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Director of Community Tennis, Tennis Canada

Full-time Position


Tennis Canada is currently seeking a dynamic leader to join the tennis development team in the newly created position of director of community tennis development. The director of community tennis, in conjunction with provincial association staff and community partners, will be responsible for leading all community programs and activities to help achieve our mission of growing, retaining, showcasing and promoting tennis in Canada. Recent studies show tennis participation across Canada is on the rise. Almost 1.8 million Canadians age 12 or older play tennis 1x/month in season. This position offers a unique opportunity to join one of Canada's leading national sport organizations as a senior tennis development staff member under winning conditions.

Tennis Canada is also committed to the development of tennis in Canada by stimulating participation and excellence in the sport. One of the largest and longest-operating national sports associations in the country, Tennis Canada was formed in 1890 and is a full member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Tennis Canada operates under the auspices of Sport Canada and is a member of the Canadian Olympic Association. Tennis Canada presents teams for international play in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympics, as well as a series of other junior and senior international team competitions. The national body also coordinates a myriad of programming and promotional initiatives aimed at stimulating participation and excellence in the sport.

Job Description

The director of community tennis will work with provincial association staff, government officials, community partners and champions to build/implement a new community tennis strategic plan. In addition, the director will also lead the growth/sustainability of the very successful Building Tennis Communities (BTC) strategy among other duties. The director of community tennis will report to the vice-president of tennis development.

Responsibilities (under the direction of the vice-president of tennis development)

  • Develop strong working relationships/partnerships with the following community counterparts: provincial associations, regional joint positions, Sport Canada/government, USTA, ITF, Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and community partners.
  • Lead the development of new community tennis strategic plan that is ideally integrated with provincial and regional plans. The new plan should address opportunities to work with national park and recreation associations, schools, seniors, facility development, advocacy, formation of Canadian tennis industry association and promotional strategies.
  • Implementation and evaluation of the Building Tennis Communities Strategy.
  • Implementation and evaluation of Community Team Tennis Strategy.
  • Lead the management of the underserved schools/neighbourhood program in partnership with provincial association partners.
  • Work with fund development and corporate partnerships to develop strategies to generate incremental revenue for community tennis.
  • Work with marketing department to develop strategies to promote tennis participation.
  • Lead, manage and update the community tennis Web site and database.  
  • Assist with assessing, developing and potentially launching a national membership scheme.


  • University degree or equivalent.
  • Demonstrate a results oriented, motivational leadership style and sets challenging but achievable personal and community objectives.
  • Ability to research international/national best practices and adapt learning to support provincial and local community programs.
  • Exceptional planning and analytical skills.
  • The ability to effectively influence internal and external partners.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrate high energy and ability to work in fun, fast paced and demanding environment.
  • Willing to make a home base in Toronto and travel nationally/internationally as required.
  • Experience in community program development and building community capacity would be an asset.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in French would be an asset.


Tennis Canada offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefits package (commensurate with applicant's qualifications and experience).  

Application Process                            

Applications should be submitted by July 1, 2007, and include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and the names and contact details (title, phone, email) of two references. They should be emailed or mailed to

Susan Vail
Consultant, Community Tennis
Tennis Canada
Tennis Canada
1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
Toronto, ON  M3N 3A6

We thank all applicants for their interest and will contact only those candidates whose skills and experience best match the requirements of the position. All applications will be treated in strict confidence. Tennis Canada is an equal opportunity employer.