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 $32,278.00+DOE; excellent benefits and IMRF retirement plan

JOB PURPOSE: Responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating of a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs and services for individuals with disabilities within the Northwest Special Recreation Associations 17 member districts. Represent NWSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone.

DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The Manager of Special Recreation



  1. Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study.

  2. Knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities.

  3. Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director.

  4. Minimum of one year of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions, and experience in planning and implementation of a wide range of recreation programs for people with disabilities.

  6. Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activity programs for recreation, leisure and the therapeutic recreation programs.

  7. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with full-time staff, student interns, part-time staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, participants, park district and school district personnel, as well as members of the general public.

  8. Experience working with part time and volunteers employees with a supervisory style that includes well-developed organizational skills.

  9. Demonstrate strong leadership qualities; confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism.

  10. Knowledge of current standards of professional practice and ability to apply these standards to daily work. Highly motivated, self-starter, outgoing and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in the oral and written format is required.

  11. Work independently, solve simple to complex problems, demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, and convey a positive attitude to others.

  12. Knowledge of computer skills; Office, Word, Excel and Outlook.

  13. Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.

  14. First Aid/CPR/CPI certification required.

  15. Ability to drive agency vehicles based on driver’s abstract.

  16. Ability to attain Illinois Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

  17. Must pass the pre-employment drug testing, physical and criminal background check.

To see the entire job description or apply, visit Please attach resume to application or send to Trisha Breitlow at

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 Northwest Special Recreation Association


Trisha Breitlow

 Closing Date

July 20, 2016

 $12-$18 per hour

DESCRIPTION: This position is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of quality recreation programs for people with disabilities. You will supervise and care for individuals with special needs in recreation programs. You will also manage the seasonal staff and volunteers who assist these programs. The chosen candidate will be required to work evenings and weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field preferred. Minimum of one year working in recreation settings with people with disabilities. Strong written and oral skills. Valid driver’s license is required. Fluency in Spanish desired.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: Responsible for all aspects of program supervision- including planning, implementation and evaluation Supervision and evaluation of part-time staff and volunteers Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up equipment. Plan, implement and attend WSSRA special events. Provide supervision and assistance of daily living skills to WSSRA participants File incident reports and perform emergency care in accordance to WSSRA risk management program when needed. Communicate professionally with parents, staff, volunteers, and immediate supervisor Provide activities for day and away trips. Perform program orientations for seasonal part-time staff and volunteers Assist in on-going training of part-time staff, supervisors and volunteers Actively support WSSRA risk management program. Drive to and from programs and facilities. Ability to transport WSSRA participants in agency vehicles


  1. Picking up general materials (i.e. printed brochures, special supplies)
  2. Attending agency meetings, as well as for state and local organizations.
  3. Maintain a current driver’s license.

SALARY RANGE: $12.00 - $18.00 per hour

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 West Suburban Special Recreation Association


Annie Hart

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $86,649.00 to $137,800.00

The Town of Normal is seeking an energetic, experienced, innovative leader to become its next Director of Parks and Recreation. The Director of Parks & Recreation reports to the City Manager and is responsible for managing a dynamic municipal department with 33 full time staff and over 500 part time and seasonal employees. The Normal Parks & Recreation Department has an annual operating budget of $8 million and operates and maintains a wide variety of recreation facilities including 17 municipal parks that span 700 acres of open space. The Department also provides and manages over 400 individual recreation programs that serve in excess of 10,000 people annually. The vacancy is being created due to the incumbent accepting a Director position in another mid-western community. The Town of Normal has established a national reputation as a leader in innovation, sustainable practices, and results-oriented strategic planning. Similarly, the Normal Parks and Recreation Department has earned a national reputation for its outstanding facilities and best-in-class recreation programming.

This position is responsible for the direction of all Parks and Recreation departmental activities for the Town. The Director of Parks and Recreation administers all operations of the Parks and Recreation Divisions, including staffing, maintenance, capital investment, planning and programming. In addition, this position is responsible for developing recommendations for the acquisition, development and promotion of leisure facilities. The Director consults with the City Manager on policy and planning issues but works independently in supervising day-to-day operations of the department's operating divisions.

This is a full time, overtime exempt position. For more detail about the position and to apply:

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 Town of Normal


Jane Novacek

 Closing Date

July 29, 2016


Bloomingdale Park District Parks and Facility Maintenance I

The Bloomingdale Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a full-time parks maintenance employee. Receiving direction from the Director of Parks and Planning and the Assistant Director of Parks and Planning, this position shall: carry out general park and facility maintenance; maintenance of sports fields, hard surface areas, playgrounds, shelters, and park equipment, landscape renovation, trash pick-up, and snow removal. Schedule is variable including split shifts, evenings and weekends. Experience operating mowers, tractors, other grounds and facility maintenance equipment is preferred. Valid IL driver’s license required. Job requires 40 hours per week. Hourly rate starts at $12.98/hour and benefit package includes IMRF retirement and health insurance.

Inquire or send email to or mail to Joe Potts at 172 S. Circle Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Applications available online at Position will remain open until filled.

Job Description

Department: Parks and Planning Accountable to: Director of Parks and Planning and Assistant Director of Parks and Planning Position Summary: Parks maintenance positions at the Bloomingdale Park District demand efficient, courteous, and safe performance of the duties assigned to each specific position as well as general responsibilities related to maintaining safe, clean, and attractive parks and facilities. All Parks Department employees are expected to exercise sound judgment and decision making in the best interest of the Park District and its patrons. Parks Department employees are responsible for the appearance of all Park District facilities.

FUNCTION: The Parks and Facility Maintenance I staff member is responsible for maintaining, repairing and improving the parks and facilities of the Bloomingdale Park District. Each Bloomingdale Parks Department employee is expected to arrive at work punctually and prepared with a plan for the coming day’s activities. Performance will be evaluated on demonstrated skills, the efficiency and effectiveness in which work is completed, and the employee’s ability to manage their time in a manner that maximizes productivity and controls labor and material costs to the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate or equivalent. Three years of public grounds and/or facility maintenance preferred. Must have and maintain valid Illinois Drivers License. Must be capable of acquiring and maintaining current CPR certification.


• Perform the job in compliance with District policies, procedures, work rules and employee manuals. • Perform the job in compliance with District Safety Policies and Procedures • Adhere to and actively enforce safety procedures of the District and its overall risk management program. • Demonstrate and support the Park District’s mission statement, vision, and core values. • Ability to inspect, identify, and perform repair needs on all park district assets. • Perform tasks involving the use of acquired skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and general maintenance. • Must be able to safely perform duties in the presence of the general population and or park patrons in public areas. • Capacity to utilize effective time management skills and be able to work under the stress of multiple deadlines, requests from others, interruptions, and work with accuracy and efficiency. • Exercise considerable independence in performing duties. • Ability to operate all District vehicles and equipment. • Perform general building maintenance including mechanical, plumbing, and carpentry. • Maintain Park District turf areas including mowing, trimming, seeding and fertilizing. • Perform landscape maintenance to include watering, mulching, weeding, planting of flowers, and trimming of trees & shrubs. • Maintain and groom athletic fields including aerating, rolling, and striping. • Assist in maintenance of playground equipment to include safety inspections and repairs. • Removing all refuse and trash from parks and playgrounds. • Training in CPR/AED/First aid is required • Must be flexible with schedule changes extra hours, and emergency calls. • Assist in training of employees on all District vehicles and equipment. • Perform other duties and functions as directed.


• Promote park district facilities and programs and maintain a positive public appearance. • Attend conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars as they pertain to the position. • Work in a cooperative effort or assisting manner toward continually improving park district facilities and programs. • Maintain the facilities in a clean and safe environment for patrons and employees. • Assist with horticultural tasks. • Assist with construction and maintenance of park and playground equipment. • Assist with repair of buildings, roof, doors, windows, and electrical or plumbing. • Remove snow and ice from and salt/ice melt walks, drives and paths. • Create and maintain outdoor ice surfaces for skating. • Complete Accident/Incident Reports when necessary. • Provide courteous customer service to patrons. • Capacity to maintain positive and effective working relationship with supervisors and colleagues. • Ability to work harmoniously with fellow employees, patrons, community groups, and other units of local government. • Ability to communicate effectively within various settings, from one-on-one to small group configurations. • Capacity to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.


This position requires non-traditional work-week schedules, dependent on seasonal maintenance needs of the Bloomingdale Park District. Pay ranges from $12.98-$14.90 per hour depending on qualifications, plus Bloomingdale Park District benefit package.


• May experience added stress and pressure in situations of an emergency or during busy times with multiple functions being required at one time • Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time, prioritize and complete them in a timely fashion.
• Ability to think independently and determine what tasks must be completed.

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: • Heavy work, lifting up to 50 pounds frequently and up to 20 pounds constantly • General work areas outdoors with frequent exposure to natural and potentially extreme weather conditions, mud, dirt, dust various living and decaying organic materials. • General work areas indoors with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, exposure to chemicals such as chlorine, acids, pesticides, fertilizers, cleaning solutions, petroleum products, etc. • Personal protective equipment and clothing is required as it pertains to the particular duty including but not limited to: Ear plugs or ear covers Safety goggles, glasses or face shield Protective footwear, chain saw chaps, latex gloves Painting and spraying respirator Knee pads, and protective suit Harness and fall protection and or confined space equipment


• Work area is both indoors and outdoors. Indoors and vehicles are smoke-free environments. Outdoors at all park district locations approximately 90% of the time. • Frequent exposure to nature and potentially extreme weather conditions.
• Exposure to various chemicals with appropriate PPE personal protective equipment (i.e., fertilizers, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaning agents, and oil fuels). • Exposure to noise distractions from employees, patrons or equipment operation • Protective clothing and equipment is required as it pertains to a particular job duty and may include earplugs, or ear covers, helmets, respirators, safety goggles/glasses, chaps, leather type work boots, protective gloves, and disposable overalls • Workers are allowed and encouraged to use mechanical or manual assists for lifting above 50 pounds as a guideline. Working in teams also provides assistance with heavier activities


Character Strength Completes work according to priorities without procrastination over undesirable tasks. Demonstrates personal integrity in all interactions. Maintains confidences.

Composure Controls temper, effectively manages stress so that it does not interfere with work performance.

Emotional Maturity Willingly accepts a variety of assignments and/or schedules. Demonstrates tolerance and patience in dealing with others. Responds positively to requests.

Interpersonal Skills Demonstrates skills in developing relationships with others to facilitate the completion of the work.

Memory Recall Recalls details of procedures and training and consistently follows established methods in task completion.

Mental Alertness Demonstrates ability to increase level of problem solving, building on past experiences.

Motivation Sets personal goals to challenge own development.

Realistic Takes on an appropriate share of the work without being taken advantage of. Strives to improve personal performance.

Scanning Accuracy Identifies patterns and trends affecting the work. Produces accurate work. Demonstrates ability to closely follow procedures.

Sensitivity Shows concern for the ideas and feelings of others and how it impacts getting the job done.

Success Orientation Sets personal standards for quality, quantity, and timeliness of work to challenge self to greater levels of performance. Improves the way the job is done.

Teamwork Makes contributions towards team success. Keeps commitments to aid in team accomplishments.

Technical Skill Applies education, training, and experience toward mastery of job requirements.

Verbal Ability Communicates technical information to non-technical audiences clearly and concisely.

Work Habits Organizes work to ensure completion of assigned tasks; maintains order and safety. Adapts priorities to respond to changing circumstances.

Work Terms Demonstrates a knowledge of business vocabulary necessary to relate to business operations.


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 Bloomingdale Park District


Joe Potts

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $38,101 - $47,626 depending on qualifications and experience


The Recreation Supervisor is responsible for managing all Adult and Senior General Programs and Events, directly supervising all staff required to maintain these programs.


The Recreation Supervisor directly reports to the Assistant Director of Recreation.


Prepare board reports, administration reports, and supporting documentation for board and/or committee meetings. Communicate with the Assistant Director of Recreation regularly on Park District matters. Prepare and maintain fiscal control of Recreation Department budget in areas of Adult and Senior General Programs and Events. Prepare payroll for all staff/instructors directly reporting to this position. Plan and prepare performance appraisals and program evaluations. Recruit and select employment of Park District personnel. Directly manage all Adult and Senior General Programs and Special Events. Develop and coordinate all programs. Directly supervise all adult program instructors and event staff. Oversees the purchase of program supplies. Program and administer all senior trips. Directly schedule and manage trip itineraries. Serve as escort on all trips. Program and administer all senior luncheons and inhouse programs. Directly coordinate and manage luncheons and inhouse programs, including room set up, menu selection, and entertainment. Assist the Recreation Department in the planning and execution of Special Events. Work with Facility Manager/Rentals to schedule the required room and the appropriate set up for the event. Develop and evaluate programs on a seasonal basis. Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills in all communications. Work with the Marketing Manager to effectively market all Adult and Senior General Programs and Events. Develop and submit seasonal brochure copy to the Marketing Manager. Work with IT Administrator to update and maintain the Park District web page. Support a quality loss control/safety program for the Park District. Performs the job in a safe manner and in compliance with the District policies, procedures, work and safety rules and the employee handbook. Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Director of Recreation and Facilities. Plan and facilitate two multi-day trips per year, including pre-trip planning, site supervision, and evaluation.


 Attend Park District meetings as necessary.  Attend staff meetings as necessary.  Represent the Park District at various public functions.  Substitute for other Recreation Supervisors if they are unable to perform their work.  Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies, business organizations, and community groups.


• Ability to work independently in day-to-day operations. • Ability to work in a team atmosphere. • Ability to utilize computer skills, including proficiencies in word processing and basic spreadsheet applications. • Ability to work effectively in a climate of political assertiveness and interaction, requiring timely administrative responsiveness and flexibility. • Must be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment. • Must be able to deal with people under stressful and demanding situations. • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with department heads, supervisors and other staff members. • Ability to create and maintain positive and effective relationships with program participants.


• General work area is indoors, in a smoke-free environment, with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting. • Perform tasks that require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. • Drives motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. • Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.


The Recreation Supervisor is a Full Time position working a minimum of 40 hours per week. Scheduled hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, including 1/2 hour unpaid lunch. This position may require night and weekend work, and the work hours will need to be adjusted accordingly.


Bachelors degree required. A minimum of one year experience in recreation with preference given to those individuals with parks and recreation background. Basic knowledge of computers, basic knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, and experience with registration software is preferred. A valid Illinois Driver’s License is required. CPR/AED certification is required and training will be provided by the Park District.

The Oak Brook Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to the attention of Karen Spandikow, Assistant Director of Recreation, in one of the following methods: Email: Mail: Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523 No phone calls please.

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 Oak Brook Park District


Karen Spandikow

 Closing Date

July 8, 2016