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Rolling Rock Club | Ligonier, PA
Chief Operating Officer

About the Club

Rolling Rock Club is a private club and sportsman’s paradise located on 1,145 acres approximately 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the Laurel Mountains. The property was originally 6,200 acres owned by Mr. Richard Beatty Mellon, brother of Andrew Mellon and onetime president of Mellon Bank. In 1917, Mr. Mellon and his wife, Jennie King turned Rolling Rock into a rural retreat for their friends and family to hunt, fish, and ride.

The Club was subsequently enhanced and further refined by his children, Richard K. Mellon and Sarah Mellon Scaife. The result of their efforts and generosity is an outdoorsman’s haven anchored firmly by a clubhouse that has never lost the warmth and relaxed formality of an inviting country house—a place for members, their families and guests to rest and enjoy themselves.

Since its inception, Rolling Rock has insisted on the highest level of hospitality and service for its members and their guests. The first Board of Governors was made up of a “Who’s Who” of Pittsburgh businessmen at a time when the city was arguably the most important industrial city of the nation. The Club’s culture is based on casual elegance and revolves around vigorous outdoor activities that are uniquely blended with fine dining and a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere conducive to fellowship in a tranquil country setting.

The Club’s distinguished membership hails from across the country. 80% of our members reside over 30 miles from the club with approximately 45% of the total membership living over 160 miles away.

Throughout the Club’s history, members have enjoyed formal evenings, special parties and family gatherings, memorable club events and high-end private club services. The Club’s culinary program has an enviable history of unparalleled excellence.

Rolling Rock currently has modified reciprocal arrangements with Laurel Valley Golf Club, Mill Reef Club in Antigua and Skibo Castle in Scotland.

Today, Club amenities include: an 80,000 square foot clubhouse with multiple dining outlets with capacity for up to 275 guests, 29 guest rooms, two guest houses, a men’s dorm located in the main house, an 18-hole Donald Ross Golf Course that hosts up to 6,800 rounds annually, Skeet and Trap (five-stand, international & quail walk), six miles of stocked trout streams, six game bird hunting fields, four Har Tru tennis courts, two all-weather tennis courts, an Olympic sized pool, a children’s pool and baby pool, locker rooms, a 1,600 square foot fitness center, two massage rooms, professional-owned tennis and golf shops, and a club-owned fishing shop. Rolling Rock is registered game preserve and a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Annual gross revenue is $15 million of which $3 million is derived from food & beverage. The Club employs 180 employees year round and 249 at the height of the season and has 20+ beds for staff housed in six properties. The Club currently has 1,674 members comprised of multi-generational families from all over the country.

The Club is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 11 months of the year. The Club close each March for shutdown activities (renovations, decorating, clean, etc.). The shutdown date is set according to the Easter so in certain years, the shutdown will occur in February.

In 2012, the Club completed a major renovation of the Main Kitchen and updated the pool and the Shooting Lodge Kitchen/Pantry facilities and added a new fitness facility. In 2014, the Club renovated the Main Dining Room and Terrace Dining Room. Future renovations being considered include replacement of the swimming pools and golf course irrigation systems, and adding a casual dining facility.

About the Position

The Chief Operating Officer has full responsibility for all aspects of club operations, reporting to the Club President and Board of Governors.  He/she will lead the management team which includes the Club Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Fishing Manager, Game Manager, Golf Professional, Director of Golf & Grounds, and Clay Bird Manager. The COO will also indirectly supervise all employees of the Club and interact with the membership, both through the Club’s committee structure and through daily contact.

This position requires a strong and personable leader who will present new ideas and options while respecting and preserving the deep history, traditions, and culture of this fine club. The successful candidate will have an innate style that will nurture and coalesce the tenured and very dedicated management team and various staff members working with them to maintain and further improve upon the excellent and member-focused service for which the Club is renowned

The Chief Operating Officer will seek refinement and improvement to operations and service levels by applying critical thinking and thoughtful review to meet and/or exceed the membership’s expectations and applying best practices for the best clubs and resorts.

The Chief Operating Officer will represent the Club within the Community and must exhibit the highest level of personal and professional conduct both within and outside the Club and continue the established and honored traditions to maintain the high standards and low profile of the Rolling Rock Club.

Compensation: The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, commensurate with experience, including, a generous benefits plan.

About the Ideal Candidate

The new Chief Operating Officer will be expected to have been a General Manager in the private club, resort, or hotel industries with a track record of success managing highly regarded private clubs and/or top tier hospitality operations. Candidates must have strong financial acumen and experience overseeing capital projects. Only candidates with similar culture club experience with excellent career progression and experience creating an outstanding service culture will be considered.

The successful candidate will have an affable personality with a professional presence, gravitas and sense of sophistication to command the respect of all constituencies. He/she must be an excellent people manager capable of motivating, training, and leading staff to provide best in hospitality and member services. Strong knowledge and passion for food, wine, and service is highly desired as is experience overseeing sporting and athletic programs similar to those offered by Rolling Rock.

A Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in business, hospitality or related fields is preferred. Professional certifications CCM, CCE or similar professional development achievements, are highly desirable.

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 Dan Denehy or Alison Savona at 203-319-8228 or by email at dan@denehyctp.comalison@denehyctp.com.

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