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Members’ Secretary – R&A Golf Club

Location St Andrews, Fife, UK
Contact Caroline Lee Website:

Job Purpose

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is seeking to recruit a new Members’ Secretary, following a change in role for the current holder of the position. The Members’ Secretary handles all matters affecting Members of the Club, working with the Club and Membership Committees, and seeks to ensure the very highest standards of service to Members. This role is pivotal in maintaining the connection between the Club, the Committees, the Members and the R&A Executive Team.

As one of the senior R&A executive team reporting to the Chief Executive / Secretary, responsibilities include the organisation of the Club’s Spring and Autumn Meetings, and the day-to- day orchestration and management of the Club’s staff, finances and facilities. The successful candidate will possess a thorough commitment to service as well as highly developed communication skills, a strong ability to forge relationships across a diverse and international membership, and to represent the Club to all appropriate constituencies with ease. Candidates will need to bring exceptional people management and leadership experience, allied to exacting administrative skills. Familiarity with a committee structure and/or a membership organisation would be helpful, but the ability to operate at a senior level within a complex environment will be key.

Candidates must be keen golfers, with experience of organising golf competitions and who appreciate the values of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and The R&A.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Secretary to the Club Committee.
  • Secretary to the Membership Committee.
  • Day-to- day management of the Club in delivery of a world class club service to our members.
  • Control, manage and deal with all matters in connection with the administration, maintenance and safeguarding of the Club.
  • With the Club Committee, maintain stature and prestige of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
  • Develop effective membership relations to ensure delivery of objectives.
  • Monitor and control Club income and expenditure against approved budgets.
  • Organise and manage the arrangements for the playing of all Club competitions.
  • Organise and manage the Club’s Spring and Autumn Meetings.
  • Organise and manage Members’ Dinners, Receptions, and all other social events.
  • Keep Members of the Club fully informed regarding the activities and plans of the Club.
  • Manage the Club’s Membership Department and, through the Clubhouse Manager, all Club Staff.



  • Proven strong leadership, diplomacy and communications skills.
  • Business acumen and sufficient knowledge and experience to ensure that the Club is compliant with all statutory and regulatory matters at all times.
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and time-management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Highest levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Utmost levels of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Commitment to work outside normal office hours, for significant periods of time.
  • Always prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ in delivering on time and to the highest standards.
  • Ability to work and contribute as part of a wider Executive Team.


To apply for this vacancy, please send your c.v. and covering letter, stating your salary expectation to Caroline Lee – prior to the closing date of Friday 23 rd March 2018.

Please apply before: Friday 23 Mar, 2018
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