Patrick Robinson
May 11, 2013
Job Type


Job Announcement

House Director/Housemother
Kentucky Chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
The name FarmHouse was deliberately chosen by our Founders to signify the membership of the organization and to indicate pride in the importance of our agricultural heritage. Since the farm home is a symbol of gracious living and hard work, it is little wonder that the Housemother position has been an integral part of many FarmHouse Chapters since as early as 1906. The Kentucky Chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity located on the University of Kentucky campus is looking for someone to fill the role of Housemother.

Throughout its 62 year history, the Kentucky Chapter has been especially fortunate to have some very wonderful and dedicated Housemothers. These women believed strongly in the values and high standards of FarmHouse, and each “Mom” as we call this individual, has done much to bring out the best in each of her men. All of the Brothers of the Kentucky Chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity are looking for someone with these characteristics that will serve us for many years to come.

Job Title:
FarmHouse Fraternity House Director/Housemother – Kentucky Chapter
Working Title:
FarmHouse Housemother
Work Location:
FarmHouse Fraternity, University of Kentucky Campus - Lexington, Kentucky
Salary Range:
$19,000 - $21,000 (negotiable)
Number of Months Worked Per Year:
Does This Position Have Supervisory Responsibilities?
Who Will This Position Report to?
This contract position will report to the Kentucky FarmHouse Association Board of Directors. This person will report to the Association President and/or his designee(s).
Required Education:
Candidate must possess mature judgment; have excellent communication, social, organizational, and managerial skills; enjoy working with college-aged men; and be energetic and proactive in the management of the House. Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, and E-mail) are required. Physical demands might include the ability to walk up and down steps, and to talk and hear.
Required License/Registration/Certifications:
Driverâ€s License and a CPR Training Course is encouraged.
Indicate all That Apply to the Following Position:
Days, Evenings, Nights, on Call, and Possible Special Events on Weekends.
During the academic school year, this individual must live on-site at 420 Hilltop Avenue, the House Director/Housemother must be present and able to perform duties at all times, including overnight. Outside employment during the academic year is possible with this position. No smoking, drinking or animals are allowed on University property, including the Chapter house located at 420 Hilltop Avenue.

Specific Duties Include (but not Limited) to the Following:

a. Serving as a Hostess, planning and preparing for guests, greeting them, and socially entertaining.
b. Teaching and guiding the chapter and its members in matters of social correctness, matters of etiquette and professional courtesies.
c. Serving as a friend, good listener, confidant and “counselor” to members on a variety of personal topics.
d. Connecting men with professional help when necessary.
e. Shall be in charge of presiding over an etiquette dinner for each new member class as set up by the Chapter Vice President of New Member Education.
f. Serve as an ambassador to parents, the university, other Chapters, and the local community.
g. Attending all official alumni events held near campus, including but not limited to: Ag Roundup, September Celebration, Bowl-off, Homecoming, Senior Dinner other new events or meetings not mentioned, etc.
h. Help hold the Chapter accountable to the Chapter house rules and bylaws and regulations/policies set forth by the University, local, state and federal laws, Association and International Fraternity.
i. Assist the Secretary in the planning of and setting up of the annual Parents Day Celebration.
j. Assist the Kitchen Manager and Chapter Cook with overseeing the food service operation if needed and requested by the chef, including: planning menus, ordering food, and ensuring that food is prepared, stored, and served properly. The House Director/Housemother holds no supervisory role over the Chapter Cook or other employees, but is encouraged to help out when requested or necessary.
k. Assist the House Manager in contacting maintenance professionals and/or being present when said parties are to be at the house for repairs and maintenance, as needed and agreed upon with the House Manager.
l. Attend Association Board Meetings to give a report to the Board of Directors on the state of the house and the Chapter. If the housemother is unable to attend one of these meetings she would need to inform the Chapter President and President of the Association Board at least one week in advance.
m. Help hold the Chapter accountable to ensuring that the house and grounds are kept clean, safe and habitable at all times and to advise the Chapter of any deficiencies in these areas.
n. Responds to emergencies as needed.

1) Specific skills and abilities include:
a) Skill in using Microsoft Excel, Word, and email.
b) Ability to remain calm and provide direction in an emergency.
c) Ability to communicate verbally and in writing (phone, email and/or mail).
2) Physical Demands:
a) The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
b) While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
c) The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to very noisy.
Preferred Education/Experience:
Experience College degree is preferred but not required; no prior related experience is required.
Deadline to Apply:
Monday, June 3, 2013
Acceptable Document Types (via mail or e-mail):
Cover Letter and Resume with a minimum of 3 References
Employment Background Check:
Any candidate offered this position by the Kentucky FarmHouse Association Board of Directors may be required to pass a pre-employment screenings. These screenings will include a national background check.
Questions/Comments/Mailing Address:
Please contact Kentucky FarmHouse Association Employee Relations designee Patrick Robinson by email at for additional information or if you have further questions regarding the position. Resumes and References may be e-mailed to the address above or mailed to the Kentucky FarmHouse Association, c/o Patrick Robinson, P.O. Box 34034, Lexington, KY, 40588 with a postmark date of June 3rd, 2013.