David Gonzalez is the Owner / Manager of Domestic Placement Network. His insight into estate management and staffing comes from several years of personal interaction with high profile clients around the world. Through his former role in private service, and now as owner of a domestic agency, he understands the many nuances of the household staffing business. He is also the author of The Insider’s Guide to Household Staffing and has been quoted in several major publications including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Ritz Carlton Magazine, and on CBS Radio.
Originally from Connecticut, David attended Penn State University where he earned a Marketing degree in 1992. After brief stints in Finance and Retail, he went to work for a television and radio personality as Personal Assistant and Household Manager. He spent several years traveling worldwide, in service to not just his employer, but working on a very personal level with exclusive clients. He was privileged to see “both sides of the coin” as an Assistant behind the scenes, and at times as an honored guest in the estates, cars, yachts, and jets of celebrities and top business personalities.
The search for a new position in 2000 led him to the Domestic Agency business where he discovered a perfect fit for all of his talents. With experience as Household Manager and Personal Assistant, a true understanding of the luxury lifestyle, and a solid business background, he started Domestic Placement Network. He quickly established the agency as a national presence in the field and gained a reputation for being informative and helpful to candidates and clients alike.
Today, David shares more information about his agency, Domestic Placement Network (DPN) and his job board, EstateJobs.com…
1. How long have you been in business?
We have been in business for 11 years.
2. What makes your agency unique?
We were one of the first in our business to use a network of staffing partners throughout the country to expand our reach to top candidates. This gave clients more choices and wider reach while working with just one agency. In 2005, we added the job board service EstateJobs.com to connect more applicants with more jobs through several agencies and directly with employers. Overall this creates a “something for everyone” service whether a client needs full agency search support or just wants to source more candidates for their own, in-house search.
Another strength is the experience of having been a Personal Assistant and House Manager myself. I had a unique opportunity to see the “behind the scenes” while traveling to many high net worth homes with my former employer. In 2002 I published a book about staffing privately called The Insider’s Guide to Household Staffing. I am currently rewriting the guide for an end of year release of the new edition. It will be crammed full of critical information for job seekers and employers going through the staffing process.
3. What types of positions do you place?
Both our agency and job board focus on full time positions at the estate level where either management or specialized, trained services are required. This usually includes Estate Managers, House Managers, Butlers, Chefs, Domestic Couples, Personal Assistants, Executive Housekeepers, and professional Nannies.
4. What is your ideal candidate?
The main criteria we always look for is full time, high-end experience. Ultimately our client is paying us to source employees with a demonstrable career record of success in other, similar homes. Following depth of experience, we are looking for the “total package” including a professional appearance, pleasant demeanor, great people skills, and a “client first” service attitude. The more evidence you can present for your history in service, the better.
5. Do you place across the country or locally? If so where…
Our service covers the United States primarily. The job board is open to international positions but at this time it is mainly USA focused.
6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc
We always appreciate applicants with specialized training. By itself, education cannot override lack of experience, but it does enhance a candidate’s overall presentation. We recommend continuing education and certification to everyone in the field regardless of their experience. Professional development is a great idea for anyone who has the time and resources available.
7. Where do you announce your open jobs?
Though many of our listings remain private, we often email candidates about certain positions or post jobs at two online locations. The first is our agency website at www.dpnonline.com, and the second is www.estatejobs.com where we list jobs selectively based on the need for additional potential candidates.
8. How should a candidate apply for a job? Do you want an online application, resume or both?
The application process for our agency begins online. There are very detailed instructions to complete the online portion, and then to turn in additional documentation via postal mail and/or email. If someone is not sure whether they qualify for placement, they are free to email an inquiry with their resume attached. We will review and instruct them on the rest of the application process if they are invited to apply.
9. Do you belong to any professional associations?
We are currently a member agency and sponsor of DEMA. (The Domestic Estate Managers Association)
10. How can people contact you?
We are available during Pacific Time office hours from 9 am to 5 pm, M-F. We appreciate telephone calls for any reason and we are very technology savvy here in the office. We handle ongoing correspondence through emails, phone calls, and social media. We also have one of the largest private service groups on LinkedIn for our EstateJobs community of job seekers, agencies, and employers.
Toll Free 1-877-206-5262
PO Box 1326
Ojai, CA 93024
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