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The Union League Club | New York, New York
General Manager/COO

About the Club

Founded in 1863 by a group of concerned citizens to help preserve the Union, The Union League Club is recognized as a conservative bastion of New York that remains “a private organization of social nature,” dedicated to national integrity, civic purpose and gracious company. While the Club is steeped in history and tradition, it is truly a vibrant social club that provides its members and guests with a quiet sanctuary and relief from the hustle of the city. The Club includes 60 overnight guest rooms (many recently renovated and beautifully appointed) for members and guests, a variety of meeting rooms and function space for business and social events, formal and informal dining options, and one of the most extensive club reference and lending libraries in New York City. The Union League Club’s Public Affairs program regularly hosts events featuring presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, military leaders and luminaries from the fields of government, commerce and the arts. The Union League is also home to a distinguished art collection and gallery and also features a fitness center with international squash courts, golf simulator, business center and barber shop for members to enjoy.

The Club is open year-round offering breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Gross revenues total $17 million with food and beverage revenues accounting for over $6 million. The Club has an active social and member-sponsored private event calendar. The Union League Club is a non-union property with a staff of approximately 140.

About the Position

The General Manager will report directly to the House Chairman and will be responsible for driving excellence throughout the operation, consistent with the policies, rules and By-laws of the Club. The GM will work in coordination with the Controller to prepare the annual operating and capital budgets for Finance Committee approval and will coordinate all management functions of the Club, providing strong, motivational leadership to the committed and high functioning management team that includes the Controller, Executive Chef, Director of Catering, Food & Beverage Manager, Event Coordinator, Banquet Manager, Director of Membership Marketing & Relations, Director of Rooms, Squash Professional, Front Door Captain and Engineer. The General Manager will be tasked with driving revenues where opportunities exist through increasing member-sponsored private events, a la carte dining and overnight rooms usage. The General Manager will nurture a member-focused service culture of high standards across all departments and look forward to coalescing and developing the staff, providing the structure for effective and transparent communication and robust training. The successful GM will look forward to working with an active committee system and Board and be a contributor of ideas, solutions and expertise.

Compensation:  The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a minimum 10 years of experience in private club management, with at least five years as a General Manager, preferably at a club in a large metropolitan setting of similar scale. Assistant General Managers with excellent training from large, highly regarded clubs will be considered as well. New York City experience is highly desired.

The General Manager will have passion for and expert knowledge of food and beverage operations, having experience in fine dining settings. An excellent understanding of club financial performance, internal controls, budgeting and reporting and the parameters of UBI are critical skills to be found in the exceptional candidate. A track record of success with growing revenues in the areas of private events, overnight rooms usage and member dining are paramount. A management style of collaboration, energy, fairness and emphasizing the team rather than a siloed approach is the model for the next General Manager of The Union League Club in leading the Club’s diverse work force. The General Manager will need to be highly visible to the membership and staff alike, providing an executive yet approachable and personable presence. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential in communicating with the staff and membership but also in managing up to the various committees and Board effectively.

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Interested candidates should complete the Club Management Candidate Profile Form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration. For further assistance or to recommend a candidate, please contact Alison Savona or Karen Alexander at 203-319-8228 or by email at alison@denehyctp.com and karen@denehyctp.com.

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