Director, Recreation & Culture

City of Nanaimo

The Organization: City of Nanaimo

Nanaimo is a vibrant urban centre found on the east side of beautiful Vancouver Island where an abundance of recreation and cultural opportunities exist giving residents a lifestyle second to none for living, working and playing.  Known as the Harbour City, this community of 98,000 and growing lies along the east coast of one of Canada's top island destinations and is the second-largest urban centre on Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo has over 1,400 hectares of protected open green space and offers an abundance of parks and trails to explore,  offering visitors and residents alike a relaxed, yet energetic environment surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness in Canada.

To learn more, please visit City of Nanaimo’s  website.

The Opportunity: Director, Recreation & Culture

Reporting directly to the General Manager, Parks, Recreation & Culture, the Director is responsible for providing overall leadership to the Recreation & Culture Department. This role leads the planning and delivery of services to the community and provides strategic advice, counsel and guidance on critical issues that have community impacts.  This position plays a significant role in overseeing and managing a large workforce of unionized and exempt employees as well as a variety of Recreation & Culture services provided by non-profit societies.  The Director, Recreation & Culture is responsible for the planning, provision or facilitation of services and facilities that include arenas, aquatics, fitness centres, community recreation and culture centres and public outdoor space.

The incumbent is required to liaise with other levels of government, external agencies, and non-profit societies and maintain a working relationship with City Council, Administration and all departments within the corporate structure as well as with local community groups and businesses.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline (e.g. Business Administration, Recreation Management) and 8 years’ progressively responsible related experience, including 4 years in a management supervisory role;
  • A Master’s Degree in a related discipline and certification or training in local government administration would be an asset;
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


The complete opportunity profile can be viewed: Here

Contact: LEO MCPEAK or GREG LONGSTER
Leaders International Executive Search
#880 – 609 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422
Email: vancouver@leadersinternational.com


Organization: City of Nanaimo
Location: Nanaimo, BC
Region: North and Central Vancouver Island / Sunshine Coast
Professional Category(s): Parks & Recreation, Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: October 2, 2019, 10:35 am
Expires: November 2, 2019, 4:30 pm

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