WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Nanny Job Description
Below is our nanny job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Nanny Job Description
Our company’s’ nannies work has a significant impact on the lives of client families’ children. Nannies are responsible for fostering intellectual, emotional, and social growth in the children they supervise, as well as for instilling discipline and providing other forms of care. They also work closely with parents to plan meals, organized activities, outings, and transportation. Importantly, our nannies must love children and have a friendly disposition.
- Attending to children’s basic and general needs while ensuring their safety and well-being
- Engaging children with age-appropriate activities that encourage growth
- Supervising children’s homework, home practice sessions, chores, and other duties
- Modeling proper social behaviors
- Monitoring children’s overall health for signs of illness or injury
- Encouraging children in their activities and accomplishments
- Playing and have fun with children and encouraging them to play with each other
- Providing transportation for children when needed
- Preparing meals for children and performing other basic household chores
- Caring for family pets
- Regularly connecting with parents to discuss children's care, activities, and development
- Responding appropriately in the event of an emergency
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- 2+ years of experience as a nanny, daycare worker, babysitter, etc.
- Certification in CPR and basic first aid
- Proficiency with basic computer applications, including MS Office
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- High school diploma or GED
- Ability to pass a background check and drug test
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 4+ years of experience as a nanny, daycare worker, babysitter, etc.
- Licensed in Child Care with the American Red Cross
- Other post-secondary training in child care
- Coursework in child psychology and/or development
- Evening and weekend availability
- Willingness to travel with families
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.