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Description: The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC) is located in the far North Suburban area of Chicago. The Agency is a cooperative of the Park Districts of Grayslake, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills; Villages of Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, and Lincolnshire.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation or related field. Two or more years of full-time experience in special recreation or related field also required. CTRS or CPRP desired. Strong organization, written, speaking, and leadership skills are a must. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to effectively work with participants, parents, educators, Member Agency staff, and community contacts.

Certification in First Aid & CPR required or obtained within three months of employment. Applicant must have a valid Illinois driver’s license. Pre-employment physical and criminal background check is required and to be completed prior to start date.

SRACLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service or status as a veteran, in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws.

Duties: The primary responsibilities will include coordinating Summer Camp along with youth and teen programs, school outreach and leisure education, plus general community outreach to promote the agency and its mission.

This position will be a key member of the SRACLC Sensory Room Committee. This includes research, development, and equipment selection, and will transition to be the primary liaison of the sensory room and the programs centered around the space. The sensory room is scheduled to open in spring 2019.

The coordinator will assist the Recreation Manager with program development, promotion, and strategic planning. Program leadership responsibilities will include weekly programs and special events. This is an exempt position and will include evening and weekend hours.

Benefits: Complete medical and dental insurance package, vacation, sick days, holidays, personal days, continuing education, and mileage reimbursement.

Anticipated starting date is February 1, 2018

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kelly Smith, Recreation Manager, SRACLC 290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

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 Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County


Kelly Smith

 Closing Date

December 22, 2017

 $12.00 - $15.00/hour

EAGLES is a community-based program that incorporates therapeutic recreation to help adults with disabilities Enhance Adult Growth through Lifestyle Education and Service. This program emphasizes leisure independence, community outings and social interactions with peers. The EAGLES Assist Staff is responsible for assisting with the EAGLES Program. This includes providing a safe, learning environment for the participants and staff, assisting the Manager and Site Director with program planning and lesson plans, and purchasing supplies.

Position Qualifications:
• High School Diploma required; college degree preferred. • Two years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. • Valid Driver’s License, CDL, CPR/First Aid, CPI/Conflict Resolution. Must have these certifications or be able to obtain within six months. • 21 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others. • Availability to commit to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday from approximately 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. year round with some holiday breaks.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist Day Program Manager and EAGLES Site Director in the development, planning, and implementation of daily activities for EAGLES participants. • Successfully work with Full-Time staff, EAGLES Site Director and other Assistants, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs. • Discuss and concerns and issues with EAGLES Manager. • Participate and supervise in all planned activities.
• Know the physical, mental, and medical limitations of all participants; be prepared to provide appropriate attention to all participants in all situations. • Ensure safety factors relative to program and participant needs. • Know and use proper disciplinary techniques; provide behavior management when necessary. • Be available to listen to parental concerns and answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff. • Create some lesson plans which include appropriate activities, contacts, and timelines. • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained. • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures.

Marginal Responsibilities:
• Motivate staff and participants to initiate success. Be flexible to change when considering their needs. • Act as an advocate for the participant when necessary. • Provide behavior management when necessary. • Be dependable and punctual. • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program. • Gathering, loading, transporting, and setting up equipment if necessary

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Dawn Krawiec

 Closing Date

January 3, 2018

 $30,000 - $37,000

FUNCTION: 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 and conferences. Programs run seasonally for 7-8 weeks each. The weeks in between programs are dedicated to program planning and development, miscellaneous programs, sports, special events, and trips.

Driving is essential to the position. Recreation Specialist is required to transport self to programs they work or oversee. Person must be trained to drive SWSRA vehicles for transportation of participants, equipment and other program needs. The Recreation Specialist is required to lead assigned programs throughout the season as well as spend time overseeing the remainder of the programs. Staff has assistance during programs for supervision and care of individuals but may be required to assist in supervising or perform emergency care. Other duties include but are not limited to; overseeing the adult transition program during the school year, planning and leading leisure education programs, assist with day camp planning and implementation, maintaining and coordinating the vehicle fleet, and participating in agency and committee meetings.

COMPENSATION: Compensation based upon experience and qualifications. Health/Dental/Life insurance. IMRF pension benefits. Paid Vacation.


SUPERVISION: Responsible to the Superintendent.

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Oversee, plan, lead and/or evaluate weekly programs, day camps, cooperative programs, athletic programs, special events, away trips, and inclusion programs. • Provide supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing medication, and assistance in daily self-care. • Develop/create activities and plans for day and away trips. • Be available to substitute in a program when a scheduled staff member is unable to fulfill their responsibility • Be available “on-call” when assigned by Superintendent.
• Effectively, positively and professionally communicate with parents, guardians, co-workers, staff, outside agencies, and other professionals. • Write and prepare routine and special reports regarding the recreation department and programs. • Prepare program information for flyers, brochures, and news releases. • Participate in agency fundraising events and promotion of SWSRA through public relation activities. • Assist Superintendent when needed in the Inclusion program of the agency, including but not limited to; refer seasonal staff to member agencies, promote successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities, develop professional relationships and open communication with member staff and parents, provide disability awareness and behavior management training sessions, offer hands-on training at programs of all types, and conduct regular observations to inclusion programs. • Oversee all aspects of the adaptive sports and Special Olympic programs including but not limited to; recruitment of athletes, maintaining all forms and documentation required for participations, coordinate and submit all competition and tournament registration documents, meet Special Olympic Athletic Director qualifications and requirements to maintain that position, and attend Special Olympic meetings. • Attend ITRS meetings for sports committee and maintain all forms and documentation needed for competition and tournament registration. • Plan and coordinate ITRS sports tournaments as the host agency when required. • Plan and coordinate the content of weekly programs, special events, and trips. • Contact member agency and community facilities for program and special event use. • Prepare program related budget line items. Prepare program budget information for seasonal program staff. Assist in evaluating program financial information for agency programs, day camp, sports, special events, and trips. • Plan and prepare program and special event information for seasonal program brochures. • Plan and coordinate large scale agency events, i.e. Spring Formal and agency dances. • Actively participant in all SWSRA’s fundraising events and activities. • Prepare the distribution and delivery of seasonal brochures, including bulk mail, schools and community groups, in coordination with the Superintendent. • Coordinate the agency vehicle fleet and usage including program and transportation schedules, and alert Vehicle Coordinator and Superintendent of any vehicle related issues. Gas up/clean vehicles when necessary.
• Assist the Superintendent with the Helen Goy Community Center facility safety inspections, cleaning of facility, purchase of cleaning equipment & supplies, working with WPD on scheduling of programs or cancellations and reporting other issues that may arise. • Drive routes when a driver is not immediately available or a scheduled driver is unable to fulfill their responsibility. • When applicable, assist in the training of part-time and seasonal staff and volunteers, including referees and umpires. • Keep the Superintendent informed of ongoing needs for training and in-service of seasonal staff, and promote attendance at quarterly meetings/trainings. • Oversee the inventory of equipment, supplies and storage. Keep storage neat and organized at all times. Keep equipment in safe, working order. • Actively participate and attend committee meetings including but not limited to; ITRS, South Suburban Parks & Recreation Professional Association, and Special Olympics. • Acquire and maintain current CTRS certification within first six months of employment. • Acquire and maintain current CPR, First Aide, and AED certification within first six months of employment. • All other duties deemed necessary.

WORKER TRAITS: • Ability to solve problems comprehensively and efficiently using good judgment in keeping with the mission of the agency. • Knowledge of the basic philosophy underlying a sound community special recreation program and the ability to interpret that philosophy to staff and the public. Knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. • Effective oral and written communication with all ages and ability levels. • Exceptional time-management and interpersonal skills while demonstrating strong leadership qualities, confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism. • Work independently, solve simple to complex problems, demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, convey a positive attitude to others, and perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision. • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evening, weekend and overnight programs, presentations, events, conferences, meetings etc. • Must be able to use a computer for prolonged amounts of time each day as well as the phone and office equipment. • Initiate new, creative ideas for improved programming, procedures, projects and opportunities. • Seek professional growth through workshops, seminars, conferences, in-house trainings and professional organizations. Set appropriate professional goals. • Coach, mentor, guide and lead co-workers through positive attitude and approach. • Strong organizational skills in the office and at programs.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: • Must have a degree from an accredited university in Therapeutic Recreation, plus experience in recreation setting working with individuals with disabilities. • Must have the ability and knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs. • Must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and possess strong oral and written communication skills. Must possess ability to effectively work in a team atmosphere & communicate effectively with people with disabilities, co-workers, member agency staff & the public. • Must be CTRS or eligible within 6 months of employment. A valid Illinois Driver’s License and a physical and drug screening are required. CPR/First Aid and AED certification is required or must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Actively support the safety program by obeying and enforcing safety guidelines and procedures. • Practice safety and risk management in daily work and promote in programs through seasonal program staff. • Promptly and properly report all accidents and incidents occurring within the course of employment, no matter how minor. • Ensure the timely and accurate completion of accident/incident reports. • Seek out and identify safety hazards and encourage their correction and removal. • Promptly report all employee injuries to the Superintendent. • Retrieve, review and submit facility inspection checklists to the Superintendent. Complete spot checks when visiting programs. • Coordinate and present safety training and information for part-time staff and volunteers at each seasonal meeting. • Budget, purchase, and monitor first aid expenses and ensure first aid supplies are readily available and replenished. • Ensure first aid supplies, first aid kits and vehicle tackle boxes are properly stocked at the start and mid-season of programs. • Provide ideas to the Safety Coordinator for developing ongoing safety training programs for seasonal staff and volunteers. • Review the completion of accident/incident reports by seasonal program and day camp staff. • Acquire and distribute emergency response plans for all program facilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: • Previous experience with publication design and development utilizing Microsoft Office Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint. • Experience with Adobe programs—Page Maker, Illustrator, Dream Weaver, Photo Shop, In Design or “like” programs, a plus • Experience with web design, Cable TV/Video production is a plus. • Learn and use RecTrac software

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Sitting intermittent 20-25 hours/week (desk & vehicle) using a phone and computer regularly. • Able to lift and transfer participants in and out of wheelchairs, up to 300lbs with the assistance of other staff. • Lift and carry supplies and equipment up to 50lbs independently and assist with sorting and delivery of South West Special Recreation brochure and mailing; as well as carrying & lifting supplies on/off overhead shelves and carrying boxes/equipment up/down stairs. • Must be able to assist participants with diapering & toilet needs when needed. • Must be able to assist with minimal Daily Living Skills (dressing, showering etc.) of participants during overnight trips such as Special Olympics, etc. • Physical set up of recreational programs, events, and meetings. • Ability to transport self to and from programs and office, provide transportation for participants as well. • Ability to actively participate in programs, overnight trips and special event activities, ie. Swim, bowl, sports, music, day camp, etc. Perform work in and outdoors. • Communicate with co-workers, staff, supervisor and communities. • Paperwork – preparing reports, evaluations and other written duties. • Sit, stand, carry and bend for long periods of time. • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes nights, weekends and overnight trips when needed.

Send resume and cover letter to Susan Prieboy at

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 South West Special Recreation Association


Susan Prieboy

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled