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Estate/Private Service



As of October 21, 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.



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 Estate Manager must be tech savvy to assist with phones and computer equipment. The family enjoys their privacy and as a result, the Estate Manager will not typically be expected to be at the residence evenings and weekends and may be asked to work from home occasionally rather than in the home. Occasional travel to other residences may be required. Great communication skills, discretion, attention to detail and extreme flexibility are essential for success in this role.


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 plus full benefits and car. 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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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. Must have previous experience working as a nanny in a private home. Excellent wages.


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  • nanny - full time: grosse pointe: year-round

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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Family is seeking a fun and energetic nanny to care for a six year old and a young teenager.
Saturday schedule will begin ~3pm through the evening. Additional hours may be available on Sundays or a weekday evening



  Terrific full-time opportunity for a very experienced housekeeper who has worked in a very upscale

  private home, estate or possibly as a Chief Stewardess on a private yacht. Must be accustomed to

  working in an environment with very high standards in a luxury setting. Typical hours are

  Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. Solid work history and references will be required for consideration.


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  Exquisite home requires top notch professional housekeeper who is flexible to work 3 or 5 days,

  depending on homeowners travel schedule. We are seeking an individual with excellent laundry and

  ironing skills who can also do housekeeping. Must have current or recent experience and references

  from working in a very upscale home and be very accustomed to working with fine materials and

  furnishings. $25-$30/hr


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  Magnificent residence requires meticulous housekeeper who has worked in exclusive homes doing

  housekeeping and laundry. Work 4 days/week, ~8 hrs./day. Non-smokers only need apply. per

  Birmingham (4 days/week). Our client is seeking a long term employee. $20-$25/hr.


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  Excellent six figure package, private living quarters, vehicle provided, great benefits! We are seeking

  an experienced Domestic Couple to share varied hands-on duties including housekeeping, household

  shopping, house management, grounds, pool and interior maintenance. Security background would

  be a plus. Cooking abilities would be appreciated but not required. Good computer skills are needed.

  The couple will live in a guest house on the property. Although the principals travel often, the live-in

  couple does not.


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  Seeking hands-on Farm Manager to clear fields, lanes and woods, plow, general maintenance, etc.

  Must have ability to handle tractor and chainsaw and have knowledge of mechanical systems (well,

  septic, geo-thermal, generator, etc.). Will oversee contractors if they are needed. Must be a

  trustworthy, self-starter. Hours will vary with season. Retired military encouraged to apply.


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  • experienced nanny needed - 3 full days/week- 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.  Family has one toddler and one five year old.  Must have solid nanny 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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  • 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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