Estate/Private Service

Updated on October 15, 2021

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.


FAMILY ASSISTANT (PART-TIME, AFTERNOONS): BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Warm, wonderful professional working parents need assistance in the afternoons.

Position will involve transporting and spending time with two children after school, doing children’s laundry, light housekeeping related

to the children and preparing their dinner. Must have a reliable vehicle which can accommodate two car seats. $20/hr.

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


PART-TIME NANNY NEEDED (AFTERSCHOOL, EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS) - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Professional couple with very busy (but organized) schedule is seeking a part-time Nanny to assist with the care and transportation of their three children (5-10 years old). Hours would be Monday-Friday at a minimum 3pm-7pm (Wednesday would start at 2pm). The ideal candidate would also be pleased to work some later evenings and some weekend hours or occasional overnights.  If desired and willing to cook, run errands, etc., more hours would be considered.  The Nanny must be comfortable driving the children to/from school and other activities in their own vehicle. $20-$25/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


PRIVATE CHEF - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Great full-time opportunity for a classically trained Chef to work in private service. Our client is seeking a talented Chef who is an expert at creating top quality, high end, healthy meals. The ideal candidate has worked as an Executive Chef at a fine dining restaurant or hotel/resort. The position will be shared by two family members who live in different nearby residences. The Chef must be extremely flexible in terms of schedule and be willing to work nights/weekends and be able to travel. $80,000-85,000 plus bonus.

Send resume to ben@harperjobs.com


PRIVATE CHEF - FRANKLIN, MI

Prominent family is seeking an exceptionally talented Chef who would embrace the opportunity to cook healthy, delicious meals for two adults in their large, formal home. Focus would be on organic, clean, light meals with some vegetarian and gluten free options. Many meals will be prepared in advance to be consumed by the principals at a later time. The Chef would also plan and sometimes serve meals, grocery shop, stock pantry, refrigerator and possibly other household items. Cleaning up after meals and maintaining a spotless kitchen will also be expected.

In addition to preparing meals for the principals, there will be a few small dinner parties each month when the homeowners are in residence and 2-3 large events annually. Some travel will be required, once every month or two, for 3-5 days at a time. Routine schedule would be Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, however, flexibility is needed on some evenings and weekends and for the travel noted above. The Chef must have a friendly yet professional demeanor and be amenable to working in a home with other staff and two small dogs. This is a full-time, year-round opportunity. Experience as a private Chef in a formal household is required. Culinary degree preferred.

Prefer candidates with ties to Michigan

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@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


NANNY - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Busy family with one infant is seeking a mature, kind and caring nanny who is experienced with babies and toddlers.  The schedule will be approximately 30 hours/week: 5 hours each day, Monday-Thursday, with Fridays being a longer day (5-8 hours) to allow the parents the evening out, along with a few hours on Saturday night. The parents would like to find a Nanny who truly adores children and is interested in a long term relationship. Other light housekeeping tasks will be involved. Live-in situation for one individual is optional. Great wages! Medical benefits may be negotiable!

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


PRIVATE CHEF- BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Executive family with a busy schedule and lots of moving parts is in search of a very personable Chef who has an extremely flexible attitude and great cooking skills.

The Chef will plan, cook and grocery shop for all meals with a healthy focus. In addition, the Chef will be responsible for meals when the family is entertaining guests for both small and large events. Hours are typically Monday-Friday approximately noon until 8pm with only occasional weekends but requires someone who is willing to accommodate changing needs. The Chef will travel with the family to Florida on occasion for up to two weeks at a time during the winter season. Culinary degree strongly desired. Non-smokers only need apply. All inquiries will remain confidential. This is a live-out opportunity for local candidates or those already in the process of moving to SE Michigan.

Excellent Salary and Benefits!!

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@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


LIVE-IN CARETAKER - FRANKLIN, MI

GREAT LIVING ACCOMODATIONS

Mature couple is seeking an individual to handle a wide variety of responsibilities.  This would include driving, errands and light interior and exterior maintenance of their home, grounds and pool.  Must be a friendly, flexible individual who is willing to help the couple in any way needed. This is a live-in position.  Accommodations are available for an individual or couple. Great wages!

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


LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER - BIRMINGHAM, MI

Seeking experienced, trustworthy, flexible housekeeper to handle housekeeping and laundry for a mature couple. Must have recent, verifiable housekeeping experience working in a luxury home and be able to drive. Great wages!

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

Very busy family is seeking a full-time Housekeeper, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm position.  The ideal candidate is extremely organized and has a very positive, upbeat attitude.  In addition to cleaning and handling laundry and ironing, the housekeeper will also be responsible for pet care (dogs and birds), receiving visitors and deliveries, polishing silver, light cooking and serving, etc.. Great benefits include health insurance and 10 days paid time off.

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


FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: DETROIT, MI

Working professionals are seeking a great housekeeper to clean a home, handle laundry and prepare dinner for a family. Housekeeping will involve daily deep cleaning including light fixtures, washing rugs, cleaning furniture and organizing.  Approximately 12 hours, week (2 non-consecutive days/week). Must have experience and references from working in a large, upscale home. Excellent wages!

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


PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR - GROSSE POINTE, MI

Excellent career opportunity has become available! Selected candidate will be trained by current staff member who is retiring. Primary focus will be to handle interior and exterior maintenance and deep cleaning a large, private residence and keep it in pristine condition. Will also provide support to the family with other administrative and personal tasks. Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

This hands-on maintenance role will encompass:

  • Ensuring that everything in the residence and grounds is clean and functioning properly (examples include floors, windows, pool area and surrounding furniture, garage, gutters, leaves, landscaping, etc.)
  • Scheduling and supervising service personnel
  • Monitoring major projects for deadlines
  • Running household/miscellaneous errands
  • Provide leadership and assistance to housekeeper
  • Communicating with office staff as needed
  • Other responsibilities as directed by principals

We are seeking local candidates or those planning to move to SE Michigan immediately.

Excellent salary commensurate with experience.

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


DOMESTIC COUPLE - TRAVERSE CITY, MI (LOCAL CANDIDATES PREFERRED)

Great opportunity available for an experienced Domestic Couple to maintain a large, family vacation home. This is a very hands-on position which will encompass housekeeping, laundry, running errands, driving and supervising vendors/contractors. Must also be able to do heavy lifting, possess handyman skills and safely operate and maintain boat/jet skis, and have experience using a chainsaw to split firewood, chop trees, etc. The Couple must have a very flexible and friendly yet professional, service-oriented demeanor to accommodate the family and many guests. The ideal candidates have held a similar role in a large family estate, bed & breakfast, lodge/resort or hotel. Our client is seeking local candidates for this position. Will be required to live within a very reasonable distance to the home; housing is not provided. This is a live-out, year-round salaried position: responsibilities will be very minimal during the winter season (weekly check on house) except when the principals are in residence. Good salary, benefits negotiable.

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


NANNY - FAMILY ASSISTANT: BIRMINGHAM, MI

Private family with one child (preschool age) is seeking an experienced Nanny to work on a long term basis. The ideal candidate is someone who is flexible with their schedule to meet the needs of the family now and as they grow.  The nanny must be fun and energetic and willing to handle a variety of other tasks to assist the family. This would include child’s laundry, light housekeeping, organizing, etc. Position will be guaranteed for 40 hours, however, schedule will vary. Hours will be 11am-5:30pm plus a few date nights including at least two Saturdays nights/month. Ability to travel with the family is a plus.  Great wages!

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


PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN - ANN ARBOR, MI

Family with beautiful home and property is seeking a versatile Property Maintenance Technician to handle preventative and hands-on interior and exterior maintenance. Responsibilities will include maintaining and monitoring all equipment and systems within the property, such as electrical, HVAC, security systems, lighting, generators, etc..  Requires technical expertise and great communication skills. Will supervise outside contractors. $20-$30/hr. plus overtime outstanding benefits (excellent health insurance, 401K w/ generous match, PTO, etc.).   

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


ESTATE HOUSEKEEPER - EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK

Mature couple with no children or pets living in their home, is seeking an experienced live-out Housekeeper to maintain their beautiful home in the Hamptons on a year round basis. The housekeeper will handle housekeeping and laundry for two adults, and their guests on occasion. Position may start after this season ends if desired.

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


CHEF - HOUSE MANAGER: EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK WITH OCCASIONAL TRAVEL TO NY

Executive, empty nester couple (no pets) is seeking a versatile individual who enjoys a wide variety of responsibilities. This is a live-out, position in East Hampton, with occasional travel to New York City. Cooking is focused on dinner meals for two people, with occasional family, guests or special events. Lunch meals may be prepared in advance for future use. Home is typically informal but couple prefers proper serving etiquette. House management responsibilities will include supervision of one full-time housekeeper, grocery shopping, coordination of vendors, and ensuring that the home and grounds remain well maintained at all times. Start date can be flexible after season ends if preferred.

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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