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. Potential attendees must first apply to the Directors School. Once accepted, they will receive instructions on how to register.
Year 1 applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 Directors School. Any additional Year 1 applications received will be considered for the 2017 Directors School.
August 28 – September 2, 2016
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia
Year 2 students can register by calling the Oglebay National Training Center at 1-800-624-6988, then press "7".
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
- Develop the skills necessary to evaluate a park and
recreation agency's organizational structure and administrative
- Develop proficiency in designing and implementing
agency strategic and marketing plans.
- Build an improved
leadership skill set.
- Evaluate and identify the legal
responsibilities and implications related to park and recreation agency
- 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:
|Management and Operations
||Evaluation and Performance Management
||Creating a Culture of Excellence
|Program Development and Evaluation
||Program Development and Evaluation, Part II
|Marketing, Public Relations and Branding
||Human Resources Management/Supervision, Part II
||Risk Management, Safety and Security
||Resource Planning and Management
|Alternative Fund Development
||Emerging Issues and Trends
|Positioning for Political Success
||Team Case Studies
|Employment Practices Liability
|Emerging Issues and Trends
|Creating a Culture of Excellence
|Alternative Fund Development
|Operating in a Political Environment
Who Should Attend
This two-year program is perfect for
- Current park or recreation directors;
- Current park or recreation assistant/deputy directors; and
- Mid-level managers being groomed for a park and recreation director position.
Check out Chris Umphres from Kansas. Where will Directors School take him?
“To reach my goal to become a P&R Director and compete in the ultra-competitive recruitment process, I needed every edge possible. Directors School helped me gain that edge. It provided me basic knowledge and tools to use, demonstrated to the hiring City Manager that I was dedicated to the industry and gave me the confidence to share my skills at the highest level. If it’s your desire to become a P&R Director, you should be at this school.” --former participant
“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.” --former participant
“My favorite aspect of the Directors School is [the] ability
to network and share with some awesome people. 'D School' is a special
place.” --former participant
“I am very impressed with the NRPA Directors School. Although the program was intense it was worth every moment.” --former participant
“The expertise offered during Directors School is
exceptional and the networking opportunity is invaluable.” --former participant
Future Directors School Dates
- August 28 to September 2, 2016
- August 27 to September 1, 2017
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.