Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in the United States
Home Housekeeper

Housekeeper

30/08/2022

The Consulate of Belgium in New York is hiring:

A motivated and skilled housekeeper

Who we are

The Consulate General of Belgium in New York provides assistance (issuance of passports, repatriation, …) to Belgian nationals visiting or residing in the 23 American states, falling within its jurisdiction. It also processes visa applications (short or long stay) submitted by foreigners wishing to go to Belgium (students, researchers, …).

In addition, the Consulate General observes and analyses the political and socio-economic situation in the states of the jurisdiction to increase the understanding of the United States and its policies and to collaborate on shared interests.

Another important role of the Consulate General is to promote the image of Belgium through events like receptions, exhibitions, lectures, …

The Consulate General consists of a staff of 10 people.

What we are looking for

We are seeking a motivated multi-functional, dynamic and creative person who will be in charge of the housekeeping of the residence of the Consul General. He/She will organize and oversee all of the activities needed for the day-to-day running of households and estates, as well as manage other domestic concerns : He/She will be responsible for taking care of the residence’s general cleanliness and for providing tidy and sanitary amenities to guests and residents.

Job description

His/her main duties will include:

  • Doing the weekly grocery shopping
  • Setting and monitoring budgets
  • Cleaning, cooking, ironing, and doing the laundry
  • Scheduling and overseeing property maintenance
  • Coordinating other household management activities
  • Advising household owners in housekeeping matters
  • Providing basic housekeeping duties including changing the sheets, changing and arranging the towels, restocking toilet supplies, vacuuming, dusting and rearranging the room
  • Reporting and returning any guest properties found
  • Reporting cases of property damage
  • Monitoring and reporting the inventory of cleaning supplies
  • Responding to calls about housekeeping problems, such as spills and broken glass
  • Collecting and removing trash and debris
  • Assisting with laundry management, including washing, drying, ironing and sorting linen
  • Performing detailed deep cleaning when required

Profile

We are looking for an experienced homemaker who can cook, clean and offer professional homecare. Other responsibilities include scheduling and overseeing household maintenance, laundry, basic interior design, and managing other household staff. Homemakers can expect to buy food and household supplies, settle various bills, and budget and control expenditures.

Successful candidates should have a broad knowledge of family- and consumer sciences and basic mathematics. Ideal candidates will have numerous references, years’ of experience and a warm but professional approach to the work.

The candidate should:

  • Have excellent organizational skills
  • Be proactive, highly motivated and demonstrate a sense of initiative
  • Be able to work autonomously
  • Be a good team player, have good interpersonal skills
  • Be culturally sensitive
  • Be reliable and trustworthy

Required qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Have excellent English language skills
  • 5+ years' experience (references required)
  • Certificate in First Aid
  • Proof of legal residence and work permit in the USA

What we can offer

  • A desirable multicultural and international work environment with short communication channels and few hierarchical levels
  • Long term indefinite employment contract (full time – 40 hours/week)
  • A competitive salary,  24 days of paid holiday leave in addition to 14 official holidays and health insurance (85% employer’s contribution)

Practical information

The foreseen start date is - possibly - October 1st, 2022.

Candidates should send their application (cv + motivation letter + reference letters) in English, Dutch or French to newyork@diplobel.fed.be with subject “APPLICATION - HOUSEKEEPER - Last Name - First Name”.