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RESPONSIBILITIES: The Graphic Designer is responsible for the design, creation, and delivery of a variety of print and digital marketing materials that exhibit an effective and consistent brand message across all communications and marketing outlets for the District. The Graphic Designer will create a variety of print materials including flyers, posters, brochures, playbills, banners, and postcards. In addition, the Graphic Designer is responsible for the creation of various design needs for the digital sphere including materials for the mobile app, television slides, website graphics, social media, and presentations. The Graphic Designer is responsible for managing the content, layout, and overall design of four quarterly program brochures including color palettes, photo selection, and copyediting through strong communication with a variety of staff members at all levels of the organization. Additional projects include event photography, logo creation, forms, newsletters, and additional design projects that may be needed. The Graphic Designer position is a full-time, benefited, exempt, year-round position reporting to Communications and Marketing Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, Communications, or related field or equivalent experience required; and one to three years related experience and/or training preferred. Strong skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office 365 Suite required, along with strong publishing skills including copyediting, proofreading, typesetting, and style sheets. The ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of visual design including image editing, design principles, Pantone Color Matching System, printer-ready file creation, illustration and drawing skills, composition, and creativity. Additional skills include still photography, and videography. The Graphic Designer must have excellent time-management and organizational skills. Must have an online portfolio – link to be submitted with application materials.

BENEFITS:Excellent benefit package including: Retirement plan/paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, personal) medical, dental and life insurance, annual fitness center pass, pool pass and free and/or subsidized Park District activities and events for employees and family members. Apply online at under the Jobs tab, Full-Time.

Closing Date: Until Filled

Compensation: $41,895-$45,561 commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Palatine Park District is an Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Employer

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 Palatine Park District


Peter Cahill

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $50,000-$55,000 based on qualifications

The Wood Dale Park District is looking for a creative and strategic full-time Marketing and Public Relations Manager to manage the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the marketing, public relations and communications strategies and initiatives for the District. This position performs and supervises routine and special project work to promote programs, facilities, and services while maintaining and enhancing the agency’s image and brand.

Essential job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Create, implement, manage and analyze all marketing activities throughout the District to build public awareness of facilities, activities, and services

Create, implement and manage integrated internal communication efforts, such as employee newsletters, flyers, etc., to effectively build teamwork and support a spirit of cooperation and teamwork

Research, develop and implement effective targeted marketing plans for the recreation and golf departments to ensure participation and financial goals are met

Design and produce all promotional materials (hard copy and electronic), write and disseminate press releases, supervise the use of district and facility branding and visual representative images (i.e., logos), utilize photography to promote the agency while maintaining a library of District graphic images and photographs, and support District awards and recognition by creating and managing promotional articles, awards and public announcements

Maintain and promote positive relationships with the local media, community groups, public agencies and local businesses to position and market the District’s facilities, activities and services

Coordinate the administration, design and ongoing maintenance of the District’s and Salt Creek Golf Club’s websites, and manage and enhance the District’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, etc.

Develop, review and coordinate the marketing and public relations budget and create cost analyses, financial reports, studies and recommendations as requested

Assist the Leadership Team in in securing and managing sponsorships, grants, and donations

Manage and coordinate outside marketing vendor activities and work orders

Coordinate the District’s participation in the Village of Wood Dale’s annual Memorial Day parade

Coordinate the procurement of print items, such as business cards, stationery, and staff name tags, and wearing apparel items for the agency

Supervise, train and evaluate the part-time marketing specialist

Location and Agency Overview: The Wood Dale Park District, 111 E. Foster Avenue, Wood Dale, IL 60191 and/or Salt Creek Park District, 1051 N. Prospect Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191, and other Park District facilities and program locations, as required. The Wood Dale Park District serves a diverse population of over 13,500 residents and operates a Recreation Center, Aquatic Center, Golf Course and Clubhouse with a restaurant and numerous parks with varying amenities.

Required Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in marketing, public relations, integrated marketing communications or related field, with a minimum of three years full-time experience in marketing and public relations. Strong knowledge of marketing, public relations and communications; good knowledge of the principles of parks and recreation (CPRP preferred); ability to successfully develop, implement and evaluate strategic marketing and public relations plans and programs; capacity to analyze data through marketing research techniques; and the ability to write, design, proofread and edit all types of marketing materials. Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to meet deadlines. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and the capacity to provide excellent customer service to the community and coworkers. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Publisher, Flipping Book, Constant Contact, Survey Gizmo, and web content management software. Working knowledge of Active Network registration software. A valid driver’s license is required to drive to various District locations.

Working Conditions: Work is performed mostly in an office setting. Hand-eye coordination is needed to operate computers and a variety of office equipment. External work is required to photograph events and activities and to support staff facilitating events and programs. Frequent standing and sitting, with use of hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls. Occasional reaching, walking, climbing, balancing, bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching. Exposure to outside elements when driving to meetings or attending outdoor functions.

To Apply: Submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional/personal references to Nancy Aldrich, Human Resources Specialist, Wood Dale Park District, 111 E. Foster Ave., Wood Dale, IL 60191 Email This position will be open until filled. The Wood Dale Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nancy Aldrich

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Salary: $56K+ Depending on qualifications Location: Cole Administrative Center Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications or equivalent, along with at least 4 years of experience in a marketing role. Individual will need knowledge of and proficiency in using a variety of marketing and communication tools with a focus on digital channels. Proven success in connecting marketing and communications strategy to business growth goals a plus. Candidate must be familiar with paid advertising, campaigns, content production and elements of graphic design. Experience with website management through CMS or other platforms is a must. Demonstrable experience guiding social media platforms is essential. Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends and holidays, as required.

Duties: Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Marketing & Digital Communications manager is a catalyst for the creation of content, marketing plans and digital initiatives for the District. This includes websites, social media, e-mail automation, PR and media activities, sales collateral and advertising. This position will be responsible for developing analytics and measurables around marketing efforts. Specific duties include maintenance of websites, social media content development, SEO and keyword plans, district-wide facility messaging, and e-mail campaigns. Utilize public relations techniques to elevate District profile with internal and external constituents. Assist in the creation of marketing plans for daily fee and revenue facilities. Collaborate on graphic design and print production. Provide a professional marketing presence and promote the district at select events.

The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 236,000 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 168 parks and 48 miles of inter-connected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Connected by the Fox River, our communities are tied together 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!


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Diana Erickson

 Closing Date

July 1, 2018

 $40,274 DOQ + IMRF Retirement and Excellent Benefits

Full time, salaried, non-exempt

The Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), located in Rolling Meadows, IL, is an extension of 17 Park Districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities.
Under the direction of the Superintendent of Communications & IT, the Graphic Communications Coordinator is responsible for the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF) marketing and communications materials, while working with the Executive Director, Department Heads, managers and staff on specific projects that also encompass public relations efforts including, but not limited to: crisis communications, public information, internal/external promotions and internal/external marketing.

Duties and Essential job functions: Enhance and maintain an identity (brand) for the Association and Foundation. Manage, plan, design, layout, write, edit, proofread and produce all NWSRA and SLSF print promotions, graphic materials and on-site displays. Write, create, and monitor all of the content on Association social media sites. Supervise/manage the entire production process for the seasonal program guides. Coordinate with outside contractors including photographers, printers, copier vendors and other vendors as needed. Assist with preparation of board summaries, monthly reports and special reports, as needed. Solicit bids on printing projects, copiers, printers and handle all printing/production related items. Coordinate copier and printer contracts, usage, maintenance, supply ordering including copier/printer paper and toner and training. Monitor use and maintenance of agency camera and oversee the photo approvals for publications.

Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications: Employee must have a minimum of a BA/BS in Graphic Design, Public Relations, Marketing, Marketing Research, Integrated Marketing Communications, or related field, and three (3) years of progressively more responsible experience in marketing and communications. • Employee must have proven expertise in designing and editing brochures, publications, websites and marketing materials. • Employee must have a good understanding of multiple different types of software; such as, Word Press, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). • Experience in implementing a comprehensive marketing plan preferred.

Employee must have a valid state driver's license. Employee must pass pre-employment drug test, physical and criminal background check.

Prospective starting date for position is Tuesday, July 24.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at For questions, please contact Trisha Breitlow at

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 Northwest Special Recreation Association


Trisha Breitlow

 Closing Date

June 25, 2018


The Wauconda Park District is seeking a Full-time Marketing Coordinator. The ideal candidate will be creative, energetic, and have the ability to multitask while collaboratively working with all areas of the Park District. The Coordinator is responsible for the organization and development of public information, public relations, and marketing strategies for the district. The ideal candidate for this position will have strong skills related to graphic design.

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: Develop and implement a District wide marketing plan, which brings awareness to all District services, programs, and facilities. Design three (3) seasonal program brochures, including themes, design, layout, and editing. Develop and maintain a working relationship with area media. Coordinate the District’s electronic communications, including website, e-newsletters, Constant Contact, and social media. Maintain a district photo library for use in promotional materials, coordinate sponsorship opportunities with local, regional, and national businesses and organizations.

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 Wauconda Park District


Tim Staton
(847) 526-3610

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled