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 $30,000 - $38,000

The Village of Palos Parks' Recreation and Parks Department is seeking a high energy candidate who is a self-starter and possesses enthusiasm and passion for recreation. The candidate shall hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation or related field. Prior experience in the Recreation field required with supervisory experience.

We are a small agency but MIGHTY, located in the south suburbs and surrounded by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, an additional benefit here is the natural setting.

Under the general direction of the Recreation and Parks Director, the candidate will coordinate, develop, and administer a wide variety of quality recreation activities with emphasis on the Kids Zone a before/after school/Kindergarten program, mature adults, youth, teens, trips, special events and other duties as assigned for the Village of Palos Park. Complete job description located at under How Do I tab.

All interested candidates can forward resume to LeeAnn Fisk at or mail to 8901 West 123rd Street, Attn: Recreation Supervisor - Palos Park, IL 60464

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 Village of Palos Park


LeeAnn Fisk

 Closing Date

August 12, 2016


Looking for Lead Teacher for our 2/3 yr. old toddler room, part time appr. 35 hrs./week. Must have experience working with young children and be teacher certified; 60 semester/90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university, with 9 hours related directly to childcare and development from birth to age 6. Assistant teachers are also needed. This is a non-benefits position in a Park District setting with a family oriented staff - a very positive work environment with wonderful children and families!

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 Westchester Park District


Kathy Kasprzak
1.708.865.8200 ext.216

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $55,640 - $62,697

The Arlington Heights Park District seeks a Cultural Arts Supervisor to administer the operation and programming of a comprehensive program of pre-school, youth and adult visual and performing arts and North School Park concerts and rentals. This position reports to the Division Manager – Recreation Programming and supervises the part-time Dance Coordinator, Cultural Arts Instructors, support staff, and contracted performers. The Arlington Heights Park District serves a diverse population of over 75,000 residents by offering more than 3,200 programs annually at its 58 facilities and parks.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES • Organizes, directs and supervises a comprehensive program of cultural arts including, but not limited to, forms of dance, drama, music and arts and crafts • Schedules and coordinates the summer outdoor concert series and rental requests at North School Park • Supervises the Hasbrook Cultural Arts Center including facility maintenance • Coordinates the annual dance recital for over 900 dancers, encompassing two days and 10 performances • Oversees the competitive dance company • Evaluates the effectiveness of existing programs and submits annual recommendations for fee and program changes • Inputs seasonal program guide information into Activenet registration software • Submits marketing requests in conjunction with Marketing department • Prepares annual budget projections and monitors revenue and expenses for applicable program areas • Prepares bi-weekly payroll and submits it to the Finance Department on a timely basis • Requisitions purchases and distributes equipment and supplies • Works with the Northwest Special Recreation Association on inclusion for program participants • Maintains internal cash controls and appropriate accounting procedures • Promotes cultural arts to elementary schools and school children in the Arlington Heights community • Submits grant applications and explores opportunities for outside funding sources • Assists in the development and implementation of the department’s Comprehensive Plan • Establishes good working relationships with patrons, the community and the general public • Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates part-time and seasonal direct reports • Prepares and/or directs the preparation of board summaries, monthly reports, and periodic and special reports • Conducts staff meetings with direct reports • Attends work on a regular basis • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the employee handbook • Maintains a clean and organized work environment • Additional functions as assigned which may be considered essential

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING • BA/BS in Parks and Recreation, Cultural Arts or closely related field from an accredited college or university • Minimum of three or more years of demonstrated success as a cultural arts programmer • CPRP Certification preferred • Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training • Thorough knowledge of dance, drama, music, and arts and crafts programming • Good knowledge of program development • Strong knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of park and recreation administration • Good knowledge of the principles of financial management • Good knowledge of music editing software including I-tunes • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precautions • Ability to cooperate with and interpret Park District philosophies in relation to governmental, public and private groups and agencies and to the general public • Ability to hire, supervise, train and evaluate the work of professional, clerical and semi-skilled employees • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other supervisors and subordinate employees • Ability to work harmoniously with fellow employees, patrons, community groups and other units of local government. • Ability to work independently in day-to-day operations with general direction of the Division Manager • Capacity to utilize effective time management skills and be able to work under the stress of multiple deadlines, requests from other departments and interruptions with accuracy • Ability to work in a team atmosphere, promoting positive work relationships with both internal and external customers • Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities to perform required work • Ability to communicate effectively with fellow staff and the public both orally and in writing • Capacity to be self-motivated and achieve goals with minimal supervision or direction • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations • Ability to follow directions and communicate in English verbally and in writing and to read and understand materials printed in English • Capacity to utilize computer skills, including demonstrated proficiencies in word processing and basic spreadsheet and database applications • Capacity to proactively troubleshoot, problem solve and make sound judgments with respect to confidentiality • Ability to pass the Park District’s Defensive Driving training, in order to drive to various Park District locations

Hours are generally Monday through Friday, with a combination of daytime, evening and weekend hours required on a weekly basis. Attendance at Board meetings will also be required, as needed.

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 Arlington Heights Park District


Nancy Aldrich

 Closing Date

August 13, 2016

 $14-$16/hour DOQ

To Apply:

HOURS The employee shall be considered to be on duty whenever a need exists for their services. This position requires non-traditional work hours at various times throughout the year and/or season. A typical schedule is four weekdays, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Another typical schedule is five weekdays, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Approximately 40 hours per week.

POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for identifying, planning, leading, supervising, and carrying-out a wide variety of general labor projects, including cleaning, maintenance, repairs, painting, construction, landscaping, snow removal and seasonal duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES •Upkeep and maintenance of our parks and facilities as assigned. Assist in the maintenance and in establishing a safe and clean environment for guests. •Responsibilities include maintaining and landscaping the parks course using motorized, electrical or hand equipment and tools. •Ensures that all support and service is conducted and fulfilled in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of the Lake Bluff Park District and Lake Bluff Parks Division. •Using weed eater, trim tree wells, park perimeter, trim edges/banks and other boundary-type areas. •Rakes and cleans ball fields with both motorized or hand equipment. •Cleans, provides preventative maintenance, and simple repairs of maintenance equipment. •Performs custodial cleaning, grass mowing, and general park and building maintenance and construction. •Mow turf as assigned. Including athletic fields, parks. •Maintain trees and shrubs, to include watering, fertilizing and pruning. •Maintains the landscape and flower beds.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS Must have at least two (2) years’ experience, four (4) years preferred in related field of landscape, ground maintenance, property and/or facility maintenance, one (1) year experience preferred with snow plow operations, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. • Good working knowledge of landscape and grounds, maintenance tools, equipment, shop and field practices. • Ability to operate all forms of light and heavy maintenance equipment. • Must be able to prioritize and follow/carry out a variety of assignments.
• Able to work and complete assignments with minimal supervision.
• Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and be at least 18 years old. • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English

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 Lake Bluff Park District


Sarah Bagley

 Closing Date

August 12, 2016

 Compensation based upon experience and qualifications. Health/Dental/Life insurance. IMRF pension benefits. Paid Vacation

DESCRIPTION: The Recreation Specialist is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. The position is full-time, but hours must be flexible to accommodate evening, weekend and overnight programs and conferences. Programs run seasonally for 7-8 weeks each. The weeks in between programs are dedicated to program planning and development, miscellaneous programs, sports, special events, and trips.

Driving is essential to the position. Recreation Specialist is required to transport self to programs they work or oversee. Person must be trained to drive SWSRA vehicles for transportation of participants, equipment and other program needs. The Recreation Specialist is required to lead assigned programs throughout the season as well as spend time overseeing the remainder of the programs. Staff has assistance during programs for supervision and care of individuals but may be required to assist in supervising or perform emergency care. Other duties include but are not limited to; overseeing the adult transition program during the school year, planning and leading leisure education programs, assist with day camp planning and implementation, maintaining and coordinating the vehicle fleet, and participating in agency and committee meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Therapeutic Recreation and past experience working with people with disabilities is required. Must have the ability and knowledge to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs. Must demonstrate strong leadership skills and possess effective oral and written communication skills to communicate with people of all ability levels, maintain exceptional time-management, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills. Must be able to perform well under stressful situations, effectively transition through multiple tasks, and work as a motivational team player as well as independently.

Certifications Required: Current CTRS, CPR, First Aid, and AED certification is required or ability to obtain within six months of employment. Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license.

To Apply: Please mail, e-mail or drop off a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. Friday, July 22nd, 2016 to: Susan Vinyard, Superintendent of Recreation South West Special Recreation Association 12521 S. Kostner Avenue Alsip, IL 60803 708-389-9423 South West Special Recreation Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 South West Special Recreation Association


Susan Vinyard

 Closing Date

July 29, 2016