Estate/Private Service

Updated on January 25, 2022

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.


HOUSE MANAGER / EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER: BIRMINGHAM, MI 

Wonderful, executive couple is seeking a dynamic, versatile, 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, paying bills, taking cars for service, running errands/shopping, dog care and preparing for and serving guests when the family entertains. It is required that this person is capable of assisting and advising another Executive Housekeeper with cleaning and maintaining the home in pristine condition (including care of antiques and silver maintenance). This is a full-time, year round position in Birmingham, however, the couple resides in another home during the winter season so flexibility is needed when they are in residence (May-October). Typical hours are Monday-Friday during the day, however, occasional weekends will be requested. $70-$80K plus benefits including 401K and generous PTO.

Our clients are seeking local Detroit area candidates or those targeting Michigan.

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


LIVE-IN, TRAVEL READY NANNY NEEDED: BIRMINGHAM, MI (SPRING 2022)

Excellent opportunity available for an experienced, adventurous nanny who has recently cared for infants and toddlers. This family has three young children, two dogs and multiple residences. They are seeking a long term relationship with an energetic and capable nanny who is flexible to handle childcare in addition to other household needs. Additional responsibilities will include, but not limited to, laundry for the family, grocery shopping, running errands, cooking and keeping the kitchen well-stocked. There are other staff members to assist with some of those tasks. The Nanny must be passport ready and embrace the idea of travel, sometimes spontaneous (domestic and international).  Must also be comfortable with commercial or private aircraft and various types of watercraft. A nanny who is bilingual would be a plus. Position will begin in May of 2022. Great compensation based on experience.

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


PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN - WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI

Excellent opportunity for a service oriented individual who is very

mechanically inclined and enjoys handling a variety of household needs.

This person will work with other staff and must be a flexible team player

with good communication skills.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to

  • general home and grounds maintenance
  • overseeing contractors
  • snow removal, cleaning exterior lighting
  • fueling and maintaining vehicles
  • scheduling automobiles for service
  • mail runs, miscellaneous errands, etc..

Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, with occasional weekends or holidays for events required. Must have maintenance experience in a large, luxury home, hotel or other upscale property. Requires a non-smoker who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

$57K plus outstanding benefit package including 401K.

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Beautiful home requires an experienced Estate Housekeeper to handle Housekeeping and laundry. Must be detail oriented and very organized.  Monday-Friday, 7 hours/day/35 hours/ week. Great wages!

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


CHEF / HOUSE MANAGER OR ESTATE MANAGER COUPLE: EAST HAMPTON (NY) WITH OCCASIONAL TRAVEL TO NYC

Executive, empty nester couple (no pets) is seeking a talented Chef or Estate Manager couple who also enjoys a wide variety of responsibilities, including house management. This is a full-time, year round, live-out, position in East Hampton, with occasional travel to New York City. Cooking is focused on dinner meals and some lunches for two people, with occasional family, guests or special events as well. Home is typically informal but couple prefers proper serving etiquette. House management responsibilities will include supervision of one full-time housekeeper and supplemental housekeeping staff, grocery shopping, coordination of vendors, and ensuring that the home and grounds remain well maintained at all times. Desire candidates who have private service experience including cooking and house management and live within a reasonable commute to East Hampton. Previous experience working in the Hamptons is required. May also consider a Chef from a Ritz or Four Seasons type property, who happens to be living in the Hamptons and has the culinary talent. Please note that housing is not included, and this is a live-out position available immediately.

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


NANNY / HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

We are seeking a versatile individual who would enjoy housekeeping in addition to providing care for a sweet teenage girl with significant disabilities when she is not in school.  Monday-Friday, noon-8pm. Excellent wages!

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


CORPORATE / PRIVATE CHEF - FARMINGTON HILLS, MI

Exceptional opportunity for a talented Chef to work in a beautiful Corporate Office and the home of the company principal. A typical week of meals for would include lunch for the Executive Team at the office 3-4 days (up to ~15 people), dinner at the home 2 days/week along with meals prepared in advance for some family members to take home a few days each week.  Breakfast and snack items would need to be provided at the office on a regular basis. The Chef would also plan and prepare a larger family dinner (including children) or party once/week (usually Friday evening or Sunday evening) at the Principal’s home. In addition, the Chef would handle menu planning, grocery shopping and clean-up after meals; additional staff would be available for larger gatherings. 

The employer is seeking a creative Chef with an easygoing, flexible personality who can satisfy a variety of preferences including vegetarian meals. Familiarity with kosher food guidelines would be advantageous.  Outstanding salary and excellent benefits offered!

Our client is seeking local candidates or those with ties to Michigan.

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


FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER - COOK: CLARKSTON, MI

Busy professional mom with kids in school and a dog at home is seeking a great professional housekeeper to clean the home and do laundry/ironing. The ideal candidate also likes to cook dinners to be reheated later, grocery shop and run errands. Daytime hours flexible typically while kids are at school, approximately 30-35 hours/week. Good wages! Medical benefits may be negotiable.

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


PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL HOUSKEEPER - HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Lovely senior is seeking a versatile housekeeper to replace an employee retiring after many years. We are looking for someone with housekeeping and laundry expertise in an upscale home who also enjoys grocery shopping, running errands and meal preparation. Hours are approximately 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, with some flexibility. Outstanding wages; medical benefits may be offered.

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


PERSONAL VALET - LAUNDRY SPECIALIST: CHICAGO, IL AND TRAVEL WITHIN U.S.

May be ideal for Yacht candidate looking for security of Estate Opportunity

Unique career opportunity for a private service professional who is an expert at handling laundry and everything associated with the care of fine clothing and linens. A delightful family with other household staff is seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented individual who can beautifully launder and iron/steam high end apparel and linens and maintain inventories of all items. The Personal Valet/Laundry Specialist will also be involved with caring for wardrobe, packing for travel, maintaining closets and laundry room and other varied tasks. Extremely high-quality standards are essential for success in this role. One must be a team player willing to pitch in when needed but also be self-motivated and able to work independently. Prior experience in a similar capacity in a luxury estate or private yacht desired. Position is based in the Chicago area but does require frequent travel to other locations within the country. Outstanding salary and benefit package!

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


LIVE-IN NANNY: BIRMINGHAM, MI

First time parents are seeking an experienced, long term, loving nanny to assist with the care of their infant child.  The nanny must have previously been a private nanny caring for infants and toddlers. Must embrace working cooperatively with parents who are very involved with their child and also enjoy dogs.  This a full-time, live-in position, hours will vary. Flexibility is a key requirement for this position along with the enthusiasm to travel frequently with the family. Excellent wages; medical benefits available along with other perks.  

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


PERSONAL ASSISTANT / HOUSE MANAGER - ANN ARBOR, MI

Extremely intelligent and sophisticated principal is seeking a dynamic professional to assist in managing their busy lifestyle. We are looking for someone with a true service heart to help mentor and lead a small, devoted team of household staff. The employer travels frequently

for long periods of time and for that reason, this individual must be exceptionally self-motivated and have outstanding decision making and communication skills. Priorities and workload will vary greatly based on the principal’s whereabouts. Schedule will be primarily Monday-Friday during daytime hours, however, flexibility will be needed.

This role requires:

  • • great computer (Outlook, Word and Excel) abilities
  • • calendar management expertise
  • • staff supervision experience, preferably in a private residence
  • • exposure to a first class residence including high end furnishings, fine art, wine cellar
  • • the ability to interact with vendors and high profile guests
  • • prior coordination of dinner parties/special events
  • • superior organizational skills and great attention to detail
  • • personal experience as a homeowner
  • • Bachelor’s degree

The ideal candidate is already in the Ann Arbor, MI area or specifically targeting it.  Familiarity with University of Michigan is a plus.

Position is full-time with excellent salary and benefits offered.

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


NANNY - START IN FEBRUARY: GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI

Professional couple is seeking a long term nanny with recent newborn experience to care for their baby.  Full-time position, Monday-Friday, between the approximate hours of 8:00am-5/5:30pm. Competitive wages!

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


LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI AND PALM BEACH, FL

Wonderful opportunity for an experienced Estate housekeeper who would enjoy living with a family in their various residences in Michigan and Palm Beach, Florida, based on the season. We are seeking a great housekeeper who loves dogs and is willing to care for them.  Accommodations in Bloomfield Hills will be in a beautiful, newly remodeled, private carriage house. Schedule will be 5 days/week including weekends.

Excellent wages! Prefer candidates already living in MI or FL.

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


LAUNDRESS - GROSSE POINTE, MI

Private household seeks experienced laundress to handle all clothing, linens, table décor,etc..  Must be very knowledgeable about working with fine fabrics. Requires ironing expertise. This is a part-time position, Monday-Friday, 8am-noon. $150/day.

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


FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER - ANN ARBOR, MI

Great wages! Benefits available! Terrific, young couple is seeking a long term, highly skilled Housekeeper to grow with their family. This individual will handle all house cleaning, laundry, running errands (i.e. pick up/deliver dry cleaning, etc.), coordinating vendors and other miscellaneous tasks to help the household run smoothly. Schedule would be Monday-Friday, approximately 9/9:30am-3/3:30pm. Requires solid work experience in a large, upscale home with accompanying references. This position is ideal for someone who enjoys being around young children and embraces working with a Nanny in the same household. Excellent wages based on experience! Medical benefits available!

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


HOUSEKEEPER/HOUSE MANAGER: LANSING, MI

We are seeking a flexible individual who is capable of handling many varied tasks. The ideal candidate can do cooking, laundry, housekeeping, grocery shopping, running errands and coordinating vendors when needed. Full or part-time options, Monday-Friday daytime hours. Great salary!

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


PERSONAL VALET - BIRMINGHAM / BLOOMFIELD AREA, MI

Our client, a prominent male executive with impeccable taste, is seeking an extremely detail oriented and organized individual with a keen eye for fashion. This is a unique opportunity for a strong, physically fit, meticulous individual who enjoys working with men’s clothing.  The position will involve selecting clothing from wardrobe and packing for travel, handling transport of clothing to/from a warehouse, pick-up and delivery of garments from dry cleaners, shoe care, assisting when measurements are taken, steaming clothing, running errands, etc..   Advanced computer skills (Excel and Word) are required to maintain and upgrade wardrobe inventory and itemized manual. Local driving will be involved; household vehicle will be provided as needed.  The ideal candidate is a mature, respectful individual with a very service oriented demeanor and strong work ethic.  We are looking for someone who listens well and can work quickly without a lot of direction or conversation but able to work well with other household staff.  Monday-Friday days, only occasional weekends. Requires ability to travel on occasion. Position resembles that of a Butler, Gentleman’s Gentleman. $50,000 - $65,000 plus excellent benefits.

Requires experience in a similar capacity. Our client prefers local candidates or those with ties to Michigan.

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


NANNY - FULL-TIME: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Professional, working couple is seeking a warm, loving, organized nanny to assist with the care of their two children under the age of three.  Hours would typically be Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5 or 6pm (flexibility needed).  The ideal nanny has professional infant/toddler childcare experience and is willing to help with other tasks as needed (i.e. children’s’ laundry and meals, etc).  Must be comfortable with one parent working at home.  $20-$25/hr., health benefit stipend negotiable.

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


HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Part-time housekeeper needed for a family in a large, beautiful home.  Seeking a great deep cleaner to work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6 hours/day on a long term basis. Must be able to work well with other household staff.  $25-$30/hr.

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - CORPORATE OFFICE: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Unique, exceptional opportunity available in a very large, exquisite private office. In addition to housekeeping, the individual will need to greet guests, prepare for group meetings and handle other miscellaneous responsibilities. Position will begin on a part-time basis, daytime hours during the week (~25-30 hours/week), however, there is potential for full-time employment in the future. Professional, flexible, service-oriented attitude is essential for success in this role.

Requires experience working in a luxury residence or upscale hotel handling high end furnishings, fine art and valuables. Only local candidates or those planning to move to the area will be considered.

$30-$35/hr. 

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Private family is seeking a loyal, honest, long term, meticulous housekeeper to replace their housekeeper who is retiring after many years. In addition to daily and deep cleaning, the housekeeper will also need to handle laundry and ironing, grocery shopping and running errands.

35-40 hours/week, $30-$35/hr.

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


WEEKEND CAREGIVER / COMPANION - WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI

Active elderly male requires assistance on weekends, 8-12 hours during the day on both Saturday and Saturday. In addition to caregiving, will involve driving and accompanying client to various locations for social activities, etc..  Must have private duty caregiving experience and references. Requires flawless driving record and great communication skills. $25/hr.

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


MAINTENANCE / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER - TRAVERSE CITY, MI   

Exceptional full-time, year round opportunities available in a beautiful, northern Michigan resort area. We are seeking two highly skilled professionals to oversee construction and maintenance of several luxury residences on the shore of Lake Michigan.

These are hands-on roles for mechanically inclined individuals. One position is more involved with construction than the other. Responsibilities will involve:

  • Supervising remodeling and construction projects
  • Preventative maintenance and ensuring that everything inside and outside the home is functioning properly
  • Maintenance of multiple homes and cottages
  • Groundskeeping
  • Scheduling and coordinating contractors when necessary
  • Adhering to project deadlines and monthly checklists
  • Safeguarding that technology products are in working order (printers, TVs, Apple TV, etc.)
  • Handling household/miscellaneous errands

Requirements include:

  • Contractors license or experience in construction is required for one of the positions
  • Friendly, team player attitude
  • Above average communication and follow-up skills
  • Flexibility and ability to change priorities and schedule to meet the needs of the employer
  • Polished image
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Must be a non-smoker

$25 - $35/hr in addition to a generous benefit package which includes fully paid family health insurance which starts on first day of employment and other generous benefits.  

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


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. Schedule will typically be Monday-Friday, 8-4:30pm, with rotating Saturdays typically one out of three per month. Occasional evenings may be required when guests are in the home. 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



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.-$45/hr. for their time plus the cost of groceries.

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