Estate/Private Service

Updated on May 28, 2020

During the Coronavirus epidemic:

We hope this finds you safe and healthy. In accordance with the executive order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, our physical office is temporarily closed, however, our staff is working remotely.

If you are seeking a position, when possible, it is best to email a resume before leaving a phone message. Employers, please leave us a voice mail message and we will contact you immediately. Several of our clients are 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 remotely. If we do not have an appropriate opportunity available presently, we will keep your information on file for future reference. We anticipate many new, exciting openings as soon as the COVID-19 crisis diminishes.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Take care and stay well!!

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.


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: GROSSE POINTE, MI

We are seeking an experienced professional to do housekeeping, laundry and ironing two days/week (Tuesday and Thursday preferred). Non-smokers only please.

Immediate opening!

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI: MUST LOVE DOGS! START IN JULY

We are seeking an experienced Housekeeper who also LOVES dogs!  The housekeeper will handle housekeeping, laundry, dishes and grocery shopping. Must be willing to use non-toxic products and procedures provided by employer. Full-time. Ability to stay overnight with the dogs when family is out of town would be ideal.

Excellent salary and medical benefits!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to cind@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


EXECUTIVE HOUSEKEEPER OR DOMESTIC COUPLE - TRAVERSE CITY, MI AREA

Great immediate opportunity available for an experienced Housekeeper or Domestic Couple to maintain a large, family vacation home. This is a very hands-on position which involves housekeeping, laundry, running errands, driving and supervising vendors/contractors. Must also be able to do heavy lifting, basic handyman skills and safely operate a boat/jet ski, split firewood, etc. The Housekeeper or Domestic Couple must have a very friendly yet professional, service-oriented demeanor to accommodate the family and many guests. The ideal candidate(s) has held a similar role in a lodge/resort or hotel, large family estate or Bed & Breakfast. The principals are seeking local candidates for this position and they will be required to live within a very reasonable distance to the home. This is a live-out, year-round salaried position: responsibilities will be very minimal during the winter season except when the principals are in residence.

Send resume(s) with salary expectations in a Word format attachment to: cindy@harperjobs.com


HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: ANN ARBOR, MI

Lovely family is seeking a long-term employee. Part-time position involves housekeeping and laundry in a large, private residence. Work Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 days/week.  Must have housekeeping experience working in luxury homes and references upon request. Non-smokers only need apply.

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Beautiful home requires experienced Housekeeper with extremely high standards.  This is a long term opportunity for a detail oriented individual with a strong work ethic.  Schedule would be Tuesdays and Thursday, 9am-4pm.  Responsibilities will involve all cleaning and laundry in a home with no children or pets. We are looking for someone who is great at cleaning but also capable of additional tasks such as occasionally serving a meal, running an errand, handling special organizational or cleaning projects, etc..  Excellent communication skills are needed to answer phone, take messages and alert employer when things within the home need attention.  Position will begin spring or summer 2020 once the employer finds the ideal candidate.  

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


PRIVATE COMPANION - PERSONAL ASSISTANT (INVOLVES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL): PALM BEACH, FL

Exceptional salary and benefit package!

Unique live-out and travel career opportunity available for an individual with dementia experience. We are seeking a unique professional to act as a Companion/Personal Assistant for a sophisticated gentleman with dementia, living in a private luxury home. The selected candidate must be able to travel overseas, as time will be spent in London, England, as well as in the Hamptons (during the summer months). Full-time, 5 days/week, hours may fluctuate to accommodate the needs of the family. In addition to having a previous background working with dementia, we are looking for someone with strong handyman type skills or other abilities which could be utilized by the family. Our client is multi-lingual, ability to speak Hebrew would be an added plus. U.S. Passport required for international travel.

Please do not apply if you are not free to travel frequently and for long periods of time (several months).

Must have private service experience in an upscale environment (i.e. fine dining, county club, etc.).

Since our client is only comfortable with a male in this role, we can only consider a gentleman for this opportunity.

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


ESTATE / HOUSE MANAGER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Executive family with children and pets is seeking an Estate/House Manager to manage their homes (Michigan and Florida) to see that everything runs smoothly and efficiently.  The Estate Manager will oversee the presentation and housekeeping of the home to be certain that it meets the highest quality standards and is ready for guests at any time.  This individual will supervise household staff and coordinate schedules and routines for the home and very active family.  Additional responsibilities will include assisting with events, coordinating contractors as needed, running errands, purchasing supplies and organizing service/preventative maintenance schedule for the homes.

Typical schedule is 7am-3pm, however, the Estate/House Manager must be flexible to work alternative times as needed, including evenings and weekends, especially when there are events/guests.  Some travel, primarily to prepare homes in advance of the arrival of the family is required, approximately 5-6 times/year, usually for not more than 3 days at a time.

We are seeking a very friendly, family oriented individual who has a team-oriented, hands-on approach.

Our client is looking for local candidates or those targeting a move to Michigan.

Excellent compensation package commensurate with experience.

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


RN / LPN / NURSE / CHAUFFEUR: FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN

Active, mature couple is seeking a very professional individual 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.) but a medical background is desired. We are looking for someone with recent experience working in a similar capacity. Position is based in the Boca Raton area in the winter months, and in metro Detroit, Michigan during the summers. 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. Non-smokers only please. Requires excellent driving record and flawless background check. Terrific wages and benefits!

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


LAUNDRESS - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

We are seeking an experienced laundress to work three days/week, 7am-3pm.  Must be an expert with laundry and ironing.   

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


CHAUFFEUR - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Our client, a prominent Executive family, offers an excellent, long term career opportunity for a full-time Private Chauffeur. The family would like to find a dedicated professional who will grow and remain with the family for many years. Position will focus on driving Executives and their family members daily using a company vehicle. In addition to transporting individuals or groups to their varied destinations, the Chauffeur will also be expected to run some errands and act as a courier. Will also need to assist with handling luggage and packages, up to 50 pounds.

Schedule is full-time with hours that fluctuate including weekends and evenings. We are looking for someone flexible and patient who understands that the schedule will constantly be changing.  Days off will often be during the week. Some overnight travel will be involved.

In order to be considered, the Chauffeur must be a non-smoker/non-drinker, have a flawless driving record and live within ten miles of Birmingham. Final candidates will undergo a thorough background check including drug screening. Law enforcement or military background is a plus. Experience as a private Chauffeur/Driver with accompanying references is required. Ability to be exceptionally flexible is another key necessity. Professional demeanor is essential for success in this role. Confidentiality is of utmost importance and a non-disclosure agreement will need to be signed.

Base salary $55,000-$65,000 plus benefit package.

We are seeking local candidates who are very familiar with the metropolitan Detroit area.

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


LAUNDRESS - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

We are seeking an expert laundress who has worked in an upscale private home. Must be extremely knowledgeable about the care of fine garments, fabrics, etc. and the use of a mangle, press and steamer. Schedule will be Mondays and Fridays, 9am-5pm. Will also assist another housekeeper with light housekeeping as needed. Great wages.

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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