BC Local Government Job Posting Service

Director, Recreation and Culture

Exempt, Full Time
Posting #19-174

At the City of Abbotsford our people are our greatest asset. We offer a wide range of diverse, stimulating and rewarding career opportunities that support and recognize high levels of performance. In Abbotsford, we work strongly to create a challenging yet rewarding environment for our employees to thrive.

We invite you to become part of a place that has strong corporate and organizational values, rewarding career paths, challenging opportunities, and an engaging and dynamic team to work with.

Be part of the story. Join our team today.

The City of Abbotsford is the fifth largest City in BC and is a growing, dynamic and diverse community of over 160,000 people. The Parks, Recreation and Culture department is a cornerstone of this vibrant and complete community. As the third most culturally diverse City in Canada, we take pride in building and nurturing vitality in the City by bringing together interests, experiences and traditions from across the cultural landscape. 

We are seeking a strategic leader to join our progressive and passionate team as Director, Recreation and Culture.  Reporting directly to the General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Director is responsible for providing overall leadership to the community recreation and culture division.  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 creative and dedicated unionized and exempt employees.

The City is in the process of developing a Culture Strategic Plan and implementing a progressive Master Plan.  As the Director you will lead this process to create a culturally vibrant and beautiful City that will position us as a leader in Canada. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their career with a City that is committed to the ongoing growth and development of its valued employees.

As the Director, you are a seasoned leader, with the ability to motivate, mentor, coach and influence a diverse team to create a high performance work environment. You have the ability to build consensus on challenging issues and develop rich partnerships. You thrive managing many different priorities concurrently, and possess the ability to move projects forward in a multi-stakeholder environment. Your strong planning, communication and interpersonal skills allow you to build credible and trusted relationships at all levels throughout the organization and the community.

As the Director, you will have:
  • a Master’s or Undergraduate Degree in Recreation Administration, Business Administration, or other related field;
  • 10 years of progressive related experience, with a minimum of five (5) years in a senior leadership role;
  • thorough knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and policies the impact the delivery of municipal recreation and culture services; and
  • considerable knowledge/expertise in leisure and human behaviour, community development, cultural drivers and partnership development.

At the City of Abbotsford we work to create a challenging and rewarding environment for our employees to thrive. We offer ongoing personal and professional development opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.  To apply, please visit us online at

Closing Date: July 30, 2019

Location: Abbotsford, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Parks & Recreation
Posted: July 9, 2019, 11:12 am
Expires: July 30, 2019, 4:30 pm