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Full-Time Position

Location: North Chicago, IL

Salary Range: $53,775 - $67,247 - $80,718


The Event Manager is responsible for contract management and sales strategies relating to operation of the Greenbelt Cultural Center. Develops strategies to maximize event sales and to cultivate relationships with corporate clientele. Develops and implements a comprehensive strategic plan in concert with the District Public Affairs division in order to maximize exposure in the social and corporate event planning fields. Supervises full-time staff.


Develops and executes an ongoing strategy for promoting sales of the banquet space. Manages relationships with local corporate clients, striving to maximize Greenbelt Cultural Center’s exposure as a banquet/meeting space. Works directly with clients to plan and facilitate events. Prepares contracts, manages transactions and prepares room floorplans using event planning software. Trains, schedules and supervises staff. Maintains financial files for the facility according to District procedures. Works with facility vendors in order to manage building systems. Coordinates District Events at the facility. Performs tasks that will require walking, lifting, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs lifting tasks up to 50 pounds.


Associates’ degree in Business, Communications, Marketing or related field. Three years’ experience in event sales. One year supervisory experience. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred. Must possess strong skills in conveying ideas and concepts in writing or orally. Strong capabilities in coordinating the collective efforts of staff to meet the facility goals and objectives. Knowledge of Sales, Promotions, Marketing and Social Media. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Must possess a valid driver’s license.


Interest in Forest Preserve employment can only be expressed by submitting a Forest Preserve Employment Application. Applications are accepted online at Applications are accepted only for posted positions. A completed application must be submitted by Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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 Lake County Forest Preserves


Eric Brothen

 Closing Date

July 13, 2018


The Village of South Elgin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent, in the Parks & Recreation Department. Responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and scheduling projects. Will supervise the Recreation Supervisor position; as well as scheduling the Park staff work assignments, including maintaining equipment, and inventory of the Parks, and the Buildings & Grounds Department. Position includes managing projects and grants to ensure safety, effectiveness and efficiency in accordance with standard practices and procedures; as well as frequent interaction with other Village departments, the Fire Protection District, the community, IPRA and IAPD.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management or related degree, and one to three years of recreational programing or any equivalent combination of education and experience. In addition, must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License, Certification in First Aid, Playground Safety Inspector Certification and CPR or the ability to obtain all certifications within six months of employment.

Position requires a 40 hour work week with the ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings, holidays, and weekends. Must be available to answer phone calls during off hours or travel to a park/facility. The Village offers an excellent compensation and benefit package with a starting salary of $74,263 per year.

Submit resume, and three references, to the Village of South Elgin, ATTN: Human Resources, 10 North Water Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. Position opened until filled. EOE

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 Village of South Elgin


Paula Glaspie

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


The Flagg-Rochelle Park District serves the residents of the Greater Rochelle area. Parks and facilities include Skare Park, Cooper Park, Spring Lake (Outdoor Pool Facility), Fairways Golf Course and more. The Flagg-Rochelle Park District strives to provide quality recreation programs and maintain high quality facilities.

The District is seeking highly professional and energetic candidates interested in serving as the next Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be a transformative leader with a strong commitment to excellent customer service and a highly collaborative/team-oriented style combined with a proven track record in a municipal environment. Having a strong finance/budget background with the ability to find creative solutions to fiscal constraints is recommended. Being an active community leader with a professional and engaging communication style with respect to residents, elected and appointed officials, the business community and staff is a must.

Roles and Responsibilities • To provide managerial leadership that helps to achieve the goals and visions of the District.

• To plan, organize, and direct a general program of park and recreation services.

• To establish rapport and communications with the citizens and visitors of the District.

• To act as a liaison with community groups and individuals concerned with park and recreation programs and represent the District on matters concerning park and recreation services in the community.

• To interpret to the public the philosophy, goals and objectives of the District via an active program of public relations.

• To build partnerships with community-based organizations that further the goals and objectives of the District.

• To direct, supervise and evaluate District personnel consistent with District personnel policies for job descriptions, performance appraisal, hiring and dismissal procedures, salaries, benefits, grievances, affirmative action, and training.

• To administer the budget; directing, investing, controlling and accounting for the receipt and expenditure of District funds in accordance with budget appropriations and State law, and supervising the keeping of detailed and accurate financial records. Monitor, manage, and forecast daily revenues, expenditures, financial operations, obligations and staffing levels within a balanced budget.

• To inform and advise the Board on all matters relevant to the functioning of the District, including recommending courses of action, plans, and policies that ensure the smooth operation of the District.

• To be able to respond/arrive to emergencies at District facilities in a timely and effective manner.

• To prepare, issue, or oversee regular and special informational materials for use by the staff, Board and others regarding the affairs of the District, including brochures, flyers, annual reports, news releases, and so on.

• To supervise the recruitment, selection, and employment of District personnel and to recommend to the Board the employment of personnel or contracts outside the scope of normal operations.

• In concert with the Board and community develop and execute a Master Plan. Plan and develop goals, objectives, and philosophies for the District. Develop strategies to prepare and implement projects and programming and plan for future needs and operations.

• Analyze, coordinate, and prepare official agreements. Maintain contacts with city, state, and federal officials and legislators. Examine and evaluate lawsuits and complaints. Review and maintain park ordinances and codes.

• Review and recommend written policies and procedures for Board approval. Implement Board decisions and policies. Inform Board of relevant legislative and legal matters and complaints.

• Collaborate with other bodies of government and local sports affiliates for the betterment of the taxpayers of the District.

Desired Education and Experience A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business management, public or business administration, parks and recreation administration, or a closely related field of study is preferred. In the discretion of the Board, however, a comparable amount of directly related experience will be considered as a substitute for the minimum educational requirements. The Executive Director must have at least five (5) years of related experience in an upper level management/administrative position, preferably in the field of parks and recreation. The Executive Director must have certification status as a Parks and Recreation Professional in accordance with the standards of the IAPD/IPRA and NRPA (or obtain such certification with one (1) year of commencing employment with the District) and maintain such certification throughout employment with the District.

Residency Requirement

• Relocation within ten miles of Flagg Rochelle Park District or be able to relocate within 6 months. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Salary and Benefits

• Annual compensation based on experience. Non-traditional time commitments will be considered.

Apply To: Flagg Rochelle Park District 735 North 2nd Street Rochelle, IL 61068 Or fax to: 815.562.5383 Or email to:

Resumes will be accepted until Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Flagg Rochelle Park District is an Equal Opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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 Flagg-Rochelle Park District


Brent Carmichael

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $59,504 - $74,256

ABOUT US: The McHenry County Conservation District owns or manages over 25,540 acres of open land diverse with woodlands, prairies, wetlands, ponds, creeks, and rivers. Thirty-three sites are currently open to the public year-round featuring regional biking, hiking, multi-use, equestrian and snowmobile trails, picnic shelters, campsites, fishing areas, canoe/kayak launches, educational facilities and rare plant and animals.

Looking for a success driven individual to take the McHenry County Conservation Foundation to new heights in growing financial contributions and gift giving on behalf of the McHenry County Conservation District. This position is responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive development program that secures significant financial and/or land resources from individuals, foundations, or corporations, that support District goals. Focus of the position is on major gift functions, with emphasis on establishing a planned-giving program. Principal gifts, donor prospecting and research, and special multi-year fundraising campaigns will also be managed by this position.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Job responsibilities include: • Responsible for developing/defining the pool of prospective major donors. • Conceptualizes and designs annual and long-term comprehensive fundraising plans to implement and manage giving activities that ensure adequate funding for designated District programs. • Develops and oversees the methods and implementation of prospect cultivation strategies. • Develops individually tailored and detailed gift opportunities for potential major donors. • Develops and implements a Planned-Giving Program specifically targeted at individuals with the capacity to provide major gifts through wills, estates and trusts. • Prepares and administers the annual budget for the Foundation and Development office. • Prepares written proposals, solicitation appeals, reports and/or other specific development materials for use during donor cultivation and solicitation. • Develops and helps conduct strategic cultivation activities such as field trip meetings and special events for donors and prospects. Manages efforts in a way that maximizes efficiency and utilization. • Management of donor relations to include database management, fulfillment and recognition programs. • Participates in and facilitates the creation of District plans and goals as a member of the Leadership Team. • Directs the work of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation in consultation with the Executive Director. Identifies and cultivates prospective new members to serve on the Foundation board and stewards relationships with existing board members. • Identifies and writes major grants for various projects within the District. • Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to: • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications or related field. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE or ACFRE) credentials preferred. A minimum of five (5) years development or related experience with the development function such as gift and pledge processing, prospect research, data and information management, financial management, donor recognition and accountability. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving, solicitation and capital campaigns. • Proven success in asking for and closing major gifts ($1K, $5K-$25K-$50K) and building and maintaining long-term relationship with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations. • Broad working knowledge and effective understanding of the principle and practices of charitable gift planning, including techniques and methods accepted by the IRS, annual giving, special events and major gift fundraising. • Strong/proficient writing skills to prepare clear concise and effective correspondence, proposals and other documents. • High level of organization, energy, ambition and orientation to asking. • Possess good analytical skills to make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment. • Knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community. • Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and terminology used to describe open space, conservation, restoration, interpretive education and outdoor recreation. • Leadership abilities and comfort in working in a team environment and speaking before the general public. • A requirement of the job is occasional weekend and evening work to attend meetings and special events/programs.

CLOSING DATE: July 2, 2018, 12 Noon CST

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO: Applicant must complete an online application located at

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 McHenry County Conservation District


Jenny Heider
815-338-6223 x1237

 Closing Date

July 2, 2018

 $55,000 - $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Qualified candidates must have a degree, five years financial management experience in the field of parks and recreation or municipal government and proficient in fund accounting.

RESPONSIBILITIES: General ledger maintenance including adjustments, unearned revenue and allocation of tax revenue; month-end closing of financial records including reconciling of bank statements; Prepare and present monthly financial reports to the Executive Director and the District Board of Park Commissioners; Direct and coordinate the annual budget process and monitor expenditures; Coordinate the annual financial audit; Manage purchasing functions; Develop purchasing, receiving and inventory procedures; Oversee the accounts payable, payroll, and accounts receivable functions of the District; Prepare and file annual ordinances; Direct the maintenance of fixed asset records for all buildings and contents; Develop and recommend long-term financial strategy, policies and procedures; Manage the District’s cash flow requirements, inter-fund borrowing, investments, debt issuance, and debt administration compliance; Provide financial input to the development and implementation of projects requiring the issuance of bonds; Make recommendations on bond sales, tax rates, and debt service. A complete job description is available upon request.

This is a full time, exempt position with a great benefit package that includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, IMRF, awesome work environment, terrific community, supportive board of commissioners and more.

Successful candidate will be a dedicated individual who is motivated and has an eye for detail that strives for excellence; strong oral and written communication skills; strong organizational, time management and problem-solve solving skills.

EMAIL COVER LETTER & RESUME TO: Christina Ferraro, CPRP, Executive Director , Prospect Heights Park District

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 Prospect Heights Park District


Christina Ferraro

 Closing Date

June 29, 2018