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 $36,400.00/yr - starting salary depending on qualifications

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To apply please complete an online employment application on our website:

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, be self-motivated and have a desire to serve others. A High School diploma or equivalent is required with some college education preferred. Minimum of five years administrative experience with two years office management experience preferred. Retail or call center experience with face to face customer service/sales experience highly desired. This position requires strong supervisory skills, excellent customer service and problem solving skills and strong computer/technical aptitude as well. Proficient in MS Office and RecTrac. General accounting skills with cash handling experience required. Excellent organizational and time management skills with attention to detail a must. Effective communication skills required in both verbal and written format. Must have a valid IL driver’s license and provide own transportation.

Duties: Under the direction and supervision of the Facility Manager, the Office Coordinator is responsible for the administration and operations of the front desk and fitness desk; supervision of guest services personnel, including hiring, training, scheduling and evaluating. Other responsibilities include developing protocols and maintaining quality customer service, overseeing the cash handling process, ensuring confidentiality of information during registration/rental process, maintaining comprehensive rental agreements and records, and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the RecTrac computer system. Additional duties include researching and making recommendations for the purchase of office equipment, ordering office equipment and supplies, and compiling registration research and reports in support of recreation and management staff. Will work closely with the Facility and Program Managers to evaluate and assign staff to meet the clerical needs of recreational supervisory staff and program offerings. Perform other duties as assigned by the Facility Manager. This is an at-will position.

The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 236,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 168 parks and 48 miles of inter-connected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Connected by the Fox River, our communities are tied together by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox Valley Park District…Where Fun Begins!

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 Fox Valley Park District


Lisa Santoria

 Closing Date

May 3, 2020

 48,834+ DOQ

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Only online applications will be accepted at

This fulltime, year-round Head Coach & Program Assistant position is a supervisory opportunity in the Community Sailing and Basin Program areas of the Parks & Recreation Department. Responsibilitiesinclude coaching a nationally recognized race program, implementing seasonal youth and adult programs, as well as equipment maintenance. The Head Coach/Program Assistant will also be responsible for the racing pipeline programs, summer race coaches, race team event and travel planning.

It is imperative that this person have high level racing experience personally as well as demonstrated proven leadership abilities as a Coach at a robust sailing program. Applicants must be positive, organized and enjoy working with youth and adults. Applicant must have excellent customer service and communication skills. Basic computer skills are important. Applicant must be able to work day, evening and weekend hours. A working knowledge of fiberglass, outboard engines and rigging systems maintenance is a must.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, at least 1 year experience in teaching/coaching sailing and be U.S. Sailing Level I certified or equivalent. It is preferable for the Head Coach/Sailing Assistant to be a Level II Small Boat Instructor, Level I/II Instructor Trainer, and have advanced levels of Keelboat Training or have the ability to obtain such certifications.

The Sailing Program utilizes a fleet of 420s, Sail Cubes, Avon hard-bottom inflatables, a Colgate 26, and is supplemented by a fleet of privately owned Optimists and Lasers. Program instruction reaches more than 460 students each year. We have both a 420/Laser Racing Team and an Optimist Racing Team that travel nationally to compete in top junior events throughout the year. We host high school racing teams and one college team in the spring and fall seasons. The City of Lake Forest’s Sailing Program is one of the premier community sailing programs in the country and is accredited by U.S Sailing. We require a Head Coach / Program Assistant who has the same vision and determination to continue the success of our program.

This full-time position includes an excellent benefit package. If interested, please apply online at by April 30, 2020.

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 The City of Lake Forest


Joe Mobile

 Closing Date

April 30, 2020

 $120,000+ DOQ

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The Lake Bluff Park District is seeking a financially focused, community minded, dynamic professional and excellent communicator who can lead a progressive and aspiring agency.  The Park District is situated on Lake Michigan in a beautiful community that is friendly, social, and dedicated with pride and passion for Lake Bluff.  The Park District boasts a vast array of facilities, programs and parks for a small community.  The Executive Director must be able to lead an innovative and family-oriented staff into the future and collaborate with the seven, elected officials prioritizing capital projects, operations and finances.  Lake Bluff is a community that has amazing history while blending new approaches into the present and future.  He/she must be able to balance the needs of the community, sustaining fiscal discipline, seeking new revenue opportunities and prioritizing capital projects through strategic planning.  Minimally seven years administrative experience as a Department Head or Executive Director is preferred.  Please contact Ron Salski for more information about the position and/or agency.

The application deadline is April 22. 


  • Provide current resume, including employment history and certifications

  • Supply three professional references, including contact information

  • Submissions made to: Lake Bluff Park District, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff IL. 60044, Attention: Executive Director Search


Include, but are not limited to:


  • Inform the District Board of progress and problems in the District in a timely manner.

  • Develop and recommend District operational policies for consideration and action by the Board; to advise the Board on policy matters as requested; to put into effect and administer approved policies.

  • Provide professional leadership in the District; study, keep informed of, and stimulate interest of the staff in new developments in parks and recreation through visits to other communities, attendance at educational conferences and encouragement of park and recreation innovation and exploration by the staff.

  • Develop and supervise the divisions of the District, as well as the general operations and the business affairs of the District.

  • Direct the administrative operations of all the District divisions, programs, and services; to supervise administrative operations relative to legal, personnel, fiscal, capital developments, public relations and other business functions.

  • Administer and carry out or cause to be carried out in a timely manner all policies, ordinances, rules and regulations adopted by the District Board.

  • Assign and direct research and special studies on issues impacting matters of policy, fiscal concern, planning and/or development; to apprise the District Board of findings and to make subsequent recommendations.

  • Attend all meetings of the District Board (except for necessary absences) to respond to District Board inquiries regarding policy execution, personnel issues, programs and facilities, and other concerns relating to the efficiency, effectiveness and development of the District; to advise the District Board of District staff concerns and suggestions.

  • Direct the timely and proper preparation and submission of fiscal control documents such as the Truth-in-Taxation Resolution, the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance and the Tax Levy Ordinance, to administer the budget as enacted by the District Board in accordance with the Board’s requirements and adopted policies and limitations.

  • Promote park and recreation programs, facilities and services through involvement with professional and civic organizations and the maintenance of an effective public and media liaison.

  • Prepare, or cause to be prepared, requisite records, files and reports of District operations and activities.

  • Represent the District in negotiations between the District and vendors; school districts, local government agencies and State and Federal Governmental agencies.

  • Have responsibility for the hiring, compensation, and discipline (including termination) of District employees, consistent with Board policies.

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned to him/her by the District Board which are generally associated with or related to the position of Executive Director of an Illinois park district and within the scope of the general duties enumerated above.


  • Ensures compliance with Illinois Park District Code, be aware of other Federal, State, and Local Statutes and Ordinances, both existing and proposed, which affect Park District operations.

  • Plan and coordinate efforts to receive federal, state, and foundation funds to assist the Park District’s Operations.

  • Serve as district representative to Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association.

  • Attends professional conferences and workshops to promote knowledge in related areas of responsibility.


BA/BS in Park and Recreation Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; MA/MS/MBA in Park and Recreation Administration or Business Administration preferred; five years of demonstrated experience in park and recreation or more years of demonstrated success in a managerial or department head level of a park and recreation agency or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

  • CPRP Certification

  • CPR and AED Certification required within six months of employment

  • Valid Illinois Class “D” Driver’s License

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of park and recreation administration

  • Strong knowledge of the principles and methods of program and facility planning and development

  • Strong knowledge of state and federal grant programs relating to parks and recreation

  • Strong knowledge of the principles of public sector or park district financial management

  • Strong knowledge of master and comprehensive planning

  • General knowledge of the Park District Code of Illinois, state statutes and federal regulations

  • Good knowledge of general laws and administrative policies and procedures of human resources management

  • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precaution and risk management procedures


  • Ability to lead staff in the development and execution of long-range strategic planning initiatives.

  • Capacity to identify and analyze community trends and needs for parks and recreation programs, facilities and land, and to recommend strategies for meeting those trends and needs.

  • Ability to cooperate with and interpret Park District philosophies in relation to governmental, public and private groups and agencies and to the general public Ability to hire, supervise, train and evaluate the work of professional and clerical employees.

  • Ability to serve as the Park District spokesperson at public and community meetings and with the press.

  • Capacity to communicate agency philosophy and to lead and motivate staff to achieve agency goals and objectives.

  • Ability to work harmoniously and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, patrons, community groups and other units of local government.

  • Ability to work independently under general direction of the Board of Commissioners.

  • Capacity to be self-motivated and achieve goals by utilizing effective time management and organizational skills.

  • Capacity to proactively troubleshoot, problem solve and make sound judgments.

  • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.

  • Capacity to maintain confidential records and information.

  • Ability to follow directions and communicate in English verbally and in writing, and to read and understand materials printed in English.

  • Proficiency in word processing, advanced spreadsheet, and basic database applications.

  • Ability to pass the Park District’s Defensive Driving training, in order to drive to various Park District locations.

The Lake Bluff Park District provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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 Lake Bluff Park District


Tina Brewer

 Closing Date

April 22, 2020

 $60,000 - $70,000 DOQ

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The St. Charles Park District is searching to fill the FT Human Resources and Risk Manager position.

Job Summary: This position is well suited for someone with a friendly and positive personality who is productive and shows initiative, is an effective written and oral communicator and is reliable and safety-minded. Comprehensive knowledge of administrative policies, personnel practices and procedures; Ability to prepare informative records and develop and maintain effective working relationships and to promote and maintain high morale and enthusiasm. Ability to work with minimum supervision, solve problems and produce accurate work within a timely manner with initiative, good judgement, accuracy, persistence, creativity, integrity and courtesy.


Bachelor's degree in Personnel Administration, Human Resource Management, Business Administration, and/or Safety/Risk Management or a closely related field is required. Four to six years' experience in the coordination of human resources programs and/or risk management with some supervisory experience is required.

Additional Information at

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 St. Charles Park District


Cathy Camm

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Cleaning Technician (Seasonal)

Department: Facility Services Reports to: Cleaning Supervisor Location: Wheaton, IL Compensation: $14/hr.


Cantigny Park is offering a Cleaning Technician position in its Facility Services Department. This position plays an important role in maintaining a clean and safe environment at the park. Cantigny Park is a unique environment where beauty is everywhere. This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys working with people and helping to create a fun and welcoming experience for guests. This is a part-time (30-40 hours per week), seasonal position from May through September 2020 that reports to the Cleaning Supervisor.


Performs scheduled and non-scheduled cleaning procedures at Cantigny Park facilities as assigned by Cleaning Supervisor Performs opening and closing of Facilities according to established procedures Performs other duties as assigned including some light maintenance activities and furniture movement Assists Cantigny visitors by answering questions and giving directions Assist in the delivery of all cleaning supplies to designated locations Provides for personal safety in the workplace by attending and completing all required safety training, knowing and following existing safety rules including the applicable use of personal protection equipment, the proper operation of tools/machinery and proper use and handling of cleaning chemicals, and reporting any unsafe conditions to respective supervisor


High school diploma or equivalent; two years of cleaning experience and formal cleaning training preferred Must be self-directed and able to make decisions independently Must be physically able to lift and maneuver 50 lbs. and work on ladders and lifts Must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends, evenings, and holidays Valid Illinois driver's license Must attend Cantigny Park’s Child Safety Training All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening

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 Cantigny Park


Whitney Wade

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled