– August 30, 2013
Oglebay Resort and
Wheeling, West Virginia
have finally found the professional development driver I desperately needed!
Not only is the curriculum current, pertinent, and competent, the ongoing
resource of my fellow classmates raised the bar for creative and useful
implementation of the CAPRA standards. This experience will help me
institute a culture change in my department.” –2012 participant
park and recreation professionals know the value of professional
development. The challenge is finding the right professional development to
meet your needs and provide you with the knowledge, content and network you
need to succeed.
The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive
professional development opportunity designed to prepare new and potential
directors of park and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and
managing effectively. This two-year program is aimed at
park or recreation directors;
- Current park or recreation
assistant/deputy directors; and
- Mid-level managers being groomed
for a park and recreation director position.
“This has been an
awesome and wonderful experience. I only wish I had attended sooner. The
classmates, instructors, accommodations and observers were great. The
diversity of the school is an invaluable asset as practices, views,
philosophies, differences, and commonalities are all brought together for the
enrichment of all. My spark is now a healthy flame that is burning bright
and hot and my aim is to re-light the flame in those I manage and lead in
hopes of motivating in spite of our challenges. Thank you NRPA and Oglebay
for a wonderful experience.” --2012 participant
This is a two-year
professional development commitment for which all potential participants must
first apply and provide supporting documentation. After careful review,
accepted participants will be notified and invited to register.
your commitment to the park and recreation industry by participating in this
exclusive and unique professional development program where you will learn
valuable content, but more importantly, enhance your professional network.
“My favorite aspect of the Directors School is [the] ability to network and
share with some awesome people. “D School” is a special place.” –2012
Here is a peak at the Directors School content. The
learning objectives are based on the CAPRA standards and the Management of
Parks and Recreation Agencies text.
- Identify qualities of a good manager and develop the management
skills required to run a successful park and recreation agency.
- Develop the skills necessary to evaluate a park and recreation agency's
organizational structure and administrative procedures.
proficiency in designing and implementing agency strategic and marketing
- Build an improved leadership skill set.
and identify the legal responsibilities and implications related to park and
recreation agency operation.
- Develop and implement performance
management systems to evaluate the performance of agency personnel and the
overall success of the agency itself.
- Prioritize programs and
services in order to maximize positive impact on their communities.
One Session Topics:
||Year Two Session Topics:
||Special Interest Topics:
|Responding to Economic Crisis
||Physical Resources Planning and Management
||Surviving Political Quicksand
|Organization & Admin.
||Maintenance and Operations
||Recreation Program Management
Marketing & Customer Service
||Evaluation and Action
Management, Safety & Security
“I am very impressed with the NRPA Directors School. Although the program
was intense it was worth every moment.” –2012 participant
To be considered for the school, interested applicants must
submit the online application form and supporting documents. In addition to
completing this 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. Year I and Year II schools will be conducted
- A current park
or recreation director;
- A current park or recreation
- A mid-level manager being groomed for a
park and recreation director position.
Year One Students - Application
Year Two Students - Contact Oglebay directly at email@example.com
2013 Directors School Scholarship: Now accepting
Interested scholarship applicants are asked
to submit their Directors School application before completing their
scholarship application. The scholarship application deadline is June 4, 2013.
The winner will be notified by June 11, 2013 and current applicants to the
Directors School are welcome to apply.
The scholarship will be granted to
an individual in the amount of $950 to cover the member cost of tuition. If
you have any questions while filling out either application, please email Tom
Crosley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
“The expertise offered during Directors School is
exceptional and the networking opportunity is invaluable.” –2012
Future Directors School Dates:
- August 23 to
- August 22 to 28, 2015
For more information
about the program content, contact customer service at email@example.com
information on registration and other details, contact Oglebay Resort and
Conference Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
sponsoring organizations of this event 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.
**Qualified applicants who submit an application and get accepted are not
obligated to attend.