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 $25,000 to $30,000

The Active Adult Coordinator creates, plans, organizes and coordinates trips for the parks' Active Adult program. The coordinator will escort participants on Active Adult Day Trips and assist with Active Adults special events.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: Planning, coordinating, and scheduling Active Adult extended trips; composing Active Adult program descriptions for program guides and advertising materials; Surveying Active Adults for program satisfaction; serving as a liaison to the parks' Senior Clubs; Responsible for purchasing materials and supplies to support the Active Adults program as well as compiling contracts for trips and entertainment; Works with Special Events Coordinator on various special events held throughout the year; assures the fiscal integrity of program (e.g., creates budget, monitors budget); and, performs other duties as assigned.

Candidates are expected to have a High School diploma or equivalent and at least two years working with Active Adult (Senior) programs or related experience.

This is a full time position Monday through Friday with occasional weekends or evenings for day trips and special events. The park offers health, dental, and life insurance benefits for all full time positions.

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 Veterans Park District


Carlene Greifelt

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $59,072 - $73,840 based on experience

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Superintendent of Recreation is responsible for overseeing the planning, coordination and management of all aspects of the Recreation department to provide for the recreation needs of the community. Responsible for the overall management of all recreation programming and instruction and for oversight of the operations of the revenue facilities. This position requires you live within thirty (30) miles of Belvidere within one (1) year of hire. Any exception to this must be approved by the Executive Director.

General Hours: This position requires a minimum of 40 hour per week. Typical work days will be Monday through Friday. However, a combination of daytime, evening and weekend hours may be required when the need exists.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties:

*Plans, organizes, markets and directs a comprehensive program of recreational activities and facilities for all segments, groups, ages and interest levels of the community. *Oversees the operations of recreational programs and services conducted at the Rivers Edge Recreation Center, NASR, Riverside Ice Arena, William Grady Pool, Doty Park Splash Pad, Prairie Fields, schools and other various locations. *Oversees the program evaluation process and recommends modifications of existing programs, the reduction of existing programs, or the introduction of new programs to the Executive Director. *Partners with the Executive Director in implementing the district vision and assists in leading the district for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances with assistance from the Superintendent of Human Resources. *Maintains overall responsibility for the supervision of the Recreation Department by providing direction to staff through coaching, directing, supervising and evaluating their performance. *Provides recommendations for District policies. *Collaborates with Marketing on the program guide and all other marketing initiatives for the department. *Mentor staff to grow their careers through monitoring performance and initiating staff development plans. *Assists the Executive Director in preparing and monitoring department operating and capital improvement budgets. *Implements and evaluates staff department policies, projects and programs. *Involved with the community we serve by participating and/or observing in our programs and events. *Analyzes organization and community needs, analyzes trends, review statistics, opportunities and communicates information to the Executive Director. *Evaluate and ensure proper staffing levels for all departments with assistance from the Superintendent of Human Resources. *Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and respond as a representative of the district as related to parks, facilities and open spaces. *Champions the value of the organization through example and accountability. *Ensure operations conform to local, state and federal government regulations, worker safety and other applicable rules and regulations. *Facilitates solutions to complex problems facing the district. *Responsible for the purchasing, storage, and inventory of departmental supplies, equipment and vehicles. In addition, will also implement and evaluate procedures to assure efficient use of district resources. *Utilizes the RecTrac & FinTrac databases and trains employees as necessary. *Prepares and maintains daily, monthly, and annual reports and records as assigned. *Conduct consistent meetings and training with staff including, but not limited to, safety/emergency procedures, standard operating procedures, behavior management, and customer service. *Develop and submit a detailed list of goals and objectives for all Recreation programming annually. *Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions. *Participate as a team member to assist and improve the overall services to the community. *Maintain a neat and orderly work environment. *Participate in professional committees, conferences, workshops and classes to improve knowledge of job responsibilities and skills with supervisor approval. *Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures as designated by the district. *Actively support the safety policies and related programs including following safety rules, first-aid procedures, and reporting accidents & injuries when necessary. *Follow payroll procedures as designated by the district. *Consistent on-time attendance. *Performs other work-related duties and functions as assigned.

Education, Experience and Training:

*Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation or closely related field. *Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in recreation operations or similar field, at least three (3) of which was in a supervisory role. *Certified Park and Recreation Professional preferred. *Prior Master Planning experience is desirable. *Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training. *Valid Illinois Class D driver’s license and good driving record are required. *Medic First Aid/CPR/AED Certification (or the equivalent) is required within 30 days of hire date. If you are not already certified, training will be provided. *Successful criminal background check.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills Required:

*Knowledge of principles, practices and objectives of park and recreation administration, including general recreational programming and services, special events, aquatics, athletics, active adults, and special recreation. *Ability to effectively supervise the management of various Park District programs and facilities. *Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret financial reports. *Sound background in financial management and budgetary techniques as well as knowledge of management principals. *Train, supervise and evaluate staff. *Ability to communicate effectively within various settings, from one-on-one to group configurations. *The ability to research and analyze various types of data information. *Ability to work in a team atmosphere, promoting positive work relations with both internal and external customers. *Ability to organize and prioritize work. *Ability to work unsupervised. *Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
*Capacity to apply good judgement and practical knowledge to resolve unusual or irregular problems in the area of work assigned. *Must demonstrate strong leadership skills to supervise a diverse team of employees to successfully complete work assignments in a timely manner. *Proficiency to read and write in English, and organize effectively. *Ability to work in a team atmosphere, promoting positive work relations with both internal and external customers. *Capacity to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

*General work area is indoors, in a smoke-free environment with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting. May occasionally have to work in several environmental extremes, typical with working in the Midwest climate. *Sit for extended periods of time at desk in front of computer monitor. *May stand for periods of time; push, pull and reach; occasionally bend, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, balance and stretch. *Have the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity needed to operate a keyboard, calculator, photocopier and telephone. *Have a normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriately in person and in writing. *Specific vision requirements: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus. *Frequently lift/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 30 pounds. *Have full range of body motion, including handling and lifting items and packages.

To be considered for this position, please go to our website at to complete the on-line application and upload your resume and cover letter with salary requirements by March 24, 2018. JOB ID 334

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 Belvidere Park District


Kim Kirkpatrick

 Closing Date

February 24, 2018

 $30,000+ DOQ

The Village of Mt. Zion, Illinois (pop. 5,833) is seeking applications for a full-time Director of Parks and Recreation. Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies or similar field; 1-3 years’ experience in a management role; or equivalent combination of education and experience. This position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Parks and Recreation Department. Desirable candidates should have the ability to provide effective leadership within the organization and develop and maintain positive working relationships with village employees, board and commission members and the public. A complete list of duties, responsibilities and requirements can be provided upon request. Salary $30,000 DOQ plus benefits including health insurance, IMRF Retirement, Paid Holiday, Vacation and Sick time, and Dental Coverage. Employment applications are available at Applications and resumes are due by March 15, 2018. Applications may be mailed to Village of Mt. Zion, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Mt. Zion, IL 62549 or emailed to Julie Miller, Village Administrator, The Village of Mt. Zion is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Village of Mt. Zion


Julie Miller

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 41,000 - 45,000

Position: The supervisor is responsible for the development, budgeting, organization and promotion of a variety of recreation programs in the areas of Preschool, Dance, Swim Lessons and Aquatic Programs including the swim team. The Supervisor also oversees the day to day operations of the Swimming Pool.

Essential Duties: • Maintains a thorough understanding of the Park District’s policies and operations. Enforce and interpret those policies as needed • Involved with evaluation of all recreational facilities for program usage and capital improvements • Oversees area personnel including recruiting, hiring, training, disciplining and evaluating • Monitors area staff off-days, submits for payroll & approves requests • Ensures all personnel have appropriate certifications • Creates new and inventive recreational programs on a regular basis • Coordinates area programs and facility schedules • Assists with area operations statistical reports (trends, recommendations) • Handles public information and advertising for assigned programs and facilities • Administers all aspects of the program area budget • Prepares and controls all pertinent budget accounts • Purchases and controls all necessary supplies and equipment for assigned programs and facilities. • Oversees and prepares recreation/facility personnel payroll • Manages day to day operations under the Ellis and Associates guidelines

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or related field. Prefer a minimum of two (2) years of experience in the Recreation field with facility management experience desired. Excellent (oral and written) communication and organization skills. A practical knowledge of programming and facility management. Possession of a valid driver’s license. Proficient knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office applications. Certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within 3 months of employment. Strong organization and interpersonal skills. Certified Park and Recreation Professional preferred.

About River Trails Park District: Our Mission is to enrich the lives of our diverse community by providing quality parks, facilities and programs for recreation, education and wellness. River Trails Park District seeks innovative team members who are creative and critical thinkers that endorse fun. River Trails Park District serves the communities of Mount Prospect & Prospect Heights.

To apply: Complete our online job application at and attach a current resume and cover letter.** Note: Consideration will only be given to applications completed online (please no resumes via email, mail, fax, etc.) **

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 River Trails Park District


Geralyn Konsewicz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 DOQ hourly

Western Dupage Special Recreation Association is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Specialist. The specialist is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. The position is part time, 28 hours per week, year round, but hours must be flexible to accommodate morning, evening and weekend programs. Specialist will lead programs, work inclusively with park district participants, lead agency programs, and assist with program planning intermittently. Applicants should have knowledge of special needs populations, behavior management and therapeutic recreation. Ideal candidates can demonstrate leadership, communicate thoroughly, time manage and multitask.

FUNCTIONS: Create and follow a structured lesson plan, give direction, guidance, and supervision to support staff assigned to program, lead programs while safely supervising individuals with special needs. Maintain, store, and transport program supplies and materials as needed to successfully implement programs and inclusive experiences. Communicate participant and program progress, concerns, or issues to the Full Time Program Supervisor and communicate all accidents/incidents to the Support Services Supervisor and/or Support Services Manager immediately. Complete and submit all documentation and forms in a timely manner. Perform all duties as assigned.

SKILLS: Active participation in programs, which may include swimming, sports, or other action based activities, ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion including running. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervisors. Perform work indoors and outdoors and under varying weather conditions including heat and cold. Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and carry for up to 100 ft – over 40 lbs requires a two person lift or mechanical assistance. Supervise individuals with disabilities, including behavior management, personal care and assisting with daily living skills (i.e. feeding, toileting, clothing assistance). Assist individuals who use a wheelchair—including lifting and transferring from chair-to-seat and pushing people in wheelchairs. Operate the wheelchair lift operation and wheelchair tie-downs in WDSRA vehicles. Maintain an accurate record of money including managing a budget, proper usage of forms, tracking receipts, and returning paperwork in an orderly manner at the conclusion of the program.

COMPENSATION: Hourly compensation based upon experience and qualifications, IMRF, mileage reimbursement.


SUPERVISION: Responsible to the Inclusion Manager

QUALIFICATIONS: Twenty one years of age or older, High school graduate; Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field preferred. Two to three years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities. First Aid/CPR certification and Handle with Care Certification required or the ability to obtain within 3-6 months. Possess a valid Illinois Class “D” Driver's License. Ability to drive WDSRA vehicles per requirements listed in job description.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit application and resume via our website

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 Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)


Dayell Houzenga

 Closing Date

March 16, 2018