Director of Community Services

Posted on June 11, 2021

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Position Details:

Employer: District of Vanderhoof

Location: Vanderhoof, BC

Industry: Municipal Government

Position Outline:


Vanderhoof is a diverse and thriving rural community centrally located within the northern interior of British Columbia.  Known for its deeply-rooted history, culture and natural resources, the community also features attractive assets for those wishing to base their business here such as: lower cost of living, reasonable tax rates, and access to superior education and health services.  Your money goes farther in Vanderhoof, allowing you to maintain a higher standard of living within a community positioned to help new and existing businesses prosper.

With a population base of roughly 4,500, and serving a larger area of nearly 10,000, Vanderhoof is situated along Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway), and located an hour west of Prince George, BC.

The District of Vanderhoof is home to an abundance of outdoor recreational activities such as: an 18-hole golf course, municipal-run campground, dirt bike track and miles of riding and hiking trails, a skateboard park, and an airport. 

In addition to the many cultural, educational, entertainment, and recreational options (i.e. heritage museum, arena, public library, and elementary and secondary schools), Vanderhoof is home to a brand new $12M aquatic centre that opened in 2019. 

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Reports to:                        Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Direct Report:                  Arena/Parks Manager

Indirect Reports:             Parks/Arena Attendants

                                            Parks/Visitor Centre/Campground Seasonal

                                            YMCA Aquatic Centre & Recreation Programs Contracts

Total Staff:                         2 FT employees with varying PT, seasonal, and contract staff

Budget:                              Overall department budget is approximately $2.4M


The newly created role of Director of Community Services is responsible for managing and coordinating all functions within the Community Services department which include: (1) the Vanderhoof Arena, (2) Visitor Information Centre, (3) Cemetery, (4) Museum, (5) Recreation, and (6) Parks & Trails.  

This position involves developing annual and long-term goals, policies, procedures, and budgets in conjunction with the CAO and senior staff.  The Director is accountable for initiating short, medium and long-range programs for investment in rehabilitation, renewal, replacement, condition assessment, and maintenance of the District’s infrastructure and natural assets.  He/she will efficiently and effectively manage the District’s contractual and other relationships; and coordinate the recruitment and hiring approvals of all department staff.  In addition, he/she will have input regarding human resources (i.e. FT and PT staff, seasonal and casual employees, as well as volunteers) as the department continues to grow and take shape.

Further, the Director will:

  • Administer the operation of the District’s functional areas that fall within the Community Services portfolio in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversee Facility Asset Planning, based on the facility life cycle, informed by building conditions, seismic, sustainability, accessibility and hazardous materials aspects; as well as service needs.
  • Ensure financial, operational, and strategic goals, as well as develop and monitor assigned budgets, annual and long-range operational and capital planning functions as they relate to acquisitions and replacement costs to reflect appropriate service levels.
  • Approve departmental financial expenditures to the level assigned by the CAO.
  • Work collaboratively with purchasing to issue requests for proposals and lead processes for evaluating submissions and awarding contracts.
  • Establish and maintain effective business relationships with representatives of cultural and recreational volunteer groups, government contacts, business, the general public, District staff, and elected officials.
  • Attend and participate in all regular and special meetings of Council as required (some of which may occur during the evenings and/or weekends).
  • Prepare requests and departmental updates for the CAO and Council for consideration and decision.
  • Research grants for projects and services related to the department and maintain statistical and clerical records to track output and evaluate outcomes.
  • Provide information to patrons, community members, groups and agencies to promote and encourage participation in activities and services.
  • Respond to information requests from various public and private agencies and members of the public.
  • Perform related duties/responsibilities as assigned.


The Director of Community Services will have the following qualities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to make effective presentations before the public, Council, and leadership staff; and to provide strategic advice, counsel, and guidance on complex municipal, regional, and regulatory matters.
  • Superior verbal and non-verbal communication skills including strong negotiation skills; coupled with the ability to communicate complex technical requirements, and implications of decisions, to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with all internal and external stakeholders, and to demonstrate a high level of professionalism, compassion, and integrity.
  • A willingness to communicate and cooperate with user groups, elected officials and customers and be visible in the community.
  • The skillset to develop and network with federal, provincial and municipal contacts for the overall promotion of recreation and parks.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of finance, project development, applying for grants, employee appraisals and evaluation, marketing and legal processes.
  • Aptitude to be able to set realistic goals and develop plans to achieve them in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with information analysis, office administration, report writing, recording metrics, and familiarity with Microsoft Office products.
  • Considerable independence and sound judgement in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.
  • The desire to work with, lead, and mentor volunteers within the community for various community services, programs, and events.  
  • The aptitude to lead by example and recognize the impact of your own behaviour and actions upon others.
  • A willingness to include staff in decisions that will impact them, and a proclivity to work cooperatively to resolve differences of opinion.
  • An ability to champion change from within one’s own sphere of influence.


The successful candidate will possess the following, or an acceptable combination focused on leadership:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in Recreation, Planning, or Business Administration.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a senior leadership capacity overseeing community services, or related functional areas within a municipal setting.
  • Knowledge of corporate policies, procedures, legislation, bylaws, rules, regulations, and practices applicable to the work.
  • Significant knowledge of the methods and objectives of facility maintenance planning, asset management, facility operations.
  • Experience in the sustainable planning and design of Recreation, Parks & Trails, Museums, Cemeteries, Visitor Information Centres, and Arenas.
  • Previous involvement working in a unionized setting is preferred.


A competitive annual compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.  This includes an attractive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and participation in the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP).  Details will be discussed.  The successful candidate will be required to provide a Criminal Record Check and a Driver’s abstract. 


James Davies  

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]



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