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Director of Sport

Job Description

There is a powerful role for sport to play when it comes to building community, individuals and positive social change. At the same time, there are increasing barriers to sport such as cost, infrastructure, access, competition for time, etc. The sport system needs to adapt and think innovatively about solutions to make sport options more accessible for more people. This will require significant thought leadership to meet the needs of today’s participants.

The recently expanded vision of Sport Nova Scotia is that every single Nova Scotian has lifelong opportunities to experience the positive benefits of sport. As Director of Sport you are a key member of the leadership team to help realize that vision. Responsible for the growth of quality sport experiences for all Nova Scotians, you lead a team of people who plan, coordinate, monitor and manage a variety of sport and physical activity-related programs delivered in partnership with funders, member organizations and other key partners.

Reporting to the CEO of Sport Nova Scotia, you are a great collaborator, ensuring that sport development support is complementary to the efforts of important partners including schools, municipal recreation departments, multi-sport organizations, community groups, government departments and agencies, and so on.


  • A background in the sport development field, including experience from grassroots to high performance sport;
  • Experience in strategies around recruitment and retention of participants;
  • A results-orientated track record in developing and managing innovative and diverse sport development initiatives from conceptualization to delivery;
  • A strong working knowledge of the Canadian and Nova Scotia sport systems and their components;
  • Significant experience as a manager/motivator/leader;
  • Experience managing staff including goal setting, outcome management, mentoring, group planning, and evaluation;
  • A strong ability to administrate the support systems required to operationalize program activities including finance and budget experience;
  • Vision for the needs and solutions of a vibrant, high-potential sport system;
  • Ability to collaborate and forge successful partnerships in resource-poor environments;
  • Experience dealing with multiple and diverse partners, sectors and stakeholders, including sport organizations, corporate partners, school boards, government departments and others;
  • Ability to positively and progressively influence coach development at all levels; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

If this describes you to a tee and you’re hungry for that next big challenge, we’d love to hear from you! Please send your resume and cover letter to employment@sportnovascotia.ca on or before 3pm on Thursday October 18th. Please note only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sport Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non-government, equal opportunity organization dedicated to the development, administration and promotion of amateur sport. 

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