Estate/Private Service

Updated on May 12, 2021

During the Coronavirus epidemic:

We hope this finds you safe and healthy as the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be tapering off in Michigan. At this time our staff is working both in the office and remotely. When in the office, we are taking all the necessary precautions to be certain that our staff and any visitors are comfortable in a safe and clean environment. Please do not visit our office at this time without an appointment.

Several of our clients are still interviewing virtually at this time (via Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). We encourage you to send your resume now if you have not done so yet so that we can be in touch if we have an employer who may be interested in meeting with you in person or remotely. If we do not have an appropriate opportunity available presently, we will keep your information on file for future reference. We have already received several new opportunities to fill and we anticipate many more, exciting openings as we’ve heard that many employers are ready to make changes and upgrades.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


PRIVATE CHEFS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY ON A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT BASIS

For 25+ years, Harper Associates has placed numerous private chefs, house managers, housekeepers, etc. for many executive families in the metro Detroit area and Florida.

We are currently representing several excellent chefs who are available immediately to work for a family exclusively on a permanent or temporary basis. They are all ServSafe trained with great cooking skills and experience; most have culinary degrees. Due to the impact the Coronavirus is having on the hospitality industry, many of these Chefs have recent backgrounds in very well-respected restaurants. If you hire a Chef, they would handle all grocery shopping and food preparation. They can cook meals in your home and also serve and clean-up or they can prepare your meals off- premise and drop them off if desired. Most of these chefs are very adept at accommodating special dietary regimens as well.

These Chefs are typically seeking $30/hr.-$40/hr. for their time plus the cost of groceries.

For more information, please contact Ben Schwartz - 248-737-0431 - ben@harperjobs.com

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR DOMESTIC STAFF (Partial Listing)

Harper Associates handles many exclusive domestic staffing assignments for prominent executive families. Recent experience in luxurious private residences, along with outstanding references from previous employers are required for consideration.


PRIVATE CHEF - CLEAN EATING: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Health conscious family will provide top of the line equipment and spacious kitchen needed to prepare delicious, made from scratch meals. This is a unique, full-time opportunity for a talented Chef who has the ability to be creative while adhering to various dietary regimens (including organic, gluten free, limited dairy, grain free, clean diet, Paleo, bone broth, ferments). The ideal candidate is someone who is already very familiar with these dietary plans. In addition to cooking, the Chef will also handle inventory, menu planning, grocery shopping, online ordering of some foods, serve meals, etc.. Will have a part-time assistant for prep and some shopping. We are seeking an individual who has a flexible attitude and a lot of positive energy. This family will appreciate the Chef’s hard work.

Great salary and benefit package offered!   

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com


PRIVATE RN - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI AND BOCA RATON, FL

Active, mature couple is seeking a very professional Registered Nurse to assist them as needed and also to chauffeur them wherever they choose to go. Medical needs are minor at this time (medication reminders, attending Dr’s. appts., etc.). If the RN enjoys cooking that would be an added bonus. Position is based in the Boca Raton area in the winter months, and in metro Detroit, Michigan during the summer. The ideal person is presently living within a reasonable commuting distance to Boca Raton and is flexible to relocate to Michigan during Florida’s off-season. Private accommodations available in Michigan. Non-smokers only please. Requires excellent driving record and flawless background check. Terrific wages! We are looking for someone with recent experience working in a similar capacity, with accompanying references (when requested).    

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Professional, very personable couple with one toddler is seeking a versatile, dependable individual to handle housekeeping/laundry and other tasks such as running errands, grocery shopping, etc.. Must enjoy working with a stay at home mom. Occasional childcare may be involved.  Reliable car is required to run errands.  Ideal schedule is Tuesday-Saturday, ~30 hrs./week, Terrific wages!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Your skills will be appreciated by a family in a large, luxury home with older children and two small, non-shedding dogs.  Will be responsible for all house cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, answering the door for guests and deliveries, pick up dry cleaning and running errands, etc.. $25-$30/hr. on payroll check with 10 paid time days off. Major holidays off. Schedule is Monday-Friday, 9-4pm (35 hrs./week).  Health benefits may be negotiable.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PRIVATE CHEF - NOW THROUGH OCTOBER: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Exciting, immediate short-term opportunity to assist a professional athlete and family (including young children) while they are living in the Detroit area.  The Chef will prepare dinners and preferably cook several meals in advance to be used later in day/week. Hours will be mutually agreed upon.  Will also handle grocery shopping and facilitate occasional dinner parties. $30-$35/hr.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN - ANN ARBOR, MI

Family with beautiful home and property is seeking a versatile Property Maintenance Technician to handle preventative and hands-on interior and exterior maintenance. Responsibilities will include maintaining and monitoring all equipment and systems within the property, such as electrical, HVAC, security systems, lighting, generators, etc..  Requires technical expertise and great communication skills. Will supervise outside contractors. $20-$30/hr. plus overtime outstanding benefits (excellent health insurance, 401K w/ generous match, PTO, etc.).   

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


NANNY / FAMILY ASSISTANT: BIRMINGHAM, MI START IN JULY

Terrific long-term opportunity to join a wonderful, growing family. Mom and dad have a two year old and are expecting a baby in July. We are searching for a loving, caring Nanny who has great experience caring for infants and toddlers. The ideal candidate is someone who will embrace working with a stay at home mom who loves being involved with her kids but needs an extra set of hands with the kids or to run errands, grocery shop, or do whatever is needed to make the day run smoothly. The parents are hoping to find a person who would be excited to stay with the family for many years. The schedule will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, (hours may vary but will include Saturday nights) however more hours can be guaranteed if desired. Travel with the family will be required. Parents are willing to be flexible with this arrangement to make this a dream job for the right candidate!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Sophisticated, mature couple is seeking an experienced Housekeeper to help maintain their exquisite home. Ideal schedule would be 4 days/week (M,T,Th,F), 9am-3pm. Responsibilities will include Housekeeping with only minimal laundry and no ironing.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PROPERTY MANAGER - ANN ARBOR, MI

In search of highly skilled Property Manager to maintain and inspect grounds, building and equipment for a very large residential, SMART home estate/farm.

The Property Manager will be held accountable for the following:

  • Manage small team of groundskeepers for turf and landscape, snow and ice management
  • Maintain small fleet of ATVs, vehicles and watercraft for family and guests
  • Ascertain that entire property is secured and ready to accommodate visitors at any time
  • Supervise use of large construction/farm equipment
  • Oversee and schedule outside contractors
  • Inspect and perform building maintenance to ensure all systems are working efficiently
  • Create and organize household inventories
  • Recognize and initiate landscape changes
  • Work as a team with other household staff when planning for guests and events
  • Assist with set up and coordination of grounds for large gatherings
  • Run errands as needed
  • Requires previous experience managing a large residential property, SMART home preferred.

Must have computer proficiency and good communication skills.

Excellent compensation/benefit package will be offered to the selected candidate.

All inquiries will remain confidential.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PRIVATE CHEF (TEMPORARY POSITION): BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Please send resume if you are you in transition and available for an immediate Private Chef opportunity for a family.  Must have private service experience. $1250/week.  

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com


PROFESSIONAL LAUNDRESS: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Busy family is seeking an expert laundress for a long term, part-time position (2 days/week). Must enjoy all aspects of laundry and ironing of clothing and linens and have experience doing so on a professional basis. Outstanding wages!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PROFESSIONAL HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Mature couple seeks formally trained housekeeper to work in their elegant home on a year round basis.  They only reside in Michigan approximately six months/year but want to hire a self-directed professional to keep their home sparkling and immaculate at all times. Schedule will vary depending on the season. When principals are in residence, schedule will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Friday will include serving/clean up for dinner parties) along with and a short shift on Saturday mornings.  When homeowners are living elsewhere, schedule will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, daytime hours.  Expert laundry/ironing skills would be very much appreciated in this beautiful, formal home. Must be a team player willing to work in cooperation with a Chef. Excellent wages!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


PRIVATE ESTATE GARDENER: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Large, private Estate requires the expertise of an experienced full-time Gardener to maintain and enhance their beautiful gardens. This is a full-time, year-round opportunity which will involve other household tasks when gardening is not feasible. This individual will maintain and design flower beds and vegetable garden along with handling planting and trimming. Contractors will be utilized for tree trimming, lawn mowing etc.. We are seeking an individual who has recently maintained gardens on a private estate or another luxury property with sprawling gardens. Master Gardener certification or degree in Horticulture a plus.  

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


NANNY / FAMILY ASSISTANT - FULL-TIME:  GROSSE POINTE, MI

Wonderful family with school age children is seeking a loving, kind and nurturing nanny who has great experience working with at least three children at a time.  The ideal candidate is extremely responsible and trustworthy, full of energy, loves to work with kids and engage the children in various activities. We are looking for someone who loves to be busy and is more than happy to help the family with other tasks as well (i.e. laundry, organizing, groceries, etc.). This is a long term, year round, full-time position which does require flexibility to work some evenings and weekends and the ability to travel with the family. Excellent wages!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


FAMILY OFFICE CONCIERGE - METRO DETROIT, MI

Unique career opportunity available for a polished professional who is extremely resourceful, service oriented and able to juggle changing priorities. This individual will offer first class concierge and lifestyle services to various members of a prominent family.  The Concierge will handle a wide variety of tasks including bill paying, household staff payroll approval, asset acquisitions (i.e. insurance, utility and maintenance files and accounts), shopping and coordinating charitable giving. Will facilitate comprehensive travel arrangements including itineraries and services at each destination. Other miscellaneous responsibilities may involve mail management, personal record organization, medical care logistics, notary services, credit monitoring, handling private aircraft and yacht details, vendor research, relocation assistance and more.  Typical office schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, with the understanding that additional hours may be required to meet the needs of the family. 5+ years of experience as a Personal/Executive Assistant, House Manager or Lead Concierge in a hospitality setting would be ideal. Flexible, accommodating, whatever it takes attitude and the ability to quickly switch gears are essential for success in this role. Advanced MS Office proficiency required. Degree preferred. 

$65,000-$80,000 plus exceptional, fully paid, family benefit package!

Local candidates or those with ties to Michigan strongly preferred.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Full-time, live-in or live-out

Mature couple living in a very spacious, lovely home is seeking a live-in or live-out Housekeeper.  Schedule is Tuesday-Saturday. This is a full-time, year round position, however, hours may fluctuate because couple does not always reside in their Michigan home. When they are in town, the Housekeeper will need to work more hours than when they are living elsewhere. Must be a team player able to work with other staff and under the direction of a House Manager. Full scale housekeeping and laundry experience in a large, upscale home is required. If live-in option is desired, accommodations are very nice. Competitive salary!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com



PRIVATE CHEF - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Very active, health conscious family seeks an exceptionally knowledgeable Chef who has extremely high standards. We are looking for a high energy culinary professional who is easygoing, adaptable and enjoys working around children. Chef will prepare menus, cook, and grocery shop for all meals, adhering to various food preferences. The family entertains frequently and the Chef will have the opportunity to be especially creative when there are guests (dinners, pool parties, special events). The home has multiple kitchens, one of which includes a pizza oven. Typical schedule will be 4 days/week including 2 weekdays and Saturday and Sunday, but requires flexibility to accommodate changing needs. The ideal candidate has a Culinary degree and previous experience working in a private home or upscale restaurant/private club/luxury hotel. Non-smokers only please. Excellent salary! All inquiries will remain confidential.

Candidates with ties to Michigan preferred.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: ORCHARD LAKE, MI

Friendly couple living in a beautiful lakefront home is searching for an experienced housekeeper with great common sense and a flexible, helpful personality . Work Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays during the summer months and Mondays and Fridays during the winters. Weekend hours may be requested during the summer. A dog lover would be ideal for this position. Excellent wages!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


HOUSE MANAGER / EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Executive couple is seeking a dynamic private service professional to help manage daily activities within their beautiful home.  This individual will handle a wide variety of responsibilities including working with vendors, running errands/shopping and preparing for and serving guests when the family entertains. This person must be capable of assisting another Executive Housekeeper with cleaning and maintaining the home in pristine condition. This is a full-time, year round position in Birmingham, however, the couple resides in another residence during the winter season. $70-$80K plus benefits.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER - FULL-TIME BIRMINGHAM, MI

Friendly family with children seeks experienced Housekeeper who is flexible to handle a wide variety of responsibilities. In addition to cleaning and laundry (no ironing), may include grocery shopping, meal prep, running errands etc.. This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday, 8 hours each day. Salaried position offers medical benefits (BCBS) and paid holidays and sick time.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER  - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Executive couple with additional residences outside of Michigan is seeking an extremely professional, detail oriented Housekeeper who is also capable of managing their Birmingham home. The principals travel often and are in search of an individual who is meticulous about cleaning their home but who can also handle laundry, ironing and other household duties such as coordinating vendors, purchasing supplies, running errands etc.. There are no other staff members in this exquisite, formal residence.

References and experience gained in a formal home with precious artwork is required. Full-time, Monday-Friday, no travel is required. Hours may vary somewhat when employers are in residence. Excellent salary and benefits!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Exceptional full-time opportunity available for an experienced housekeeper who has worked in a formal, upscale private home, estate, cruise ship, or private yacht. Position will involve all aspects of housekeeping in addition to serving meals and other hospitality type tasks. The housekeeper will be part of a team and must be flexible to work a schedule which consists of day and evening shifts, typically 5 days each week, with Sundays usually off. Must be a meticulous, detail oriented individual accustomed to working in an environment with extremely high standards in a luxury setting. Solid work history and references will be required for consideration. Non-smokers only need apply. Candidates with ties to Michigan preferred. Grand Rapids is a hidden jewel city, very close to many beautiful lakefront resort areas.

Excellent salary and benefit package!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com



















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Other positions may be available; many of our clients prefer to keep their vacancies confidential. If you have experience in a large private residence and accompanying references and you are targeting a move to Michigan, please send your resume and let us know when/where you plan to relocate.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cindy@harperjobs.com

    • Harper Associates Executive Residence positions include:

    • Estate Managers

    • Estate Housekeepers

    • Butlers

    • Private Chefs/Personal Chefs

    • Nannies

    • Laundresses

    • Chauffeurs

    • Maintenance Coordinators

    • Executive/Personal Assistants

    • Domestic Couples



















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