cumulative risk of taking transit daily than it is about taking transit once or twice.
Through the school-year and hopefully longer!
Total Hours per Week
40 hours/week guaranteedApply Now