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Executive Director

Middletown, CT

Posted: 01/03/2019 Employment Type: Retained Industry: Executive Level Job Number: 6270 Salary / Pay Rate : $80,000 - $100,00 base plus bonus





Wadsworth Mansion,  of the Long Hill Estate, is a 19th century Beaux Art style  mansion  in Middletown,  Connecticut exemplifying the Gilded-Age.  Situated on 103 acres of wooded parklands and manicured lawns, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful properties in the State.   Restored in 1999 to its original grandeur, this  mansion is framed by formal landscaping and nestled  in the rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley and well-known as a wedding, formal and corporate event venue.

The Opportunity:

The Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, vision, and guidance to the Wadsworth Mansion, supporting its mission and values. The Director collaborates with staff, board members, volunteers and other partners in creating a cohesive, positive and productive environment that meets the institution’ s cultural and financial goals.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Sustain and improve the financial stability of the Wadsworth Mansion through increased revenues and additional income opportunities;
  • Position the Wadsworth Mansion as one of Connecticut’ s premier wedding and event venues   through a comprehensive marketing strategy that utilizes online and social media as well as other tools and strategies
  • Represent the Wadsworth Mansion in the greater community at associations such as the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, etc.
  • Work closely with the Long Hill Estate Authority to develop the organization' s next strategic plan, execute it and report on its progress.
  • Together with the Long Hill Estate Authority Chair, collaborate on board recruitment, adhering to the Wadsworth Mansion’ s Charter and By-Law’ s.
  • Working closely with the Long Hill Estate Authority Board, committees, volunteers, and partners to preserve and maintain the historical integrity and cohesive working environment of the Wadsworth Mansion.

Required Qualifications:

A minimum of 10 years of experience in hospitality, wedding and event management or comparable organization, including a minimum of 5 years of staff supervision.

Entrepreneurial and Sales Experience: can demonstrate the ability to identify unique funding opportunities, generate new sources of revenue and creative opportunities.

A leadership style characterized by an open-minded and consultative approach with the ability to empower staff at all levels and encourage individual initiative; team building experience, including training, setting goals and holding staff accountable

Excellent writing and effective verbal communication skills; comfortable speaking publicly to small and large groups of varying audiences.

Proven track record of building partnerships with individuals, nonprofits, and the business community.

Ability to read and understand financial statements, prepare and execute budgets and negotiate vendor contracts; able to provide examples

Solid project management skills; able to provide examples

Ability to motivate and inspire others to the organization’ s mission

Bachelor’ s Degree in Event Management, Hospitality, Business, Management or related field


The position offers a competitive salary and benefits.


The Long Hill Estate Authority considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual' s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does the Long Hill Estate Authority discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.






Donna McCarty, CPC
Senior Vice President & CAO

Donna R. McCarty, CPC has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry within Connecticut and nationally. Donna has been associated with area hospitals, a health maintenance organization and a national home infusion therapy company.  In these settings, she had the opportunity to be involved in every facet of healthcare, primarily in financial and administrative capacities.

As Senior Vice President & CAO, Donna performs executive searches for leadership roles in healthcare and non-profit organizations. She is also responsible for compliance, contracting, education, public relations, and on-boarding of new employees at J. Morrissey.

Donna’s community involvement includes a longstanding relationship with Prevent Blindness Connecticut.  She has served two terms as board chair, was the 1998 recipient of the Robert and Joyce Polk Award for distinguished service, and the 2001 recipient of the Cincinatus Award for outstanding service and dedication.  She was also the past president and founder of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the Quinnipiac University Alumni Association and was a member of the Quinnipiac University National Alumni Board of Governors for 18 years.  Donna has also served as past president of the Connecticut Women in Health Care Management, served on the UCONN Health Care Management Advisory Board for the university’s undergraduate and graduate health care programs, and The Hartford Courant CareerbuilderRx Advisory Board. Most recently, she was co-chair for Relay For Life in Plainville, CT in 2008-2010. Donna was a founder and president of Women Executives in Healthcare until 2016.

Donna is a 1990 cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management. 

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