Waverley Country Club – GM/Chief Operating Officer

The Opportunity

Located in Portland, Oregon, Waverley Country Club is more than just a golf course; it's a cherished institution known for its sense of community, camaraderie, and love for outdoor recreation. Described as a "family of friends," Waverley embodies a close-knit community of individuals who share a deep passion for golf and an active lifestyle. Nestled along the scenic banks of the Willamette River, Waverley offers its members breathtaking views and a serene backdrop that adds to the allure of the club. With its rich golf history, Waverley stands as a testament to Portland's love affair with the sport. From its early days to its present, the club has been a hub for golf enthusiasts, hosting prestigious tournaments and providing a platform for golfers to showcase their skills. The course itself, originally designed by renowned architect Chandler Egan, has been a fixture in Portland's golf scene for decades. In 2011, Waverley embarked on a transformative journey with the renovation led by the esteemed architect Gil Hanse. This renovation breathed new life into the course, enhancing its playability while preserving its traditional charm. Hanse's thoughtful redesign has been celebrated by members and visitors alike, further solidifying Waverley's status as one of the premier golf destinations in the Pacific Northwest. As members tee off amidst lush fairways and meticulously manicured greens, they are not just playing a round of golf; they are partaking in a tradition steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. Whether it's the thrill of competition in a tournament or a leisurely round with friends, Waverley Country Club offers an experience that transcends the game itself, fostering friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
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The Position

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Waverley Country Club is a pivotal leadership role dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences for our members across all areas, including golf, food and beverage, and social programming. The COO will lead and collaborate with a diverse team, ensuring that every interaction and service provided is of the highest quality. This role demands a visionary approach to strategic planning, facilitating the establishment and implementation of an annual strategic planning process. This process is crucial for guiding the club’s business planning and future decision-making, ensuring the club remains at the forefront of excellence in all its offerings. In this highly visible role, the COO will emphasize the importance of consistently exceeding member expectations by providing extraordinary experiences. This involves maintaining a strong presence throughout the club, supporting the team in operational matters, and being readily accessible to both staff and members. The COO will also champion Waverley’s rich golf heritage and traditions, ensuring they are upheld and celebrated in every aspect of club life. By fostering a culture of excellence and tradition, the COO will play a key role in maintaining the club's prestigious reputation and enhancing the overall member experience.
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The candidate

The ideal candidate for the COO position at Waverley Country Club will have at least five years of leadership experience as a GM/COO or in an equivalent role within a high-end hospitality environment, ideally in a private golf or country club known for its traditions and exclusivity. They will demonstrate strong operational and financial acumen, with a proven track record in budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis to ensure the Club's financial health. This candidate will also show strong self-awareness, the ability to adapt and grow, and a deep appreciation for the game of golf, enabling them to deliver a world-class golf experience. The candidate will lead the organization and staff to achieve strategic goals set with the Board of Directors, leveraging their industry expertise to optimize operations. They will enhance the membership experience, and develop strategies for member recruitment and retention. Additionally, the candidate will refine membership communication channels and dining programming to offer diverse, high-quality experiences. Importantly, the ideal candidate will deeply appreciate and uphold Waverley’s rich golf history, ensuring these traditions are celebrated and integrated into the club’s ongoing narrative.
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The Salary

This position pays a competitive salary ($300,000 – $325,000) and standard benefits package. The salary is negotiable based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The Hiring Process

If you would like to propose a candidate for consideration, please contact tCC Partner, Kirk Reese or Director of Recruitment, Alison Savona. Interested candidates may apply using the form below, or by submitting your information directly to tCC Recruiting Coordinator: Kathleen Donovan. Should you have any questions regarding submitting your information, please contact Kathleen.
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