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As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. 

Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure

June 24, 2014


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Are you interested in a career leading one of the largest community sport systems in Canada? Are you
passionate about sport and recreation and the important role that a municipality plays in the development of community sport sector - through facility provision, partnership, events, programming and policy? Do you bring strong strategic and business acumen and works collaboratively to create solutions for complex issues? If this is you and you bring the skills and experience we need, The City of Mississauga’s Community Development and Sport Team has the ideal leadership opportunity.


Under the leadership of the Manager, Sport & Community Development in the City’s Recreation
Division, the successful candidate will lead the Sports Development and Tourism Team which serves
as the primary point of contact for community sport organizations related to facility allocation,
programming, and facility and parks operations. This position manages and oversees the
implementation and execution of the Mississauga Sport Plan, Sport Tourism Strategy and Sport
Facility Allocation and User Fee Policies (Arenas and Sport Fields) with the long-term goal of
developing a dynamic, collaborative, engaged and sustainable community sport delivery system in

This position is a member of the Sport and Community Development Leadership Team, which includes
managers from following business units: Community and Neighborhood Development, Sport
Development and Tourism and the Hershey Centre and SportZone.


  • You will have graduated from a recognized university or college with a degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sports Management, Business Administration or equivalent and bring at least 5 years of progressive people leadership experience.
  • You have thrived in the recent past working for a local municipality, or a government agency or a not-for-profit organization that worked closely with municipal government.
  • You have experience with interfacing with political leadership.
  • You are a strong, persuasive communicator that naturally enjoys preparing written business correspondence and reports for a wide ranging internal audience and the public.
  • You strive for innovation and excellence by leading a results-oriented team.
  • You are engaging and comfortable when facilitating discussions or public consultations and have demonstrated experience building partnerships.
  • You are strategic in your approach to addressing complex issues and demonstrate accountability for the performance of your team by ensuring the impact of strategies and programs is measured and shared widely.
  • Note: Flexible work hours are required, including evenings and weekends.

  • Lead a team of four full-time staff that deliver sport related programs and services focused on providing excellent customer service to community sport groups, service providers and individuals
  • Chair the Sport Field User Network, the Arena User Network, the internal Sport Matters group with representation from Park Development, Park Design and Parks Operation and the internal Arena Management Team with representation from arena supervisors. These groups act as a forum for discussion, business planning, innovation and issue management 
  • Develop policy and approaches to facilitate and build capacity within a network of volunteer organizations delivering recreation and sport in Mississauga
  • Negotiate and implement legal agreements related to joint use of facilities or capital contributions from school boards and community sport organizations
  • Initiate and project manage strategic planning exercises and guide implementation of strategic plans related to sport development in Mississauga, including the Mississauga Sport Plan and the Sport Tourism Strategy
  • Coordinate implementation of sport facility needs outlined in Future Directions for Recreation – the City’s long-term plan. Conduct research and develop business cases and budget requests for needed facilities and participate in facility design and operational planning for new facilities
  • Develop, interpret and apply corporate policy and procedure related to facility allocation and user fees for more than 400 outdoor sport facilities, 25 ice and floor pads
  • Develop and implement practices that optimize arena and sport field facility use and revenue generation. Guide development of statistical information and business performance reports used for senior leadership and council.
  • Position Mississauga as a leader in the sport tourism sector through the pursuit and acquisition of sport tourism events and tournaments in coordination with the Hershey Centre and Sport Zone -the City’s premier sport event venue. Guide development of a broader corporate strategy related to local tourism development and destination marketing.
  • Provide sensitive issue management that relies on a highly developed knowledge of municipal government practices and approval processes. Develop and prepare correspondence including briefing notes, corporate reports, and corporate policies using political acuity, logic and exceptional judgment skills
  • Encourage cross departmental thinking and collaboration, interpret individual and department concerns, anticipate issues and opportunities, take ownership, use initiative and remain solution focused
  • Participates as a member of the Community and Sport Development Leadership Team, Recreation Management Team, Corporate, Departmental, and Divisional Working Groups, Committees, and Special Projects
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary: $91,574-$122,096
Closing Date: July 8, 2014

Applications must be submitted on-line no later than July 8, 2014.

Qualified applicants must submit their application on-line at www.mycitycareer.ca on or before July 8, 2014. All applicants will be required to complete an online questionnaire as part of the process. Only those applications submitted online at www.mycitycareer.ca will be considered for review. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.

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