The Village of Orland Park, a dynamic, progressive, growing community seeks a Recreation Director to provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Recreation Department. The incumbent Recreation Director is retiring with thirteen years of service as part of a village-wide early retirement incentive program. The Recreation Director is an integral member of the village’s executive leadership team and will oversee a system that includes a recreation program that regularly enrolls more than 22,000 children and adults annually, supports six (6) programmed facilities and many community wide special events including the Taste of Orland Park and various concerts.
Orland Park is a premier community located 30 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop with a residential population of nearly 60,000 (full build-out expected to peak at 75,000), and is the commercial and retail hub of the Chicago south suburban region. Orland Park continues its wave of growth and prosperity from a historic, rural community to a dynamic corporate and commercial center.
Orland Park has a unique blend of residential and business communities in the midst of more than 700 acres of parks and open lands. In 2014, Orland Park was named one of Chicago Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Important factors for this recognition are its low crime rate, exceptional amenities and access to downtown Chicago.
The Village of Orland Park operates under the Council-Manager form of government, with legislative oversight provided by an elected Mayor and Board of Trustees. The corporate authorities include the Village President (Mayor), the Village Clerk and six (6) Village Trustees, each of whom is elected at-large to a four-year term.
The Village of Orland Park is a full service community employing approximately 275 full-time employees, approximately 650 part-time and seasonal employees combined. Departments include: Development Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Works, Mayor’s Office, Parks, Police, Public Information Office, Recreation, and the Village Manager’s Office.
The organization’s strategic plan goals include economic development, downtown development, quality of life, fostering an environment that focuses on customer service, continuous service delivery improvements, and efficiency enhancements.
The Village is a home rule community with a very stable financial standing. The Village of Orland Park has excellent bond ratings of AA+ from Standard and Poor’s and Aa1 from Moody’s. The Village’s current GO Debt to EAV ratio is 2.41% and the Village’s property tax levy remained flat for the past nine (9) years. This means that, in total, taxpayers will pay the same amount to the Village in 2019 as they did in 2012.
The overall expenditure budget is just over $156 million and the general fund budget is approximately $54 million. Additional information, including the Village’s annual budget documents, CAFRs and PAFRs, can be found on the Village’s website at www.orlandpark.org.
The Recreation Director is appointed by and is directly accountable to the Village Manager. In collaboration with the Village Manager; Recreation Advisory, Civic Center, and Museum Boards; and the Mayor, and the Village Board, the Director is expected to develop short-term and long-term goals for village wide recreation programs and the department. This position is responsible for a $10.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020.
This position oversees the day-to-day management and administration of the department and is expected to stay on top of the recent developments and trends in the Recreation field and incorporates as appropriate. The Director of Recreation will prepare and administer departmental budgets, manage staff, and coordinate and track capital projects and improvements for the Recreation department. The department has 18 full-time staff, and approximately 280 regular part-time and 250 seasonal employees.
Recreation Department Overview
The Village is served by its own Recreation Department. The Department offers a comprehensive program for all ages that includes preschool activities, day camps, sports camps, dance, exercise, music, cultural arts, clubs, teen activities, senior activities and special recreation programs. The Recreation Department boasts a variety of facilities to house our numerous programs.
The Franklin Loebe Recreation Center includes classrooms, an indoor playground, indoor walking track, basketball/volleyball courts, wrestling and dance rooms.
The Sportsplex which opened March 2002 is a 90,000 square foot recreation center featuring a running track, sports performance area, free weights, a weight room and a youth-training area. The facility also includes 3 basketball/volleyball courts, indoor soccer center, gymnastics studio, 32 foot climbing wall, aerobic/dance studio and shuffleboard, indoor batting cages, women’s, men’s and family locker rooms, and child care services.
The state of the art Orland Park Health and Fitness Center was acquired by the village in 2016 and the Department oversees the contractual vendor who manages the day to day operation of the facility. The 78,000 sq. foot facility now boasts a robust membership base of over 3,900 members and was recently awarded by the Medical Fitness Association the 2019 MFA Certified Facility of the Year award. The Orland Park Civic Center, which is located in the heart of the Village corridor, offers 3 rental spaces, an Exhibition Room, the Grand Hall and the Jane Barnes Annex. The Civic Center offers affordable community rental opportunities that have provided numerous organizations, residents, community groups and businesses an affordable option for their events.
The recently dedicated History Museum provides residents a glimpse into the past by highlighting the history of Orland Park. The curator offers a series of exhibits, events and has recently received the 2019 Best Practice award from the Illinois Association of Museums; the award represents superior achievement in building site preservation. In addition the Orland Park museum also received an award on behalf of Stellwagon farm from Landmarks Illinois.
The Recreation Department is also responsible for scheduling the Village’s 500 plus acre park system, including Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Centennial Park, the John Humphrey Sports Complex, and the Grinding Edge Skate Park. The John Humphrey Sports Complex encompasses 20 acres of lighted softball and baseball fields, along with concession and restroom facilities.
Centennial Park is a 236 acre site which boasts ball fields and soccer fields that are used by local organizations. State, regional and national tournaments have been hosted at Orland Park’s Centennial Park. In addition, Centennial Park includes a marina, path system, ice rink and sled hill.
The 360,000 square-foot Centennial Park Aquatic Center (CPAC), named the best waterpark in the Chicagoland area by Chicago Magazine, is the area’s foremost water park facility featuring a lazy river, a body flume, a drop slide, tube slides, a platform jump, a zero depth pool with kiddie play structure and lap lanes. CPAC also boasts sand volleyball courts, an on-site concession area and an annual attendance of over 85,000 visitors.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
The Village seeks a confident, proactive, open-minded and collaborative professional with several years of progressive experience managing a similar organization who will partner with existing staff to achieve our goals. As such, he/she will have the following:
A passion for excellence. The successful candidate will be someone who does not settle for the status quo and is always looking for ways to transform results from ordinary to extraordinary.
Excellent communication skills. The Recreation Director will present ideas, information, and concepts to elected officials, management, staff, and the community. As such, the successful candidate must be able to speak and write with excellence. He/she will be able to explain his or her vision for their department and the Village as a whole with both precision and clarity, while inspiring others.
Financial savvy. Orland Park is in a strong financial position because it manages its money wisely. The Village seeks a director who can distinguish between what is necessary and prudent, and what is not. In other words, the Village wants maximum yield on its investment, and the Village expects the successful candidate to manage the budget with diligence and care.
An assertive, team focused, and hands on professional with a strong ability to multitask will best serve as the next Recreation Director for the Village of Orland Park’s Recreation Department. The position requires a minimum of at least ten (10) years of related experience, preferably in a community of comparable complexity along with several years of progressive experience managing a Recreation Department or similar organization. A Bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks administration, public/business administration or related field is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly preferred. Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification designation is required, Certified Pool and Spa Operator is strongly preferred. Strong budgeting, fiscal management, solid judgment, supportive and motivating leadership style and partnership oriented attitude are additional qualities that will make for a successful Director in the Village of Orland Park.
Selected candidate will share a dedication and commitment to the Village of Orland Park’s employee values which include; integrity, communication, teamwork, professionalism and quality of life.
Compensation & Benefits The salary for this position is +/- $130,000 depending on qualifications. The Village of Orland Park offers a comprehensive employee benefits program which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and an employee wellness program. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are provided along with the option to participate in a 457(b) plan with options through Nationwide, ICMA-RC, Mass Mutual, or AXA Advisors are also available. The Village of Orland Park also provides for paid vacation, personal, sick days, and holidays.
Apply at www.orlandpark.org/jobs
While residency is not a requirement, it is encouraged for Director level positions. Relocation assistance (up to $10,000) is negotiable for the hired candidate moving to incorporated Orland Park within six (6) months of hire.
The recruitment for this position will remain open until the position is filled, with first reviews scheduled to begin in mid to late February 2020.
Do you enjoy working outside? Are you passionate about plants? Come work with the Naperville Park District as a Park Specialist I. You will perform a variety of duties in the areas of planting, watering, mulching, and weeding.
Benefits: Health insurance. Vacation, personal, and sick days. Recreation program discounts.
Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday 7:00am - 3:00pm
Salary: $19.25/hr + DOQ
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Perform horticulture maintenance tasks such as maintaining trees, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, fertilizing, seeding and sodding. Act as crew leader to assigned staff and volunteers by orienting and training. Coach and develop staff on an on-going basis. Organize and direct multiple projects, labor and equipment needs. Clean and maintain parks through litter pickup, recycling activities, daily operations of splash pad systems and conduct property inspections for signs of wear, damage and vandalism. Perform various maintenance operations to park grounds including but not limited to controlled prairie and woodland burns, hardscape and pond maintenance. Support special event set up, tear down and maintenance during the event.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the methods and of forestry, turf, and horticulture development and maintenance. Demonstrate abilities to apply fertilizers and pesticides at manufacturer’s application rates.
Special Considerations: This position is subject to a post offer physical.
ABOUT US: The Crystal Lake Park District is largest park district in McHenry County. The district owns and manages over 1,400 acres of land spread among 43 sites. There are 58,000 residents living in the park district boundaries, including all of Crystal Lake and Lakewood, a portion of Lake in the Hills and some unincorporated areas. The park district has 13 buildings for programming, 21 playgrounds, 2 splash pads, 15 tennis courts and 14 basketball courts.
JOB SUMMARY: The Manager of Recreation Program Services will assist the Superintendent of Recreation Program and Facility Services in the development, planning, organizing, promoting, implementing and supervising of Park District programs. The program areas include early childhood, aquatics, cultural arts and special events, youth and teen programming, fitness and active adults. The Manager of Recreation Program Services is directly responsible for the direction and supervision of the full and part-time employees who perform services in connection with all general recreation programming and aquatics.
QUALIFICATIONS: The best applicants will have a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and park administration, leisure studies or related field. Master’s degree in recreation or leisure studies or related field is preferred. Minimum of four years of management/supervisory experience in a recreation agency. Possess a thorough knowledge of the theory and philosophy of recreation and park management and the ability to interpret this philosophy to others. Knowledge of the principles of leisure programs leadership and knowledge of leisure program developmental principles. A sound background in financial management and budgetary techniques as well as knowledge of personnel management practices is mandatory.
SCHEDULING AND PAY: This is a full-time, exempt position. Scheduling is generally Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Some weekends and evenings are required. Target hiring range is $74,000 - 92,500, based on qualifications.
BENEFITS WE OFFER:
• Medical Coverage
• Dental Coverage • Vision Coverage • Telehealth Coverage • Group Life Insurance • Life Insurance (Basic and Additional Voluntary • AFLAC Indemnity Plans • Colonial Life Indemnity Plans
• Participation in IMRF (Retirement, Disability, Life) • Nationwide Retirement Solutions 457 Plan • Paid Holidays • Vacation Days • Sick Days • Personal Days • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) • Tuition Reimbursement
TO APPLY: Please visit us at www.crystallakeparks.org – go to “join us” then “Job & Volunteer Opportunities” to complete an online job application.
This position will be open until filled. The Crystal Lake Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities as a partnership of 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, summer day camps and inclusion in park district programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities.
Job Purpose: To support the inclusion process for individuals with disabilities participating in recreation and leisure programs and services within the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) 17 member districts, in cooperation with three Inclusion Coordinators, the Manager of Inclusion Services, the member district staff, the participants and parents/guardians. To assist the Manager of Inclusion with in-service training for member district staff and NWSRA staff regarding inclusion and ADA. To recruit, hire, oversee and manage the inclusion staff. To assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate recreation and leisure programs for children and adults with disabilities. Represent NWSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone.
Summary of Duties: Demonstrate an understanding of the inclusion process and work closely with the inclusion team to support individuals with disabilities in the least restrictive environment and the most inclusive setting. Responsible for all the inclusion services for the assigned member districts including before and after school care, preschool, weekly programs, special events, trips and summer day camp. Responsible for responding to inclusion requests, observation of programs, recruiting, hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating inclusion staff, interpreters and volunteers. Conduct weekly inclusion site visits at the assigned member districts. Complete observations, assessments and follow up with the necessary paperwork, phone calls, and debriefing after each observation. Provide training of inclusion staff with the inclusion placements in assigned member districts. Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot and address behaviors, programming issues, and concerns regarding the inclusion placement and the inclusion process. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate behavior plans and inclusion plans based on Participant Care Guidelines.
Qualifications: Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study. Must have knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director. Must have a minimum of two years of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities.
To apply complete online Application at www.nwsra.org/jobs. Must attach current resume. Position is open until March 1.
The City of Bloomington is seeking a Recreation Program Manager for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. The Recreation Program Manager facilitates sports and fitness recreation programming and some department-wide special events. This position supervises seasonal employees, contractual employees, volunteers and interns while managing programs at City facilities, public and private school facilities and parks. This position also helps track and coordinate field and court usage and reservations for City facilities with local clubs, organizations and schools, and may also serve on sports and wellness committees.
The Recreation Program Manager is responsible for providing customer service to the public, other departments, employees, and contractors related to functions of this position.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Park and Recreation Management, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Kinesiology, or Health & Fitness with 3 years of supervisory experience preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
Certificates and Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. Certified Parks & Recreation Professional (CPRP) and CPR/First Aid preferred.