Executive Director

Executive Director 

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador  

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) is a province wide, not for profit organization established in 1971 to promote the values and benefits of recreation. We act as the provincial voice promoting and fostering the spirit and practice of recreation for all and provide a full range of services to enhance our members’ ability to deliver recreation throughout the province.

We work collaboratively with our communities, members, and connected associations to make change together – helping build a province of engaged communities where all people embrace the benefits of recreation to enhance their quality of life.

Overview of the Role

Reporting to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership, oversight, and governance for all aspects of RNL; developing a strong and innovative organization that can effectively respond to the changing external landscape of the community and evolve to support our members and stakeholder needs as it relates to recreation and overall wellness in the province.

As Executive Director, you will provide leadership and oversight in all aspects of running the successful operation of the organization including the development, promotion, and provision of leisure services throughout the province, funding opportunities and initiatives, government relations and board management, and membership engagement.

As the most senior leader, you are responsible for leadership of the organization; providing direct supervision and support to staff to enable their success by developing and implementing effective policies and processes, and ensuring they have the right skills, training, and support to succeed in their role.

You are an influential leader who effectively supports and collaborates across the organization to ensure success. With a strong focus on accountability and measurement, you focus attention on what RNL achieves, demonstrating the organization delivers on commitments and expectations. You are a strong collaborator and relationship builder, driving impactful relationships with communities, members, government, and others to drive the overall level of support to members that is expected.

Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of 7+ years’ leadership experience, must have knowledge in the field of recreation within the province.
  • Knowledge of Municipal operations would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated success in leading teams and building an effective and respectful workplace.
  • Experience in (budgets / financial management / grant and funding initiatives).
  • Experience in lobbying and government relations.
  • Exceptional relationship management and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma or certification in human kinetics, recreation, therapeutic recreation, or relevant field are considered an asset.

What We Offer

  • Fair and equitable salary in line with market
  • Vacation and leave entitlement
  • Meaningful and impactful work
  • Group benefit plan (health and dental)
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan

RNL is committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. We are a proud equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic that makes us unique.

If you require reasonable accommodation to take part in the employment process, please call 709-437-4300 or send an email to [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request.

Location: St. John’s, NL (In-Office)

Application Close Date: September 22, 2023