City of Vancouver

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Located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board is a local government organization responsible for managing and maintaining the parks, recreational facilities, and community centers in the city of Vancouver, Canada. The board’s primary objective is to enhance the quality of life for residents by providing accessible and diverse recreational opportunities, preserving natural spaces, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.


With authority delegated by Vancouver City Council, the Board looks after 250 public parks and beaches, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, sports fields, and playgrounds.


The Board of Parks and Recreation offers a wide range of programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. This includes sports leagues, fitness classes, arts and cultural programs, outdoor recreation activities, community events, and educational workshops. The Board is also involved in the planning and development of new parks and recreational facilities to meet the growing needs of Vancouver. Together with the City of Vancouver, the Board collaborates with First Nations, community groups, stakeholders, and other government agencies to ensure the creation of vibrant and sustainable spaces.


This is a high-profile and complex role. Vancouver’s parks and recreation facilities are cherished and central to the city’s world-class reputation as liveable community. The work of the General Manager is high profile and involves ongoing engagement with elected officials, the public and media. With around 2,500 employees and an annual operating budget of $160 million, Vancouver Parks and Recreation is a serious enterprise.


We are seeking an experienced General Manager to provide leadership across all aspects of operations, strategy, and policy for the parks and recreation service. The ideal candidate will bring considerable’ experience in a comparable role. We are open-minded about where you are working now but you will need a strong knowledge base relevant to the delivery of parks and recreation services, including operations management.


You will be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and understand the role of a chief civil servant supporting an elected board. This is a strategic role but you will be prepared to be hands-on when necessary. We are seeking people who are collaborative, constructive and focused on outcomes. You will also demonstrate unquestionable integrity.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite. At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400)

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-161: $233060 to $302678 per annum



At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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To discuss this role further, and to apply, please contact our advisers at Korn Ferry: Simon McDonald (778 903 1249, [email protected]) or Aditi Gaur (236 330 8242, [email protected]).


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