Estate/Private Service

Updated on August 5, 2020

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 - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Prominent suburban Detroit area family seeks talented Chef with an extremely friendly and flexible attitude who will offer invisible service. Will handle grocery shopping, food preparation, menu planning and serving meals for a family with various food preferences including organic. The family enjoys healthy, fresh, creative meals. This is a full-time opportunity, typical schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, preparing lunches and dinners and keeping a well-stocked inventory of foods. Will report to an Estate Manager. Culinary degree preferred along with previous experience as a Private Chef. $85K-$125K plus benefits. Our client prefers candidates already in Michigan or with ties to the area.

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

FAMILY LAUNDRESS - FULL-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Active family with children seeks experienced laundress to join household staff team.  The laundress will wash, press, fold/hang, and put away all garments and linens. Will also keep a record of all items sent to dry cleaning. Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm. Great salary plus benefits!

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


HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: PLYMOUTH $30/HR.

Plymouth family is seeking an experienced Housekeeper to handle all cleaning and laundry on a long term basis. Will work Mondays and Thursdays (may be flexible), 8 hours each day. Requires experience working in a large, luxury home with accompanying references. 

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


HOUSEKEEPER / COOK: MIAMI, FL AND MICHIGAN

Mature couple is seeking an experienced Housekeeper/Cook living in the Miami area who is able to work in Florida six months/year and reside in Michigan (suburban Detroit area) the other six months of the year (accommodations will be provided in Michigan). Must have housekeeping and cooking experience in an upscale home and enjoy assisting when the couple entertains. Please do not apply if you do not have housing available in the Miami area. Non-smokers only please. Requires good English communication skills.

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


NANNY - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, (START IN SEPTEMBER) 

Family with 3+ children (infant-7 years old) is seeking a full-time Nanny to help share childcare and household duties with a hands-on Mom.  Must have experience caring for an infant, as many times the Nanny will be caring for the baby while the mom is with the other children during their activities.  The ideal candidate enjoys cooking and grocery shopping in addition to childcare.  This is a full-time position, hours may fluctuate depending on the family calendar.

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


HOUSE MANAGER / PERSONAL ASSISTANT - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Exciting, newly created position available to perform a wide variety of responsibilities for a mature couple in a large, beautiful home. Role will be varied and will include, but not be limited to, making travel arrangements, coordinating vendors, assisting with entertaining, various Concierge tasks and overseeing small staff. Good computer skills are required for letter writing, correspondence, sending invitations, etc.. Typical hours are Monday-Friday during the day unless there are special circumstances. Must be able to travel to another residence in South Florida on occasion to prepare for arrivals, etc.. Non-smokers only please. Requires previous experience as a House Manager or Executive/Personal Assistant. We are seeking candidates already living in Michigan, available for immediate interviews and employment. Excellent salary.  

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


FEMALE COOK / COMPANION: LIVE-IN WORK WEEKENDS  ONLY, EARN FULL-TIME SALARY/BENEFITS! - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Sophisticated, mature woman is seeking a female cook/companion to live-in and handle a variety of tasks each Friday afternoon-Monday morning.  This individual must be flexible to wear many hats in the absence of other staff who work during the week.  We are looking for a great cook who has a friendly, service oriented personality.  Non-smokers only please.  If you have experience working in a luxury home and like the idea of working weekends only while earning a full-time salary, this may be an ideal situation for you.  We are seeking local candidates for this immediate opportunity.   You must be able to live-in while working (Friday-Monday) and have another place to reside the remainder of the week. 

$60,000-$65,000 plus medical benefits and 401K.

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


LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER: MIAMI, FLORIDA

Lovely, young family in the Miami area is seeking an experienced live-in Housekeeper.   In addition to maintaining the home, the position will also involve cooking and a few hours/week of childcare (infant and toddler).  We are seeking local candidates.  Accommodations available for one non-smoking individual, no children or pets.  Must be able to communicate in English and be legal to work in U.S. $50,000-$55,000.  

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Join a great team to handle housekeeping and laundry in a beautiful, private residence. Requires expertise working in a high end home with extensive artwork.   9am-4pm, plus two Saturdays/month. $25-$30/hr.

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


FULL-TIME ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER- GROSSE POINTE, MI

Extremely efficient and organized Housekeeper is needed to maintain large, waterfront estate.  The Housekeeper will also handle laundry, running errands and coordinating vendors. Will report to an Estate Manager and assist in managing the household in the Estate Manager’s absence. Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. $55,000-$60,000 plus individual medical benefits and extremely generous vacation time.  We are seeking local Detroit area candidates or individuals in the process of moving there.

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


FULL-TIME ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Meticulous, self-directed housekeeper is needed to clean and maintain this magnificent home. Must have experience in a high end home with museum quality art and furnishings.  We are looking for someone with the ability to address household issues which may arise.  Monday-Friday hours. Excellent salary and benefits!

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


NANNY - LIVE-IN DURING COVID, THEN LIVE-OUT: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Start at the beginning of September and live-in and assist with the care of a one year and a three year old.  We are seeking a nanny who is creative and energetic and is comfortable handling the childrens’ meal prep, laundry and room/play area clean up. Hoping to find someone who can keep kids on a routine and maintain nap schedule.  40-45 hours/week split between 6 days/week. Good wages!

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


LAUNDRESS: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Work Tuesday or Thursday in one luxury home. Must be a great laundress able to handle fine garments and linens. Requires ironing expertise, including men’s shirts. Prior experience using a mangle for pressing sheets is preferred.  

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


HOUSEKEEPER: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Family seeks motivated, self-directed Housekeeper to work Monday and Thursday, 9am-2pm.  

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


NANNY - GROSSE POINTE, MI

Terrific, immediate, full-time opportunity to work for a great family. The ideal candidate is seeking a long term, year round position and is extremely responsible, dependable, energetic and fun. We are seeking a loving nanny who has excellent organizational skills and has cared for at least 3 children at once. This is a full-time position which requires flexibility to work varied hours including weekends and the desire and willingness to travel. Family is unable to work around a college schedule. Great swimmers are encouraged to apply! Please do not apply if you are not available on a long term (several years) basis. This is NOT a summer only position. Non-smokers only need apply. If you are a teacher looking to transition out of schools, this could be the job you’ve been waiting for. Great wages!

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


BUTLER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Newly created opportunity for a private service professional with the ability to wear many hats. The individual we are seeking has experience handling wardrobe, valet, serving meals, packing for travel, driving etc..

The selected candidate will be a team player with a very service oriented demeanor. This is a full-time position intended for someone interested in a long term career and able to travel as needed. $55,000-$60,000 plus 401K and other great benefits!   

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


COMPANION/HOUSE MANAGER- FEMALE: FARMINGTON HILLS, MI

Active elderly woman is seeking an energetic female Companion to assist with varied duties and ensure a safe and healthy environment. Responsibilities will encompass, but not be limited to, driving, light cooking, laundry, assisting with medications, running errands and accompanying to various destinations. This individual will also facilitate daily walks and a short exercise program and will record all activities for family. Schedule may be 3 or 4 days/week, 10-12 hrs./day, however, other options may be considered. Only those who sincerely enjoy working with seniors should apply. Requires experience in an upscale home working in a similar role. Must be a non-smoker. Thorough background check will be required. Local candidates only please.

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


PRIVATE ESTATE GARDENER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Immediate Opening!

Are you an experienced Gardener with expertise in growing vegetables? If so, please continue reading. Executive with a large, private Estate is seeking an experienced 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. In addition to being responsible for the vegetable garden, this individual will also maintain and design flower beds, 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. Client will only consider local candidates or those in the process of moving to Southeast Michigan. Great 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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Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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