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The Brook | New York, New York
General Manager

About the Club
The Brook has been a prestigious, private social club since its formation in 1903 by a group of prominent men who belonged to other New York private clubs at the time. The name is derived from the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem The Brook, whose lines “For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever” were consistent with the intention that the Club would never close its doors. However, others have written that the intention was to mean the Club is always open, yet the conversation flows on forever. In the past, membership was limited to 100 men however the total number of members today is just over 1,200 with 26 women. Membership is still by invitation only and within the past decade has opened the doors to women.

The Club’s historic building, erected in 1925, was designed by the architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich, who also designed the Union Club and Knickerbocker Clubhouses at the time as well as other exclusive Clubs. Past and present notable members are Fred Astaire, Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger, William Vanderbilt II, John Jacob Astor IV, Wynton Marsalis, and John F. Kennedy just to name a few.

Today, The Brook remains a renowned, private social Club that offers a retreat to a comfortable home away from home where members can meet fellow interesting and distinguished international members and enjoy an excellent dining experience. The Club offers a popular monthly speaker series where the speakers are typically members as well as several other member events annually.

The impressive Club has five floors in midtown Manhattan with the upper floors having nine highly sought-after guest rooms. There is a grand 20,000 square foot Clubhouse, two private meeting and dining rooms, a large bar and two larger dining rooms. The Clubs doors are open weekdays for breakfast from 7am -10am, lunch from 12pm – 3pm and dinner from 6pm – 9pm.  Bar service is open from 12 noon until close and the rooms are available on a 24-hour basis seven days/week. The Club is closed for dining on weekends other than for planned member events. The Club is also closed for the month of August.

The Club recently had water damage to the third-floor dining room and is in a reconstruction project at this time.  In addition, the Club sold the air rights above the building several years ago and is in discussion relating to the potential addition of a rooftop bar/lounge and/or more guest rooms.

About the Position
This is an incredible opportunity for a private club professional to join an exclusive, prominent Club with deep history and tradition in Manhattan. The General Manager reports to the Club President and Board of Directors and is responsible for managing all operations of The Brook consistent with the policies established by the Board of Governors and the By-laws and rules of the Club. This includes preparing, in coordination with the Controller, a final draft of the annual operating and capital budgets, which are subject to the oversight and approval of the Finance Committee and Board, and management and control of operations to attain desired results. The General Manager is expected to coordinate all management functions of the Club, provide excellent leadership to the staff, and work in concert with committee chairs to assist them with implementation of policies, programs, and events. The General Manager consults with the President, the Board, and/or committee chairs as appropriate on matters of significance to the Club and will also work directly with several NY Unions. He or she is responsible for monitoring the quality of the Club’s products and services to ensure maximum member and guest satisfaction and will endeavor to ensure an atmosphere of hospitality, friendliness, and goodwill.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and will include other standard benefits offered to management team members.

About the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years work experience in private club management, preferably within a large metropolitan area setting; NYC experience is highly desirable as is experience in hotel, catering and restaurant management.  In addition, a minimum of five years as a General Manager at a club of similar size, scope of services, and culture as The Brook is desired. Experienced and well-trained Assistant General Managers from highly regarded properties will be considered as well.

The incoming General Manager will have experience in leading fine dining operations with an emphasis on outstanding service. He/she will have successfully shaped excellent dining offerings and programming that reflect traditional and current needs and that will connect with a sophisticated membership. The next General Manager will possess a track record of revenue generation in previous roles, including overall member spend, member dining, increasing private member events and driving overnight rooms sales.

The successful candidate will have a record of success in the selection, development, training, motivation and leading of an accomplished, service-oriented and diverse staff in a high-end city club environment. He/she be eager to work with an engaged committee system and have experience in capital project facilitation, overseeing project work and coordinating the Club’s operations while ongoing construction may occur. Additionally, experience working and negotiating with New York Unions is highly preferred. Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in business, hospitality or related fields is preferred as well as appropriate professional training, preferably holding a Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation and related professional continuing education.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the online candidate profile form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to DENEHY Club Thinking Partners at http://denehyctp.com/apply-for-a-position/. If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact CTP Senior Consultant, Karen Alexander at karen@denehyctp.com.

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