Estate Managers Domestic Staffing

British American Household Staffing is a domestic staffing agency that represents the highest quality, experienced professional estate managers in NY, CA, CT and the UK as well as other states in the USA. British American Household Staffing provides experienced, qualified and formally trained household staff in NYC and CA and the UK including personal assistants, corporate staff, nannies, baby nurses, newborn care specialists, housekeepers, private chefs, household and estate managers, chauffeurs and more. Estate managers in New York, CT (Greenwich) California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Chicago, Florida (Palm Beach) and the UK are the overseers of large estates and multiple properties usually owned by a high net worth individual or family. Estate managers will oversee all the staff often via House Managers who are stationed in each property. Estate Managers are highly skilled in all areas of domestic staffing management and some are skilled in accounting. Some Estate managers are specialized in rural management and agriculture for rural estates.

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Estate Managers Domestic Staffing

An Estate Manager is responsible for several households and estates owned by a family. This will often including properties overseas. He/she oversees all properties, is in charge of staffing and managing each Household Manager. He/she may also take charge of the buying, selling and build out of properties. He/she is responsible for any yachts or private jets. Estate Managers in New York, CT (Greenwich) California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Chicago, Florida (Palm Beach) and the UK are the overseers of large estates and multiple properties usually owned by a high net worth individual or family.  Estate Managers will oversee all the staff often via House Managers who are stationed in each property.  Estate Managers are highly skilled in all areas of domestic staffing management and accounting.  Some Estate Managers are specialized in rural management and agriculture for rural estates.  

Where there are large or multiple homes, the Estate Manager is the "Chief of Staff" of the organization, carrying out the wishes of the principles at each location. Estate Managers need to understand the job descriptions of all staff members they oversee (Household Manager, Butler, Head Housekeeper, Housekeeper, Laundress, Houseman, Chauffeur, Private Chef, Gardener, Nanny etc.).  Estate Managers also have broad policy making authority over all household and estate operations, and manage extensive property and staff issues on a daily basis.

An Estate Manager of an estate or several properties and large estates may be asked to oversee such areas such as as the vineyard, stables, oversee the House Managers, Housekeepers, their budgets and the accountants and the staff that support these operations. There are usually at least one "super yacht", a private jet to maintain and several smaller vacation homes to manage.  A qualified Estate Manager will have an excellent rapport with both the staff in the homes and the principles of the properties.  The Estate Manager will understand how to manage accounts while also be able to fill in for a staff member should this ever be deemed necessary.  

If you are looking to hire an Estate Manager, please view our Services or learn about our process by viewing our Standards. If you are an Estate Manager looking for employment, please visit our Candidates page.


We are the leading agency for Estate Managers in NY and CA, as well as the UK.  If you are looking to hire an Estate Manager please view our Services www.bahs.com/services or learn about our process by viewing our Standards. If you are a Baby Nurse looking for employment, please visit our Candidates page. www.bahs.com/candidates

An article by Starkey: www.starkeyintl.com

What is the Function and Job Description of an Estate Manager?

Estate Manager is a newer term utilized to describe what a Majordomo, House Manager or Butler used to be called, a more American term. It is important to recognize the overall scope of an Estate Manager, while each of the other terms can fit certain duties of an Estate Manager none really fit the true meaning of what a modern Estate Manager does on a day to day basis.

Some other variations do exist such as “Director of Estates” and or “Director of Properties”.

The Estate Manager is an administrative service professional who possesses a mature and seasoned knowledge of Service Management Systems, expertise with multiple homes or in small luxury hotels, and knowledge of working within the Luxury Marketplace, in the Service Environment and throughout the Grounds and Property.

This person must possess basic Human Resource principles, overall knowledge of Transportation and Security, and understand his or her role as part of the Family Office team.

This professional must understand the relationship of service and appropriate Private Service and business etiquette protocol.

This professional must be able to identify all Service Standards, organize work schedules, train, and manage all service staff required to fulfill all Standards for large Estates of generally 18,000 square feet or more, and/or for busy families with multiple residences.  HQ Service Management Software is essential.

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Salaries are currently between $90,000 and $300,000 per year with full benefits, and if appropriate, private housing.

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The Overall Management of an Estate, or multiple Estates, is quite different from the detail of daily service delivery. Understanding the difference can make the difference of preventing turnover. An Estate Manager’s position is to take on the responsibilities involved in upholding the Service Vision and overall quality of life of the Principal and their family. The Estate Manager should approach a Private Service Management position with the following perspective:

Over all Service Vision Of An Estate Manager

Learn the depth of clarity necessary to execute all operations within a Service Environment; utilize the Starkey Service Management Model taught in the “Systems Course” with careful, skillful and intentional listening to the Principal’s Service Vision.

This written Customized Service Management Plan process will reveal and summarize the economic, human, and social factors required for the successful completion of setting up all aspects of the Principal’s overall Lifestyle, Service Vision and their Environments.

Be sure to achieve agreement with the Principal on the Service Vision, Service Goals and the overall Service Management Plan, including the staff and resources needed to fulfill the service expectations for each home and Service Environment.

Service Management Blueprint and Budget Use the now-complete Service Management Plan Blueprint to gather and analyze the overall budget necessary for the Household/Estate and Service Environment fiscal management. Create and refine monthly, quarterly, and fiscal year budgets in cooperation with the Family Office or Accountant. In some cases, manage the Household/Estate operations and project-specific purchasing, payroll, insurance, etc. specific to those budgets as directed.   


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