On Craigslist, via Gawker, this outlandish nanny job posting which, with a tinker here and there, could double as a MoJo internship listing, sorta... Have a read, and then decide, would you rather nanny 10 Upper East Siders or factcheck the world?
a family of ten an office of many. My husband editors-in-chief and myself, our 5 children 12 editors, 2 dogs 6 reporters, and cat creative director. For as long as we've lived Mother Jones has been in the city we have been lucky to have the same nanny/family assistant 700 factcheckers cycle in and out of our offices. Originally starting out as my eldest son's baby nurse fresh newbies and staying with us for nearly 19 years for up to two years before moving on as hardened vets.
I have had a hard relatively easy time meeting people that have been right for the position who are willing to work for no pay. We've sought help from agencies and other nanny finding job sites and have now moved here in search for some more dynamic candidates willing victims.
I feel that I must be up front cagey given the no-pay nature, this job is a VERY much so a FULL TIME job with NO some flexibility. Both my husband editors-in-chief and self several staff members work full time in jobs where it is essential for them to work long hours (hedge fund and fashion industry while raising small children).
The hours will generally be:
Monday- OFF, ON however, you may have some errands to run for the family office.
Tuesday- 9am-9/10pm, this late only during magazine production, promise
Wednesday- 7am-9pm, see Tuesday, minus "promise"
Thursday/Friday/Saturday- 3pm-11pm (You may stay much later, you may get to leave much earlier. We often have events boring deadlines on these nights.) We will buy you dinner when you are here till 11 on a Friday night, and sometimes beer.
Sunday- 10am-3pm (1st and 3rd weekend of the month) OFF, we aren't heartless.
I do need to be upfront when I say my children the magazine world can be a bit difficult. This job is very nontraditional in the sense that my kids are older and independent journalism is workaday still need someone to "parent" them 24/7. My Our reporters oldest son will be starting his first year at Columbia covering the conventions and election in the fall and will not be around much, but, will probably still need support. Picking up his dry cleaning, on their leads, doing research, if he needs anything for his apartment, scheduling doctor appointments, anything to help him them and their daily life run smoothly.
As for our 2nd son- he dear writer, he doesn't need to be cared for. He will pretty much look after himself but I do want someone that will be concerned with what he's doing with his time at home. Making sure he's studying writing and insisting that he needs to be more polite. He has a streak of rude (on rare occasion).
The younger three, editors, well, they're the one's you will have the most interaction with. They are 14 (son), 12 (daughter), and 9 (daughter). They are extremely particular, myself in extreme particular, and each have their own set of demands and little "isms" about them, but, I assure you they are entertaining, charming, and delightful most of the time.
Mostly impart (sic) to my children's ages demands the nanny factchecker will be expected to do some "family assistant" type jobs. This includes food shopping, light errand running, coordination of children's school and personal schedules, in a way that both my husband and I can access, walking dogs, and interfacing with our assistants dear readers.
You should be:
Younger (or older) and ambitious. This job is a lot of hours and not always easy for people that are not in shape to keep up with my kids demands (see above).
MUST be 100% adept with legal pads and able to speak PERFECT English, writer-speak.
MUST be presentable/polished (optional).
MUST have some college activism cred.
City D.C. savvy and Blackberry Cubicle Accessible.
AND willing to have at least a 2 year 4-month contract.
Compensation will be:
18 5 days "paid" vacation. Half All to be determined by you the rest by us our production schedule.
Health/Dental benefits (full, sorry, no plan) (after 90 daysagain sorry, never)
$60-75 k DOE Loads of Intangibles
Paid over time at the rate of $60 an hour cookies and our undying gratitude for any amount of time worked over 50 hours.
Option to live in our beautiful second apartment 6th-floor office located on 84th Sutter between Park and Lex Kearny and Grant for a reduced rent.
To apply for this "job" please submit the following:
"Resume" outlining your child care factchecking experience.
A brief explanation of why you want to apply dedicate yourself to smart, fearless journalism.
My family and I staff will review these as they come in and will contact you within 24 hours when we get around to it if we'd like to move you further along in the interview process. Please make the subject of your email- Nanny of 10 Factchecker of Mother Jones Position
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