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Estate/Private Service



As of March 2, 2015


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 is a mature couple seeking a creative, talented Chef. Position will involve planning, grocery shopping and preparing meals with a healthy focus. Will also coordinate meals for guests and dinner parties, maintain a spotless kitchen and keep food and supply inventory . This individual can be based in SE Michigan or Palm Beach, FL area, however, the Chef does need to be flexible to travel to both areas, typically Florida in the winter season, Michigan in the summer. Housing is available for two adults (no children can be accommodated) in the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan area. Culinary degree and private service experience strongly preferred. We are looking for a Chef who is already residing in/near SE MI or Palm Beach, FL.


    Excellent salary, benefits available.


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Large, luxurious private residence (10,000+ sq. ft) requires versatile and very mechanically inclined individual to handle home and grounds maintenance, along with preventative maintenance and other duties which arise. Will also need to coordinate contractors when necessary. This is a full-time, hands-on position which requires a flexible person who can work independently but also pitch in on a team as needed. 


Experience in an upscale home or luxury apartment or hotel is required. Must have polished image and friendly personality.


$25-$30/hr. plus full benefits!


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    Full-time, year round position, hours may fluctuate with season. Exceptional opportunity available for an extremely creative and talented Master Gardener who is passionate about their work and loves vegetable gardening. This unique position is located at a magnificent, private residential estate with spectacular gardens. Will involve flower bed garden maintenance and design, planting, trimming, etc. Other responsibilities will include creating household floral arrangements, holiday decorations, etc. Heavy landscaping work (i.e. lawn cutting, large tree trimming, etc.) will be handled by service contractors.


    The ideal candidate is a Master Gardener who has worked on a large, luxury property. $45,000-$50,000 plus benefits.


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Involves exciting travel for up to several weeks at a time.  The Nanny must be able to do overnights on a regular basis.  


Outstanding opportunity available for a professional, well-educated nanny who has experience working with adolescents and teenagers. We are seeking a very energetic and athletic Nanny who loves to encourage and motivate children in the areas of physical fitness (indoors and outdoors) and good health habits.


The Nanny will also need to inspire the children to complete homework, attend school, etc. This is a live-in position on the days you are working; you are able to live elsewhere on your days off. You will work hard on the days you are scheduled, however, you will be compensated with an extremely generous salary and benefit package, along with many days off.


A degree is required (teaching degree a plus), in addition to experience working with children 10 yrs.+ and older. Foreign language speaking skills are highly desirable. Only non-smokers will be considered. The ability and desire to travel with the family, for up to several weeks at a time, often without significant notice, is essential. All inquiries will remain confidential.


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     Great full-time opportunity available for a housekeeper with experience working in a large, luxury home. Only those who send resume will be considered. References and background check will be required later. Must have flexible personality to meet the needs of the family and be comfortable working in a household with children and pets.


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    Exceptional salary plus excellent benefits!


    Outstanding full-time opportunity available for a seasoned and polished Personal Assistant who has previously supported an executive family in their private residence. The PA will be working directly for the principal’s wife and will coordinate her calendar, contacts, correspondences and events. Although the couple travels frequently to other residences, the PA will be based in the magnificent Manhattan home and must be accustomed to working for an employer who is not always in the same location as the PA. The schedule in the home office will typically be Monday-Friday daytime hours, however, the PA must be flexible to accommodate the couple’s needs on a 24/7 basis and be able to work varied hours especially when the couple is living in their Manhattan residence.


    Our client is seeking a very articulate and professional individual who is capable of multi-tasking and handling things confidentially and discreetly. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, managing a very busy social and philanthropic calendar, scheduling appointments, maintaining contacts, mailings and guest lists, purchasing gifts and cards, handling all written and phone correspondence, running errands, letter writing, concierge duties, travel arrangements when needed, organizing itineraries, party planning, providing assistance with smart phone and computer and other electronic devices, approving invoices, and acting as a liaison with household staff.


    Excellent computer skills are required. The PA must be a team player, able to work cooperatively with other private service personnel. Our client will only consider local candidates who have a successful track record as a Personal Assistant for at least ten years and will have accompanying references when requested. The ideal candidate speaks fluent Spanish or French. Only non-smokers will be considered.


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Great full-time opportunity available for an experienced Chef to work in a beautiful, upscale home. Will involve planning, preparing and shopping for family meals and dinner parties. In addition, will be expected to maintain a clean kitchen, walk dog, run errands and handle other miscellaneous household duties. We are seeking a Chef who is creative, organized and flexible. Must enjoy and be able to work around a busy household with children.

Schedule is primarily Monday-Friday, with a few Saturdays and/or Sundays each month. Hours may vary somewhat but the Chef’s day will typically end after dinner clean-up ~9:30/10pm.

Culinary degree preferred along with appropriate references. Background check will be required.

$50,000-$60,000 plus benefits.      


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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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  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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  • 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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