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Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) serves members of the community in the Park Districts of Des Plaines, Golf-Maine, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Skokie and the Village of Lincolnwood. M-NASR is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, teens and adults with physical, intellectual, social and emotional disabilities by providing quality Therapeutic Recreation programs.


Applicant must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field. Applicant must have two years full-time experience in Therapeutic Recreation, parks and recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or related field. Strong organizational, written, speaking and leadership skills required. Must work effectively with individuals with special needs, parents, Member District staff, community personnel and co-workers. NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Council) Certification or comparable certification on the state level required within six (6) months of employment. Candidate must also possess a valid Illinois class “D” driver’s license and have a clean driving record. Certification in CPR & First Aid, and NCI required within six (6) months of employment. Pre-employment physical, criminal background check and drivers abstract are required prior to start date. M-NASR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Inclusion Manager is responsible for the placement and supervision of part-time Inclusion Companions within M-NASR's seven Member Districts, and is the liaison between our Member Districts and families that are in need of Inclusion Services. The position requires the application of specialized therapeutic training to formulate and administer a broad delivery of recreational services for individuals with special needs without exclusion. The Inclusion Manager oversees and works directly with the full-time Inclusion Specialist, and oversees the part-time Inclusion Assistant(s). The Inclusion Manager is a full-time employee with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening or weekend programs and meetings.

Essential Functions:

Personnel management of the full-time Inclusion Recreation Specialist

Personnel management of the part-time Inclusion Assistant(s)

Ability to meet with Park District Staff & Inclusion families, conduct observations and site visits, and trouble shoot any inclusion challenge

Recruit, hire and train part-time Incluson Companions Assist in the payroll process

Develop and Implement Trainings/Orientations (Part-time Staff & Member Districts)

Active participation in M-NASR's recreational programs

Paperwork necessary to perform duties for the position: planning, budgeting, program evaluations, board reports, and incident reports

Supervision of individuals with disabilities, including potential verbal de-escalation techniques, physical restraints, transferring, and other skills necessary for overall independence, safety and successful participation

Supervision and development of area services and programs including trips, weekly programs, and special events

Liaison for seven Member District communities On-call duty and holding of inclusion cell phone after regular business hours

To apply, complete online application through our website

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Jennifer Gebeck

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Open Until Filled


Title: Youth/Teen Recreation Specialist Agency: Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation Category: Therapeutic Recreation Region: Northern Salary: $35,500 - $39,500

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation is an extension of six member Park Districts and one local Village. M-NASR is looking to hire an individual who is passionate about providing quality recreational programming for people with disabilities. We currently have a Recreation Specialist position available. Please visit our website at to learn more about our agency.

Youth/Teen - Recreation Specialist - Bachelors Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation or related field. Must demonstrate the ability to develop, coordinate, lead, and evaluate a variety of recreational activities for all individuals with special needs. Prior experience in working with individuals with disabilities is desirable. Direct leadership of programs including: adaptive sports, overnight trips, fitness programs, after-school programs, social clubs, and Special Olympics. Coordination and involvement within agency-wide special events is essential. Additional responsibilities include documentation, budgeting, developing youth and teen programs for the four seasonal brochures, networking, driving agency vehicles, assisting with summer camp preparation, orientation, overseeing summer camp programs, and other duties as assigned. CTRS certification is strongly preferred. Ability to work and communicate with individuals with disabilities, co-workers, parents, teachers and community personnel is essential. CPR & First Aid Certification and NCI are all required within six months of employment. You must have the ability to complete training in and instruct others on behavior management techniques and tools, transferring, and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of youth and teens with disabilities. M-NASR is an equal opportunity employer.

Essential Functions:

  1. Assist in personnel management, training and orientation for support staff

  2. Provide leadership of leisure service for individuals of all ages with special needs and ability levels, as well as active participation in programs

  3. Supervise program participants including behavior management, transferring and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of individuals with disabilities

  4. Assist with the development of curriculum for community-based recreation programs

  5. Gather, load, transport and set up equipment necessary for program implementation

  6. Earn Lifeguard, CPI, CPR, and First Aid/AED certifications within 1 year of employment

  7. Assist in daily management of programs through paperwork and record keeping systems- including planning programs, program evaluation, documentation and incident reports

  8. Preparation for youth/teen overnight trips

  9. Assist the Program Manager with summer camp preparation, orientation, and overseeing the summer camp programs

  10. Preparation for agency special events

  11. Other Agency related responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor, Superintendent or Executive Director

Must apply online through our website under the employment tab.

Lauren Ruiz Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation 6820 W. Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL 60053 (847) 966-5522

E-mail: with questions about the position.

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Lauren Ruiz

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Open Until Filled

 $16.00-$18.00 per hour DOE

Special Recreation Coordinator / Part Time $16 -$18 per hour DOQ

Veterans Park District provides recreational and educational programs for residents of Northlake, Melrose Park, Franklin Park, River Grove, and unincorporated Leyden Township. GENERAL PURPOSE Assists in the planning, organizing, coordination and implementation of special recreation and /or therapeutic recreation programming. Supervises all special recreation aides and volunteers when the Special Recreation Supervisor is not available.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Researches, organize, and implement trips and activities for special recreation programs. Develops new programs for children and adults with a variety of disabilities. Acts as a Liaison between Veterans Park District and the neighboring schools, agencies, and organizations for children and adults with special needs. 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. Works closely with school staff including teachers, teachers’ assistants, inclusion aides, healthcare professionals and parents. May attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, as needed. Assists in managing Special Recreation Summer Camp and After School Care. Determines material, equipment, facility, supervision or instruction needs for each activity or program and coordinates with other staff members. Secures and schedules use of facilities for classes and programs. Effectively promotes and advertises special recreation programs. Professionally communicates with parents, guardians, staff and other professionals in both writing and verbally. Acts as an inclusion aide, instructor, and/or Special Olympics coach, as needed. Works flexible shifts, including evening and weekend, and special events. Performs other duties as assigned.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES Drive a fourteen passenger van. Involvement in brochure information, board reports, and publicity. May act as a Special Olympics Athletic Coordinator. Submit medical applications, scores, registration forms, entry forms, and any other necessary documents, as needed. Serves on various community alliances and attends community outreach events representing Veterans Park District. Performs other duties assigned by supervisor.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience: A. Bachelor’s Degree in therapeutic recreation or related field required from an accredited college or university. B. Must be a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for TR Certification. C. No less than one year experience working with people with developmental disabilities. D. No less than one year supervisory experience.

REQUIRED KNOWLDEGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES A. Considerable knowledge of therapeutic recreation philosophy, planning and administration; considerable knowledge of the equipment, facilities, operations and techniques used in a comprehensive community recreation program. B. Ability to assess different levels of disability in individuals based on their available school and medical files, communication with school staff/parents, as well as observations, in order to provide appropriate services. C. Ability to develop, implement, and coordinate curricula and teaching methods that utilize recreation and leisure activities to enhance psychosocial functioning, enhance physical performance and facilitate community integration. D. Ability to adjust materials to individual needs of the program participants. Cover leisure education, socialization, networking, community resources, lifestyle choices, health considerations, fitness, independence and other related topics. E. Certification in First Aid and CPR.
F. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, participants, instructors, community leaders, and the general public.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Valid state driver's license or ability to obtain one. First Aid and CPR certification.
All interested candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, references, and resume to , Veterans Park District, 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake, IL. 60164 Attn: Magda Walls

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Magda Walls

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Open Until Filled