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

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

High-energy Recreation Director with over 25 years of successful experience in project planning, recreation programming, budget management, fundraising, and leadership. Recognized consistently for performance excellence, innovative programming and creative fundraising strategies backed by a Master's degree in Sports Administration.

  • Event planning & project management
  • Donor prospecting & retention
  • Budget development & forecasting
  • Grant acquisition & management
  • COVID-19 Risk Management
  • Staff, board & volunteer leadership
  • Assessment & evaluation
  • Data analysis & validation
  • Marketing & Media Relations
  • Website development (Word Press)
  • Emergency response training
  • Written & oral communication
  • PC proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom/Microsoft Teams, HubSpot, RecPro, social media applications, Word Press, graphic design applications, integrated marketing platforms
01/2001 to Current
Recreation & Community Center Director University Of Nebraska At Omaha Omaha, NE,
  • Provide overall leadership and management of Community Center and Recreation Department, including youth and adult programs, enrichment and educational classes, recreation and community center infrastructure, and large-scale special events to meet the department's mission to inspire community wellness
  • Coordinate sponsorship and fundraising campaigns resulting in 51% sponsorship increase
  • 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 10 years
  • Generate innovative arts, culture and recreation enrichment opportunities, resulting in 295% increase in annual programming
  • Create and document workflows for more than 50 annual events
  • Create marketing, advertising, and public relations campaigns, regularly resulting in a positive community response and increased revenue and participation
  • Prepare and present annual reports for government leaders, intradepartmental directors, advisory boards, civic groups, and citizens to increase awareness of services and advocate for community involvement and volunteering
  • Research and implement new CRM Database and web registration and 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
  • Develop long-range department strategies and success metrics to evaluate progress for each project to increase service awareness
08/1998 to 01/2001
Assistant Director for Recreation Programs 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.
08/1996 to 06/1997
Graduate Assistant 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.
Expected in
Master of Science: Human Performance And Sports Studies
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee,

Emphasis in Sports Administration

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

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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