NOC 0513 – Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors



This unit group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of comprehensive recreational, sports and fitness programs and services, national or provincial sports governing agencies and professional athletic teams. They are employed by municipalities, community and private recreational and fitness organizations, sports governing agencies and professional athletic team organizations.

Main Duties

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation, sports and fitness programs and services
  • Provide technical and professional advice on recreation, sports and fitness matters
  • Prepare budget estimates and develop policies and procedures to implement programs
  • Manage the operations of a sports governing agency
  • Organize and administer national and provincial training, coaching, officiating and other programs associated with a particular sport
  • Manage the operations of a professional athletic team
  • Recruit professional coaches and athletes
  • Direct fundraising drives and arrange for sponsorships from public and private organizations
  • Develop long range plans and negotiate business contracts.

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in recreology, physical education, sports administration or a related field
    A college diploma in recreation management or sports administration is usually required.
  • Several years of experience in an occupation related to recreation and sports administration, consulting or programming are usually required.
  • Some directors of recreation may be required to have a Municipal Recreation Director’s Certificate.
  • Executive directors of sports governing agencies may be required to have coaching certification in a particular sport.

All Titles

  • administrator in chief, leisure
  • administrator in chief, recreation
  • administrator, leisure
  • administrator, recreation
  • amateur sport manager
  • chief administrator, leisure
  • chief administrator, recreation
  • co-ordinator, sport program administrative
  • director general, sport federation
  • director of fitness administration – government
  • director of leisure
  • director of leisure and sports
  • director of recreation
  • director of recreation and sports
  • director of sports administration – governmentdirector of sports administration
  • director of sports and leisure
  • director of sports and recreation
  • director, entertainment, sports and leisure
  • director, entertainment, sports and recreation
  • director, fitness administration – government
  • director, fitness programs
  • director, horse racing
  • director, leisure
  • director, leisure and sports
  • director, leisure centre
  • director, leisure establishment
  • director, leisure programs
  • director, leisure service
  • director, physical education programs
  • director, physical training
  • director, racetrack
  • director, recreation
  • director, recreation and sports
  • director, recreation centre
  • director, recreation establishment
  • director, recreation programs
  • director, recreation service
  • director, sports
  • director, sports administration – government
  • director, sports and leisure
  • director, sports and recreation
  • director, sports association
  • director, sports federation
  • director, sports programs
  • director, sports-service sports programs
  • director, track and field
  • entertainment, sports and leisure director
  • entertainment, sports and recreation director
  • executive director, sport governing agency
  • executive director, sport governing body
  • fitness administration director – government
  • fitness centre manager
  • fitness club manager
  • fitness programs director
  • general director, sport federation
  • general director, YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association)
  • general manager, professional sport team
  • general manager, professional track and field team
  • general secretary, YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association)
  • head administrator, leisure
  • head administrator, recreation
  • health club manager
  • health studio manager
  • horse racing director
  • leisure administrator
  • leisure administrator in chief
  • leisure and sports director
  • leisure centre director
  • leisure centre sports director
  • leisure chief administrator
  • leisure director
  • leisure establishment director
  • leisure establishment managing supervisor
  • leisure head administrator
  • leisure manager
  • leisure programs director
  • leisure programs manager
  • leisure service director
  • leisure service manager
  • manager, fitness centre
  • manager, fitness club
  • manager, health club
  • manager, leisure
  • manager, leisure programs
  • manager, leisure service
  • manager, professional athletes team
  • manager, professional football team
  • manager, professional hockey team
  • manager, professional sport team
  • manager, professional track and field team
  • manager, recreation
  • manager, recreation programs
  • manager, recreation service
  • manager, team of professional athletes
  • managing supervisor, leisure establishment
  • managing supervisor, recreation establishment
  • municipal director of leisure
  • municipal director of recreation
  • municipal director, leisure
  • municipal director, recreation
  • municipal leisure director
  • municipal leisure manager
  • municipal manager of leisure
  • municipal manager of recreation
  • municipal manager, leisure
  • municipal manager, recreation
  • municipal recreation director
  • municipal recreation manager
  • physical education programs director
  • physical training director
  • professional athletes team manager
  • professional football team manager
  • professional hockey team manager
  • professional sport team general manager
  • professional sport team manager
  • professional track and field team general manager
  • professional track and field team manager
  • programs manager, leisure
  • programs manager, recreation
  • racetrack director
  • recreation administrator
  • recreation administrator in chief
  • recreation and sports director
  • recreation centre director
  • recreation centre sports director
  • recreation chief administrator
  • recreation director
  • recreation establishment director
  • recreation establishment managing supervisor
  • recreation head administrator
  • recreation manager
  • recreation programs director
  • recreation programs manager
  • recreation service director
  • recreation service manager
  • service manager, leisure
  • service manager, recreation
  • sport federation director general
  • sport federation general director
  • sport governing agency executive director
  • sport governing body executive director
  • sport program administrative co-ordinator
  • sports administration director – government
  • sports and leisure director
  • sports and recreation director
  • sports association director
  • sports director
  • sports director, leisure centre
  • sports director, recreation centre
  • sports federation director
  • sports program director
  • sports-service sports programs director
  • team manager, professional athletes
  • team manager, professional football
  • team manager, professional hockey
  • team manager, professional track and field
  • track and field director
  • YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) general director
  • YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) general secretary
  • YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) programs director


  • Coaches (5252)
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (5254)
  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4167)
  • Sports officials and referees (5253)



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