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Estate/Private Service



As of July 22, 2014


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.


  • nanny-full-time: franklin, mi

Great situation for a nanny who is extremely flexible regarding their schedule and responsibilities. We are looking for someone who is responsible yet fun, to care for a six year old and a young teenager. Hours will be primarily after school, evenings and weekends but the Nanny must also be flexible when daytime childcare is needed (i.e. school closed, child sick, etc.). Will be expected to be available 24/7 when parents travel and may also be asked to travel with the family on occasion. Must be a non-smoker who is dog friendly. Great childcare experience and references required. $15-$20/hr.


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  • live-in nanny - start mid-august - bloomfield hills

Great opportunity for an enthusiastic, well-educated nanny who adores young children. Will provide childcare for three children under the age of 4 years old. This is a live-in position and will also involve travel with the family. We are only interested in interviewing candidates seeking a very long term, live-in position with a great family. College degree preferred. Non-smokers only need apply. Must be a great swimmer and very active.


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  • nanny - 25-35 hrs/week: start end of august: bloomfield hills

Professional family seeks responsible Nanny for after school/evening hours. Children are 9 and 11 years old. Nanny will transport children from school to after school activities. Will also assist with homework and dinner preparation, errands. Also help with organizing/maintaining children's rooms/laundry, walk dog, etc. Hours are Monday-Friday 1:30pm-6:30pm (25 hours/week). If more hours are desired, additional errands/household tasks can be added earlier in the day or Saturday night childcare is an option if desired. The nanny needs to be flexible when children do not have school or when parents travel. $15-$18/hr. Start August 25th.


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  • estate manager: suburban detroit, mi

Our client, a high profile family residing in the metro Detroit area, is seeking an experienced Estate Manager to manage their primary home in suburban Detroit, MI and coordinate with a management company handling their out of state residences (FL, Aspen, CA).  The Estate Manager will supervise staff including a Chef and Housekeepers, manage service personnel and contractors, organize special events, approve invoices, correspond with office staff, purchase supplies including via internet, run errands, etc.. Excellent computer skills and internet research and shopping expertise are all required. The family enjoys their privacy and as a result, the Estate Manager will not be expected to be at the residence evenings and weekends on a regular basis and may be asked to work from home occasionally rather than in the home. Occasional travel to other residences may be required.


The ideal candidate will have experience as a Personal Assistant to a top Executive prior to becoming an Estate Manager even though the Principal does have an Executive/Personal Assistant at the office. A Private Chef who has progressed into an Estate Manager role may also be considered.


Those with ties to Michigan are strongly preferred. Please state in your cover letter whether or not you have a specific desire to relocate to Michigan for reasons other than a great career opportunity.


Excellent salary and benefits commensurate with experience. This is a live-out position. Only non-smokers who are dog friendly will be considered.


Impeccable references will be required, along with a complete background check.


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  • estate housekeepers - birmingham and bloomfield

Several new openings for experienced full and part-time housekeepers. Some require outstanding laundry and ironing skills with accompanying references from other high end homeowners. $18-$25/hr.


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  • corporate office - front office/administrative assistant

Exclusive, very posh corporate office is seeking an enthusiastic, personable and flexible individual to serve as a Front Office Coordinator. Responsibilities will include greeting visitors, answering phones, coordinating conference room requests, running errands for the office and working as a Personal Assistant to various principals within the office.


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  • experienced nanny needed - full-time: Monday, wednesday, friday- grand blanc, Mi

Professional couple is seeking an experienced Nanny with strong family values who would like to work full-time in just three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) (13 hour days. Must have solid childcare work experience with accompanying references, and be able to pass a background check with flying colors. Only non-smokers and physically active, energetic candidates need apply. Must be able to travel with family. Position available immediately. $20/hr.


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  • personal-executive assistant - 8-10 hrs./week: bloomfield hills

Great opportunity available for a very organized, seasoned, mature, Executive Assistant who would enjoy working from home with the exception of 3 hours/week on Fridays in Bloomfield Hills and other occasional times.  Availability on Tuesdays is helpful.   Our client, an Insurance Executive, is seeking a very detail oriented professional to handle administrative tasks for personal, household and insurance business matters.  Responsibilities will include maintenance and updates of all address books, forms, paperwork, automobile maintenance and insurance policies.  Household tasks will involve errands, shopping, office supply purchase and equipment maintenance, along with coordination of contractors.  The Assistant will also handle travel arrangements and varied correspondence.  $20-$25/hr.  Apple/Mac experience required.   Basic knowledge of insurance industry is desirable.


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  • private chef (vegetarian/spa cuisine) - bloomfield hills

Executive Family (children grown) seeks culinary graduate who has experience in vegetarian and spa cuisine, dinner parties, and previous experience working in executive residences. Polished image, non-smoker required. Our client will only consider individuals with ties to Michigan. 5 day work week. $50-70,000


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  • private chef - full-time salaried with health and retirement benefits - western michigan

Exceptional opportunity available for a talented Executive Chef with a Culinary degree, preferably one who has worked in a private residence. The Chef will plan and prepare meals for a small family and work as a team to facilitate special events and private parties. In addition, the Chef will need to oversee all aspects of the kitchen, including upholding proper sanitary conditions, upkeep of equipment, creating operational guidelines, and setting standards. We are looking for a true professional who has a good understanding of an executive household protocol, etiquette and table service.


We are seeking a Chef with the ability to accommodate varied tastes and dietary requirements. Flexibility with schedule and tasks, along with a positive, friendly attitude are essential ingredients for success in this role. Position requires professionalism, discretion, excellent organizational skills and computer proficiency (Microsoft Office). Previous experience as a Private Chef is strongly desired. Must be comfortable working around pets.


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  • nanny - full time: grosse pointe: year-round, start in august

Great family seeks very energetic nanny experienced working with infants, toddlers and children (under the age of 7). In addition to working some daytime shifts, must be able to work weekends on a regular basis and also travel with family, sometimes for a few weeks at a time. Schedule will vary, family cannot work around a college schedule or other commitments. Only those willing to make a long term commitment (3+yrs.) need apply. 35-40 hours/week can be guaranteed.


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  • live-in estate housekeeper or domestic couple - dayton, ohio

Our client is seeking an experienced live-in housekeeper or domestic couple to help maintain their beautiful home. Housekeeping will be the main focus but if a couple is hired there will also be some exterior maintenance. Cooking would be a plus. Must be able to drive. Private living quarters provided, however, no pets or children can be accommodated.


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  • family office - personal assistant - part-time

Unique opportunity available for an experienced Executive/Personal Assistant who would enjoy working 25-30 hours/week. Our client is seeking an experienced high energy Assistant with outstanding organizational skills and advanced proficiency in MS Office. This individual will manage a wide variety of personal business matters for the Executive and their family. Types of responsibilities will encompass scheduling appointments and meetings, calendar and travel along with many administrative details including car/home/vehicle registrations, warranties and insurances, household staff payroll.   Position is based in a corporate office in the Ypsilanti, Belleville, Canton region. $25-$30/hr. 


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  • estate housekeeper/server - grosse pointe, mi $20/hr.

Unique part-time opportunity available for a polished individual who has experience cleaning a luxury home and who has also served meals in a private residence or fine dining restaurant. Schedule is Wednesdays and Sundays 2pm-10pm in addition to providing occasional vacation relief. Please do not apply if you are not available those days and hours every week on a long term basis. Only those who send resume will be considered. 


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  • Estate/DOMESTIC Personnel

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, please send your resume.


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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


** To be considered for these positions or any others available in Executive Residences through Harper Associates, e-mail a resume to  

Fax: 248-932-1214 or Phone: 248-932-3662



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