Why the job of club manager has such a short tenure can be answered from both sides — the manager’s and the club’s. Probably the most frequent problem is a simple mismatch — the wrong club, and vise versa.  These situations may be avoided if the manager follows certain guidelines in judging a club as a potential employer.  Essentially, you must know the club and details of its operations; you must know and understand exactly what is expected of you.

It is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the position you are considering.  Read carefully any information you can get, such as the club ad on the ClubCareers web site, or material the club may send you prior to the interview (i.e. financial statements, job descriptions, bylaws, the annual report, etc.).

Contact other managers who may be familiar with the club’s operation or contact the local chapter officers.

Sit down and make a realistic review of your job requirements.  You might want to consider salary, fringes, living accommodations, etc. If you have a family, consider the schools, the community, cultural activities, the climate, etc.

Assess your management skills and strengths. If you are strong in a particular area, match this skill to a club’s needs.  For instance, if you are strong in accounting, try to find a club whose greatest needs are in that area.

Try to determine the membership needs. Does the job require heavy personal contact, while you prefer the role of administrator? Are you able to cope with any distinctive regional or group needs?  These points are the most basic ones to consider before selecting a club.  They may be answered in greater depth in a personal interview, along with other more specific questions regarding club policy.

To view CSCM member clubs across Canada, click here.  

  Download Guide to Selecting A Club (PDF)

Download Guide to Managers Staying Power (PDF)

Source: The context contained within the "Selecting A Club" page was generously provided by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).