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Chevy Chase Club | Chevy Chase, Maryland
Food and Beverage Director

About the Club
Chevy Chase Club was organized in the fall of 1892. The Club is noted for its beautifully curated grounds featuring an English Formal Long Border next to a grand lawn. The lawn serves as the great melting pot of members who enjoy socializing in the club-made Adirondack chairs after a game of tennis, a golf match or prior to having dinner at the Club. Thirty-three acres of the Club property sits in a forest conservation easement. The 191-acre property (140 acres maintained) is hidden from surrounding communities through ample forestation and plantings yet the interior views across the course up to the Clubhouse proper are spectacular particularly at sunset. The Club sits amidst the neighboring communities of Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Friendship Heights in Maryland just north of the Washington, DC line. The Club remains somewhat formal even whilst being known as the best family Club in the area.

The campus setting begins with a traditional fieldstone Clubhouse, which is commodious and historic. Food and beverage facilities are diverse and include varied clubhouse dining outlets and venues: Maryland and Terrace Rooms and Dance Terrace (elegant dining and special events), Tap Room and Card Room (casual dining and Club events), full banquet facilities upstairs including a beautifully situated ballroom supported by a new service pantry and two smaller rooms, the Club Room and Hunt Room. The Club’s freestanding, high volume casual dining venue, the Winter Center, generates $3 million of the Club’s $6.4 million in Food and Beverage revenue and has been substantially expanded (both kitchen and dining areas) on multiple occasions over the past 20 years in response to increased demand. Additionally, there are two seasonal sports Canteens (golf and pool).

Chevy Chase Club is open seven days per week year-round and restricts aspects of the facilities on Mondays. Gross revenue is $29 million. There are 180 Food & Beverage employees at the height of season and a total of 2,400 memberships today.

About the Position
The Food and Beverage Director works closely with the GM under the CEO concept and is responsible for daily operations of all aspects in the Food and Beverage departments in accordance with the policies established by the GM House Committee and Board of Governors. This includes assisting the GM/CEO with the preparation of the annual operating plan for food beverage operations and operating and capital budgets in all food and beverage related departments and, after approval, the management and control of food and beverage operations to attain the desired results. The Food and Beverage Director provides for a cohesive food and beverage team, enables an environment of collaboration and achievement, and hires, trains, develops and directly supervises management staff in all Food and Beverage departments.

The Food and Beverage Director will consult with the GM/CEO on all matters of significance to the Club’s food and beverage programs and collaborates with the Club’s fine executive management team. Direct reports include the Winter Center Manager, Director of Special Events, Banquet Manager, Beverage Director and Sommelier, and Senior Clubhouse Dining Manager. He/she is responsible for the promotion of the Club’s food and beverage programming and the gracious dissemination of hospitality, friendliness and goodwill among all staff to members and their guests. His/her goal is always to have members and their guests enjoy the facilities and dining and special event programs of their Club with an especially discerning eye for detail in the service, food and beverage, facilities and first impressions of the Club.

Compensation: The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a formal education including a bachelor’s degree, or a related hospitality degree is strongly preferred, although candidates with demonstrated equivalent training and education may be considered. He/she must have seven or more years of industry and managerial level experience in clubs of similar scale and culture or top hotels and resorts, with a track record of success in achieving objectives, meeting standards, and management of personnel. The next Food and Beverage Director will have a professional career record of achievement and relative employment stability.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have excellent managerial, leadership, and interpersonal skills. He/she must have outstanding member service and communication skills. The chosen candidate must have the ability to communicate with members, guests, business contacts, and staff with English fluency and sophistication both verbally and in writing. The next Food and Beverage Director will have an engaging, friendly, and energetic personal style and level of congeniality that allows him/her to be well received and accessible to a range of members and staff. The chosen candidate will be someone who genuinely enjoys pleasing the members and guests.

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 Alison Savona at 203.319.8228 or by email at alison@denehyctp.com.

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