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Recreation Manager

Job Type: 
Town of Nanton
Job Description : 

Under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer,  plans and manages the operation of all recreational facilities; promotes and coordinates the use of all of the recreational and park facilities; and supervise the staff required to effectively operate and maintain the various facilities.  Assists in the preparation of and implements the Recreation annual budget and long range financial plan.  The following is not an all-inclusive listing of work requirements:

General Duties

  • Create, implement, monitor, review, and modify recreation programming in Nanton
  • Liaise with community groups, organizations and individuals to support community events in public spaces
  • Manage recreation department purchasing
  • Oversee the recreation team; implement preventative maintenance schedules and ensure ongoing maintenance of machinery and facilities
  • Comply with all policies, rules and regulations of the municipality and the federal and provincial government.

Budget and Long Range Financial Plan

  • In collaboration with the Management Team, prepare annual Recreation Operating and Capital budget and long range financial plan
  • Monitor expenditures against the budget on an on-going basis
  • Maximize revenues and ensure the cost-effectiveness of operations
  • Forecast short and long term facility upgrades, replacement and expansions
  • Ensure necessary documentation is completed in a timely manner


  • Responsible for implementation of policies established by Council
  • Promote and market recreational programs and opportunities
  • Develop, review and recommend up-dates to policies in those areas under the control of this position
  • Monitor contractor performance
  • Maintain daily records of all necessary operations
  • Facilitate rental & lease contracts, including negotiation, execution, billing, and all required follow-up to ensure events are successful
  • Complete special assignments as directed
  • Attend Town related meetings as required
  • Investigate and introduce new and/or different approaches to facility management and recreation programming
  • Develop marketing initiatives for the utilization of all recreation facilities
  • Solicit feedback from facility users and responding effectively to any concerns raised
  • Prepare reports as required


  • Recruit, select, train and develop appropriate staff
  • Apply discipline up to termination
  • Establish performance standards and monitor employee performance
  • Conduct performance evaluations of Recreation personnel
  • Establish deadlines and schedules and assign work to Recreation personnel
  • Review, approve & submit time-sheets for recreation staff to town office
  • Resolve recreation employee complaints and responding to grievances according to the Union Agreement


  • Considerable knowledge of all legislation that may apply to municipal operations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain community relationships
  • Strong ability to develop recreational programming
  • Proficiency in record keeping and systems maintenance
  • Proficiency in budget preparation and administration
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities effectively and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing are required
  • Ability to establish and maintain a high degree of public confidence and public relations
  • Ability to foster and maintain a positive team environment, share work expertise and knowledge and support, train and develop other staff as needed.
  • Attention to detail, good communication skills, ability to work without close supervision
  • Continuing up-to-date knowledge, personal education and development in all aspects of municipal governance, and organizational development
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times


  • Diploma or certificate (or other related disciplines combined with experience) from a recognized post-secondary institution in Recreation Administration or Management, or a related field
  • A minimum of three (3) years of directly related experience in progressively more responsible positions within a municipal setting is required
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 Operators License
  • CPR and First Aid Training is required
  • Intermediate Computer Skills
  • Additional training in human resource management, facility management, and/or general administration would be an asset

OTHER:  The statements contained in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the scope of responsibility, and the level of knowledge and skill typically required.  It should not be considered a complete listing of work requirements.  Individuals may be required to perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Closing Date: 
March 15, 2018
Application Return: 

Qualified individuals may apply by forwarding a resume and cover letter in confidence by 4:00pm on Wednesday January 10, 2018:

Attention: Kevin Miller CAO
RE: Operations Manager
PO Box 609
Nanton, Alberta  T0L 1R0

For additional information, along with a full job description, please see www.nanton.ca/jobs.  We regret that only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  Please note: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.