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Qualifications: 1. Bachelor’s degree preferred in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field. NCTRC eligibility desired. Related experience will be considered.
2. Must have the ability and knowledge to plan, supervise, implement, and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs.
3. Must demonstrate leadership skills and possess strong oral and written communication skills.
4. Valid Illinois Driver’s License required.
5. First Aid, CPR is required or attainable upon employment.
6. Pre-employment physical including drug and alcohol test required.

The Recreation Specialist is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. The position is full-time, but hours must be flexible to accommodate evening, weekend and overnight programs. The Recreation Specialist is responsible for approximately 20-30 hours of leading programs per week and to supervise 3-4 special events each season. Programs run seasonally for 26-28 weeks of the year. The remainder of time is dedicated to program planning, miscellaneous programs, development and trips. Driving is essential to the position. Recreation Specialist is required to transport self to programs they supervise or staff. Also, must be trained to drive SSSRA vehicles for transportation of participants, equipment and other program needs.

1. Supervise, plan, implement, lead and evaluate weekly programs, day camps, cooperative programs, special events, away trips, and occasionally inclusion programs. 2. Provide supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing
medication, and assistance in daily self-care. 3. Professionally communicate with parents, guardians, co-workers, outside agencies, and other professionals. 4. To assist the Superintendent in implementing the outreach efforts of the association according to the Strategic Plan Initiatives. Meet with school personnel in order to promote SSSRA services and events when applicable. Supervise outreach special events and after school programs. 5. Plan for and coordinate the Day Trippers/Sunday Social Club program. Planning consists of creating seasonal calendars, buying tickets, gathering supplies, and routing participant transportation. 6. Plan for and coordinate overnight camps. Planning consists of developing an agenda/calendar, packing lists, overnight forms, medication distribution records.
Information then provided to participants, families, part-time staff and placed in program information binder. 7. To serve as the alternate Safety Coordinator for agency program areas. To assist in the preparation for PDRMA Loss Control Reviews. Duties include, but are not limited to those guidelines outlined by the agency’s risk management program. 8. Assist in orientation and training of part-time staff and volunteers. 9. Write and prepare routine and special reports. 10. Provide pertinent program information to the Public Relations Manager for flyers, brochures and news releases. 11. Participate in agency fundraising events and promotion of SSSRA through public relations activities. 12. To be available by cell phone, in accordance with the Association’s Cellular Phone Usage Policy, when you are responsible for a particular program, even if the program occurs outside of your regular business hours. 13. To prepare and manage program related budget line items. 14. All other duties deemed necessary by the supervising Manager, Superintendent or Executive Director.

Safety Duties:
1. To actively support the safety program by obeying and enforcing safety guidelines and procedures. 2. To practice safety and risk management in daily work. 3. To promptly and properly report all accidents and incidents occurring within the course of employment, no matter how minor. 4. To ensure the timely and accurate completion of incident reports.


SITTING: intermittent 20-25 hrs/week (desk & vehicle)

CROUCHING: to lift participant or equipment up to 300 pounds, with assistance of other staff

LIFTING: participants in and out of wheelchairs, supplies and equipment up to 50 lbs.

TRANSPORTATION: ability to get to and from programs and office, provide other transportation for participants

PARTICIPATION: ability to actively participate in program activities 20-30 hrs/week i.e. swim, bowl, sports, music, day camp

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 South Suburban Special Recreation Association


Katie Lucas

 Closing Date

April 27, 2018

 33,565 + DOQ + IMRF and Excellent Benefits

JOB PURPOSE: Responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating of a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs and services for individuals with disabilities within the Northwest Special Recreation Associations 17 member districts. Represent NWSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone.

DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The Manager of Special Recreation



POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study. 2.Knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. 3.Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director. 4.Minimum of one year of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities. 5.Demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions, and experience in planning and implementation of a wide range of recreation programs for people with disabilities. 6.Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activity programs for recreation, leisure and the therapeutic recreation programs. 7.Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with full-time staff, student interns, part-time staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, participants, park district and school district personnel, as well as members of the general public. 8.Experience working with part time and volunteers employees with a supervisory style that includes well-developed organizational skills. 9.Demonstrate strong leadership qualities; confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism. 10.Knowledge of current standards of professional practice and ability to apply these standards to daily work. Highly motivated, self-starter, outgoing and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in the oral and written format is required. 11.Work independently, solve simple to complex problems, demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, and convey a positive attitude to others. 12.Knowledge of computer skills; Office, Word, Excel and Outlook. 13.Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision. 14.First Aid/CPR/CPI certification required. 15.Ability to drive agency vehicles based on driver’s abstract. 16.Ability to attain Illinois Commercial Drivers License (CDL). 17.Must pass the pre-employment drug testing, physical and criminal background check.

To see the entire job description or apply, visit Please attach resume to application or send to Trisha Breitlow at

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 Northwest Special Recreation Association


Trisha Breitlow
847-392-2848 ext260

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Summary The Recreation Specialist, Adaptive Sports, is responsible for planning, organizing, maintaining and implementing all aspects of LWSRA’s adaptive sports programs while understanding and remaining within the confines of the LWSRA budget. This is fulltime non-exempt position, with a minimum of 40 hours per week, with evening and weekend work.

1. Bachelor’s Degree or furthering education in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field, and/or at least two years experience in the field of Therapeutic Recreation and one year minimum experience in a supervisory position. 2. Knowledge and ability to plan, organize and implement recreation programs for individuals with special needs. 3. Ability to coordinate, supervise and effectively work as a team with Program Leaders and Aides. 4. Must have demonstrable knowledge of the budget processes, techniques and budgetary skills needed to plan and organize LWSRA programs and events. 5. Knowledge and ability to plan, organize and implement effective agendas for LWSRA Adaptive Sports Programs. 6. Ability to communicate effectively with staff, participants and parents. 7. Ability to communicate effectively, and demonstrate leadership skills. 8. Knowledge and ability to keep records, program waivers and documents organized and confidential, and also have the ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner. 9. Knowledge of LWSRA medication dispensing process. 10. Trained on policies and procedures regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 11. Ability to plan and implement adaptive programs that focus on the individual needs of the participants.

Immediate Supervisor
Superintendent of Recreation

1. Assist the Superintendent in planning, organizing and implementing LWSRA programs and events. 2. With the direction of the Managers, supervise and evaluate program leaders, aides, volunteers for LWSRA adaptive sports programs. 3. Coordinate, plan, organize and implement all programs, activities and events for designated LWSRA Adaptive Sports Programs such as but not limited to Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair softball, Boccia, Power Soccer, Goal Ball, Summer Camp, and Social events. 4. With proper training and orientation provided by LWSRA and positive results of a driver abstract, may be required to drive designated LWSRA vehicles as determined by the Superintendent of Recreation. 5. Assist with the coordination of facilities for programs and events. 6. Lead and implement programs and events as needed, or act as a substitute leader as needed in the event of an absence. 7. Oversee the progression and development of LWSRA’s Adaptive Sports Programs. 8. Prepare, as needed, behavior and disciplinary reports. 9. Work closely with the Superintendent to ensure that all part-time staff and volunteers are adhering to all LWSRA policies and procedures.

JOB DESCRIPTION, Recreation Specialist Adaptive Sports Page 2.

  1. Plan, organize, and implement programs and events, while staying within the confines of the LWSRA budget.
  2. Work closely with Program Leaders to develop innovative and safe programs.
  3. Work with Parent/Guardian to develop a behavior modification plan for a participant if needed.
  4. Implement LWSRA Safety Policies, and complete Accident/Incident Reports in a thorough and timely manner.
  5. Dispense and document medication as needed.
  6. Assist with special accommodations for participants including but not limited to: diaper and toileting needs, feeding and g-tube management.
  7. Keep all LWSRA documents organized and confidential.
  8. Meet scheduling deadlines set by the Director, Superintendent and Managers in a timely manner.
  9. Prepare and gather materials needed for LWSRA programs and events.
  10. Attend workshops, seminars and classes to enhance and develop job performance.
  11. Work closely with Program Leaders in preparing packets for programs and events.

Safety Responsibilities 1. Actively support the safety of LWSRA programs and events by obeying and enforcing safety rules and procedures. 2. Work closely with the Superintendent, Staff Manager, and Program Leaders in conducting routine documented safety inspections/facility inspections checklists of program sites and activities. 3. Seek out and identify safety hazards and encourage their correction and removal. 4. Provide ideas to the Safety Manager for developing ongoing safety training programs. 5. Promptly and properly report all accidents and incidents occurring within the course of employment, and to ensure the timely completion of Incident Reports by Program Leaders. 6. Attend LWSRA Safety Meetings, workshops and seminars to enhance safety performance.

Marginal Functions
1. Visit program sites for the purpose of observation. 2. Complete orientation for driving LWSRA vehicle(s). 3. Drive LWSRA vehicles for programs and events. 4. Attend LWSRA staff meetings and training programs.

Psychological Considerations 1. Must have ability to deal effectively with various personality types under stressful situations.

Environmental Considerations 1. May be required to work outdoors during various weather conditions, including hot and cold temperatures.

Physical Requirements Sitting: Minimum of 7 – 10 hours a week (desk, meetings, vehicles) Standing: Minimum of 7 – 10 hours a week (Programs, Copy Machine, etc…) Stooping: To gather materials and obtain files Lifting: Able to lift 25 lbs alone, and transfer participants with or without assistance of another employee. Transportation: Ability to get to and from office and programs.

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 Lincolnway Special Recreation Association


Abby Billips

 Closing Date

April 23, 2018

 $33,000 - $35,000 DOQ

FUNCTION: Responsible for Fitness Programs for Teens & Adults, Aquatic Programs, Special Olympic Sports, Fitness for Veterans Program, and Inclusion Services.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: • Hire, orient, train and supervise part-time staff assigned to area programs. Monitor their performance with continual feedback. Promote staff growth and development, providing support and/or disciplinary action as needed through program visits.
• Communicate with the Executive Director on issues and activities in an effort to ensure effective operations of the agency. • Prepare reports as deemed necessary by the Executive Director. • Complete program budgets and monitor financial activities.
• Work up to 10 programs (special events, weekly programs, disability awareness, agency events, and inclusion programs) a season. • Oversee the Special Olympics communications including event coordination, medical applications and daily program operations. • Continuously recruit athletes and promote Special Olympics throughout our communities. • Assist in inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment. • Assist with the seasonal brochure through program development, input and update of programs into RecTrac. • Create and assemble lesson plans including measurable and effective program goals and objectives, schedules, rosters and supplies. Evaluate assigned program on a year-round basis.
• Communicate effectively with coaches, players and parents regarding policies, schedules and last minute changes. • Conduct and process assessments, observations, and evaluations of inclusion services. • Act as the agency's liaison for Fitness for Veterans program • Actively support the Northern Will County SRA risk management program. • Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: • Possess knowledge of various disabilities and best practices when working with those who have special needs. • Ability to direct and supervise. • Strong ability to communicate professionally, both orally and in writing. • Ability to solve problems comprehensively and effectively. • Performs well under stressful situations. • Effectively transition through multiple tasks and/or multiple interruptions. • Ability to accommodate evening and weekend programs, presentations or meetings. • Prolonged use of computer. • Use of phone on a daily basis. • Routine use of office equipment (i.e. copier, postage machine, shredder, etc.). • Possess a valid Class “D” driver’s license to drive personal and agency vehicles to/from designated programs, between program sites, and for general transport of participants, supplies and equipment. • Assist in inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment. • Perform work indoors and outdoors. • Assist people in wheelchairs, including lifting and transferring and pushing people in wheelchairs. • Supervise program participants including behavior management, transferring, personal care, and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation. • Perform work indoors and outdoors.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university based on a major in Therapeutic recreation or closely related field. • Certification in First Aid, CPR, AED and Handle with Care. • Illinois Special Olympic Class “A” Volunteer. • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.

TO APPLY: send resume to Kailee Kordas at

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 Northern Will County Special Recreation Association


Kailee Kordas

 Closing Date

April 27, 2018