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 $61,500 to $75,000

Recreation Manager Area of Concentration: Programs (Full-Time, Exempt)

At NSSRA, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to play. Formed in 1970 with that goal in mind, we were the first Special Recreation Association in the country, offering programs and services for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. We are similar to a park district; however, we only serve residents in our partner communities with special needs.

Over fifty years later, we serve approximately 1,800 individuals throughout the year in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We’re all about creating an environment of belonging through play, and we want you to be a part of our team!

ABOUT THE JOB Members of Team NSSRA are dedicated individuals with enthusiasm and initiative. The Recreation Manager is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluation of full-time Recreation Specialists, part-time leaders, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers.


•Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate full-time Recreation Specialists, part-time leaders, part-time seasonal staff, and volunteers

•Oversee the provision of innovative and safe youth programs and adult programs through the supervision of Recreation Specialists

•Participate in the planning and implementation of assigned special events and attend all-staff events

•Represent NSSRA through attendance at community meetings and functions, and address schools, parents, participants, partner agencies and other social service groups, to promote NSSRA programs, services, and employment

•Assist the Superintendent in evaluating the effectiveness of assigned programs and services provided by NSSRA, and NSSRA policies and procedures for those services

•Participate in planning and maintenance of the annual budget, development of methods or materials for the evaluation of programs, and agency meetings which affect all employees and functions

•Conduct performance reviews of assigned staff on an annual basis or as needed

•Coordinate outreach to prospective NSSRA participants and conduct intake interviews of new participants, sharing information with the appropriate members of the Recreation staff

•Oversee the volunteer program

•Supervise individuals by utilizing behavior management, transferring and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of individuals with disabilities

•Oversee the development and implementation of participant plans

•Drive agency vehicles and transport program participants, as required, and assist in care and maintenance of NSSRA vehicle as required


• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, recreation administration, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field.

• Minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience in therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation, special education, adaptive physical education, or a related field.

• Demonstrable knowledge of disabilities and the recreational needs of persons with disabilities without exclusion.

• Enthusiasm, organizational skill, and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, seasonal staff, full-time staff, teachers, parents, and community contacts.

• Knowledge of current standards of professional practice and ability to apply these standards to daily work.

• Certification or acquiring certification within one year of hire, by the Crisis Prevention Institute is required.

• NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification on the state level is strongly preferred.

• A valid Illinois Driver’s License and personal transportation to accomplish position responsibilities.


This is a full-time, year-round position that requires evening and weekend work. Salary is $61,500 to $75,000 a year, dependent on qualifications.


NSSRA offers a generous benefit package which includes medical, prescription and dental coverage, vision reimbursement, life insurance, pension plan, and paid time off.


Complete an online application at to schedule an interview.

The position is open until 12/04/2022. Please apply early as recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately.

NSSRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association


 Closing Date

December 04, 2022

 23.00 - $25.00 Hourly

Our District is seeking an individual to perform routine maintenance and technical work at various locations across the District. The main focus will concentrate on general maintenance of our swimming pools and other District buildings. Duties may also include facility cleanliness. Selected individual will contribute to the overall appearance and quality of our facilities. Responsibilities may include: water chemistry, pool filtration equipment, general carpentry, heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, masonry, painting and cleaning. Will also repair/replace and perform preventative maintenance on equipment, perform snow removal and maintain operational reports. Position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73.

Qualifications: A minimum of three years of related experience preferably in with facility and pool maintenance required. Additional qualifications that are helpful but not required: Certified Pool/Spa Operator, three to four years of occupational specific training in facility maintenance and a strong knowledge of the standard practices of pool mechanical operation and water chemistry

Availability: 5 days a week, will be either Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday, 40 hours per week typical shift 5am – 1:30pm during pool season (Memorial Day thru Labor Day) and 7am - 3:30pm the rest of the year. Due to the nature of this position it is sometimes necessary to amend work hours to include evenings or additional days during the week.

Benefits: We offer a generous health plan effective the first day of employment in addition to many other benefits including a pension through IMRF.

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 Park Ridge Park District


Oscar Salgado

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $53,297-$69,286 DOQ

Title: Recreation Supervisor – Aquatics & Operations Department: Recreation Hiring Range: $53,297-$69,286 DOQ Benefits: Full-time, non-union benefits Closing Date: Open until filled

Description of Primary Purpose: The Recreation Supervisor reports to the Recreation Manager with specific responsibilities such as a variety of recreation supervisory functions, with emphasis placed on the management of the aquatic operations for the Village’s two outdoor swimming pools. This position also oversees various programming areas within the Recreation Department, including employee safety training, Department facility safety compliance, special events, management of marketing and social media accounts for the Department, community outreach safety classes, oversight of contracted programs, and other general supervision duties within the Department as assigned. This position has administrative duties that will entail weekday afternoon-evening hours and weekend hours to ensure successful operational and programming results.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, business administration, physical/health education or a field related to the work; minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of experience in a lead management role of swimming pool operations and aquatic programs for a park district/municipality, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Required Certificates, License and Registrations: • A valid Illinois Driver’s License • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications within six (6) months of date of employment.

Preferred Certificates, License and Registrations: • Current Jeff Ellis & Associates ILTP Instructor License • Current Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) or Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification or ability to obtain either certification within one (1) year of hire • Designation as Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP)

Physical/Mental Requirements: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in an office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; agility to lead and participate in recreational, sports and cultural activities; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Work is performed in a sports/recreational setting; work is subject to performance under adverse weather conditions.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and four professional references to Applicants must indicate Recreation Supervisor – Aquatics & Operations in the subject line of their e-mail.

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 Village of Libertyville Recreation Department


Jennifer Houtz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Are you a dynamic therapeutic recreation professional looking for a new opportunity for growth? Would you love to expand your horizons with a great team by your side? Then SEASPAR is the place for you!

SEASPAR (the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) is a special recreation association providing year-round recreational programs and services to residents with disabilities in the following communities in Illinois: Brookfield, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Western Springs, Westmont, and Woodridge. SEASPAR offers year-round programming for all ages and all disabilities, including: weekly social, artistic, cultural, and fitness programs; special events and trips; Special Olympics training; adapted sports; multi-sensory rooms; and much more!

SEASPAR is currently seeking an energetic, creative, and flexible candidate for our Recreation Coordinator position, which is responsible for providing support and leadership to our EAGLES Adult Day Program, which serves more than 75 participants at four sites each weekday.


Responsible for the coordination of daily activities for all of SEASPAR’s EAGLES Adult Day Program sites.


Plan, communicate, and evaluate program content for all sites of the EAGLES Adult Day Program. Secure reservations and input details in planning calendar for all EAGLES sites to facilitate lesson plan development.

Develop and organize activities that meet the needs of the EAGLES program participants.

Manage the day-to-day operations of the EAGLES program

Actively instruct recreation programming within the range of twelve to sixteen hours per week. Visit day program sites or fill role of Site Director, Program Leader, Driver, Support Staff, or Inclusion Aide as needed by executing established lesson plans, encouraging participant engagement, and ensuring participant safety.

In collaboration with Site Directors, create and distribute EAGLES newsletters.

Assist in the formulation of the day program annual budget. Monitor all day program site budgets and expenditures within set budget limits. Collect receipts and close out monthly budgets.

In collaboration with the Site Directors and Manager, assist in the day program planning meetings to meet the needs of EAGLES participants.

Actively support SEASPAR’s risk management program.

Prepare and present reports relative to job duties.

Assist with preparation and distribution of SEASPAR brochures and promotional materials. Represent SEASPAR at various public events to support outreach initiative as needed.

Obtain and maintain training and certification in first aid, CPR, Handle with Care, and others related to duties.

Gain certification as an instructor for an industry-specific topic such as first aid, CPR, CPI, or other related topics.

Develop skills and abilities necessary to carry out assigned duties by attendance at meetings, workshops, in-service training opportunities, webinars, conferences, and other development opportunities.

Monitor local, state, and national trends as they relate to SEASPAR functions.

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

Must be able to sit 70% of the workday. Must be able to carry equipment up to 35 lbs. for up to 100 feet, lift equipment/participants up to 50 lbs., and push participants in wheelchairs. Must be able to transfer individuals from wheelchairs to stationary seats, including restroom transfers. Must be able to drive agency vehicles and operate wheelchair lifts and tie-downs. Must have the ability to use telephone, computer, and office equipment and access files in cabinets. Must have mobility to move from one facility to another during the workday. Must have regular and predictable on-site attendance.

Worker Traits

Demonstration of enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, SEASPAR staff, SEASPAR member entity staff, parents/guardians, participants, school personnel, and community groups, as well as members of the general public.

The knowledge of the basic philosophical foundation of recreation and leisure.

The ability to interact effectively with and to plan for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.

The ability when necessary to modify and adapt recreation activities to meet participants’ needs and interests.

The knowledge of the philosophy of inclusion as well as ADA accommodations.

The knowledge of current inclusive practices.

The knowledge of basic supervisory principles.

The knowledge of current employment laws and practices.

The ability to interact and plan effectively with the SEASPAR staff, parents, and staff representing park districts, schools, and other community agencies and organizations.

The knowledge of schools, nursing homes, group homes, hospitals, clinics, agencies, and organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

The knowledge of community facilities available for SEASPAR’s use.

The knowledge and skill in a wide range of recreation interest areas.

The ability to set and evaluate program goals and objectives.

The ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

The ability to be flexible in all aspects of job responsibility.

The ability to observe and accurately report on participant behavior and progress.

The knowledge of and ability to practice emergency first aid and aquatic safety.

The knowledge and demonstration of proper safety measures regarding equipment, supplies, and leadership while conducting programs.

Required Education and Experience

The Recreation Coordinator should be graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, therapeutic recreation, special education, or related field. The Recreation Coordinator must be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), or hold the highest level of certification in their field or attain certification within one year.

Condition of Employment

The Recreation Coordinator must be an Illinois licensed driver, provide and insure their own car, and use their own car for SEASPAR business; pass the pre-placement physical and background check. Must have or must attain CDL within six months of hire.

Location and Schedule

The Recreation Coordinator primarily works at the Darien Sportsplex, located at 451 Plainfield Road in Darien. Frequent travel to program sites is required. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but evening and weekend commitments should be expected.


In exchange for your time and talent, this position offers competitive compensation with a starting salary of $40,000-$46,000 based on experience and qualifications, in addition to medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension plan, medical and dependent flexible spending account, paid time off (including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick), and tuition reimbursement.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.

To apply online, visit the SEASPAR website.

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Dawn Krawiec

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $81,973.00 - $99,143.00

The City of Wentzville is seeking candidates interested in joining our Parks and Recreation team. The City of Wentzville is committed to being an employer of choice, offering prosperous and meaningful career opportunities, excellent benefits, and flexibility. Wentzville is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. Come grow with us!

This position supports our Parks & Recreation Department by directing, managing, supervising, and coordinating the activities and operations of the Recreation Division within the Parks and Recreation Department. The typical duties include planning, organizing, scheduling, coordinating, and directing a variety of community recreation programs, services and activities for various ages, coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Parks and Recreation Services.

The City offers excellent benefits, including health, vision, dental, employer-paid life insurance, long-term disability, a retirement pension, 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, vacation time, sick time, tuition reimbursement, an employee assistance program, a discounted recreation center membership and much more.

This job posting will close on November 27, 2022, or when a sufficient number of qualified applicants are received.

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 City of Wentzville


Lexi Wurth

 Closing Date

November 27, 2022