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 $30,000 - $33,000

Job Title: Recreation Program Manager

Division: Recreation Department

Classification: Full-Time

Salary: $30,000 - $33,000

Job Function: Under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Recreation, the Recreation Program Manager is responsible for development and implementation of assigned recreation programs in various areas including day camps, youth and adult sports, dance, gymnastics, ice skating lessons, arts, community recreation, and special events.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Plan and implement assigned Recreation Department programs in primary areas of day camps, youth sports and special events. Other areas may include dance, gymnastics, ice skating lessons, and community recreation.

• Innovate and develop new recreation programs in a variety of categories based on community demand and cultural trends.

• Provide safe and innovative Summer and Winter Day Camp activities, events, and policies for children ranging between 5 and 12 years.

• Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate recreation program staff which may include referees, program instructors, coaches, and other support staff.

• Promote interest in all assigned programs through publicity and marketing utilizing program brochures, flyers, and other communication tools.

• Fluent use of various social media outlets and other interactive media for marketing and interaction with participants and general public relations.

• Ability to understand and work within multiple program area operating budgets and assist the Superintendent of Recreation in drafting assigned program area operating budgets.

• Work closely with the Superintendent of Recreation, as well as other Recreation Department Program Managers to develop and implement recreation programming and special events.

• Coordination with appropriate department heads on physical arrangements and logistics necessary for programs and special events conducted at park facilities and grounds through work order preparation, as approved by Superintendent of Recreation.

• Complete and thorough evaluation process of all assigned programs and supervised staff.

• Communicate professionally and effectively with staff, volunteers, participants, parents, and community.

• Maintain and promote a positive professional image with the community.

• Monitor all facility and program inventory, supplies, equipment, and services in accordance with the park district purchasing policy.

• Monitor recreation programs, activities and events, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as necessary.

• Perform other related duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications: Education and/or Experience Required:

• Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, sport management, or closely related field. Although a degree is preferred, extensive experience in a like position with similar duties and responsibilities may be substituted for all or part of the education requirement.

• One – three years supervisory experience in the field Recreation Administration, Sport Management or related field preferred.

Skills, Abilities, Special Licenses or Certificates:

• Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or ability to obtain desired but not required.

• Valid driver’s license required.

• Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification in accordance to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code or ability to obtain.

• Experience in managing facility and program budgets preferred.

• Work independently and as a team member as assigned.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel, other agencies, and the public.

• Ability to see and assimilate information from varied sources and make decisions consistent with the goals, values, and vision of the Pekin Park District.

• Understand and exhibit behavior consistent with stated values of Pekin Park District.

• Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records.

• Ability to learn new skills and knowledge.

• Demonstrate decision making, conflict resolution, negotiation, and organizational skills.

• Demonstrate management and supervisory skills.

• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally, in writing and through presentations.

• Knowledge of Word, Excel, social media and on-line recreation software applications for program registration, facility rental and scheduling.

The Pekin Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities of the job.

This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.

Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job related duties or tasks as requested by management.

Applicants for this position must submit a personal resume with cover letter no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 29, 2017 to: Shawn Powers, Superintendent of Recreation, Pekin Park District, 1701 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554-5199, or by email to For additional information and/or questions, please contact Shawn Powers by e-mail or call 309-353-4319.

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 Pekin Park District


Shawn Powers

 Closing Date

December 29, 2017

 $92,128 - $145,000 based on qualifications.

The Arlington Heights Park District seeks a Director of Finance and Personnel to administer the financial, personnel, technology, and management of the District. 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. This position reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Superintendent of Human Resources, Superintendent of Accounting, MIS Supervisor, MIS Technician and Administrative Secretary, and maintains overall responsibility for the supervision of all Department of Finance and Personnel employees.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES • Oversees the operation of all accounting and financial systems, records and related detail to ensure the efficient and effective financial operation of the District • Oversees District investments to assure compliance with investment policies and procedures and state regulations, and acts as the Treasurer for the Board of Commissioners • Coordinates the preparation of the District budget and oversees the control of expenditures within the budget framework for all departments for the Executive Director • Prepares budgetary reports and administers the expenditures of budget funds and capital development funds as approved by the Board of Commissioners • Develops, implements and monitors a system of financial reports and controls procedures, in conjunction with the Executive Director, Director of Parks and Planning, and Director of Recreation and Facilities • Prepares, studies and conducts projections which may have impact on the future ability of the District to meet its financial obligations • Prepares for and serves as the District liaison to the auditors for the District’s annual audit, and reviews the audit findings and implements the auditors’ recommendations • Prepares the Annual Tax Levy and supporting documents • Prepares and/or directs the preparation of board summaries, financial reports, monthly reports, and periodic and special reports and maintains department records • Plans and directs the employee benefit programs, including insurance programs, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund program, and all other voluntary employee benefit program • Recommends personnel policy changes • Prepares an annual wage and salary schedule for both full- and part-time staff • Develops and oversees District inventory statistics • Oversees technology needs for the District and leads initiatives to enhance efficiencies through the utilization of technology • Reviews the insurance and liability provisions of District’s contracts • Attends the Committee of the Whole meeting and two Park Board meetings each month and other meetings and special events, as directed • Assists the Executive Director in developing the District’s capital development plan • Develops, implements and monitors the department’s Comprehensive Plan and capital budget • Supervises the hiring, training and evaluation of all Department of Finance and Personnel staff, and hires, trains, and evaluates full-time direct reports • Serves as the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) representative for the agency • Serves as a Park Foundation Board member • Attends meetings and participates in IPRA, IAPD, GFOA, IGFOA and local community agencies, associations and organizations, and professional conferences and workshops to promote knowledge in related areas of responsibility and for continuing education • Conducts regular 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  

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES • Strong knowledge of finance, accounting, human resources, risk management and parks and recreation administration • Good familiarity with all types of insurance used by Park Districts • Strong knowledge of a variety of accounting software systems and general MIS systems • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precautions and risk management procedures • Ability to perform fiscal planning and to advise the Executive Director on fiscal policy • Ability to prepare, analyze and maintain detailed financial records and reports • Ability to lead staff in the development and execution of long-range strategic planning initiatives • Ability to cooperate with and interpret 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, technical, clerical and semi-skilled employees • Ability to work harmoniously and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, patrons, community groups and other units of local government • Ability to work independently under general direction of the Executive Director • Capacity to be self-motivated and achieve goals by utilizing effective time management and organizational skills • Capacity to proactively troubleshoot, problem solve and make sound judgments • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations • Capacity to maintain confidential records and information • Ability to follow directions and communicate in English verbally and in writing, and to read and understand materials printed in English • Proficiency in word processing, advanced spreadsheet, and basic database applications • Ability to pass the District’s Defensive Driving training, in order to drive to various District locations

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE • BA/BS in Accounting or Finance from an accredited college or university • Minimum of five (5) or more years of demonstrated success as a Finance or Accounting Manager; Park District or Public Sector finance or accounting experience highly preferred • Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training • Valid Illinois Class “D” Driver’s License, to drive to various District locations • CPR and AED Certification required within six months of employment  

HOURS Work hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Attendance at three monthly Board meetings (as scheduled), evening Park Board meetings, and other daytime, evening and weekend meetings, functions and special events is also required.

Qualified individuals should submit their resume, letter of interest and list of three professional references by December 15, 2017 to Janet Novakovic, Executive Secretary, Arlington Heights Park District, 410 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Email The Arlington Heights Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. .

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 Arlington Heights Park District


Janet Novakovic

 Closing Date

December 15, 2017


Under the supervision of the Heller Nature Center Manager, the Program Supervisor will be responsible for the planning and conducting of nature-based recreation programs, events and camps at Heller Nature Center, Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center and other locations in the area. The Program Supervisor will also be responsible for site supervision and providing customer service to program participants and the general public at both Heller Nature Center and Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in education, natural science or outdoor recreation with 2 years’ experience in environmental education/interpretation or a related field. Demonstrated ability to work enthusiastically with a broad clientele (preschool-adult). Skilled at developing innovative programs. Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Must possess general first aid knowledge and have the physical ability to perform tasks in outdoor situations. Ideal candidate should possess 2 years of staff supervisory experience. Experience in budgeting is a plus.

Responsibilities: Develop, plan, evaluate and constantly improve programs, services and events related to Heller’s teams course, public programs, special events, scout and custom programs and birthday parties, at the Heller Nature Center, Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center and other locations in the area; oversee Heller’s beekeeping program and maintenance of hives; coordinating brochure copy; planning and directing the Sand Trackers, Outdoor Adventure Camp and Girls Outdoor Challenge summer camps; and conducting and assisting in the planning of school, early childhood, after school and teacher workshops. Develop and manage program budgets. Provide site supervision, extraordinary customer service, distribute information and answer questions. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate part-time staff, seasonal staff and volunteers.

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 Park District of Highland Park


Jessica Reyes

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $150,000 - $185,000

The Board of Commissioners is seeking to employ an Executive Director with the following qualifications, characteristics and traits:

• Proven community leader who can work collaboratively and build consensus with citizens, volunteers and other community leaders. • Demonstrate leadership that promotes and develops trust and respect of board, staff, volunteers and residents. • Possess great integrity, honesty, sound judgment, creativity, and self-confidence. • Ability to provide leadership and development of long range plans that provide for continued improvement of agency. • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate effectively with all types of individuals. • Ability to effectively resolve highly emotional situations that may arise. • Strong personnel management skills with proven ability to be a respected mentor. • Possess financial acumen with proven success in securing alternative revenue sources and management of a sound fiscal program with ability to forecast both operational and capital needs. • Proven track record of developing strong intergovernmental relations and cooperative efforts. • Possess a passion for parks, recreation and service to the community. • Bachelor’s Degree in Parks & Recreation, Administration or related field; a Master’s Degree is preferred. Parks & Recreation Certifications (CPRP & CPRE) preferred. • Minimum seven years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in the Parks & Recreation field. Foundation experience preferred.

Application Procedure The Board of Commissioners of the Hoffman Estates Park District invites applications for the position of Executive Director. The Board is interested in the selected Executive Director to begin employment at the district tentatively by April 16, 2018.

The Hoffman Estates Park District is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should be marked Personal and Confidential. All applicant packets must be received by January 8, 2018 and must contain the information below in order to meet Board consideration. All documents (other than education credentials) must have a left margin of 1.5 inches. Each numbered item below needs to be on a separate page. Please do not bind or staple.

1) Formal letter of application indicating reasons you desire to be a candidate. 2) Current resume needs to include, but not be limited to, employment history, duties, number of employees supervised, and budget amount managed. 3) Complete list of accomplishments/completed projects. 4) Provide at least 3 current letters of recommendation. These written references ideally should include a balance of former employers, employees and board members. 5) You must also supply 3-6 professional references with complete names, addresses and phone numbers. These references need to be different from those providing letters of recommendation and will be contacted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts upon receipt. 6) Typewritten responses to the following management questions. Please limit your responses to each question to one page. a. Describe your management style. b. State and discuss your philosophy of parks and recreation. c. What issues do you consider to be critically important to the park and recreation field today? d. If given the opportunity, how will you attempt to resolve these issues? e. If you were chosen for the position, what steps would you take as the district’s new leader in your first 120 days? 7) Salary history for the past 5 years. 8) Complete set of up-to-date credentials which include legal proof verifying educational degrees. Transcript or copy of degree is acceptable. 9) Written permission to contact past employers and written permission to have a criminal background check.

All applications or inquiries should be referred to: Screening Committee – Hoffman Estates PD Illinois Association of Park Districts 211 East Monroe Street Springfield, IL 62701-1186

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 Hoffman Estates Park District


Casey Wichmann

 Closing Date

January 8, 2018


DESCRIPTION The Cultural Arts Supervisor is responsible for all operations related to the development and management of recreation programs

DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS • Organizes, directs and supervises a comprehensive program of Cultural Arts including, but not limited to, forms of dance, drama, music, arts and crafts • Organizes, directs and supervises all summer camp programs including, Cultural Arts, Adventure, Sports, Teen, Discovery, Sunshine, Tot, as well as winter and spring camp programs. • Organizes, directs and supervises the Before and After School, Days Off School, Youth, Preschool and Tot Programs. • Schedules and coordinates several key Recreation Department events • Coordinates the annual dance recital for over 100 dancers, encompassing one day and a tech/photo day • Inputs seasonal brochure information into RecTrac registration software and adheres to all marketing/brochure and deadlines • Budget preparation for all areas of responsibility and is accountable for all receipts and disbursements relating to assigned areas • Prepares bi-weekly payroll and submits it to the Superintendent of Recreation on a timely basis • Works with the Northeast Special Recreation Association on inclusion for program participants • Establishes good working relationships with patrons, the community and the general public • Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates part-time and seasonal staff • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the employee handbook • Additional functions as assigned which may be considered essential

QUALIFICATIONS • A Bachelor’s degree in Recreation or Cultural Arts or closely related field with at least three years prior experience in the recreation field or cultural arts work experience. • Ability to communicate verbal and written English language • The ability to solve problems comprehensively and to produce accurate work on a timely basis • Proficient in utilizing social media such as Facebook and Twitter • Good computer skills, proficient with Word, Publisher, Excel, Outlook and Adobe Suite • Ability to drive a vehicle • Certified in CPR/AED and First Aid is required. This class is also offered at the Bensenville Park District.

JOB STATUS: Full Time DEPARTMENT: Recreation FSLA STATUS: Exempt REPORTS TO: Superintendent of Recreation

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants may submit application and resume to Evelyn Struck at Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

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 Bensenville Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled