BC Local Government Job Posting Service

City of Williams Lake

Employment Opportunity
Competition 19-22

Director of Community Services

For lifestyle, Williams Lake’s mixture of frontier charm and urban living can’t be beat. A regional centre with all major amenities.  Living and housing is very affordable with a range of residential opportunities from modern urban subdivisions and townhouses to large rural properties. The attractive mix of high-quality lifestyle and surrounding pristine wilderness playground makes Williams Lake a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Williams Lake offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, the Cariboo offers snowmobiling opportunities and amazing cross-country ski trails, as well as snowshoeing and ice fishing. Williams Lake, known across North America as the “Shangri-La of Mountain Biking”, boasts the largest mountain bike park in the British Columbia’s interior, and over 200 kilometres of single track trails and tens of thousands of board feet of lumber constructing a variety of riding features all within metres of the City. The lake city is a great base for hiking, camping, four-wheeling, waterskiing, swimming, golfing and sport fishing as well. Our indoor recreation facilities are first rate, with the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offering a brand new leisure pool with waterslide, new lap pool, steam room, sauna, massive swirl pool along with two arena ice sheets, and a brand new fitness centre.

Management (Union Exempt)

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., five days a week, Monday to Friday inclusive and attendance at meetings as required.

The Director of Community Services is responsible for the provision of recreation and cultural services to residents of the City and surrounding electoral areas, including the operation of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, delivery of recreation and leisure programs and strategic planning for recreation, sport and park facilities.

The Director of Community Services shall be responsible to the Chief Administrative Officer


  1. Coaches, directs and supervises the Manager of Recreation and a team of recreation, administration, aquatic and facility maintenance coordinators responsible for the operation of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, pursuant to the Management Agreement between the City and the Cariboo Regional District.
  2. Prepares annual business plans, operating and capital budgets for the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and provides input to the City’s Strategic Investment Plan and parks capital budgets.
  3. Works with the School District and local sport, recreation and cultural organizations to understand needs and trends to maximize opportunities for the community.
  4. Liaises with regional and provincial sport and recreation organizations to share information, access funding programs and participate in broader recreation related initiatives.
  5. Coordinates a variety of initiatives and committees, including, but not limited to, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Stampede Park Advisory Committee, Accessibility Committee and participates on associated community committees as required.
  6. Implements and manages a comprehensive Risk Management program for the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and associated recreation programs which minimizes risk to patrons and liability exposure for the City and the Cariboo Regional District.
  7. Procures supplies and services within approved budgets and purchasing policies and monitors expenditures of assigned staff.
  8. Implements and monitors the Occupational Health and Safety program within the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and may participate as a member of the City’s OH&S Committee.
  9. Manages personnel within the terms of the Collective Agreement.  Recommends disciplinary action and responds to grievances and other personnel matters in consultation with the Corporate Services Department.
  10. Develops and implements training programs for Recreation Services personnel and prepares assessment reports, as required, on the performance of subordinate staff members.
  11. Participates as a member of the Senior Management Team and provides recommendations to strategic planning processes, policy development, human resources management, financial and other management decision making processes.
  12. Responsible for developing and maintaining agreements with community partners such as, but not limited to, Leasehold agreements for Stampede Park user groups; Joint Facility Use Agreement with CRD, TRU, and School District 27; Mountain Bike Park Maintenance agreement, etc…
  13. Develop and maintain a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of Mountain biking in, and around, Williams Lake.  Work with associated groups (Ride the Cariboo, WL Cycling Club, CRD, Ministry of Rec Sites and Trails BC) to maximize/leverage available resources for the promotion and enhancement of mountain biking.


  1. Degree in Recreation Administration and five (5) years working in Recreation Management or a Diploma from a recognized College in a recreation related area of study with a minimum of five (5) years management experience in the field of Recreation.
  2. Shall have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices required in the administration and operation of recreation services, including swimming pool and arena operation, programming, facility development, marketing and strategic planning.
  3. Shall possess certificates in pool operation and arena operation from recognized associations.
  4. Demonstrated experience in financial management, including budget preparation and management and administration of computerized booking/registration systems.
  5. Ability to direct and motivate staff performing a range of recreation functions.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing, including correspondence and complex reports.
  7. Ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships with politicians, senior staff, other agencies and recreation interest/user groups.

A Competitive Salary for this non-union position will be commensurate with experience and education.  It will include a comprehensive benefits package as well as a compressed work week schedule if desired. The City of Williams Lake is dedicated to continuation of Professional Development and is supportive of Employee Wellness initiatives.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, copies of applicable certifications, and letters of reference no later than 4:00 pm, June 21, 2019 to the attention of Ashley Williston, Director of Human Resources, City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N3 - Fax (250) 392-8484, or email

Location: Williams Lake, BC
Region: North Central / Cariboo
Professional Categories: Community Services
Posted: May 31, 2019, 1:45 pm
Expires: June 21, 2019, 4:00 pm