Estate/Private Service

Updated on September 23, 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.


HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANT - OKEMOS, MI

Busy Executive gentleman who lives alone is seeking a trustworthy individual who enjoys wearing many hats.  In addition to cleaning his condo and doing laundry, position will involve running errands, picking up dry cleaning, shopping and handling other household tasks which may arise.  Cooking would be a plus.  Non-smokers only please.  20 hours/week, schedule can be very flexible. $25-$30/hr. 

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

In search of an exceptional, professionally trained Estate Housekeeper with extremely high quality standards. Will be expected to clean a magnificent home with high end furnishings, artwork etc..  In addition, the Housekeeper will do laundry and ironing, purchase supplies, run errands and coordinate vendors.  Must have recent experience working in a formal, luxury home along with accompanying references when requested.

$60,000-$65,000 plus benefits!

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


HOUSEKEEPER - MILFORD, MI

We are seeking an experienced residential Housekeeper to work one day/week in a lovely home in Milford on a long term basis.  Responsibilities will involve cleaning, laundry and shopping. Great wages!

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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Large luxury home requires the expertise of a professional, residential Housekeeper. In addition to cleaning the home, the Housekeeper will be responsible laundry and basic ironing, grocery shopping and errands. Must be flexible to work around parents/children in and out. Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm or 4pm. $25-$30hr., paid time off, medical benefits negotiable.

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


FAMILY PRIVATE CHEF - PART-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Very busy family comprised of 2 adults and 3 teenagers is seeking an extremely flexible Chef who would enjoy working in a beautiful, private home. We are looking for a great cook who can create menus, grocery shop and prepare healthy, clean eating meals. Most weeks, the Chef would work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, hours may vary. The Chef would also be involved with occasional large and small events/parties during the year. Since the family has many activities that take them in various directions at dinner time, the Chef would need to have the ability to prepare meals in advance that would be simple to reheat later. The Chef would typically be preparing dinners for several nights and lunch for one day. The ideal candidate is truly flexible and thrives in a fast-paced setting with a lot of activity and changes. A Chef with a sense of humor who can connect with teenagers will be best suited for this role. Non-smokers only need apply. Great wages, benefits negotiable    

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER (PET LOVER) - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Executive family with children and pets is in search of a very thorough and organized Housekeeper interested in a long term career opportunity. In addition to keeping the home in pristine condition, the Housekeeper will handle laundry and ironing, polishing silver and light cooking. Responsibilities will also include receiving visitors and deliveries and assisting with other household tasks as requested. The ideal candidate is a pet lover as the position will also involve care of dogs and birds. Positive attitude, flexibility, service oriented attitude and ability to quickly change gears are all essential for success in this role. Estate Housekeeper will report to the House Manager. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  Great salary, employer contributed medical benefits, 10 paid time off days/year.

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


NANNY/PRIVATE EDUCATOR - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Must enjoy travel!  If you are a Middle/High School teacher searching for a career transition, this may be the job you’ve been waiting for! Exceptional, unique, full-time opportunity available! Prominent family is seeking a dynamic Educator/Role Model for their adolescent son. The child will be attending private school virtually, so the Nanny/Educator will be involved with homework and many other activities. The family is searching for someone with a Bachelor’s degree or higher who would enjoy mentoring and serving as a role model on a one-on-one basis. Teaching background would be ideal. Willingness to participate and support sports and physical activities would be a plus. We are looking for someone who takes initiative and has a very enthusiastic, engaging, motivating personality. Luxury travel will be involved (private aircraft) and may even be away for several months at a time since the child will be attending school remotely.  Full-time hours will be guaranteed, however, the family will need complete flexibility, especially on evenings, weekends and for the ability to travel. Generous salary and perks commensurate with experience! Non-smokers only need apply.  The family is seeking local candidates or those with ties to the area able to relocate quickly.

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


PART-TIME LUXURY HOME HOUSEKEEPER OR COUPLE - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Start in October. We are seeking a great housekeeper who is able to handle full scale housekeeping along with some exterior maintenance (i.e. power washing, clean deck, garage, etc.). Work two full days/week or a couple work two half days/week simultaneously. Excellent wages.  

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


NANNY- BIRMINGHAM, MI

Family with two young children is seeking a nanny who has been extremely careful during COVID and would enjoy a 32 hour/week schedule, Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Must have experience with toddlers and pre-school age children.

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


PART-TIME ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - GROSSE POINTE, MI

Beautiful, large estate requires expertise of an experienced Housekeeper to handle cleaning and laundry. Work Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-4 or 5pm. $25-$30/hr.

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


PRIVATE CHEF - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Well-traveled family with a sophisticated and adventurous palate is seeking a very innovative and artistic, full-time Chef.  The family appreciates great food and is determined to find a creative Chef who will impress them with food presentation, taste, texture and aroma.  The Chef’s schedule will usually be 5 days/week, however, it will include frequent weekends and does require flexibility.  Travel to other residences in Northern MI, CO and AZ will also be involved, typically 3-5 days, usually not exceeding 10 consecutive days.  Primary locations have well-equipped commercial kitchen set-ups, both indoors and outdoors (pool house).

The Chef will handle grocery shopping, food preparation, serving and clean-up for 2-6 people during the week, often feeding 10-12 on weekends.  Dinners will be the primary focus, with some brunch, lunch and advance meal prep.  The family enjoys many food types of cuisine including Asian, Italian, Israeli, American and French.  During the week they attempt to eat more healthy; clean eating that tastes delicious.

PLEASE NOTE the family will only consider Chefs who have solid experience as a Private Chef, along with accompanying references.  They are looking for Detroit area candidates who are familiar with the local resources and also have access to local hourly staff when assistance is needed for parties, events.  Culinary degree preferred.  In addition to the Chef being extremely talented, great communication and time management skills are essential for success in this role.  A friendly, flexible and professional service oriented attitude is also required. Non-smokers only please.

$70,000 -$80,000, benefits are negotiable.      

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


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


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


LIVE - IN HOUSEKEEPER / COOK: MIAMI, FL AND SUBURBAN DETROIT AREA

Mature couple is seeking an experienced Housekeeper/Cook who is able to work in Florida during the winter season (~six months/year) and reside in Michigan (suburban Detroit area) the other six months of the year. Accommodations will be provided in both areas. Must have housekeeping and cooking experience in an upscale home and enjoy assisting when the couple entertains. We are seeking candidates already living in the metro Detroit or South, Florida regions. 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 FALL) 

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



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


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.  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







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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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