Country Club

Updated on June 15, 2021

Country Club


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The Club:

University Club of Grand Rapids, an exquisite private club, was founded in 1923. With exceptional, personalized service, cozy charm and a first class setting, the Club serves as an ideal venue for business executives and the local community. Located in the beautiful Fifth Third Center in downtown Grand Rapids, the club has unparalleled, spectacular, panoramic views of the city. With a capacity of 300 guests, the Club is a popular choice for hosting small and large meetings, special events, weddings and all types of social gatherings. Reciprocity with more than 100 other clubs is another advantage for members who travel frequently.

In addition to dining options and meeting spaces, the Athletic Club is open 24 hours and amenities include a pool, exercise room, basketball court, hot tub, steam room, sauna and lounge.

  • Number of Members – 560 pre-COVID, 407 currently
  • Age of club - 98 years old
  • Average age of member – 55 years old
  • Size: 11,900 sq. ft. plus athletic club downstairs 13,400 sq.ft.
  • Gross Dollar volume - $1.7M+
  • Annual Food Sales - $872,000+
  • Annual Beverage Sales - $249,000+
  • Annual Dues Volume - $631,000+
  • Dining Facilities: several a la carte dining rooms and lounge, casual lunch buffet in Athletic Club

General Manager Overview:

The General Manager of The University Club of Grand Rapids is a highly visible position and individual must possess the skills of interacting with members and promote guest satisfaction. The GM is ultimately responsible for all aspects of club operations and reports to a Board of Directors. Will lead a team of supervisors including an Assistant Manager, Bar Manager and/or a Food and Beverage Manager, Event Planner, Marketing Director, Executive Chef, Office Manager and Athletic Director. The GM is a working manager position where they indirectly supervise office, kitchen and athletic facility personnel, wait staff and housekeeping therefore candidates must realize the importance of good communication between management and their staff.

The ideal candidate has strong leadership, communication, and managerial skills to oversee the daily operations of the club, as well as, provide long term strategic vision and guidance. The General Manager will be actively involved in developing programs to grow membership and will help to increase presence in downtown Grand Rapids through networking with community leaders. Looking for GM to elevate food, beverage and catering operations along with staff development. New catering sales program needs to be spearheaded. The membership will embrace an experienced professional with new ideas, food and beverage expertise, social media savvy, and creativity in club member events. Will also review and improve member communications – digital, club calendar, newsletter, emails, etc.

Education and/or Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university preferred, with an emphasis on hospitality.
  • 5+ years of experience as a General Manager, Assistant General Manager, or Clubhouse Manager in a private club setting. Background in luxury hotels/fine dining restaurants or upscale catering venues may also be considered.
  • Experience with club finances, committees, P&L statements.
  • Extensive food, beverage and catering management experience required.
  • Candidates in Michigan or with ties to the area preferred.
  • Exceptional people skills mandatory, with emphasis on member and employee relations.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with the knowledge, skills, and experience noted above. Medical, Life and Dental Insurance paid by the University Club. Vacation, Sick and Personal Days Use of the athletic facility and meals are included for employee only.


Please send cover letter and explain why your background makes you an ideal candidate for this opportunity. Email cover letter addressed to University Club of Grand Rapids Search Committee along with your resume directly to Harper Associates:


Prominent private club is confidentially searching for a Controller looking for a long term, secure opportunity. Reports to the General Manager and is responsible for financial reporting, accounting, payroll, tax, budgeting and office management.


  • Accounting Degree
  • 3 years minimum experience as controller, club or hospitality experience preferred.
  • CPA a plus

More detailed job description available.  Salary $80,000 - $85,000 plus great benefits.

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Beautiful, completely renovated private club is an ideal first class setting for an Executive Chef to display his/her culinary talent. We are seeking a very innovative chef to lead a motivated staff in a creative culinary operation. The Chef will be involved in many endeavors and will work with the club’s food and beverage team to upgrade menus and other culinary services.

The Club’s Food and Beverage annual sales volume is $3 million in a la carte and catering sales. Exquisite banquet facilities can accommodate up to 350 people. Catering is an important focus of the F&B department, especially during the spring and summer seasons. Catered affairs include weddings, golf outings, member events and more. The club is family oriented and is looking to increase the number of activities which appeal to families. In addition, the club would like to increase the number of special events during the off-season.

The ideal candidate has a Culinary Degree from a well-respected culinary school along with luxury hotel, fine dining, or country club chef experience.

Candidates with ties to the Michigan area are preferred.

Six figure compensation package and benefits offered.

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The Dining Room Manager will be a leader in both the club's restaurant and banquet operations, in addition to the beverage program.  Be part of a strong leadership team that develops exceptional talent in the hospitality business.

Our client prefers a Hospitality graduate with fine dining experience in an upscale country club with a la carte dining and banquet facilities, or luxury full-service hotel food & beverage operations. The Dining Room Manager also manages a team of hourly servers & bartenders. Other responsibilities include scheduling, procurement, and developing a team to deliver great member service. No Late Nights!

Ideal Food & Beverage Manager candidates will have:

  • Hospitality Degree
  • F&B leadership experience in a fine-dining restaurant, luxury hotel property, or
  • country club
  • Experience in ordering, inventory management, labor management, and scheduling
  • Exceptional training skills
  • Strong wine & craft cocktail knowledge
  • ServSafe certification
  • Exceptional customer service skills


  • Health benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • Opportunity for advancement

Compensation: $45,000, great benefits and work/life balance

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Will oversee new concept Member Grille Room, Catering Operations, Golf Outings, and quick service café. Prefer Fine Dining Restaurant, Hotel F&B, or Country Club Food and Beverage background. Excellent salary and incentive program. Immediate opening. Prefer Hospitality Degree.

Candidates with ties to Michigan preferred.

All inquiries will remain confidential.

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