Estate/Private Service

Updated on July 23, 2021


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 CHAUFFEUR / SECURITY: BIRMINGHAM, BLOOMFIELD, MI AREA

Accommodating, service oriented professional is needed to wear many hats for a busy Executive family.  Primary responsibilities will include driving an Executive and their family to various destinations as needed, using a large SUV while on duty.     Will need to maintain and clean the SUV and other vehicles and also provide discreet security to family members and guests. This individual will also be expected to run errands, handle shopping, and assist inside and/or outside the household, as requested by the Principals.  This is a full-time, long term, year round position. Schedule will vary greatly with weekday hours often anywhere between 9am-8pm.  Weekend and evening hours will also be included as needed.

  • Schedule flexibility including evenings and weekends is a key necessity
  • Professional and friendly demeanor is essential for success in this role
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use extreme discretion is vital
  • Must have previous employment driving an Executive, VIP, etc.
  • Compatibility to work for a family with children and pets is imperative
  • Occasional travel will be included
  • Previous military or law enforcement background is a plus
  • Heavy lifting may be involved
  • Impeccable driving record is a prerequisite

$60,000 - $70,000 plus benefits!   

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


PRIVATE CHEF / HOUSE MANAGER / PERSONAL ASSISTANT - MONDAY - FRIDAY DAYTIME HOURS:  BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (WITH SOME TRAVEL TO FLORIDA)

Mature female principal is seeking a versatile Chef who is also capable of managing a luxury home and serving as a tech savvy (Excel, MAC and Apple products) Personal Assistant. This is a full-time position, primarily Monday-Friday, daytime hours, no nights. Travel to Florida during winter season, 1-2 weeks each month. Detailed job description will be provided to qualified candidates. Excellent compensation and benefit package!    

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


HOUSEKEEPER - PART-TIME: ORCHARD LAKE, MI 

Friendly couple living in a beautiful lakefront home is searching for an experienced housekeeper with great common sense and a flexible, helpful personality. Work Mondays and Thursdays), 8 hours each day. Occasional Saturday hours may be available if desired. A dog lover would be ideal for this position. Excellent wages!

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



















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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



















Harper Associates

31000 Northwestern Hwy,

Suite 240,

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone. 248-932-1170

Fax. 888-737-8525

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