recreation community center director resume example with 20+ years of experience

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High-energy Recreation Director with over 25 years of successful experience in recreation programming, budget management, and leadership. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in the sports administration industry. Strengths in innovative programming and creative marketing strategies backed by a Master's degree in Sports Administration,

  • Budget development and forecasting
  • Report and proposal writing
  • Project management
  • Operations management
  • Staff & volunteer development
  • Diversity training
  • Assessment & evaluation
  • Policies and procedures implementation
  • Grant acquisition & management
  • Donor prospecting & retention
  • Marketing & Media Relations
  • Emergency response training
  • Website management
  • Written and oral communication
  • PC proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom/Microsoft Teams, HubSpot, RecPro, social media applications, Word Press, IVR, graphic design applications, integrated marketing platforms
  • Event logistics
  • Human Resources
  • Employee relations
  • Customer-oriented
  • Complex calendaring
  • Experienced fundraiser
  • Website management
  • Aptitude for new technology
  • Written and oral communication
  • Intellectually curious
  • Flexible & Adaptable
  • Innovative and intuitive
  • Cross cultural, social justice and diversity aware
Recreation & Community Center Director, 01/2001 - Current
University Of Arkansas Benton, AR,
  • Provide overall leadership and management of Community Center and Recreation Department, including youth and adult programs, enrichment and educational classes, parks, recreation and community center infrastructure, outdoor adventure services, and large-scale special events to meet the department's mission to inspire community wellness.
  • Utilizing a think tank strategy, generate innovative programming opportunities, including COVID-19 safe activities, resulting in increased annual programming by 295%.
  • Initiated rebranding process: revised vision and mission statement, staff restructuring and created programming benchmarks, and marketing campaigns to improve public awareness, resulting in a 255% increase in department fund balance.
  • Create marketing, advertising, and public relations campaigns, regularly resulting in a positive community reaction and increased revenue and participation.
  • Coordinate sponsorship and fundraising campaigns targeted at resource transparency, resulting in increased sponsorship revenue by 51%.
  • Source and author state and local grant applications to completion, including grant fulfillment and funder reports with an 87% acquisition rate, leading to the achievement of 44 projects in the past ten years.
  • Research and implement new server-based database software and web registration/donor payment solution to improve department efficiencies, customer convenience, and better internal controls, resulting in an 87% shift to web sales, reducing demands on front office staff.
  • Hire, train and supervise two full-time, 50+ part-time staff and 300+ volunteers using a team-based leadership approach.
Assistant Director for Recreation Programs, 08/1998 - 01/2001
Plymouth State University City, STATE,
  • Responsible for all aspects of Recreational Sports Program: outdoor adventure trips, outdoor equipment rental, intramural and club sports, special events, budgeting, and marketing.
  • Mentored student staff and collaborated with Student Life Offices to maximize quality of life for participants.
Graduate Assistant, 08/1996 - 06/1997
The University Of Tennessee City, STATE,
  • Daily oversight of personnel, facility scheduling, student staff, operating practices and policies, payroll, and emergency management.
  • Established written Recreational Sports Handbook to formalize policies, customer satisfaction assessments, and facility use tracking to maximize funding.
Master of Science: Human Performance And Sports Studies, Expected in
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee,
Status -

Emphasis in Sports Administration

Bachelor of Science: Physical Education, Expected in
Grand Valley State University - Allendale, Michigan,
Status -

Emphasis in Corporate Fitness & Wellness


Michigan Recreation & Parks Association

National Intramural Recreation & Sports Association

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School Attended

  • The University of Tennessee
  • Grand Valley State University

Job Titles Held:

  • Recreation & Community Center Director
  • Assistant Director for Recreation Programs
  • Graduate Assistant


  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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