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Beacon Hill Club | Summit, New Jersey
General Manager

About the Club
Beacon Hill Club, located 20 miles west of New York City, is situated on nine picturesque acres in Summit, New Jersey on the site of a Revolutionary War Landmark. Carroll P. Basset, founder of the Jersey Central Power and Light Company, built the Main Clubhouse in 1910 as a private home. The Club prides itself on providing excellent, personalized service across all areas of the club blended with state-of-the-art amenities in a striking setting.

The focal point of Beacon Hill Club is the 27-room, Tudor-style Main Clubhouse which is supported by a lower campus featuring a recently renovated outdoor ice hockey rink and warming hut, cutting-edge platform tennis facility, eight professional Har-Tru tennis Courts, and additional lower campus featuring a pool, locker rooms, and dining outlet. Members enjoy a wide range of amenities including pickleball, a children’s lounge, summer camps and a robust social events calendar.

An outdoor terrace lends to lends to a careful blend of programming and athletic activities which tailor to all demographics of membership. As a family-oriented Club with rich heritage and traditions, Beacon Hill Club offers an authentic year-round experience. Winter activity is driven by the Club’s outdoor ice rink, which provides a premier outdoor ice experience on the East Coast. The Club just completed Phase I of its Master Plan and is looking for a visionary leader to take a well-positioned Club and ensure its long-term success and sustainability.

The distinguished Club operates year-round with the core of operations being centered around the Summer and Winter months. Operations in the colder months are driven by the outdoor ice rink which serves as an area of programming and social engagement for the Beacon Hill community. The Main Clubhouse is closed for dining for multiple periods at the beginning of August and the middle of March. The Carriage House, which serves as less formal dining, operates seasonally and in tandem with either the pool or ice-season. The “shoulder” seasons late March to mid-May and early October to late November are typically less busy for Club operations.

Gross revenue exceeds $4.5 million with Food & Beverage accounting for $1.2 million. There are 113 staff members at the height of season and a total of 465 memberships today.

About the Position
The General Manager (GM) follows the GM/COO model with all departments reporting directly to the GM. The GM is responsible for driving all Club operations in pursuit of excellence, consistent with the strategic direction and policies established by the Board of Trustees, By-laws, and Rules & Regulations of the Club, and maintains control of the operations to attain the desired financial results. The GM leads the management team to deliver a high level member experience across all facets of Club operations. This role is expected to work in concert with the Board, committees, and other key stakeholders and ensure expectations and execution are closely aligned. The GM will work to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity, hospitality, and vibrancy that exists towards all employees and members.

The incoming General Manager will be taking over a transformed operation from a well-respected GM, with Phase I of the Master Renovation being completed just three months prior. Phase I included a state-of-the-art bar, Club lounge, and new pro-shop all of which have been received very well by the membership at large. A critical success factor for this role will be identifying ways to leverage these new spaces and ensure a maximum ROI from a membership experience and fiscal standpoint. In addition, to ongoing capital projects, the Club is currently in the planning stages of Phase II of the Master Plan which will focus on the lower campus. The GM is expected to help craft the vision of Phase II and work collaboratively with the LR Planning Committee to help execute the plan. An important detail for this role will be assessing the Club’s current operating practices and identifying subtle ways to help elevate Club operations from good to great. The General Manager is expected to bring a sense of industry-relevant knowledge to help enhance the operation.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

About the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of progressively more responsible club management positions leading up to a General Manager or Assistant General Manager at a similar scale and culture private club. He/she will have a professional career record of achievement and relative employment stability with excellent managerial, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. It is important that the next GM have a track record of success leading excellent dining operations and shaping and developing Food and Beverage programming. It is critical for the chosen candidate to also have experience working with volunteer committees with the ability to manage up effectively and build consensus.

The successful candidate will also have experience in building budgets, managing business from financial metrics, and course-correcting as necessary to attain financial goals. He/she should also possess a sharp eye for detail in the overall management of the operation, especially in dining and housekeeping areas, and be a personable, dynamic, and creative leader to the terrific management team in place. The chosen candidate will demonstrate appropriate analytical and project management skills.

The successful candidate will ideally be a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management or equivalent. Professional certifications (CCM, CCE) or similar professional development achievements are also highly desired.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the online candidate profile form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to DENEHY Club Thinking Partners at http://denehyctp.com/apply-for-a-position/. If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact CTP Senior Consultant, Alison Savona at alison@denehyctp.com.

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