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 $161,000 - $233,450 DOQ

The Winnetka Board of Park Commissioners is seeking to hire an Executive Director with well-rounded experience in parks, beaches, recreation programming, facility management, and working with a board of commissioners. The ideal candidate must have a proven record of being a strong, collaborative leader who is able to combine vision, strategy, and innovation in the oversight of the Winnetka Park District. The ideal candidate also will be a decisive, community-engaged leader with the ability to establish and maintain trusting relationships with staff, board members, community leaders and the community at large. 

The Winnetka Park District is a separate governmental entity and serves approximately 14,500 residents. The community covers 4.8 miles in Northern Cook County adjacent to Lake Michigan, approximately 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. A board of seven elected Park Board commissioners sets policy and conducts the official business of the District. The Executive Director, who is hired by the Board, manages the day-to-day operations of the District and oversees a staff of approximately 30 full-time, 47 part-time, and 230 seasonal employees. Each year, the District offers more than 1,200 programs and special events for everyone to enjoy. The District also offers 26 parks, 5 beaches, and 4 facilities and has an annual operating budget of more than $12,000,000. The Park District is a member of the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) and works collaboratively to provide recreational activities for residents with special needs. 

The successful candidate will:  
● Have a commitment to the preservation and protection of parks and open space, the maintenance and continuous improvement of the park district facilities, programs, and special events. 
● Be experienced in the principles of good governance and working collaboratively to build consensus among board members. 
● Be a well-respected collaborative leader able to effectively engage with a highly talented team of employees, commissioners, agency partners, the school district, and the Village of Winnetka. 
● Possess a clear vision and goals for the agency’s future and communicate that vision clearly and effectively to staff and all sectors of the community. 
● Have strong planning, project management, and facility renovation experience.  
● Possess the financial skills and experience to support and lead the District’s fiscal future. 
● Possess well-developed oral and written communication skills; comfortable with public speaking and making presentations. 
● Be supportive of the employees’ ongoing development and quickly identify what motivates each employee to succeed. 
● Demonstrate the ability to build a strong, cohesive, and highly motivated team and rally support around a common goal. 
● Be a transformative leader, a conductor/connector who solicits input, makes sound recommendations or decisions, acts confidently and decisively. 
● Have a proven track record of connecting with stakeholders and working innovatively to deliver the parks, programs and services desired by the community. 
● Be present, approachable, a good listener and open-minded with community members, board members, and staff. 
● Be a person who leads and motivates by personal example, encouraging high standards of performance, productivity, accountability and ethical conduct from self and all staff. 
● Participate and engage in various District and community events and programs. 

Experience and Education:  

● Must have experience leading an organization of similar complexity and have a broad range of experience with the diverse types of community-based recreation services, programs, and facilities that the Winnetka Park District offers. 
● Should have at least 10 years of progressive management and operational experience at a parks and recreation agency, park district, municipal department, or related field with experience overseeing the management of a large team of employees. 5 years of experience as a Director reporting to an elected board is preferred. 
● Graduate from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Leisure Studies, Facility Management, Public Administration, Business, Finance, or a related field; Master’s degree is a plus. 
● Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) designation is preferred. 

The starting salary range for this position is $161,000 - $233,450. The actual salary will be determined by the selected candidate’s qualifications and commensurate experience. Additionally, the Winnetka Park District offers an extensive benefit plan, including a defined benefit pension plan, competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance, 457 savings plan, car allowance, flexible spending plan, and a variety of other recreational benefits. 

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by Friday, October 6, 2023. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Joe DeLuce or Chuck Balling, Vice Presidents, and Executive  Recruiters, GovHR USA. TEL: 847-380-3240 Ext.130  

The Winnetka Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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 Winnetka Park District


Joe DeLuce or Chuck Balling
847-380-3240 Ext.130

 Closing Date

October 06, 2023

 32,000 - 38,000


To be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of services to participants and employees with disabilities and the provision of special recreation programs and services for McDonough County year round.


A Bachelor's degree in Parks & Recreation or Bachelor's degree in a related field combined with four years of progressive experience in leading and supervising special recreation programs. Qualified candidates must also have a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) certification or ability to complete and pass the certification exam within one year of employment.


To organize a work schedule as to who will be working which events to the extent that they designate who is to be the Program Leaders and who will be the Program Assistant for different events throughout the season schedule.

To create, develop, plan, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate a full spectrum of the special recreation programs that offer a balance in the physical, social, cognitive, and affective domains.

To select, train, coach, and evaluate the Program Leader, the Program Assistants, and the Volunteer Program Assistants, and all of the participants.

To provide quality customer service to all patrons, guests, and other district employees.

To actively seek and develop creative approaches to inclusive recreation.

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 Macomb Park District


Rachel Lenz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $61,049 - $72,000

ABOUT US: The Des Plaines Park District, established in 1919, features more than 50 parks and facilities. As an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency, we service a culturally diverse and growing community with hundreds of affordable recreational and educational programs, classes, and events for kids, teens, adults, and families each season. "Enriching Lives Everyday" is our vision and our constant goal. 

Job Title: Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
Grade: 9   - $61,049 - $72,000
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Department: Parks

Reports to: Superintendent of Parks & Planning
Supervises: Full Time Landscape I, Landscape II , Assistant Landscape Supervisor, Seasonal/Part-Time Grounds Maintenance Workers

BASIC FUNCTION: The Landscape Maintenance, with the assistance of the Assistant Landscape Supervisor, is directly responsible for the coordination and supervision of landscape, forestry and horticultural related maintenance operations to provide safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds. In addition this position oversees all sports field maintenance and inspections.

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 7:00-3:30pm

  1. Maintain the daily grounds maintenance operations for the district.
  2. Oversee the high production mowing of approximately 330 acres of land.
  3. Plan, coordinates and implements the horticultural program for turf, ornamentals and landscaped beds.
  4. Plan, develops and coordinates maintenance schedules, landscape improvements and renovations.
  5. Oversee hiring, staff schedules, daily direction and evaluations for assigned staff.
  6. Plans and oversees budget.
  7. Oversee the seasonal preparations of sports field’s district wide including seasonal irrigation start up and shut down.
  8. Oversee staff in charge of daily maintenance operations of Mountain View Mine including course preparations, custodial cleaning and pond maintenance.
  9. Coordinate the design of all planting beds.
  10. Coordinate with the Recreation Department by overseeing the daily requirements for sports field use.
  11. Operate trade specific equipment such as; skid steer, boom lift, back hoe, z-turn mower, and snow plow.
  12. Diagnose/identify plant problems and recommends and implements remedies.
  13. Regularly coordinates maintenance activities with other supervisors.
  14. Manage urban forest thru oversight of removals, plantings, pruning and tree inventory management.
  15. Establish standards and procedures for operations.
  16. Complete purchasing of supplies and equipment.
  17. Winter Operations including snow and ice removal and ice rink establishment and maintenance.

  1. Make recommendations and prepares specifications for capital and other improvements as assigned.
  2. Attend training sessions for professional development.
  3. Inform all staff of any changes in policy, procedures or rules handed down by supervisors.
  4. Manage the tree of life program.
  5. Wildlife management throughout parks as assigned.
  6. Supervise storage of landscape related chemicals.
  7. Assist patrons with providing information as requested.
  8. Follow all safety policies and procedures as outlined in the Park District Safety and Crisis Manuals.
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned.
  10. Member of Park District committee(s) as assigned.

Education:   Associates degree or certification program requiring two years of Horticulture or Landscape Architecture studies.
Experience:  Three years to five years related experience with supervisory experience included.

In addition to one or both of the above, candidates must have demonstrated competencies within multiple trade disciplines; landscape design, equipment operation, landscaping, golf course maintenance, forestry, ornamental/tree plantings, natural resource management techniques. Must be able to read and understand blueprints/ construction drawings. Basic computer skills: Outlook, Word and Excel.

Certifications: Pesticide Applicator License: Possess at least one of the following with the ability to obtain the remaining licenses within 12 months of employment: Turf Grass, Ornamentals, Aquatics;
CPR and First Aid Certified-classes available through Park District; Valid Illinois Driver’s License          

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • Life insurance (basic & voluntary additional coverage)
  • IMRF Defined Benefit Pension
  • 457 Defined Contribution Plan
  • Paid Time Off (sick, vacation, and personal)
  • Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account with Employer Contribution (for applicable HDHP)
  • Park District Facility & Program Discounts

**To apply, please visit**

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 Des Plaines Park District


Nicole Dale

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $47,858 - $59,822 DOQ

Established in 1954, Mundelein Park & Recreation District has 34 park sites offering over 735 acres of open space, playgrounds, ballfields, lakes and trails. We offer over 650 seasonal programs, including: dance, youth sports, tennis, karate, golf, gymnastics, adult and youth leagues, swim instruction, art, fitness and wellness, culinary, adult day trips, science classes, and day camps. In addition, we host over 20 annual events, many free to the public.

Position Type: Full-Time/Non-Exempt  Posting Closing Date: Until Filled    
Starting Salary: $47,858-$59,822 DOQ
Benefits: IMRF Pension, PTO & District Discounts, Health, Dental & Vision Insurance, Group Life Insurance
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Under the direction and supervision of the Human Resources Manager, the Human Resources Generalist is responsible for the administration of the human resources functions of the District.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to, personnel policy development and compliance, benefits administration, employee recruitment and processing, training, and development of staff. Other duties include but are not limited to; assisting with staff wellness and recognition programs, job description review and development, performance management, compensation and other special projects, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications– Education, Experience and Training

Self-motivated, intuitive, and energetic personality with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a related field is preferred or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 3-5 years of human resources experience is preferred.  Experience and understanding of employment law, compliance initiatives, and human resources best practices relating to recruiting, benefits administration, training, and development, compensation, etc. Excellent customer service skills with strong communication skills in both verbal and written formats. Proficient in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) with aptitude to learn other systems/software. Possess attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task. CPR, First Aid, and AED Certification required within 90 days of employment.  Valid State of Illinois driver’s license.  

Duties and Responsibilities
Administration of day-to-day operations and duties of the human resources functions.
Gain knowledge and understanding of Park District policies and procedures and see that they are adhered to at all times.
Process background checks, pre-employment physicals, and other aspects of the employment and onboarding process.
Maintains accurate and up-to-date personnel files, records, documentation, and HR related software.
Performs periodic audits of HR files and records to ensure that all required documents are collected and filed appropriately.
Assist with ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local personnel related laws and requirements, including DOL, EEOC, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, FMLA, and ACA.
Process documentation and prepare reports relating to personnel activities (staffing, recruitment, training, grievances, performance evaluations, etc.).
Maintain the applicant tracking system including job postings, IPRA postings, and assist hiring supervisors as needed with applicant interview phone screens.
Assist in administering the employment benefits programs, including PlanSource benefits, and conduct benefits meetings with all PT-20 and up new hires.
Assist in coordinating HR projects (meetings, trainings, surveys, etc.).
Assist in managing the employee performance evaluation process.
Assist with advising supervisors and management on performance concerns, review corrective action documentation, and participate in investigations when needed.
Assist in managing employee programs including but not limited to the Fun & Wellness Committee, recognition, employee gifts, District Wellness Program, and PDRMA Wellness Program.
Respond to inquiries and proactively communicate information regarding policies, procedures, benefits, and employee programs in a timely and professional manner.
Participate in professional committees, conferences, workshops, and classes to improve job knowledge and management skills including attendance at the IPRA annual conference.
Maintain mandated federal and state labor law and OSHA postings at all park district facilities. Conduct new hire onboarding, new hire orientations, and training as needed and assigned.
Assist with conducting off boarding tasks and processes as needed including exit interviews. Assist in planning and execution of special events such as benefits enrollment, organization-wide meetings, employee recognition events, holiday parties, and retirement celebrations.
Assist with developing, updating, and maintaining employee job titles, job descriptions, classifications, wage ranges, etc. for all park district employees.
Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions.
Investigate and suggest improvements for processes and procedures to support the District’s human resource functions.
Ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act including annual reporting and enrollment of employees as needed.
Assist with planning and implementation of annual open enrollment benefit programs and processes.
Conduct self-according to the policies and procedures as established by the park district.
Provide clerical and administrative support to HR Manager as needed.
Document procedures and instructions regarding functions and tasks of importance.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

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 Mundelein Park & Recreation Dist.


Sarah Bannon

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $80,000 - $85,000

General Statement of Position:  
Plan, supervises, and coordinates the operation and maintenance of District parks and recreation facilities.
Completion of an associate degree in park maintenance, horticulture, or landscape architecture with a minimum of three years landscape maintenance experience; or any combination of relevant education which provide the following: Experience with practical and technical aspects of grounds and building maintenance including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and organizational skills. Ability to prioritize. Must have a valid State of Illinois driver’s license.
Representative Essential Job Functions:
  • Creates and manages the vision, mission, goals, and strategic plan for the Park Services Division to align and support the mission, vision, strategic priorities, and needs of the organization.
  • Develops and implements the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the District. Identifies and implements priorities for capital purchases, improvements, and planned major maintenance. Develops, maintains, and implements a long-range plan for asset acquisition, development, alterations, and planned major maintenance.
  • Plans and directs the implementation of a comprehensive maintenance and facility operations program and total asset management for all District physical assets, including but not limited to parks, properties, athletic fields and courts, structures, equipment, facilities, infrastructure, and equipment.
  • Oversees the creation, implementation, and maintenance of long-range planning documents.
  • Directs capital improvements and the perpetual maintenance and operations of the District’s parks, properties, and open spaces in a manner that supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the District.
  • Oversees the reporting requirements of grants, as well as volunteer and related stewardship programs.
  • Develops, implements, and manages annual capital and operating budgets with support from staff.
  • Directs and oversees implementation of the Division work plan, assigned work, activities, and projects.
  • Recommends, develops, and maintains Division policies and procedures.
  • Coaches, mentors, and trains direct report staff in support of District goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Provides continuous performance management and conducts employee performance evaluations. Addresses performance and/or behavior issues, clarifying expectations and providing feedback.
  • Creates a culture where information sharing, team-based resolutions, cross-training, and process improvements are encouraged, and staff are held accountable for goal achievement and results.
  • Works with Division staff to proactively identify opportunities to improve systems, processes, and services.
  • Prioritizes and organizes work plans based on objectives and desired outcomes. Collaborates and shares responsibility for decisions and monitors progress toward goals by establishing strong feedback channels.
  • Creates and maintains an inclusive work environment that respects diverse ideas, backgrounds, and styles. Creates, drives, and maintains an employee engagement culture.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
To apply please send cover letter and resume to

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 Channahon Park District


Mike Leonard

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled