Jun 08, 2021

General Manager of Recreation & Camps - YMCA NSW - Closing 28 Jun 2021

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  • Parramatta New South Wales, Australia
Full time management

Job Description

  • Work in a supportive, genuine team united in their support of the Y’s mission to provide opportunities for all to grow in body, mind and spirit
  • Make an impact and build your career in this high-profile senior role by shaping the direction and growth of Y NSW’s recreation and camping function
  • Enjoy flexibility and autonomy in a rapidly evolving industry with an engaging and principled leadership team.

About the role

Reporting to the Executive Leader Business Delivery and Support, and managing three Area Managers, the General Manager - Recreation will oversee all planning, budgeting, financial accounting and reporting of the Y NSW’s recreation and camping functions. 

You will provide relevant financial information to the Board, Leadership Team and operational business units to allow them to make informed decisions. You will also oversee property, procurement and asset management for the portfolio. You will use your extensive industry experience in all facets of staff and financial management, reporting, marketing, risk management, as well as program and service development including strong evaluation techniques and strategies. You will develop centres with a diversified range of programs, community-building activities and services.

About you

The General Manager - Recreation will be an efficient, innovative, self-driven leader, showing strong commitment to staff development and best practice.  Adaptable, high-energy and positive, you will demonstrate a “can do” attitude, good communication skills and a keen eye for detail.

A strong team manager with excellent coaching skills you take initiative, adhere to deadlines and thrive in fast paced operational environments. 

Key Selection Criteria: 

  • 10 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Willingness and ability to travel across sites within NSW & ACT
  • Experience delivering high-quality, engaging support and leadership at a senior level to a large and diverse workforce
  • A demonstrated commitment to assisting direct reports in meeting budgets, adhering to business plans and other agreed objectives and facilitating continuous improvement
  • Experience in contract management and negotiation, tendering processes and program and service development
  • A proven ability to set and deliver on a strategy in a complex fast-paced business
  • Experience building successful relationships with stakeholders including government representatives, Board committees and other partners 
  • Experience managing and reporting on auditing processes
  • Experience monitoring and reporting on financial performance
  • Ability to work with marketing teams to promote programs and develop community partnerships
  • A demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to compliance and risk management
  • A sincere commitment to the Y NSW mission and values

We will also look to you to remain committed to enhancing the Y NSW’s profile and positive reputation within the local community.

Qualifications/Other Requirements


  • Leadership skills in strategy, relationship development, communication, finance, human resource development and customer service
  • Significant industry experience (10+ years)


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications - Degree in Recreation Management or similar
  • Previous experience in a similar role

Benefits at the Y

As a Y employee, we want to help you live your best life at work and home, so as a team member you could be eligible for the following employee benefits:

  • Discounted Outside School Hours and Vacation Care at the Y NSW centres
  • Discounted access to the Y NSW Gym and Aquatic centres
  • Discounted private health insurance through Medibank
  • Free essential qualifications/ training, such as First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Access to salary packaging and novated lease options
  • Various leave options, including volunteer leave, blood donors leave and even emergency services leave.

Who What Y?

The Y NSW is a profit-for-purpose organisation focused on healthy living, social impact and empowering young people. We operate 22 recreation centres, 63 out-of-school-hours care services, and two camping locations which employ 1,600 staff across NSW - and fund our diverse range of enriching community programs.

We believe in building a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures, including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, to apply.

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Y, including Boards of Directors, is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in accordance with our Safeguarding Children and Young People framework. The Y requires that all applicants undergo satisfactory screening prior to commencement, including but not limited to:

  • a national criminal history check;
  • an international criminal history check where applicants have worked overseas;
  • holding or obtaining a Working with Children Clearance/equivalent in accordance with state/ territory laws;
  • two reference checks.

Please note, the results of any National and International Police Check will only be used to assess your suitability to perform the role.

Any successfully appointed applicant will be required to adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Young People framework, which includes a thorough safeguarding children and young people induction and committing to upholding the safety and wellbeing of children and young people throughout their engagement with YMCA.

Essential Requirements

  • Working with Children / Working with Vulnerable People Check
  • Drivers Licence

Desirable Criteria

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