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 $33,000 to $37,000 DOQ

Assists in the planning, organizing, coordination and implementation of special recreation and/or therapeutic recreation programming. This may include evening, weekend, and special events. This is a full-time position offering health, dental, and vision.

Works under the general supervision of the Special Recreation Supervisor.


Plans, organized, coordinated and implements special recreation and/or therapeutic recreation programs. Assists in managing Special Recreation Summer Camp and After School Care. Acts as a Liaison between Veterans Park District and the neighboring schools, agencies, and organizations. Acts as a Therapeutic Recreation and/or Special Recreation Program Facilitator. Teaches a variety of physical, leisure and recreation activities in a safe and appropriate manner. Acts as an inclusion aide, instructor, and/or Special Olympics coach, as needed. Effectively promotes and advertises special recreation programs. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Associate’s Degree in therapeutic recreation or related field required; Bachelor's Degree preferred. Must have or be eligible for the Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS).


No less than one year experience working with people with developmental disabilities. No less than one year supervisory experience. Considerable knowledge of therapeutic recreation philosophy, planning and administration. Ability to assess different levels of disability in individuals based on their available school and medical files, communication with school staff/parents, and observations...


Valid state driver's license or ability to obtain one. Drive a fourteen passenger van. First Aid and CPR certification. Able to pass a criminal background check.

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 Veterans Park District


Marge Stabile

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


The Park District of Oak Park has developed an intensive, highly competitive 12-month rotational program specially designed to attract top graduates to pursue an accelerated pathway to career development. The program consists of rotations designed to make the participant well-rounded and knowledgeable in all functional areas of a Park District. This program integrates customized professional rotations, continuous leadership development and hands-on practical experience to help you grow as a professional and add value to the Park District of Oak Park. The program stresses professional development, leadership, collaboration, excellence, transparency and agility. Our goal is to attract and develop the best future leaders in the industry.

Rotational Tracks: Administration, Finance, Marketing, Customer Service, Recreation, Revenue Facilities (Ice Rink, Pools, Gymnastics), Human Resources, Buildings & Grounds/Maintenance.

Qualifications: Graduate Students with impending Graduate's Degree or current Graduate with an Advanced Degree obtained within the past 2 yeas in Recreation, Leisure Studies, Sports Management or similar degree. U.S. Work Authorization is required. Demonstrated record of achievement in academics and previous internship/work experience. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills. The Fellowship Program offers you the opportunity to occupy a 12-month contractual position consisting of one-year formal training plan designed to let you experience both personal and professional growth in an Illinois Distinguished Accredited, National Gold Medal and CAPRA Accredited Park District.

The anticipated salary is $45,000 with two weeks of vacation and opportunity to attend industry specific conferences and trainings. The schedule will be flexible to align with the rotational objectives. We are accepting applications through June 30, 2018.

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 Park District of Oak Park


Paula Bickel

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $79,000 - $87,500 (depending on qualifications)

Director of Finance Job Posting:

ABOUT US: The Batavia Park District has been named one of the Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for the second year in a row (2016 & 2017)! The mission of the Batavia Park District is to be committed to excellence by providing fun, safe and innovative open space and recreational opportunities that will enrich the quality of life for our residents. Nestled in the scenic Fox River Valley and just 45 miles west of Chicago, the Batavia Park District serves a thriving, growing community of 26,298 people strong. The Batavia Park District maintains and operates approximately 350 acres, compromised of 40 park sites.

JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Finance is responsible for all financial and accounting activities which include maintaining the District's financial systems, payroll systems, the organization and supervision of all financial policies and internal control procedures, coordination of the annual audit, preparation and monitoring of the Annual Operating Budget, debt management, investment of funds, purchasing and preparation of the annual tax levy. This position is responsible for an annual operating budget of $6.5 million with a total budget of $10 million. This position directly supervises the Payroll & Accounts Payable Coordinator. This position reports to the Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This position serves as an asset to the Leadership Team by providing clear direction, forward thinking and stable leadership with sound financial practices.

• Oversee an annual operating budget of $6.5 million with a total budget of $10 million. • Administer banking functions which include deposits, wire transfers, direct deposit, in-store credit accounts, employee purchasing cards and bank statement reconciliations. • Develops financial strategies to meet the overall vision and goals of the Batavia Park District. • Prepare annual tax levy, budget and Annual Operating Budget and budget and appropriation ordinance, Treasurer’s Report, prevailing wage ordinance and other financial documents required by law. • Directs and coordinates the development of the District’s Annual Operating Budget. • Administer debt management and issuance including determination of bond type, appropriate sizing and timing.
• Assist in the development of the District’s Capital Development Plan and long term capital and recreation program pricing financial models. • Oversee the District’s payroll operations, vendor database and time and attendance system (ADP). • Serve as the authorized agent for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). • Oversee the District’s document archive records management system. Coordinate the records disposal activities through the Illinois Secretary of State.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Public Administration or related field required; Master’s degree preferred and CPA highly desirable. A minimum of 5 years’ progressive work experience and supervisory experience required. Experience with fund accounting is mandatory. The ideal candidates will have the ability to communicate complex financial information clearly to residents and will model our core values: integrity, trust, respect, creativity, motivation, growth, clarity and teamwork. A history of leading cross-communication and collaboration are also necessary for success.

BENEFITS: In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefits package including: Medical coverage (PPO or HMO), dental coverage, vision coverage, life insurance, pension/benefit plan (IMRF), paid time off (including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick) and Park District facility and Program benefits. Work life balance is important at the Batavia Park District.

STARTING SALARY: $79,000 - $87,500 (depending on qualifications). In this role, you will be required to work Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week along with participation in some activities, meetings and events that may fall on occasional evenings and or weekends. Attendance at Park Board Meetings 1x/month is required.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume and online application at Only online applications and qualified candidates will be considered for potential candidacy and contacted for potential interviews. Batavia Park District is an equal opportunity employer (and one of the best places to work)!

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 Batavia Park District


Allison Niemela
630.879.5235 x 2017

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $95,850 - $119,812 per year.

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is accepting applications for one (1) Chief of Planning and Operations.




APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 17, 2018 All candidates must apply on-line at:

POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and activities of the Planning and Operations department, including budgeting, project management, land acquisition, facility and preserve maintenance, preserve development, fleet management, ADA, trades and construction, encroachments, sign program, drainage and wetland mitigation, and compliance with all federal, state and local laws. This position also provides expert professional assistance to District staff; fosters cooperative working relationships with other District departments, elected officials, volunteers, local environmental organizations, contractors, engineers, regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups.

ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS Administration: - Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines or effectively recommends such action for assigned personnel with the consent of the Executive Director, following procedures established by the District. - Oversees the management of the department; Develops and implements department policies and procedures designed to improve preserve users’ experience; Minimizes operating costs and effects greater utilization of labor and materials; Recommends policies and provides technical and operational advice in areas of expertise. - Manages and directs the administrative operation of the Planning and Operations department; Meets regularly with direct reports as well as Operations and Trades Managers, and Finance and Natural Resources departments to establish a cohesive approach to managing projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner. - Evaluates present and potential holdings for conservation and recreational values and presents findings to Executive Director, staff land acquisition team, and District committees; Meets with landowners and negotiates purchase details. - Develops plans and bid specifications for capital improvement projects; Administers construction contracts; Oversees project completion. - Researches, plans and oversees the preparation of the department’s budget and the control of expenditures; Develops procedures for efficient cost-effective operations; Approves all expenditures not requiring Commission resolution; Follows procedures set forth in purchasing policy. - Updates District Master Plan on a regular basis. - Coordinates the completion of the District’s ADA transition plan; Chairs the ADA Team; Oversees annual project completion. - Investigates new grant sources; Advises Executive Director of grant opportunities; Writes and administers grants for development projects; Attends grant hearings and makes presentations; Responsible for departmental grant follow-up compliance and reporting. - Manages drainage and wetland mitigation. - Represents the Executive Director and District at public forums regarding the District’s master plan and community needs. - Prepares and maintains various short- and long-term planning reports and recommendations, including feasibility studies, master plans, inventories, etc. - Advises the Executive Director of upcoming needs for supplies, equipment, staffing, and cost estimates for current and future projects. - Formulates policies, regulations, goals and objectives, and program priorities of the department for presentation to the Executive Director in compliance with generally recognized development and facility/preserve maintenance methods. - Researches, writes and/or reviews staff generated specifications for bids and request for quotes related to planning and operations projects. - Organizes planning and operations activities in conjunction with other District departments, volunteers, legal counsel, standing committees and outside agencies. - Prepares and submits periodic reports to the Executive Director and Commission regarding department activities. - Coordinates with Human Resources department all activities within the Planning and Operations department concerning employee benefits, recruitment, training, performance evaluations, workers’ compensation, selection and promotion, job analysis and classification, with the consent of the Executive Director. - Performs other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director. - Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. - Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier. - Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications. - Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.

Operations: - Establishes positive relationships with community, volunteers, staff, commissioners and preserve users. - Provides first aid and CPR to injured preserve users and/or employees. - Assists preserve users by providing information and answering questions.

Staff Supervision: - Supervises Director of Operations and Land Preservation Planner; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

Additional duties and functions may be essential.

QUALIFICATIONS - Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old - Education: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, park and recreation, natural resource management, public administration or closely related field; Master’s degree in these areas a plus. - Experience: 6 – 8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning or preserve management; five (5) years of senior-level management experience, preferably with a conservation or park and recreation or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. CAD experience preferable. - Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED; ArcMap GIS and CPRP certification preferable; flood plain and erosion control certifications a plus; all licenses/certifications must be obtained within one year of employment.

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 Forest Preserve District of Kane County


Betsy Scaletta

 Closing Date

June 17, 2018

 $75,000 to $95,000 DOQ

JOB SUMMARY: The Finance Director reports to the Deputy Executive Director and has district-wide responsibility for the administration, planning, organization, and supervision of all park district financial and accounting activities. Includes accounting & financial operations, reporting, investments & bonds, regulatory compliance, budget, and planning. Develops financial strategies to meet the goals of the park district. Oversees district-wide budget of $40 million. Supervisory responsibility for four full-time employees and other contractors as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Public Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred and CPA highly desired. At least 5 years’ progressive work experience and supervisory experience required. The best candidates will have a strong knowledge of governmental accounting, financial systems, internal controls & auditing, standard business practices, the ability to communicate complex financial information to a general audience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to perform financial analysis as well as make projections and sound recommendations. (Note: No residency requirement for employment.)

SCHEDULING & PAY: This is a full-time, year-round supervisory level position. Hours are generally Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm, plus additional evening and weekend work as required. Target hiring range is $75,000 to $95,000 DOQ (depending on qualifications).

BENEFITS WE OFFER: In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefit package, including:  Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO  Prescription Coverage  Dental Coverage  Vision Reimbursement Program  Life Insurance (basic & voluntary)  Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF)  Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF)  457 Plan / Defined Contribution Plan  ROTH IRA & Flexible Spending Accounts  Paid Holidays, Personal Days, Vacation, Sick Time  Tuition Reimbursement  Park District Facility Discounts and Usage Benefits APPLY ONLINE! Visit us at – click on “Jobs” at the top of the page.

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 Glenview Park District


Sarah Bagley

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled