VRPS Executive Director

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To learn more about Virginia Recreation and Park Society visit: www.vrps.com

Mission: To unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia into one body.


The Virginia Recreation and Park Society is a private, non-profit professional organization, founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1956. Its purpose is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, into one body. The members work together to promote and improve the profession in all its diversity. VRPS is affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

VRPS Goals

Provide and encourage continuous training opportunities for members; Improve recreation, parks, and leisure services to the public; Update members on current trends and opportunities in the profession; Disseminate information to the public through use of publications and media; Maintain current academic curriculum; Involve interested citizens in advisory, participatory, and volunteer efforts supportive of parks, recreation, and leisure services programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia; Maintain a professional register of qualified recreation and park personnel.


Organization Overview

The Board of Directors for the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, five directors and one lay person. The Board of Directors act as liaisons to the five Service Areas and the various Resource Groups. The Board of Directors sets the overall goals and initiatives for the Society and the policies and guidance to accomplish them. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board to carry out the direction and vision of the organization.

Service Areas

Eastern Service Area

Central Service Area

Northern Service Area

Southwestern Service Area

Western Service Area

Resource Groups

Aquatics Resource Group

Health & Wellness Resource Group

Park Operations Resource Group

Senior Resource Group

Special Event & Marketing Resource Group

Therapeutic Recreation Resource Group

The Foundation of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society has as its core mission the strengthening and enhancement of parks and recreation through scholarships and professional development. Through a tiered giving structure, the Foundation is positioned to increase its reserve, enhancing the level at which we fund scholarships, continuing education, and other needs of our profession. As we develop a culture of generosity, our desire is to Create a Legacy that will support the Foundation for future generations of students and professionals.

The Foundation has funded over $200,000 in scholarships and awards approximately 20 scholarships annually for higher education, conferences, and training opportunities. The Education Endowment Fund has a goal of $1,000,000 to help talented, hard-working professionals stay current with continuing education. This Fund has already raised over $225,000.



One of the most frequent benefits cited for belonging to VRPS is “professional interaction.” Workshops, conferences, and involvement at committee and board levels provide valuable training and the opportunity to see what other people in leisure services are doing. VRPS provides publications on current trends, job opportunities, awards, and scholarships. VRPS provides an on-line membership directory that will put you in touch with members throughout the state. VRPS offers professional special recognition, incentive, and credit for innovative projects and services to the Society. VRPS provides discounts on workshops and conference registrations.

VRPS Annual Conference

Each year VRPS members and friends gather for the Annual Conference. This educational exchange provides an opportunity for professionals to discuss trends and areas of common interest. Major speakers highlight the conference in addition to dozens of topical sessions. In addition to the educational aspects, the Conference provides the opportunity for networking and award recognition.



Total Membership 1,514


 Agency 87

 College/University 2

 Commercial 48


 Associate 203

 College/Univ. Rep 1

 Commercial Rep 72

 Honorary 7

 Life 34

 Professional 869

 Professional Agency 171

 Retired 13

 Student 7



The Executive Director of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) is the leader of a park and recreation professional association focused on communication and connectivity with its members, stakeholders, and corporate partners. VRPS is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1953. The Executive Director oversees the financial and administrative operations of the Society. The organizational structure includes one full-time Office Manager and volunteers, directly supervised by the Executive Director.

The Board of Directors is seeking an experienced and visionary Executive Director for one of the nation’s leading park and recreation professional organizations and its charitable foundation. The ideal candidate will have a passion for parks and recreation, a proven track record of leadership and management, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.



 Develop and implement strategies to advance the mission and goals of the organizations

 Provide leadership and direction to the VRPS staff, Board of Directors, Foundation Board, service areas, resource groups, and planning committees

 Cultivate and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including members, businesses, government agencies, and legislators

 Manage and monitor the Society budget and daily financial functions, including but not limited to contractual services, investments, grants, sponsorships, and public/private partnerships or in-kind service delivery

 Ensure the organization’s compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements

 Represent VRPS at the state and national level



VRPS seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, forward-thinking leader to work in collaboration with the members, VRPS Board of Directors, and the Foundation Board and guide our 70 year old organization into the future. The Executive Director (ED) represents one of the nation’s leading park and recreation professional organizations; directs the financial and administrative operations of the Society; builds a culture of excellence, transparency, teamwork and member focus; to this end, recommends and formulates policy, executes its business, manages daily finances, and cultivates and builds effective relationships within the Society and with outside organizations, sponsors, and partners.



A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in nonprofit/ association management, parks and recreation, leisure services, or related field preferred.

Robust experience working with nonprofits, government officials and related organizations

Exceptional management skills, with the ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers

Demonstrated success in event planning, fundraising, grant writing, association management, membership growth and retention, and strategic planning

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to engage and inspire a variety of audiences

Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes related to parks and recreation

A minimum of three years of association management experience is preferred

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) and/ or Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentials preferred or within three years of hire.



 Retirement: SEP-IRA annual contribution; 15% of salary, vested after 3 years

 Monthly medical insurance allowance

 15 paid holidays annually

 Performance-based pay and cost of living pay increases

 Paid Vacation and Sick Leave

 Paid Leave Available at Job Start

 Telework Opportunities

 Mileage reimbursements

 Cell Phone Allowance

 All travel expenses incurred including lodging and meals for conferences and other VRPS functions

 Salary Range $70,000 - $90,000



To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references by June 12, 2023. Please submit your application to: