Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors (NOC 0513)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
3,500
Skill level
Professional (usually a university degree)

Nature of work

This unit group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of comprehensive recreational, sports and fitness programs and services, national or provincial sports governing agencies and professional athletic teams. They are employed by municipalities, community and private recreational and fitness organizations, sports governing agencies and professional athletic team organizations.

Main duties

  • Managers and directors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation, sports and fitness programs and services
  • - Provide technical and professional advice on recreation, sports and fitness matters
  • - Prepare budget estimates and develop policies and procedures to implement programs
  • - Continued…
  • - Manage the operations of a sports governing agency
  • - Organize and administer national and provincial training, coaching, officiating and other programs associated with a particular sport
  • - Manage the operations of a professional athletic team
  • - Recruit professional coaches and athletes
  • - Direct fundraising drives and arrange for sponsorships from public and private organizations
  • - Develop long range plans and negotiate business contracts.

Employment requirements

  • * A university degree in recreology, physical education, sports administration or a related field or A college diploma in recreation management or sports administration is usually required.
  • * Several years of experience in an occupation related to recreation and sports administration, consulting or programming are usually required.
  • * Some directors of recreation may be required to have a Municipal Recreation Director's Certificate.
  • * Executive directors of sports governing agencies may be required to have coaching certification in a particular sport.

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