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 $45,655 - $54,781

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JOB SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Digital Marketing Manager is responsible for the management and administration of Elk Grove Park District websites, social media and digital platforms.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Administration, monitoring and maintenance of organizational digital marketing channels including: websites, content management systems, social media, intranet, advertising, signage and displays. Analyze, interpret and report analytics for marketing strategies and content optimization for web and social media platforms. Provide recommendations for digital marketing strategies, development plans, digital marketing program concepts, and advertising. Execution and analysis based on organizational objectives, brands and best practices. Manage short and long term digital strategies and execution of website redesigns, SEO, SEM, social media, displays and digital creative management of all owned programs and facilities. Plan and create written and visual content for Park District brands for use on digital platforms. Manage content and updates for the Mobile App for the Park District. Effectively communicate and train staff on CMS, social media and digital concepts to enhance communication between customers and the agency. Evaluate and manage external digital marketing resources including agencies, developers and other third-party partnerships. Act as social community liaison for organization and provide customer service to consumers through web based interactions and social media. Assist with e-mail automation, PR and media activities, sales collateral and advertising. Attend ongoing webinars, trainings and conferences to keep updated on the latest trends in digital marketing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Google Suite. Proficient in both Windows operating systems. Possess a solid understanding of responsive design, social media, SEO, SEM and internet marketing strategies. Ability to work independently or in a team based environment. Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees. Ability to maintain a positive image and relationships with the community and third party partners. Skill in coordinating numerous projects and working with multiple deadlines.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing or closely related field: or a combination of three to five years of work and educational experience using Adobe Creative Suite and Google Suite. Two or more years experience in web design/development and marketing. Experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Responsive Design and CMS systems a plus. Experience with web technologies including Dreamweaver, and WordPress.

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 Elk Grove Park District


Christy King

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $45,540-$68,310 DOQ

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Position Summary:

The Bourbonnais Township Park District seeks an innovative and detail-oriented professional to become its next Community Outreach and Marketing Director. The position will prioritize, plan coordinate, implement, and evaluate offering of district wide special events and will coordinate district wide marketing efforts and the outputs of park district news and information. Other duties will include, but are not limited to updating and overseeing the website, public relations including press releases, preparing the marketing and events budget and other duties as assigned.

This position requires working nights, weekends and holidays as needed to carry out the essential functions job successfully. In addition, the Community Outreach and Marketing Director shall perform duties in volunteer recruitment, personnel supervision, budgeting, purchasing and customer relations as it relates to the specific areas of responsibility.

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The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with course work in Business Administration, Recreation or Leisure Studies, Event Planning or Hospitality.

Compensation and Benefits:

The hiring salary range is $45,540-$68,310 starting salary is DOQ. The District offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance and membership in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The package also includes paid vacation, personal days, holidays, and sick leave.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by email to with a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

First review of candidates will begin on June 21, 2021. The position will be open until it is filled.

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 Bourbonnais Township Park District


Hollice Clark

 Closing Date

June 23, 2021

 $48,500 - $54,500, DOQ (dependent on qualifications)

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JOB SUMMARY: The Manager of Communication is responsible for the overall marketing and branding functions of the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) and the NISRA Foundation, including the development and management of integrated marketing plans, all Association-wide communications, and all public relations activities. In addition, this position coordinates Information Technology (IT) support through a contractual service. This is an at-will position. Additional duties include: Implement strategies to achieve the Association’s Mission, Vision, and Values through marketing and brand management. Coordinate and manage the development, production, and distribution of three seasonal program catalogs, summer camp brochure, and Annual Report. Assist with promotion and fundraising event support for the NISRA Foundation. Maintain the NISRA/NISRA Foundation website including writing, editing, posting and maintenance of information. Maintain the Association’s social media platforms. Prepare marketing materials (e-newsletters, brochures, calendars, flyers). Establish and oversee project timelines and adhere to their associated deadlines. Write and submit press releases to the appropriate media contacts. Prepare information for, and attend Association and other community events. Provide content for, and maintain positive relationships with NISRA’s 13 member districts and other community organizations. Photograph programs and events, and maintain photo library. Develop and monitor marketing, printing and IT budgets. Coordinate IT technical support and procurement of hardware and software needs. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university, with at least three (3) years of experience in Marketing, Communications, or Graphic Design. Experience and knowledge of special recreation associations, park districts, local government, community organizations, and other social agencies strongly preferred. Must possess advanced knowledge and ability to use WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (In Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop) or comparable software. Videography and editing skills desirable. Ability to meet deadlines, work independently, and strong attention to detail is crucial. Professional Certification—or willingness to obtain it—is desired. Must have a valid Driver’s License and able to provide own transportation.

SCHEDULE & PAY: This is a full-time, exempt position. Forty hours per week plus evenings and weekends as required. Target hiring range is $48,500 - $54,500, DOQ (dependent on qualifications).

BENEFITS OFFERED: In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefit package: Medical & Prescription Coverage, Dental & Vision Coverage, Short & Long-Term Disability, Paid Holidays & Vacation Time, Life Insurance (basic & voluntary), 457 Defined Contribution Plan, Pension Defined Contribution Plan (IMRF), Flexible Spending Accounts, Facility Discounts & Usage Benefits.

Please include Cover Letter and Resume (Open until filled) The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)


James Wiseman

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $58,000/yr + Depending on Qualifications

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Salary: $58,000+ Depending on qualifications Location: Cole Administrative Center Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a closely related field with five to seven years’ experience in a related field is required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have excellent organizational and project management skills and exhibit strong attention to detail. Leadership with strong facilitation/presentation skills required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, Premiere Pro) and Microsoft Office in PC environment is required. Web design experience considered an asset. Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and be able to provide own transportation.

Duties: Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Marketing & Digital Communications manager is a catalyst for the creation of content, marketing plans and digital initiatives for the District. This includes websites, social media, e-mail automation, PR and media activities, sales collateral and advertising. This position will be responsible for developing analytics and measurables around marketing efforts. Specific duties include maintenance of websites, social media content development, SEO and keyword plans, district-wide facility messaging, and e-mail campaigns. Utilize public relations techniques to elevate District profile with internal and external constituents. Assist in the creation of marketing plans for daily fee and revenue facilities. Collaborate on graphic design and print production. Provide a professional marketing presence and promote the district at select events.

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 Fox Valley Park District


Lisa Santoria

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $45,425 – $69,000

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Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, the Graphic Design & Brand Specialist is responsible for the timely completion of marketing and public relations projects for all operations of the District. This highly creative position is responsible for all aspects of design and production of print, digital and video communication and advertising materials to meet specific District goals and objectives. This is a Marketing Department, full-time position with a normal work week of a minimum of 40 hours. Position expected to work nights or weekends on occasion.


• Experience - A minimum of five years of related video, graphic design, marketing experience. Graphic design experience in a related position with a recreation, sports or fitness organization preferred.

• Education - Bachelor's degree in Graphics Design with outstanding skills in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, photography and video creation. Requires a highly organized and detail oriented professional with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

• Skills - A high level of desktop publishing, graphic design, and print production knowledge required. Familiarity with basic HTML and proficiency with Joomla, WordPress and/or current web content management systems. Moderate proficiency with video editing software including Adobe Premiere Pro or like software. Must be competent in the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Thorough knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office including a strong use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Must have or quickly possess a basic understanding of District’s registration software (RecTrac) for gathering marketing data for use in promoting registration or in the production of the District’s seasonal brochure. Experience in managing social media and digital advertising required. Experience using a digital camera and manipulating files for use in various formats required. Candidate must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must possess significant experience with project coordination and management with careful attention to details and deadlines.

• Certifications – Must have a valid driver’s license. First-Aid, CPR, and AED certifications are required within 90 days and must be maintained.

• Competencies - The Graphic Design and Brand Specialist is innovative and a self-starter. This position must possess a thorough understanding of marketing and advertising principles as they apply to major programming areas including fitness, preschool, aquatics, special events, athletics, general park district programs and parks and recreational trends. Ability to stay abreast of the latest marketing trends and tactics especially as they relate to major program areas. A high level of accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments. Ability to exercise considerable initiative, ingenuity and independent judgment in the performance of work assignments.


  1. Familiar with the scope of service provided by parks and recreation services organization.

  2. Ensures that marketing materials are targeted to the right consumer, with the right message at the right time. Individual should actively apply advertising, communication, marketing and public relations strategies and tactics to current efforts, adapt efforts and generate new efforts for the benefit of the Park District.

  3. Displays original thinking and creativity. Meets challenges with resourcefulness. Generates suggestions for improving work. Develops innovative approaches and ideas. Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

  4. Assists in collaboration and counsel to internal clients across multiple departments to develop and produce advertising, promotional collateral and other materials to increase business and customer retention.

  5. Position responsibilities fall into three broad categories: Graphic Design, Video Design and Digital Content and General Support.

  6. Graphic Design – Includes art direction, layouts and final production of assigned materials (i.e. flyers, banners, direct mail, park district seasonal brochures, signs, forms, logos, newsletters, publications, videos, animations, advertisements) using supplied graphic software (Adobe Cloud).

  7. Responsible for continuously updating and improvement of the seasonal brochure including specifications, bid process and final product. Proposes new ideas related to the seasonal brochure to the Director of Marketing and Community Relations.

  8. Manage quality, content, design and public image of all projects and products including the district's logo(s) use.

  9. Research and keep abreast of trends in the design industry, including new design techniques, software and hardware tools and make recommendations for incorporating techniques and tools needed to accomplish projects in the most efficient and impactful manner.

  10. Video Design and Digital Content - Assists in the planning, management and organization of video and graphic content for use online. Creates and coordinates photographs, images, video content, and tables.

  11. Generates video/digital content for the website, social media and other platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, Blogger, electronic signboards, apps, WebTrac, YouTube, Single Platform, Instagram).

  12. Other- Manage vendor RFP's and bidding process for large communications purchases (printing) as well as obtaining quotes and managing external vendors for all other print projects.

  13. Assists with the hiring and supervision of freelance designers, photographers and videographers.

  14. Operates audio visual equipment such as, but not limited to cameras, camcorders, and videotape recorders/players as assigned. Assists with the maintenance of digital equipment with the assistance of technology staff as needed.

  15. Archives all working and finished files in the M drive in an organized and comprehensive manner.

  16. Ability to read analyze and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, business correspondence, procedure manuals, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.

  17. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Listens and gets clarification.

  18. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar. Varies writing style to meet needs. Presents numerical data effectively.

  19. Demonstrates group presentation skills. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  20. Understands business implications of decisions. Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals. Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures. Conserves organizational resources.

  21. Treats people with respect. Keeps commitments. Inspires the trust of others. Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational SOFFI values.

  22. Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.

  23. Generates a monthly report of accomplishments for use in the Marketing Department Board Report.

  24. Works closely with Public Relations and Sponsorship Specialist and Marketing Assistant to complete assignments including the need for copy, print tasks, and the like.

  25. Attend events as needed.

  26. All other duties as assigned.


  1. Identifies and attends approved trainings and seminars to advance skills and stay abreast of new marketing trends.

  2. Serve on internal committees as assigned.

  3. Assist the Director of Marketing and Community Relations with administrative duties, as needed.

  4. Assist the Executive Director in the absence of the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, as assigned.


The physical demands of this position are minimal. Most of your job will be at a desk or on site for program or event delivery. Occasionally movement of supplies, equipment, or uniforms is necessary in which case the maximum weight that you are expected to be able to lift is 25 lbs., though typically it will be less than this. Some bending, twisting, and kneeling may be necessary at your desk or in support of marketing supply deliveries or promotional set-ups.


Hours: Full-time, salaried position

Compensation: Salary range is $45,425 – $69,000. Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Includes an excellent benefit package.

Contact: Jennifer Gilbert, Director of Marketing 4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031 Phone: 847-599-5498 Email:

Closing Date: Open until filled

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The Gurnee Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Gurnee Park District


Jennifer Gilbert

 Closing Date

June 15, 2021