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The Aquidneck Club | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Membership Director

About the Club

The Aquidneck Club located on the Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth, Rhode Island is a private sporting estate committed to the art of living well. Formerly the Carnegie Abbey Club, Peter de Savary opened it in 2000 on 300-plus acres leased from the Benedictine monks who operate Portsmouth Abbey School. In January of 2019, a group of former Carnegie Abbey members purchased the location to create a new world-class member-owned club.

The Club’s 225 members enjoy an array of recreational endeavors including a waterfront Scottish links-style golf course designed by Donald Steel, a 19-stall equestrian center with both a heated indoor and outdoor riding rings, walking and riding trails, tennis center, outdoor pool, sport fishing, a recently-upgraded 41-slip marina, and New England inspired lodging accommodations. The dining program is crafted around classic New England “comfort” with an emphasis on fresh local seafood. The dining lounges and sweeping verandas take full advantage of the views of the golf course and the Narragansett Bay backdrop. Organized activities and programs are offered for youth and adults.

The new ownership group has committed nearly $6 million of which approximately $2.5 million has already been designated to make upgrades to the clubhouse and golf course over the next two years.

The Club is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Operating hours vary during the off-season and shoulder seasons. The golf course is open daily from April to October.

About the Position

The Membership Director serves as a key Ambassador to the Club with a full understanding and commitment to the Club’s culture and Standards of Excellence. He/she reports to the General Manager and is responsible for all aspects of membership sales and positioning the Club as a premier private country club in the region. A critical deliverable for this position is maximizing member recruitment and sales through the strategic development and successful execution of sales and marketing efforts.

The Membership Director provides facility tours, entertains prospects, hosts awareness events for potential members, and manages the new member onboarding process. He/she must plan his/her work schedule to be visible and accessible to members and their guests and participate in select community activities to represent and promote the Club. Candidates must be willing and able to work a varied schedule that may include early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Compensation:  The Club will offer a base salary plus a commission plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate

This position requires an outgoing and highly personable sales professional with a natural ability to network and engage with the membership, community and staff of The Aquidneck Club. Enthusiastic self-starters who are performance oriented with a track record of achieving results against a sales plan with specific goals are highly desired. Candidates should have excellent communication skills – both written and verbal. The successful candidate will demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to sales and experience and success in membership recruitment for a high-end property like The Aquidneck Club.

Candidates should have a college degree or equivalent education and experience and a minimum of five years of experience in outside sales and marketing (preferably in the northeast), in the hospitality, private club and/or golf industries. Experience working with high net worth individuals as well as an appreciation and understanding of the game of Golf is preferred.

Apply for This Position

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 Barbara McAuliffe 203-319-8228 or by email barbara@denehyctp.com.

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