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Evanston, IL (75,000) a dynamic and historic lakefront community immediately north of Chicago seeks experienced, proven, progressive candidates to lead its Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department comprised of 78 FTEs and responsible for a budget of $10 million. The department includes oversight of the city’s 6 community centers, an indoor ice-skating facility, an extensive array of recreational and educational programs throughout 75 parks, community outreach, and numerous special events. Evanston is home to Northwestern University and is an ethnically, racially, and socio-economically diverse community. The city enjoys a diversified tax base, a vibrant downtown, strong neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, and beautiful tree-lined streets. This position is appointed by the City Manager. Qualified individuals will be expected to have a strong background in management and leadership plus parks and recreation best practices. Candidates must have ten years increasingly responsible experience in an upper management position with a strong spirit of collaboration and innovation. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation, public administration, business administration, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. Excellent interpersonal/communication/presentation skills are essential. Additional information regarding the position can be found at the consultant's website: www.govhrusa.com. Starting salary $145,000+/-, depending on qualifications and experience. Residency is not required. Apply by November 8, 2015 in confidence, to the city’s executive search consultant: www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment ATTN: Terrence Porter, Vice President.
Additional information regarding the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services department can be found at the City’s website: www.cityofevanston.org.
Job Title: Director of Recreation
Information Regarding Veterans Park District:
Veterans Park District is approximately 7.5 square miles located about 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Serving over 55,000 residents, the District covers portions of the Village of Franklin Park, the Village of Melrose Park, the City of Northlake, Village of River Grove and unincorporated Leyden Township. Veterans Park District consists of 11 parks, including an outdoor pool, three pre-schools, a Fitness Center, a Gymnasium and a Multi-Sports Complex.
The Director of Recreation is responsible for the administrative planning, organization, and supervision of recreational services for all age groups in Veterans Park District. The Director of Recreation is responsible for the personnel management of all full and part-time employees who perform services in connection with all general recreation programming, outdoor and indoor aquatic facilities, special recreation, pre-schools, special event, fitness center, youth and adult multi-sport and gymnasium facilities, and marketing.
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration or related fields required; a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration or related fields preferred and three (3) years of related experience. The position requires a candidate to have experience developing recreation and senior programs, with exceptional communication and writing skills. The right candidate will be creative, have strong supervisory skills and the ability to work as a key team member. Certification with the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, NRPA or similar professional organization is desirable.
A. General Administration
1. General administration of Recreation in accordance with policies established by Veterans Park District’s Board of Commissioners and procedures and direction set forth by the Executive Director.
2. Establish and manage long-range and short-term departmental goals and objectives for all Recreation programs and provide quarterly updates of progress.
3. Analyze, review, and recommendation of facility and program fees and appropriate policies.
4. Analyze, review, and recommendation of appropriate District policies and procedures.
5. Analyze, review, and recommendation for departmental administrative improvements and efficiency measures.
6. Analyze customer and community interests and assess needs; make recommendations on current and future programs, facilities, and services.
7. Serve as the point of contact to respond to citizen complaints and/or inquiries regarding all Recreation programs within 48 hours of receipt.
8. Prepare departmental written and verbal reports and studies accurately and on time.
9. Maintain effective cooperative working relationships with inter and intra department personnel.
10. Conduct periodic program and facility visits of departmental activities.
11. Establish an Annual Strategic Marketing plan for Recreation in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Recreation.
12. Coordinate relationships with all community groups to assure that diversified recreation program opportunities are available for the communities served by Veterans Park District.
13. Attend professional educational sessions and remain informed of current trends and issues.
14. Administer and coordinate efforts in grant-writing, advertising and sponsorship of leisure programs, facilities, and services.
15. Attend regularly scheduled and special Board meetings and Ad-Hoc Committee Meetings.
16. Review and recommend independent contractor agreements for various areas of Recreation.
17. Administer cooperative agreements with community user groups.
18. Insure safety and loss control as related to all recreation programs and staff.
19. Perform all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
B. Personnel Management
1. Supervise personnel through direct observation and review of written and verbal reports.
2. Conduct probationary and annual performance appraisals on employees.
3. Recruit and recommend for employment full time and part time employees.
4. Develop and administer a departmental in-service training and staff development program.
5. Conduct regularly scheduled staff meetings.
6. Apply all personnel policies and procedures to full and part-time personnel.
7. Provide ongoing leadership, direction, foresight, and positive motivation to department staff.
8. Supervise volunteer program.
9. Maintain accurate payroll and personnel records for department staff.
C. Financial Planning/Management
1. Prepare and be accountable for the annual Recreation budget within the Veterans Park District adopted guidelines.
2. Monitor and review monthly budget comparison reports and report significant variances to the Executive Director with recommendations on how to resolve the variances.
3. Coordinate departmental bidding specifications for necessary purchases.
4. Prepare annual reports on various program, facility, and administrative support functions.
5. Recommend cost containment procedures and revenue enhancements to maximize available resources by reviewing all program fees and enrollments on an annual basis and prepare fee report and recommendations.
D. Recreation Programming
1. Develop a broad diversified and balanced program of recreation activities and services.
2. Supervise the maintenance of records and reports pertaining to all Recreation programs.
3. Oversee a recreational program evaluation process for all programs to determine customer satisfaction.
4. Collaborate with other agencies and municipalities to develop cooperative programs and avoid duplication.
Veterans Park District offers a comprehensive benefit package including group insurance for health, dental and vision through United Healthcare and life insure insurance. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Eleven (11) Paid holidays, sick days, personal days (after one year of employment), and vacation days (based on length of employment).
How to Apply: Qualified individuals should submit a resume, letter of interest, 3 professional references, and an official transcript of degree(s) via email to Donna L. Peluso, Executive Director, Veterans Park District, at email@example.com
Qualifications: Sales experience preferred. Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task. The successful candidate must be able to project a professional appearance. Requires strong people and customer service skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with staff and the public. Solid computer and keyboard skills required. Strong general math skills with cash handling experience required. Accuracy and the ability to follow through on detailed work. Previous office and customer service experience required.
Duties: Under the direction and supervision of the Membership Supervisor, the Membership Representative is primarily responsible for sales of all memberships, providing quality customer service, membership account inquiries, membership upgrades, downgrades and cancellations, providing facility tours and handling customer service issues. This includes frequent interaction with the public and park district staff to follow up on compliance with park district procedures. This is an at-will position.
To apply, please complete an online employment application on our website.
The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 165 parks and 48 miles of interconnected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Sharing the shores of the Fox River, our communities are united by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox Valley Park District … Where Fun Begins!
Human Resources and Risk Manager
The St. Charles Park District is seeking applicants for its Human Resources and Risk Manager position that is under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Finance and Administration.
Qualified candidates must have the ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships and to promote and maintain high morale and enthusiasm; good written and oral communication skills; ability to work with minimum supervision, to solve problems comprehensively and to produce accurate work on a timely basis; ability to perform required duties with initiative, good judgment, accuracy, persistence, creativity, integrity, tact and courtesy; knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations; personal maturity is an important attribute. Candidates must have ability to operate general office equipment and computer skills.
This position is responsible for:
• Maintaining employee records as it relates to job descriptions, compensation, deductions, benefit plans, certifications, and personnel practices.
• Developing and recommending general safety policies and risk management concerns relating to all District operations, functions, grounds and facilities and assists the District Safety Coordinator.
• Administering leave; researching recommending, and implementing insurance benefit plans, wellness programs, and employee training; and maintaining policy manuals.
• Assisting hiring supervisors with advertising open positions, hiring paperwork, orientations, and exit interviews and is a resource to all employees and assists supervisors and staff in employee related issues as needed.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel Administration, Human Resource Management, Business Administration, and/or safety/risk management or closely related field is required along with a minimum of two years’ experience in the coordination of human resources programs and/or risk management with
proficiency in local governmental/municipal HR functions and computer information systems, including payroll/personnel software and MS Word, Excel, etc.
Please visit our website for additional information and apply on-line.
This full-time position focuses on the planning and execution of all programs and events intended to promote and increase philanthropic support for the Cosley Zoo Foundation, DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation, and Play for All Foundation. In this role, the Director of Development will provide leadership to assist the District in annual fundraising, development of new fundraising strategies, grant writing, corporate sponsorship, and partnership development to grow and sustain fiscal support for the foundations listed above.
• Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with concentration in business, marketing, communications, development or not-for-profit
• Experience in fundraising with a minimum of five (5) years progressive development experience, with a well-documented history of success.
• Minimum of two (2) years of successful grant proposal and writing experience.
• Demonstrated fundraising success with special events, corporation/foundation and major gifts.
• Must have exceptional organizational and planning skills.
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment.
• Strong verbal, written, and communication skills with a focus on providing excellent customer service.
• Proficient in Microsoft office including PowerPoint and Excel.
• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
• Achieve annual predetermined fundraising goals in order to ensure the Foundations and District is fully funded.
• Direct the development, planning, and execution of the Foundations and District’s annual benefits and fundraising events.
• Serve as chief staff liaison to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
• Actively work to secure major gifts from individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
• Plan and evaluate ongoing and long-range development efforts as well as develop new strategies to advance fundraising initiatives.
• Develop and manage budgets for the Foundations.
• Research funding opportunities which match the goals and objectives of the District.
• Research and prepare grant proposals; manage grants, grant reporting and grant compliance.
• Establish and develop corporate and partner sponsorships.
• Clearly articulate the District’s mission and vision as well as the mission and vision of the Cosley Foundation, the Dupage County Historical Museum
Foundation and the Play for All Foundation.
• Exhibit strong verbal, written, and communication skills with a focus on providing excellent customer service to the internal and external customer.
• Attend meetings, programs, and events in the evenings and on weekends as needed.
• Provide updates and reports as directed by the Executive Director accurately and in a timely manner.
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm with evenings and weekends as needed
Hours per week:
We have a highly competitive benefits package including: health insurance, life insurance, paid time off (including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick), 457 deferred compensation plan, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (pension plan), medical and dependent flexible spending account, facility privileges for employee and employee's eligible dependents, etc.
Apply online at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com and attach your cover letter, resume, and a summary of related significant accomplishments.
The Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V
The Adult Education Coordinator is a part time position, working 20 hours per week, some weekends required. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Laura Furman, firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Applications must be submitted by September 30.
Midway Village Museum seeks an innovative and energetic part time Adult Education Coordinator to lead new initiatives in programs for adult audiences. These programs could include living history workshops, interactive theater and dinner theater, local and ethnic lecture series, coffee clubs, and more! The Adult Education Coordinator will grow adult program attendance through diversified audiences, themes, and partnerships consistent with the Museum’s mission. The successful candidate will have knowledge of informal education programs, U.S. history, and experience in successful programming. The candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects. Reporting to the Curator, working directly with the Museum Educator and Special Events Coordinator, and interacting with other museum staff and volunteers, the candidate must be able to work independently and within a team dynamic.
Midway Village Museum, the best institution for collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events. Midway Village Museum occupies 148 acres and is uniquely comprised of a 52,700 sq. ft. Museum Center with exhibits on Rockford’s diverse history including the newest exhibit Many Faces, One Community, as well as a historic village featuring 26 buildings depicting rural Illinois life at the turn of the 20th century.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Recreation, Museum Studies, History, or related field; plus 3 years of programming experience.