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Job Title: Domestic Couple
Posted By: Forrest Barnett
Reference ID: DC-26
Live In/Out: Live-In
Industry: Domestic
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Westchester, NY US
Salary Offered: $100,000 - $180,000 per year
Potential For Bonus:
Benefits: Potential for benefits after 90 days
Experience Req: 6-10+

An Upper Westchester County private estate is seeking a very special house couple. This couple must enjoy working together so that both might be involved in the various domestic tasks. This position comes with many responsibilities as well as tremendous opportunities for growth and experience in their chosen career.

The couple must be adept at anticipating the needs and wants of the principals. They must be proactive in their role as house couple. The couple must demonstrate a temperament that is very flexible to change and promote an air of calm and professionalism regardless of the situational stresses.

The selected couple will have experience working in a formal home with the accompanying formal service but understand that for the most the culture of the home is informal unless the family is entertaining; however, the expectations for quality service and efficiency are high. Professional etiquette and discretion are of the utmost importance.

This position requires that the couple work and communicate with other staff regarding fully satisfying household duties. Therefore, good communication and organizations skills are needed. It is imperative the couple has familiarity and comfort working with museum quality artwork, furnishings and garments. The house couple will be expected to work a 40+ hour workweek with a need for flexibility of schedule concerning work days and hours. The couple must be available to travel to additional residences within the US as requested. An affinity for animals is a must, as caring for the family dog is an important part of the position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•Managing and providing full-time care of the family’s residence.
•Museum quality cleaning throughout the home with attention to bedrooms, special surfaces and bathrooms, etc.
•Full laundry duties for the couple including washing, ironing, steaming, closet organization, managing a list of garments that have been sent out for professional service, etc.
•Valet of clothes & shoes; packing and unpacking clothes for travel.
•Efficiently managing, cleaning & sanitizing the kitchen while keeping record of family and guest preferences
•Planning prep and oversight of dinner parties and other household events.
•Menu planning and sourcing fresh proteins and produce from local vendors as well as on-site garden.
•Serving meals and beverages as needed and providing formal service upon request for luncheons, dinner parties, etc. including table set-up, floral arrangements, bartending, wine pouring and pairing and guest greeting & socialization.
•Personal Shopping, running errands, and stock procurement & inventory of supplies.
•Light maintenance including charging electronics and changing batteries, replacing light bulbs, etc.
•Heavy organization throughout the home including pantries, kitchen, closets, etc.
•Light care of grounds, furnishings, ponds, and gardens.
•Personal Assistant related duties as needed including shopping, stock level management, special requests, etc.

•Excellent command of the English language; Spanish a strong plus but not required
•Minimum 6 – 10+ years related professional experience serving as a Domestic Couple for a private family
•Exceptional organization skills and multitask management; able to undertake both macro as well as micro projects in and around the residence
•Professional mindset and manor; constant use of discretion and confidentiality a must
•Incredibly “hands-on,” – able to work both independently and as part of a team
•Strong housekeeping experience, including care of antiques and special surfaces, in tandem with the Housekeeper
•Family style and plated cooking and wine knowledge and pairing required
•Ability to perform formal and informal food and beverage service, setting tables and arranging flowers a must
•Creating and implementing standard operating procedures and maintaining a house manual in accordance
•Able to work in a household with pets as pet care is required
•Valid Drivers License
; confident drivers with zero points with access to personal vehicle; staff car available for professional use only
•Willing and able to travel domestically with principals as needed to Santa Barbara, Saratoga and elsewhere
•Legally able to work in the United States for any employer
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