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Larchmont Yacht Club | Larchmont, New York
Chief Operating Officer

About the Club

Founded in 1880, Larchmont Yacht Club (LYC) is located on 11 acres in Westchester County, New York in the Larchmont Harbor of the Long Island Sound. Amenities at this private, member-owned and family oriented club include marine facilities with 60 Club-owned boats, tennis and paddle, swimming pool and changing facilities, informal and formal dining options, ample private event space, adult and junior sailing programs, children’s summer camp, nine overnight guest rooms, and a vibrant social and racing calendar. Aside from the Club having a fantastic reputation for its sailing programs, it is also known for its familial environment and camaraderie created through the shared interest of sailing and the waterfront, and through the membership’s spirit and tradition of volunteerism.

LYC enjoys an active racing program that includes winter sailing, distance racing, one-design racing, team and match racing. The highlight of the annual racing schedule is Larchmont Race Week, a nine-day long event that has been held since 1885 and features two weekends of adult racing with attendant parties and barbecues, and Junior Race Week which entails four days of junior racing and the famous Junior Dance and an Open Optimist regatta. Race Week and Junior Race Week, the second largest junior sailing event in the U.S., attract over 1,000 participants.

The Club is operational year-round with dining service generally available from Wednesday through Sunday, and in season from Monday through Sunday. Gross revenues total $11 million with food and beverage sales of $2.7 million. Informal and formal dining venues available to members include the Tap Room (86), Founders Porch (50+), Club Room (60), and Quarterdeck (165). Unique to LYC is their outdoor seasonal “Pandemonium” facility that accommodates large summer events. Other more intimate rooms to hold private functions include the Schaefer Room and Library.

There are 1,350 members at LYC and a seasonal staff of up to 220 employees (75 year-round). It is an exciting time for the Club as they embark on a major pool and deck renovation starting in August of 2019.

About the Position

The COO will report to the Commodore and Board of Trustees and oversee the strategy, operations, personnel and finances of the Club, and will ensure a superior member experience. The COO will lead, coalesce and develop the management team that includes the AGM, Controller, Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Manager, Banquet Manager, Communications Director, Waterfront Facilities Director, Director of Building & Grounds, Waterfront Programs Director and Tennis Professional. The COO will ensure a best-practice environment in all club administration, establishing and implementing standards and SOPs club-wide. Opportunities for the COO to make positive impact include implementing effective systems of communication, improving technology, expertly managing expenses and driving revenues, and improving service and overall member satisfaction. As the Club undertakes the new pool project, the COO will ensure its successful completion and re-opening.

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

About the Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced General Manager/COO from a private club of similar scale and complexity. Knowledge of waterfront or yacht club operations is highly desired but more critical is being an effective leader with a proven track record of improving service levels and satisfaction, reducing losses and increasing revenues, and possessing strong knowledge of industry best practices in HR, club operations, budget building and management, and food and beverage. Having experience in the development of high-functioning management teams is important as is being an effective communicator to staff and members. The successful candidate will be highly organized, financially astute and a strategic thinker, yet able to ensure the day-to-day operations are operating optimally. As the Club has an active Board and committee system, the COO will be skilled in “managing up” and working with these stakeholders effectively. Capital project management experience and the understanding of short and long term needs for the maintenance and health of the facility are also important.

A college degree is preferred. Professional certifications CCM, CCE or similar professional development achievements, are highly desired.

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 Alison Savona or Karen Alexander 203-319-8228 or by email at alison@denehyctp.com / karen@denehyctp.com.

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