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The Superintendent of Recreation is responsible for the oversight of all recreation and nature programming, marketing and IT needs.

The Superintendent of Recreation should have a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation or a related field. The Superintendent of Recreation must have at least 5 years of full time experience in a Parks and Recreation related position, with progressive supervisory experience. The Superintendent of Recreation must have experience working with VSI and Microsoft computer programs. Ideal candidate will have experience managing multiple facilities and full time staff.

Provide direct leadership to the Recreation, Nature, Marketing and IT service areas.
Evaluate the need for new programs and events as well as making suggestions of retiring out dated programs and events. Lead the creation of the Recreation Nature, Marketing and IT budget. Provide direct supervision of the, Recreation Supervisor, Registration Clerk, Weekend Supervisor, Nature Center Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, and IT contract. Monitor revenue and expenses for Recreation, Nature programs, events, Marketing and IT needs. Provide communication to the staff about Park District policies.
Host meetings with all staff to provide opportunities for growth within the organization. Communicate consistently with the Executive Director about all Park District matters. Work with staff to ensure all contracted and Park District Instructors have turned in all necessary documentation (certificates of insurance, professional licenses, training certificates) Assemble the seasonal brochure for the for the Park District. Provide direct oversight to the Recreation and Nature programming. Offer policy changes and new policies to the Executive Director to improve Park District operations. Attend weekly staff meetings. Attend Park Board Meetings and Special Park Board Meetings as required.

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 Oakbrook Terrace Park District


Cathy Fallon

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $30,000-$45,000/annually plus benefits

Duties: The Recreation Supervisor is a full time position under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Recreation. The Recreation Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating: preschool program, early childhood recreation programs, youth recreation programs, teen recreation programs, before and after school program, birthday parties, babysitting services and day camp. This position is also responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating part-time and seasonal instructors, preschool teachers, before and after school staff and day camp staff. This position will work a minimum of forty hours a week, Monday through Friday and evenings and weekends as required.

Qualifications: A minimum of 2 years of experience at the supervisory level with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration, Early Childhood or related field preferred, certification as a CPRP desirable. Valid Illinois Driver’s License required. Good written and oral communication skills. Exceptional skills in working tactfully and harmoniously with subordinates, co-workers, supervisors, department heads, Board of Commissioners and community supporters.

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 Alsip Park District


Greg Hooper

 Closing Date

February 26, 2018

 $16.50/hr - $23/hr ~ DOQ

Job Title: Lakefront Coordinator
Department: Recreation
Classification: Seasonal Part-Time/Non-Exempt

Summary: Under the direction and supervision of the Recreation Supervisor, the Lakefront Coordinator is responsible for the safety and supervision of Lakefront staff, property, and patrons. Duties include managing day to day operations of the beach facilities including supervision of all staff while maintaining the highest level of customer service. The Lakefront Coordinator oversees the scheduling of Lakefront staff, delegation of beach duties, plays and active role in hiring and training of new staff, and instruction of in-service training. The Lakefront Coordinator will assist with the implementation of special events. The Lakefront Coordinator reports any information to the Recreation Supervisor.

Qualifications: The Lakefront Coordinator must be a responsible, mature, individual who can deal with all age groups and handle crisis situations well. The Lakefront Coordinator must be an assertive individual who will uphold the procedures established by the Winnetka Park District. The Lakefront Coordinator must have thorough knowledge of the Winnetka Park District beach rules, policies, and operations of the beach including but not limited to, safety, sanitation, and maintenance required. The Lakefront Coordinator must be able to work harmoniously with staff and patrons while firmly enforcing beach facility regulations. Ability to instruct, assign, supervise, and evaluate the staff in their performance of duties and tasks. The Lakefront Coordinator must provide the highest quality of customer service. The Lakefront Coordinator must have 20/30 binocular vision uncorrected or best corrected, have current American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid, CPR and AED for the professional rescuer, and Administering Emergency Oxygen. Certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor is preferred. Minimum age of 18 years old and 2 years aquatic supervisory experience and lifeguarding are required. A commitment to continued skill development is mandatory. A criminal background check is required.

Required Knowledge: Knowledge of American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen is required. Supervision of aquatic facilities is also required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 1. Support the mission(s), goals and objectives of the park district and all departments 2. Demonstrate ongoing commitment to providing quality parks and recreation opportunity for the residents of Winnetka 3. Actively promote parks and recreation within the community through open and positive lines of communication with local civic groups. 4. Shall establish and maintain open and positive lines of communication with all park district staff, patrons and residents. 5. Carries out the directives of the department effectively and efficiently. 6. Adhere to all policies and practices of the Park District. 7. Shall actively pursue continuing education and commit to ongoing skill development. 8. Maintain a commitment to the operation of a safe and effective beach environment. 9. Demonstrate a safety consciousness at all-time both with patrons and other staff members. 10. Take charge and ensure that proper procedures are taken in all aquatic emergency situations. 11. Enforce and obey all beach rules and regulations including local, county, and state health codes. 12. Be fair, consistent, and polite in all rule enforcement. 13. Provide customer service to patrons by giving information regarding beach facilities, rules and regulations and beach programs. 14. Demonstrate a positive attitude at all times when dealing with staff and patrons. 15. Report, ready to begin no later than 15 minutes before the shift begins. 16. Be present at the beach or in the lakefront area at all times during the shift or be reachable by phone when designated as on-call by the Recreation Supervisor. 17. Ensure that all staff members are performing duties as specified. 18. Discipline staff as needed according to the Winnetka Park District guidelines 19. Wear professional attire when on-duty, including polo and nametag. 20. Assist Recreation Supervisor in the hiring of new staff 21. Perform functions of a Beach Manager, Head Lifeguard, Lifeguard, or Beach Attendant when necessary. 22. Perform or assist with rescues, CPR, first aid or other emergency procedures as necessary. 23. Know location and proper use of all safety and rescue equipment. 24. Assist in completing all necessary paperwork including but not limited to incident reports, rescue reports, in-service training records, chemistry reading sheets, facility checklists, cleaning checklists, inventory supply checklists, and cash reports. 25. Assist Beach Managers in developing staff monthly schedules 26. Report any irregular discipline, safety, maintenance, or other problems to the Recreation Supervisor. 27. Assist in teaching and coordinate the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course prior to the start of the season 28. Coordinate, instruct, and record weekly in-service training for all staff members on duty according to the American Red Cross and the Winnetka Park District guidelines in order to maintain and improve staff lifeguarding skills. 29. Perform facility, observation, and skill audits on lifeguarding staff to assure skills are up to American Red Cross and Winnetka Park District standards. 30. Track beach water chemistry readings on a daily basis and input data into the Department of Public Health’s database. 31. Track daily attendance rates, daily revenue, weather and water conditions on a daily basis. 32. Assist Recreation Supervisor in developing end of season presentation on the summer beach season to include, revenue, attendance rates, open/close data, etc. 33. Approve Beach Manager’s daily deposit sheets and complete daily cash balance reports. 34. Perform daily inventory of supplies and daily inspection of facilities and safety equipment. Notify Recreation Supervisor when supplies are low or need repair or replacement. 35. Monitor staff certifications. 36. Assist in planning and implementing ongoing staff incentive programs. 37. Evaluate Beach Managers and Head Lifeguards at the end of the season. Approve the evaluations on Lifeguards and Beach Attendants that are completed by the Beach Manager. 38. Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings. 39. Supervise and perform basic cleaning and maintenance at the beach, beach house, and bathrooms to ensure a safe and clean environment. 40. Assistance with special event required. 41. Must be able to work weekdays and weekends. 42. Inform Recreation Supervisor of absence or late arrival. 43. Make judgments on late openings/early closures of beach facilities dependent upon attendance rates, weather conditions, etc. Inform the Recreation Supervisor of that decision as soon as possible. 44. Act as a representative of the Winnetka Park District as a role model for all beach staff. Actions must reflect policies and procedures set by the Park District. 45. Perform other duties assigned by Recreation Supervisor. 46. Demonstrate professionalism at all times. 47. Shall proactively perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the District's safety program.

Marginal Activities: 1. Assist other departments or staff members as required by the Recreation Supervisor.

Supervision Received: The Lakefront Coordinator is under the direction and supervision of the Recreation Supervisor.

Supervision Given: The Lakefront Coordinator directly supervises all aquatic staff members.

Psychological Consideration: The Lakefront Coordinator must work closely with co-workers, subordinates, and members of the public. The ability to handle difficult and emergency situations accurately and efficiently is required. The Lakefront Coordinator must demonstrate a respectful demeanor to members of the upper management team.

Physiological Considerations: The Lakefront Coordinator must be able to swim 550 yards and pass other lifeguarding tests as deemed necessary by the American Red Cross. The ability to respond to emergency situations quickly and work with appropriate speed and accuracy is required.

Environmental Considerations: The Lakefront Coordinator must be able to work in hot and humid conditions, as well as various other weather conditions, including, but not limited to cold weather and rain. The Lakefront Coordinator must have the ability to pay attention to potential threatening weather situations and make decisions when the area is unsafe for patrons.

Cognitive Considerations: The Lakefront Coordinator must use good decision making skills at all times. The ability to respond to patrons or subordinates with a positive, but sometimes stern demeanor is also necessary. Effective and proper communication skills are also a requirement.

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Updated: 1/25/18


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 Winnetka Park District


Kevin Rutherford

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


The Itasca Park District offers an internship to students pursuing a degree in the field of parks and recreation with a comprehensive experience within the agency's operation. The intern will gain experience in administration, marketing, budgeting, leadership, staff management, programming, facility management, special events, and maintenance/parks. The Intern will assist in several programs and special events. Qualifications: Must be a current student of an accredited university, pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Recreation, Leisure Studies or a related field, looking to complete an internship. Student must provide own transportation.

Duties: In this internship, students will work in the areas of program development, facility management, written and oral communication, human resources, budgeting, training of employees, evaluation of both programs and personnel, customer service, maintenance, parks, operational and program manual development, contracts, and marketing. Intern will be required to work flexible hours including nights and weekends based on projects assigned.

Send cover letter, resume, and completed Itasca Park District employment application to Doug Sieder, Superintendent of Recreation. 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143. Employment application is available at

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 Itasca Park District


Doug Sieder

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled



Job Title: Recreation Intern

Salary: $9.00/hour, 12 weeks

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Department: Recreation


Reports to: Assistant Superintendent of Recreation


The Recreation Intern, under the supervision and direction of appropriate staff, is responsible for gaining knowledge in the development, implementation, evaluation and modification of a broad range of creative, customer-driven programs within assigned area. This position requires the maintenance and coordination of all programming aspects which could include brochure production, budgeting, marketing, quality control, revenue generation/expense control and customer related issues.


  1. Plan, develop, budget and implement assigned programs and events to contribute to the District’s success.

  2. Prepare reports, statistics and program evaluations for continuous improvement of future operations.

  3. Coordinate and schedule use of facilities for programming in coordination with other program supervisors.

  4. Develop promotional materials and cross promote within related program areas.

  5. Continue education on new industry related issues, procedures and techniques.

  6. Maintain and promote excellent customer service relations with participants, parents, and other affiliates.

  7. Maintain a working knowledge of all general and department safety rules. Enforce safety rules and improve public and employee knowledge by preventing, confronting and correcting unsafe behavior.

  8. Complete all school related reports and projects, as assigned.


  1. Administer First Aid, when required

  2. Adhere to all safety policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual and Crisis Manual.

  3. Direct participants in the event of an emergency, such as fire, severe weather.

  4. Communicate with appropriate full time supervisor regarding any equipment needing repair or replacement.

  5. Attend related training and meetings as requested.

  6. Perform other related duties and/or special projects as assigned.


Education: Working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, or related field

Experience: Minimum of 2 years of undergraduate coursework.

Certifications: CPR & First Aid Certification preferred, Classes available through Park District

Valid Illinois Driver’s license is necessary.

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 Des Plaines Park District


Jennifer Boys

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled