Estate/Private Service

Updated on November 22, 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. 


BUTLER / PERSONAL VALET - SUBURBAN DETROIT, MI

Prominent Executive is seeking an extremely polished, service oriented professional who has a wide variety of skills and talents. Examples of responsibilities are packing/unpacking for travel, serving the principal and also guests at dinner parties, running errands, managing gentleman’s wardrobe, maintaining household inventories, etc..

Requires fine dining serving experience, a service heart and willingness to do whatever is needed. Must be able to work well with a very loyal, cohesive household staff and be amenable to being a utility player to handle miscellaneous tasks.

Schedule is typically Monday-Friday. When the principal is in town, hours are 11:30am/noon-7:30/8pm but flexibility is essential to accommodate the principal’s schedule and needs. If the principal is not in residence, hours will typically be 8am-4pm. Must be able to travel to other residences on occasion as needed.

The ideal candidate has experience working in a formal estate. Will consider individuals with a fine dining or luxury hotel background motivated to transition to private service industry.

Excellent salary and outstanding benefit package including fully paid family medical insurance and 401K! 

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


HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT / CAREGIVER - BIRMINGHAM, MI (SHORT-TERM)

Young woman with a medical condition needs assistance for the next 3-6 months, primarily with household tasks.  Responsibilities would include grocery shopping, meal prep, light housekeeping, etc.  We are seeking a caring individual with a calm personality and a genuine desire to help in any way. 5 days/week, 8 hours/day.

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


PERSONAL / HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT - ANN ARBOR, MI

Professional family is seeking a dynamic individual who enjoys wearing many hats. This is a full-time position, anticipated hours are Monday-Thursday 8-4pm, Friday 8-3. Will be based at the family home, where the parents are in and out during the day. Busy mom (kids in high school and college) is super organized and needs assistance with shared calendar management, emails, supervising cleaning crew, scheduling vendors, laundry, meal prep, running errands, grocery shopping, online ordering, tracking purchases/returns, helping with holiday décor, light housekeeping, plant care, pet care, and occasional household projects. Must be extremely organized, detail oriented and have excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook).

Great wages and fantastic benefit package including health, dental, vision, life, disability insurance and more!

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI

Extremely well-respected family with a magnificent home is seeking the expertise of a professional Estate Housekeeper on a full-time basis. Requires five-star standards and extensive knowledge of working with high end furnishings, surfaces, linens and garments along with fine art. Full-time position, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Occasional weekend or holiday 2 hour touch up may be required when the family is in residence. A genuine, service-oriented attitude and the ability to work well with other household team members are essential for success in this role.

Outstanding salary and comprehensive benefit package including family medical insurance!

We are seeking local candidates or those planning to move to the metro Detroit area.

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


CAREER NANNY / FAMILY ASSISTANT: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Includes exciting travel and part of the summer in Northern Michigan!

Truly amazing family with two young children is seeking an extraordinary professional nanny to assist them with childcare and other household responsibilities. The parents are intelligent, articulate, kind, caring people who want the absolute best care for their children (~two years old and ~six months old.) The ideal candidate adores children, utilizes a Montessori method and embraces responsive, gentle parenting. The nanny must be very comfortable working cooperatively alongside the wonderful parents, who are often in the home.  We would like to find a nanny who sincerely enjoys the variety of childcare mixed with other tasks to help the household run smoothly.  Examples of other tasks include family laundry, errands, light housekeeping.

Schedule is 40 hours/week. Typical hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-5pm, Friday, 9am-3pm. Occasional travel, weekends, overtime and availability to assist at special events will be required, in addition to 2-3 evenings each month.  Anticipated travel will include 3-4 trips (1-2 weeks each) to various places including international destinations. The nanny must be able to accompany the family in beautiful Northern Michigan for the entire month each August.

Position will begin as soon as the right candidate is selected and able to begin.  Detailed job description and specific requirements will be shared with qualified candidates.  We are seeking local candidates or those in the process of moving to SE Michigan for this outstanding opportunity.

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


HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Part-time ( 3 days/week)

Very busy Executive family is seeking a very capable, organized, self-confident individual to keep their household running smoothly.

Broad range of responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Calendar management
  • Administrative tasks
  • Supervising contractors
  • Dog walking/pet care (one small dog)
  • Running errands
  • House Management projects
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Advance planning for household needs
  • Laundry

The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills, a positive attitude and professionalism.  Position is 3 days/week, 9-5pm. Good wages!

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


ESTATE MANAGER - BIRMINGHAM / BLOOMFIELD, MI AREA

Wonderful, very busy family is seeking an extremely organized professional who has successfully managed household activities, staff and vendors in another upscale private residence.  The family has multiple residences and the position may involve occasional travel to Florida to prepare the home prior to the arrival of the family or guests.  The House Manager must be great at multi-tasking and coordinating many different, frequently changing schedules.  The family likes to entertain guests; previous experience handling parties and special events is essential, along with willingness to work during them. Typical schedule is Monday-Friday, daytime hours, however, flexibility is required to accommodate the needs of the family.  The ideal candidate is very service oriented and has an easygoing personality yet strong leadership skills. Must also understand and respect boundaries and confidentiality in this type of role.  Only local candidates or those in the process of moving to SE Michigan will be considered for this immediate opportunity.

Excellent salary commensurate with experience along with great benefit package.

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


BACK-UP NANNIES - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Wonderful family with two young children is seeking experienced nannies who would be interested in providing occasional childcare on an as-needed basis. There would often be advance notice for dates needed and they could include daytime, evening or weekend hours.  The ability to travel with the family would be great, although it is not required. Although you would not be obligated to accept every time you are asked to work, we are seeking childcare professionals who have a fairly flexible schedule. Only those individuals who have verifiable experience and adore children need apply! Outstanding wages!  

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


FULL-TIME NANNY - BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD, MI

Involves frequent travel including international destinations!

Exciting opportunity available to provide childcare support to a private family with multiple homes. We are seeking an experienced, high energy, nanny who adores children and puts safety as a top priority. The ideal nanny loves an adventure, is super fun for the kids, yet extremely responsible and trustworthy. This position will be shared with another nanny, however, due to the extensive travel, complete schedule flexibility is needed, including nights and weekends. Accommodations include beautiful, private bedroom and bathroom when overnights are required or if live-in is preferred. More details will be provided to qualified candidates once resume is reviewed.

Excellent salary and fantastic benefit package!

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


FULL-TIME WEEKEND AND TRAVEL NANNY - ANN ARBOR, MI

Exciting opportunity to work with a great family! We are seeking an exceptional individual who has excellent teaching or nanny experience. Educational background will be valued.  Must be able to work Thursday through Sunday and travel frequently.  This professional position offers outstanding wages and full benefits!!  More details will be provided to qualified candidates.  

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


AFTERNOON DRIVER FOR CHILDREN IN TRAVEL SPORTS - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

We are seeking a unique individual who would enjoy driving boys of one family to their various travel sports activities. The ideal candidate loves sports and has a teaching degree or is in grad school and would also assist with homework. Hours are Monday-Friday, 3pm-9pm, with occasional weekends. Great wages! Requires a clean background check and driving record!

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Exquisite, very spacious home with two mature adults and one large, loveable dog requires the expertise of a professional housekeeper.  Requires high quality standards and experience working in a high end home with top quality furnishings, surfaces, etc.  In addition to housekeeping, this individual will handle laundry, ironing and errands for the household.  This is a full-time position, with an option to work 4 or 5 days/week. We are looking for someone who enjoys light cooking and would be willing to prepare meals when the Chef is off duty. Hours would be 9am-5:30pm with occasional late hours when the principals entertain. $30-$35/hr.      

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


NANNY - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Great family with three active children (3, 6, 9 years old) is seeking a full-time nanny to job share with another full-time nanny. The two nannies will work opposite shifts covering 7 days/week, 1pm-8pm. This position can be full or part-time. We are looking for a nanny who enjoys helping the children with homework and who loves swimming. Ability to travel with the family is a plus. Great wages!

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


PRIVATE PROPERTY / MAINTENANCE MANAGER - WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI

Would you enjoy working in a beautiful private family residence?

Large, private estate requires the expertise of an experienced Property Manager to oversee all aspects of maintenance and grounds. This role will encompass preventative maintenance, scheduling routine maintenance (i.e. landscaping, air filters, smoke alarms, etc.) and managing outside vendors. In addition, will purchase and stock household supplies. Will also handle pet care. Must have a detailed eye for daily walk throughs and previous success negotiating contracts. Excellent communication skills

are essential for success in this role. Schedule is typically Monday-Friday daytime hours, however, may require occasional flexibility to handle unexpected needs. Great salary plus terrific benefit package!

Bachelor’s degree preferred along with several years of similar experience.

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


PRIVATE CAREGIVER / COMPANION - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Lovely senior lady who is still active is seeking a caregiver to join a round the clock team of caregivers. Schedule would typically be Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm. Requires private caregiving/companion experience with dementia patients in an upscale home and accompanying references. Position will involve medication reminders, Dr. appts, driving, shower and bathroom assistance, etc. $25/hr. plus overtime.

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


PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPERS - ANN ARBOR, MI

We have several fantastic clients seeking full and part-time housekeepers.  If you have housekeeping experience in a large, luxury home and would like to work for one appreciative family on a long term basis, we want to hear from you!  Excellent wages, some offer great benefit packages!

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


HOUSE MANAGER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

 Exceptional opportunity available for a first class professional to oversee household staff and manage daily activities in a very large, formal estate.  Wonderful, cohesive team consists of housekeepers, maintenance/groundskeepers, and private chef. The House Manager will work under the direction of an Estate Manager who travels often to the principal’s other residences.

 We are in search of an individual capable of maintaining 5-star level service expectations throughout the property. Background including daily walk-throughs, formal/fine dining service and special events would be ideal. This is a full-time position which will require flexibility to meet the needs of the family.

 Only those with a passion for private service, proven stability in past employment, impeccable references and a desire to work on a very long-term basis will be considered. Requires experience in a luxury residence, hotel, or resort. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

 Excellent salary and benefit package!

 Our client is seeking local candidates or those targeting Southeast Michigan for reasons other than the job itself.

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

 

 ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - ANN ARBOR, MI

Executive family is seeking an experienced housekeeper to help maintain their beautiful, large home. Requires knowledge of cleaning techniques for high end surfaces, floors, furniture, etc.. The housekeeper will also be asked to handle various miscellaneous tasks such as purchasing supplies, holiday decorating, wrapping gifts, etc.. A flexible attitude and the ability to work well with other team members is essential for success in this role. Schedule is typically Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm with an occasional weekend shift. Good wages plus outstanding benefit package including 401K. Family health insurance is available for purchase.

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

 

GROUNDSKEEPER (PRIVATE RESIDENCE) - ANN ARBOR, MI

 Hands-on position for an individual who enjoys exterior and grounds maintenance, as well as heavy cleaning. This will involve mowing, trimming, edging, weeding, pruning, clean-up, watering, fertilizing and some snow removal. Will also assist property manager with other assigned tasks. The groundskeeper will travel to a few different private homes using company vehicle. This is a full-time, year round positions (8am-4pm, Monday-Friday). Occasional weekends may be requested. In addition to salaried wages, great benefit package is offered including $401K and health insurance (family benefits available).

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

 

 PROFESSIONAL HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

 Private executive family is offering a wonderful, full-time, long term opportunity for a first rate housekeeper.  Position will involve routine and deep cleaning, laundry and ironing. This individual will also handle grocery shopping and running errands. Only those with impeccable references will be considered. Excellent wages and benefits!    

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


FULL-TIME HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Great wages & benefits!  Due to the retirement of a very long term employee, an outstanding full-time opportunity has become available.  We are seeking a trustworthy, motivated, hard-working housekeeper who would enjoy working for one family on a long term basis. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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

 

 LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER/HOUSE MANAGER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

 Great situation for an experienced Housekeeper/House Manager who would benefit from a live-in arrangement.  This is a hands-on, full-time, year round position, however, the principals are not in residence during most of the winter season.  The ideal candidate has recent experience cleaning a large luxury home and is also capable of handle other household management responsibilities (i.e. coordinating vendors). Excellent salary based on experience.

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

 


EXECUTIVE HOUSKEEPER (PART-TIME): GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Terrific part-time position for an experienced luxury home Housekeeper.  Schedule is ~ 24 hours/week with a very light summer schedule.  Great wages! Potential 401K after 1 year of employment.

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 home during the winter season so flexibility is needed when they are in residence (May-October). Local candidates or those with ties to the area preferred. $70-$80K plus benefits

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


 HOUSEKEEPER/HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

 Busy family seeks extremely versatile and highly organized individual who is capable of handling housekeeping in addition to managing the household while parents are working.  Other duties will include, but not be limited to, laundry, cooking, purchasing/maintaining supplies, errands, online shopping, dog care, etc. Full-time, Monday-Friday. Must enjoy being around children and a dog. Great salary with full benefits offered!   

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. Full-time schedule will be determined based on principal’s calendar. 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

 

FLORIDA OPPORTUNITIES:


DOMESTIC COUPLE - OUTSTANDING YEAR ROUND POSITION AVAILABLE (NAPLES/PORT ROYAL, FL AREA)

We are seeking an experienced Domestic Couple to handle Housekeeping and Property Maintenance in a magnificent, new estate. These roles require service oriented professionals with great attention to detail who have had successful, long term employment in similar capacities in other luxury residences. Schedules are typically Monday-Friday with daytime hours, however, there will be a need for flexibility when the principals and their guests are in residence, primarily during peak season. Will report to an Estate Manager who travels to other residences.

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


PRIVATE CHEF - SEASONAL, PART-TIME: NAPLES/PELICAN BAY, FL AREA

Our client, a lovely, mature female Principal, is seeking a creative Chef with a pleasant disposition and positive energy. Professional attitude, image, and attire are essential ingredients for success in this role. Will typically work 3 days week (~8 hours/day) planning, cooking and grocery shopping for the Principal and guests. Meals may be prepared in advance for lunch and dinner with a focus on healthy, innovative meals. Many days prep is only for one person. Some family members that may visit are vegetarian. When guests are in residence, Chef will be preparing and serving dinner. Full-time housekeeper is available to assist with cleanup after cooking or entertaining. Must enjoy having one dog ( 15 lbs.) on premises. Position could begin before Thanksgiving if desired. Chef is needed through the end of April, 2023. Prefer upscale country club, restaurant, or private chef experience. Salary commensurate with experience.

We are seeking local candidates for this part-time, seasonal position.

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - OUTSTANDING YEAR ROUND POSITION AVAILABLE - (NAPLES/PORT ROYAL, FL AREA)

We are seeking an experienced Executive Housekeeper to work in a magnificent, new estate. We are seeking a service oriented professional with great attention to detail who has had successful, long term employment in similar capacities in other luxury residences. Schedule is typically Monday-Friday with daytime hours, however, there will be a need for flexibility when the principals and their guests are in residence, primarily during peak season. Will report to an Estate Manager who travels to other out of state residences.

Must be a non-smoker, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a clean background check in order to be selected by this employer. This is a full-time, year round, live-out opportunity; only candidates living near Naples or in the process of relocating there will be considered.

All inquiries will remain confidential

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


PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN - NAPLES (PORT ROYAL AREA)

Excellent opportunity for a service-oriented individual who is well versed in smart home technology, mechanically inclined and enjoys handling a variety of household needs.  This person will work with housekeeping staff and must be a flexible team player with good communication skills.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to

  • General home, pool and grounds maintenance
  • Overseeing contractors
  • Cleaning exterior lighting
  • Fueling and maintaining vehicles
  • Scheduling automobiles for service
  • Miscellaneous errands, etc..

The Maintenance person would also need to be confident maintaining a 38 foot boat which will be docked on the property.  Initial training on expected boat upkeep will be provided.  Mechanical maintenance will be sourced by an outside vendor and not the responsibility of this individual.  Candidates must be willing to embrace principal’s preferences and follow the house manager’s checklists.  Polished image, easy going personality, non-smokers and fully vaccinated only need apply.  Hours may fluctuate based on when the principal is in residence.

Outstanding salary and benefit package!  This is a full-time, year round, live-out opportunity in Naples; only local candidates will be considered.

All inquiries will remain confidential.

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


SEASONAL PRIVATE CHEF - PALM BEACH, FL (LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY)

Lovely, mature couple seeks personable and flexible Chef to prepare their meals while they are in Florida for the winter season (mid/late December-May1). The principals consider themselves simple eaters however they often require separate meals based on their limitations/preferences. The lady of the house is vegetarian and is in search of a Chef who is extremely creative. The gentleman is very open to a variety of foods including meats. Position requires a Chef who is familiar with various dietary restrictions including low sodium, vegetarian, dairy and gluten free, although some of these preferences only need to apply when other immediate family members or guests are visiting. Organic, free range, antibiotic free foods are preferred.

The Chef will plan, shop and prepare meals and also clean up afterwards. Some advance food preparation for days off is desired. 5 day week will include one weekend day, ~40 hrs./week.

Zoom interviews will be conducted immediately.  Non-smokers only who are vaccinated against COVID-19 only need apply.  Only local candidates or those moving to the area will be considered.

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 $35/hr.-$50/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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