Director Recreation (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 29854 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The Director is responsible for the overall management of Recreation Services within the Department including political accountability and reporting, and relationships with a range of community based stakeholders and user groups and being responsible for approximately 350 regular full-time staff.  The Director is also responsible to develop the recreation facilities to their service potential and to seek and secure new opportunities through strategic leadership, superior business acumen, and excellent customer relations.   As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director manages key department priorities as well as Park Board wide initiatives to delivers service to a range of internal and external customers.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Directing the operations and administration of the Recreation Services ensuring budgeted revenue targets are achieved
  • Prepares and oversees an operational budget and ensures effective internal controls and reporting procedures and manages other financial matters
  • Provides vision, leadership and guidance to the Recreation Services Group
  • Oversees direction of recreation related services, including allocation of resources, levels of service and collaboration with related departments, agencies and utilities for the care and maintenance of recreation services
  • Participates in the management of Recreation and facility design and development initiatives, including the lead role in public consultation
  • Implements common service standards, strong fiscal management strategies and effective operational plans ensuring exceptional service quality and efficiency
  • Creates an environment of collaboration, teamwork and innovation within the Recreation Services Group
  • Builds partnerships (internal and external) and introduces new concepts from across or outside the Park Board that add value to the organization
  • Takes a lead role in negotiating and implementing new partnership for the delivery of programs
  • Promotes the development of management practices to continually improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of the Recreation Services Group
  • Takes a leadership role in managing succession planning and knowledge management and provides coaching in best human resource management practices to subordinate managers
  • Ensures appropriate WCB and Park Board risk management protocols are followed in all facilities
  • Works with staff unions as required including participating in negotiating collective agreements when required
  • Takes a leadership role in communicating the Park Board’s mission and values to staff and ensuring an excellent level of service
  • Manages critical incidents and takes a lead in issues management for Recreation Services
  • Prepares reports for the Park Board Commissioners, makes presentations and conducts public workshops
  • Other projects and responsibilities as required


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in a relevant discipline (such as public or business administration or recreation services) or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • A minimum of 10 years working in a related field including at least 5 years working at a senior management level (government experience preferred) leading a diverse unionized work group, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in Recreation Operations, preferably in a municipal government setting where the incumbent played a significant role in leading initiatives, co-ordinating and facilitating the efforts of many departments and working in concert with the community
  • Successful experience managing in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated experience with community consultation process and facilitation
  • Demonstrated experience in business administration, facilities management and development, including budget and human resource relationships

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Recreation Operations, preferably in a municipal government setting
  • A high level of personal and professional excellence, including the ability to align personal and organizational values
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative and flexible and to ensure best practices
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to coach and develop others
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to formulate and articulate ideas and policy options clearly
  • Excellent and demonstrated ability to resolve conflict and to lead problem-solving in an inclusive, positive manner with an ability to articulate goals and solutions through critical thinking skills
  • Good knowledge of, (and demonstrated ability to work with), civic, provincial and federal levels of government
  • Knowledge of the methods and requirements of accounting and financial management
  • Considerable knowledge and in HR management, staff training programs and labour relations
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor high performance teams of professionals
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills including the ability to set priorities, take a global view, political awareness and sensitivity, working in the interest of the whole organization in a fiscally responsible manner
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, build partnerships and alliances with peers, business partners and staff
  • Ability to manage organizational changes, anticipating future events and opportunities to ensure an efficient use of scarce staff resources

A Police Record Check is a requirement of this position.  A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.

Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Posting Close Date: May 9, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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