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Woodway Country Club | Darien, Connecticut
General Manager

About the Club
Founded in 1916, Woodway Country Club is a terrific, best in class member-owned private club located on 184 acres in picturesque Darien, Connecticut in the heart of Fairfield County, less than an hour train ride to New York City. The Club offers members extensive, year-round services and amenities rivaling the best clubs in the country at each of its four venues: the Main Club, the Pool & Tennis Club and the Paddle Tennis facility each tangent to each other offering their own facilities. Seven miles away in Stamford Connecticut is the Woodway Beach Club, a waterfront Club onto itself. Property wide, members enjoy an incredible array of dining experiences from formal to informal, large to intimate, and a full slate of sporting and lifestyle activities including golf, tennis, paddle tennis, swimming (including diving and water polo), beach activities / water sports, and bowling.

The 50,000 square foot main clubhouse features banquet facilities for over 350 and additional dining in five other facilities with seating of over 300, extensive locker rooms, golf pro shop and four bowling lanes. At the racquets facility you will find 10 Har-Tru tennis and 5 paddle courts. Tangent to these facilities is a 10,000 square foot pool and tennis facility to support these seasonal activities along with a Day Camp facility.

Woodway Beach Club stands on Shippan Point on Long Island Sound in Stamford, Connecticut. The five-acre Beach Club features an outstanding 20,000 square foot clubhouse, picnic patios, beach, two Deco Turf hard tennis courts, aquatic activities and a full schedule of social and dining events during the summer season.

The par 71, 18-hole golf course, designed by renowned architect Willie Park Jr., measures 6,785 yards and hosts approximately 23,000 rounds including seven golf outings annually. The course is recognized as one of the best in the state of Connecticut in several rankings and has been host to many prestigious golf tournaments and events. The golf course recently underwent a $3.7 million restoration reestablishing it as one of the best in New England.

Ready in the spring, a new, outdoor area tangent to the clubhouse will provide extensive outdoor dining, cocktail areas and fire pits with great views overlooking the 9th green and 10th tee boxes; an area the Club expects to be the three-season social hub of the Club. This project cost is over $4 million.

For years, the Club has enjoyed a cohesive, high functioning management team lead by an excellent, retiring General Manager. Both the membership and the management team are eager to extend the existing standards of excellence while refining them going forward, partnering with a new General Manager.

Total revenue of the Club is $15 million with $7 million from dues and $3.7 million from overall F&B. There are 639 members with a waitlist. The Club current initiation fee is $110,000.

About the Position
The General Manager is responsible for leading and managing all operations of Woodway Country Club consistent with the direction and policies established by the Board of Governors while supporting the vision of the Club. This includes working in conjunction with all department heads in shaping and executing a “5 Star” yet familial experience property wide.

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 the development of policies and programing. There is a high functioning governance model in place where the management team is truly entrusted with driving the member experience with committees and the Board focused on the long-term vision and policies. To that end, the Club is currently deploying a comprehensive member survey in part to give guidance to the next General Manager.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, the next General Manager will be offered a three-bedroom farmhouse style home adjacent to the property in one of the top school systems in the state.

About the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned, multidimensional professional with progressively more responsible club management positions leading up to a similar executive role at a private, member owned club of similar scale and culture. Multiple facility management experience a must. He/she will have a professional career track record of achievement and success with a stable employment history. Must have proven success in managing the business from a financial metrics perspective. The ideal candidate will also have a record of success in the selection, training, development, and motivation of a high performing and service-oriented team. It is important that the next General Manager be excellent in driving a diverse, multi facility dining and social programs. In addition, he/she must have experience overseeing capital projects and be facile with club related technologies and communication planning.

The next General Manager will be an excellent 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 crucial for the candidate to be able to respect tradition but also innovate and bring knowledge of industry best practices to the Club.

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

Apply for This Position
The Club will assemble a compelling compensation plan for the right individual including the use of a wonderful home on the property. The Darien school system is excellent. 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 Dan Denehy or Karen Alexander at 203.319.8228 or by email: dan@denehyctp.com or karen@denehyctp.com.

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