Assistant Director – Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

Assistant Director – Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Organization The City of Victoria
Location Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 31, 2022

The City of Victoria oversees an extensive network of parks and open spaces, natural assets, as well as sport and recreation facilities, serving residents of the capital region. The Parks, Recreation and Facilities department is seeking a self-starting individual, with exceptional skills and technical competence, to fill the Assistant Director (AD) of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces role. The AD will be committed to fostering a culture of collaboration and delivering relevant, high-quality services, for a rapidly growing community. The successful candidate will be a thoughtful leader, ready and able to help advance an ambitious strategic plan.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, the AD is a key member of the City’s leadership team who oversees operational performance and service provision, high-impact projects, as well as long-term planning and natural asset management.

Major Accountabilities:

The AD is accountable for the effective delivery of programs and services as well as capital projects, and the management of associated resources.  This leader is an exceptional communicator who collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure needs are understood and sustainable solutions developed to achieve targets. The AD will assist the Director in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives and support the team to deliver on commitments. The AD leads by example, demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, work ethic and integrity.

The AD is responsible for a team, presently comprised of three exempt mangers, and approximately 200 staff in a unionized environment. The role requires a skilled individual who can develop and clearly articulate plans to meet objectives safely and efficiently.

The AD will be an experienced advocate for inclusion and will help advance the City’s commitments to equity and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This leader will be called upon to represent both the department and the municipality in meetings with community members, agencies, businesses, and other levels of government.

The AD will have considerable experience in the both the long-term planning and delivery of public services, including parks and recreation. A priority focus of the AD is the implementation of the City’s Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan and will include leading exciting projects such as the development of a park acquisition strategy and climate action initiatives.

Qualifications (Preferred):

University Degree in Public Administration, Urban Forestry, Recreation, Planning, Business Administration or other related discipline.

Ten years of progressively responsible leadership/management experience in a government setting or other similar service-based environment.

To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at – only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All City of Victoria employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 5, 2022. Candidates who cannot be fully vaccinated based on a protected legal ground as defined in the BC Human Rights Code may request an accommodation of the requirement to be fully vaccinated. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or request an accommodation during the recruitment process.

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at [email protected].

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