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Filled: Governess / Nanny

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Type: Part-time (20 - 25 hours / week) Min. Experience: 5+ Years

Start Date: April, 2022

Salary: $30 - $35/h

Accommodation: Live-out

Requirement: Must be local to the RSF / San Diego area.


Handgraaf Estates is a privately held luxury company in La Jolla, San Diego that provides the highest level of Private Staffing and Estate Management. We tailor our service to the exact needs of every client and strive for nothing less but the highest level of service.



Lovely family of 3 in Rancho Santa Fe is looking for a live-out Governess / Nanny with tutoring experience to create a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment for their 9-year old daughter after school.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience being a tutor and nanny, has cared for children of this age before, and has a college-level degree. Hours are generally from 2 pm - 8 pm, Tuesday - Saturday with Sunday and Monday off.

The Governess / Nanny will not act as a sitter, but rather a mentor, educator, entertainer and playmate. It is important that the candidate takes initiative and prepares the curriculum for tutoring and homework assignments.


  • Experienced working with school-aged children.

  • Managing all communications between tutors, coaches, teachers and the family.

  • Experienced with administrative duties including scheduling.

  • Willing to work collaboratively with parents and assist with developmental milestones.

  • Pick up children from school on a daily basis.

  • Carefully research and propose age appropriate local activities and resources, register attendance, and accompany to activities.

  • Able to transport children to and from play dates, outings, classes, etc.

  • Knowledgeable about child development (e.g., firm when needed, but also capable of being laid back and fun).

  • Good organizational skills to maintain closet systems, and toiletries.

  • Develop and implement a sanitation schedule of toys, surfaces, handles, etc.

  • Guide children on etiquette and manners.

  • Experienced in play-based learning and creating educational activities, lesson planning.

  • Engage activities at home, scheduled outings, themed weekends, etc.

  • Manage seasonal wardrobes and clothing size rotations.

  • Develop children’s independence; help them be self-motivated.

  • Assist children with homework and school projects in an interesting, engaging manner.

  • Liaise with children’s schools, track and report to parents on school progress.

  • Ensure children’s timetable is adequate and allows for the day to run smoothly.

  • Able to prepare fresh and healthy snacks.


  • Must be able to build a positive rapport with children.

  • Flexible schedule with weekend availability.

  • Intuitive to the needs of the children.

  • Willing to travel with family during school vacations and holidays both internationally and domestically.

  • Highly organized, detailed oriented, proactive, excellent time management skills, and service minded.

  • Experienced with administrative and personal assistant duties a plus.

  • Attentive to Principals' preferences and style. Can take direction and accept feedback.

  • Active, fit and non-smoker.

  • Well groomed and professional.

  • Long-term intent.

  • Reliable and punctual.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to multitask.

  • Creative, energetic, positive, happy and compassionate.

  • Calm under pressure.

  • Resourceful and takes initiative to follow through and complete tasks timely. Willing to assist with the day-to-day functioning of a busy family and household.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development.

  • Understands the highest level of confidentiality and discretion is required.

  • 5+ years of full-time consistent and recent nanny experience in a private home setting.

  • Outstanding references from current and previous professional positions. References will be verified.

  • Fluent in the English language, both written and oral, is required.

  • Technically savvy. Familiar with Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Calendar.

  • Lives within close proximity to the family's residence.

  • Ability to complete extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks.

  • Valid Driver's license and clean driving record.

  • CPR and First Aid certification.

  • Is COVID-19 vaccinated.

  • Legal to work in the United States.


  • Principal’s First. Ability to stay focused on meeting and exceeding the Principals needs.

  • Learn from mistakes. Able to admit mistakes upfront and seeks the truth. Learns and grows from mistakes. Makes thoughtful choices and provides solutions to avoid future mistakes.

  • Conscientious. Finishes duties mindfully, effectively, and promptly.

  • Dedication. Shows a deep commitment to the role and people.

  • Accountable. Takes ownership of tasks and time for due diligence.

  • Independent. Thinks, acts, and finds solutions independently.

  • Resilience. Does not complain or shy away from assigned work. Confronts difficulties with a positive outlook.

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