Directors School

Aug 23, 2014 - Aug 29, 2014

West Virginia


The nation's premier leadership development program for park and recreation executives.

Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.  The curriculum is based on the Agency Accreditation (CAPRA) standards and the reading material will be Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, edited by Betty van der Smissen, Merry Moiseichick and Vern Hartenburg.

The 2013 school will be offered August 24 – 30, 2013 in Wheeling, West Virginia at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.

To be considered for the school, interested applicants must submit an application form and supporting documents.  In addition to completing the online application, you will need to provide a copy of your updated resume and organizational chart. You will have an opportunity to upload those documents and attach them at the end of the online application.  

To qualify for acceptance, candidates must be one of the following:

  • A current park or recreation director;
  • A current park or recreation assistant/deputy director; 
  • A mid-level manager being groomed for a park and recreation director position.

Future Directors School Dates

  • August 23 to 29, 2014


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The three sponsoring organizations are the Oglebay National Training Center, National Recreation and Park Association, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University.