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Columbia Country Club | Chevy Chase, Maryland 
General Manager

About the Club
Established in 1898, Columbia Country Club, is a fabulous family oriented private, member-owned Club located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The idyllic Club was organized by nine men with a mission to promote “educational, literary and scientific purposes; social activities and mutual improvements; and to support athletic exercise, outdoor sport and amusement.” Columbia Country Club has earned an exceptional reputation for being a special place with distinguished, diverse, and colorful members who have bonded together to consistently provide a warm Columbia Welcome.

Columbia Country Club enjoys a rich history, tradition and heritage. The championship golf course was designed by Herbert Barker, a noted golfer and course architect, and completed in 1911. Walter Travis, a pioneer in golf course architecture, and a legend in golf, made extensive renovations to the course in 1915. Columbia Country Club is a proud host of three national golf championships including the 1921 United States Open, the 2003 United States Junior Amateur Championship and the 2021 United States Girls’ Junior Championship.

Through its history, Columbia Country Club has counted among its members two Five Star Generals, Omar Bradley and Hap Arnold, along with countless politicians (most notably Barack Obama), journalists, CEOs and lobbyists. Columbia Country Club offers its members and their guests a beautiful 90,000 square foot Clubhouse as well as full range of topnotch athletic, social, and recreational facilities. These include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a six-lane duckpin bowling center, platform tennis courts, pickleball courts, a child-minding center, and more. Additionally, the Club maintains multiple restaurants, providing a variety of dining experiences for its members and their guests.

Columbia Country Club is governed by the Board of Governors and operates under the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Concept. It is a 501(c)7 nonprofit organization. The Clubhouse is open year-round but closed on Mondays. Gross revenue exceeds $20.6 million with Food & Beverage accounting for $5.6 million. There are 292 staff members at the height of season and a total of 1590 memberships today. The Club will launch a $15 million project to renovate 70% of the Clubhouse’s lower level including the kitchen, Terrace Room, Women’s Locker Room and Men’s Tennis Locker Room.  A re-grassing of the fairways to Tahoma 31 Bermuda grass will occur in the late summer of 2022.

About the Position
The General Manager is responsible for managing all operations of Columbia Country Club consistent with the direction and policies established by the Board of Governors as well as by the By-laws and Rules and Regulations of the Club. The General Manager will manage the Club under the Chief Operating Officer model.  This includes working in conjunction with the Director of Finance in the preparation and final draft of the annual operating and capital budgets, subject to approval of the Budget & Finance Committee and Board, and management and control of operations to attain desired results.

The General Manager is expected to coordinate and direct all management functions of the Club and work in concert with Committee Chairs to assist them with development of policies, programs, and events. The General Manager will consult with the President, the Board, and/or Committee Chairs as appropriate on matters of significance to the Club. He or she will be responsible for the daily operations of the Club, monitoring the quality of the Club’s products and services to ensure maximum member and guest satisfaction and will endeavor to ensure an atmosphere of hospitality, friendliness, and goodwill.

The General Manager will be the culture carrier of the warm Columbia Way.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

About the Ideal Candidate
This is an incredible opportunity for a seasoned hospitality professional to join a historic Club with beautifully manicured grounds, world class amenities, and inviting staff.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible club management or hospitality operations positions leading up to a General Manager role.  Alternatively, an Assistant General Manager will be considered.  A strong food and beverage knowledge with experience in shaping and developing excellent dining programming as well as experience with overseeing capital projects is required. He/she should be knowledgeable with club related technologies. The selected candidate will be an outstanding leader, team builder, communicator, delegator, and motivator with energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization. It is imperative that he/she have a sharp eye for detail in overall management of the operation and an awareness and respect for the ambience, history, culture, taste, and expectations of the members and their guests.

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 Karen Alexander at karen@denehyctp.com or 203.319.8228.

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