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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

O Mary Poppins, where art thou?

So I have an opportunity for a super-cool Director-level job with an awesome non-profit organization. I like the people, am really impressed by the Exec Director, and love the mission they profess. The job would be a challenge--in a good way--and some much needed non-mommy stimulus. It would be part time (in theory) which works well for happy children and a smooth running household. But here's the glitch. Because it's a non-profit (read: no budget) organization, I'm anticipating that the offer will be on the low side. The reallllllyyy low side. I have checked out day cares in the area, and the going rate for 2 toddlers 3 days a week is about $20,000 a year. Yep, you read the zeros right. Since I haven't gotten a formal offer yet, I'm not sure what this Exec Dir is thinking in terms of salary, but I'm pretty sure that after taxes, etc, my take home would be LESS than $20K. Which sort of makes the job unreasonable.

My other option, of course, is to find a fabulous nanny who is willing to take care of my little monsters, I mean monkeys, I mean darlings, for $10/hour. My current babysitter charges me $15/hour, which I think is pretty outrageous, but the contenders for her position were something like this...

"Yeah, now that I'm out of prison, my parole officer thinks it would be good to find meaningful work..."

"You know, I like, thought, and like, decided that maybe, like, it would be kinda' fun like to like babysit, you know, or something."

"I have always aligned myself with only the very best families, and would be happy to review you and your family to see if you fit with my standards of nanny excellence. I charge $27 per hour and require a minimum guarantee of 40 hours per week, 2 weeks paid vacation, holidays and medical benefits. Shall I have my people call your people?"

"No habla ingles."

Now I know that fabulous nannies exist. And given the minimum wage is $5.85/hr, I gotta' believe that there's some qualified person out there willing to take $10/hour to play with my children all day. Call me crazy, but I do sort of believe that a management level employee ought to make more than her babysitter. But I can't seem to find someone. So of course, blogger that I am, I'm throwing this into your lap...

Oh wise and wonderful fellow mommies...how did YOU find your better-than-a-grandma-and-Mary-Poppins-all-rolled-into-one caregiver??? I need your help!

13 comments:

foolery said...

I married him.

Wow -- $20,000 a year? I did the math per child, and that's still about $65 s day per child -- HOLY CRIMINY! I am so out of touch.

Good luck to you, and just make sure your nanny has a green card, in case you want to run for president some day.

Bananas said...

yeah... i wish I could help you, but honestly this is why I quit my director job to stay at home. After paying $25k+/year for a nanny... it just didn't add up. Good luck!

Scribbit said...

I like foolery's comment :)

cracked me up and threw any advice I might have right out of my head.

MommyTime said...

And this is, honestly, one of the main reasons I haven't pushed harder on the "I think I want three instead of just two kids" thing. We can't afford daycare for three. It's something to consider only when #1 is in school. (Oh yea, there's also the whole Husband vehemently doesn't want a third thing...but whatever... ;)

I think two things: (1) If they offer you the job and the salary is lower than the daycare bills, tell them that. Tell them you aren't looking to make a lot of money from this right now, but that you can't do it at a loss. They may be able to raise the salary enough to make it worth it, assuming this is an organization you really want to get involved in. It may be the case, for example, that you want to work part time for them now and full-time once the kids are in school and that this is a great way in.

(2) Could you do something like two days per week of daycare, which would cut the cost considerably, and one day of kid trade? Like your kids with a friend on Fridays, that friend at your house on Tuesdays?

Because everyone I know who has a nanny can't find out for less than daycare costs, and then you've also got the whole finding the perfect individual, what if she gets sick one day, etc., etc., headache.

Just my 2 cents...

MIQuilter said...

Well, I think you're overlooking the PERFECT solution. Do what I do. Crate them during the day! They can't get into anything that would be messy or harmful and you only have a TINY area to clean up when you get home in the evening.

Just my 2 cents - just because it's a non profit agency, doesn't mean they can't pay competitive salaries. I mean, they might not, but where I work has to be non-profit because it's a state institution and they run pretty competitive salaries for the area (they just have me classified below my job description to keep me oppressed). If the job sounds exciting take the interview but be prepared to show calculations of what your desired salary is and why. And if you need a director level IT person for part time - think of me :)

Good Luck!!!

Melissa said...

I have no clue, but if you find one, please share how you did it!!

MultiplesMommy said...

Unfortunately MIQ, your non profit is a large, well funded one, while mine is not!

MultiplesMommy said...

Ok, so this is the plan...
Foolery, you have the twins on Mon.
Bananas, you have them Tues.
Scribbet, they're all yours on Wed.
MT, I'll trade my monsters on Thurs for your monsters on Fri.
MIQ, your fuzzy friends are back-up for my Fri chaos
Melissa, you're the understudy

There. Problem solved. Sort of.

Anonymous said...

Not only will you be spending on daycare, but also on commute costs, new wardrobe and lunch. However, building a career is also important for yourself. Perhaps you can ask if working from home would be an option, at least until the kids start school. Maybe they're willing to offer you these flexible options along with some great benefits that you can't pass up. Otherwise, if they're not willing to work with you, I would consider passing it up. Only because, you'll be spending more money on daycare and you won't be spending time with your kids. Work can wait. I know exactly what you're going through. I've put my career on hold for these same reasons.

Lisa said...

Think of the bilingual opportunities that would present themselves with the "no habla ingles" nanny!

I popped over from Classy Chaos. Cute blog!!!

MultiplesMommy said...

Lisa,
Nice to have you pop over. You know, the bilingual opp's would be much more enticing if I didn't have speech delayed kids to begin with! But maybe once they learn English, we can move on to something else...

MommyTime said...

Shout out to Melissa and Lisa -- thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment so we'd know you were here...we'll come on over to your places soon too...

Huckdoll said...

Finding good, affordable childcare is terrifying! Been there, done that, I'm a stay@home mom now. 'Nuff said.

 

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