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Position Title: Recreation Program Manager

Department: Parks & Recreation

Reports To: Superintendent of Recreation

FLSA Status: Exempt

Purpose of Position: The Recreation Program Manager is responsible for development, organization, coordination and administration of the comprehensive general recreation programs and special events. The Recreation Program Manager is responsible for the supervision of all staff, volunteers and independent contractors required to complete the tasks within the recreational programs and special events offered.

Essential Job Functions:

•Develops, promotes, supervises and evaluates a wide range of recreation programs and special events includes Early Childhood, Day Camp, General Youth, Fine Arts, and Adult general programs and trips.

•Adapts recreation programs to meet the needs of the community while maintaining variety, flexibility, diversity and balance.

•Prepare annual goals and objectives relative to your areas of responsibility.

•Develop and prepare a bi-weekly and monthly recreation report to be sent to the Superintendent of Recreation.

•Seek best pricing for equipment or materials for your areas of programming and prepare purchase order to be approved by the Superintendent of Recreation.

•Hire, train and supervise all program staff and volunteers in your area of responsibility.

•Provide direction, leadership and motivation to staff under your supervision. To include conducting and managing the annual or seasonal performance review process.

•Prepare and monitor scheduling and payroll for your staff.

•Prepare the yearly program budget.

•Recommend capital purchases and projects as it relates to your program areas.

•In accordance with the Recreation Assistant prepare press releases, brochure copy, flyers, ads and uses social media to promote upcoming programs and special events.

•Assist front desk with problem solving and registration.

•Provide outstanding customer service, including responding to customer questions and complaints.

•Creates new and innovated programs and events for Parks and Recreation Department.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.

Safety and Risk Management

•Addresses unsafe employee behaviors by approaching, correcting and coaching.

•Enforces safety disciplinary policies and procedures.

•Provides material-handling equipment or staff assistance when lifting and or moving objects 50 lbs. or greater.

•Promotes the use of material-handling equipment or staff assistance, when possible, to reduce lifting and moving injury exposures.

•Attends safety in-service trainings.

•Completes incident/accident report forms and promptly forwards them to the agency Claims Contact.

Supervisory Responsibilities

•Supervises program activities of paid and volunteer recreation personnel, as well as independent contractors.

•Develops, promotes and supervises a wide range of recreation programs.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

•Safety and Security – Use good safety awareness, judgment and follow policies; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment, following manufacturer safety instructions; and follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures.

•Attendance/Punctuality – Demonstrate consistent attendance and on-time arrival.

•Dependability – Follow instructions and respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; and complete tasks on time or notifies appropriate person.

•Planning/Organizing – Prioritize and plan work activities and use time efficiently.

•Judgment – Exhibit sound and appropriate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process; and make timely decisions.

•Professionalism – Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions; and follow through on commitments.

•Problem Solving – Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem-solving situations; and use reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

•Customer Service – Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; and meet commitments.

•Interpersonal Skills – Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; and remain open to others' ideas and tries new things. Must have ability to deal with people and patrons under stressful situations.

•Teamwork – Promote and support work teams; put success of team above own interests; and support everyone's efforts to succeed.

•Oral Communication – Listen and get clarification, and respond well to questions.

•Organizational Support – Follow policies and procedures.

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in recreation, therapeutic recreation or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of one year supervisory experience or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training. CPRP preferred or obtained within one year after hired. Certification in first aid/CPR/AED or have the ability to complete within six (6) months of hiring. Must be well organized, creative, possess a positive attitude, good problem solver, and have the ability to multi-task. Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office and recreation registration software, Rec-Trac is preferred.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

•Exposed to various outside weather conditions including hot temperatures, humidity and cold.

•The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

•Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Palos Heights is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Lauren Koszola

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 $15.00/hour for Junior Coaches (high school or college age coaches) $25.00/hour for Adult Coaches (Over 21 with prior high school/college coaching experience)

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Core Aquatics Swim Coaches are responsible for conducting instructional swim team practices and competitions using drills and practice routines aligned with best practices and safety awareness aimed at increasing swimming skill levels and endurance through skill level-appropriate experiences and grouping. In addition to coaching the swim team, additional coaching responsibilities through our Learn 2 Swim program, Swim Team Prep program, and Masters program are available.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  Train swimmers to compete at age appropriate levels. Work with coaching staff to encourage continued growth, develop techniques, promote health and nutrition, set personal goals, and cultivate teamwork and fun. Maintain a high level of readiness and preparedness in handling any emergency situation. Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service.

QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience on a competitive swim team or coaching a competitive swim team preferred. Strong swimming background required.            Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions. Ability to address complaints and resolve concerns as needed. Ability to teach required skills. Demonstrate promptness and advanced preparation.  First Aid/CPR certification preferred.

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 District 214 Community Education


Christopher Gorcik

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $41,000-$52,000 DOQ

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The Recreation Program Manager is responsible for the administration, organization and management of programs in the Recreation Department with emphasis in Day Camp, Performing and Visual Arts, Youth Athletics, Youth General Interest and Teens. Also must cooperatively work with independent contractors and contracted service providers.

This full-time (non-exempt) position requires an energetic and creative individual who possess outstanding communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Must be able to work varying hours to meet program, special event and facility needs and perform the physical demands of the position. Other required tasks, duties and responsibilities include planning, customer service, public relations, safety & risk management, personnel, financial and facility management. As needed, this position will require driving agency vehicles which includes 14 passenger minibus. A detailed job description is available on request.

As a park district, we prioritize the health and wellness of our employees. In addition to your competitive salary, medical/dental/vision plan, life insurance, and IMRF pension, we provide numerous additional benefits, including: facility and program use benefits, work-life balance, employee assistance program, vacation, PTO, paid holidays and safety days.

Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation or Leisure Services Administration or related field with a minimum of 1 year full time experience in the field. CPR/AED certification and a valid driver’s license are required. Individuals who have achieved Certified Recreation and Park Administration status are preferred.

To apply for this full time position, a cover letter, resume and references must be submitted via mail or email. Emailed resumes should be sent to: with Job Posting in the subject line. Mailed resumes should be sent to the Community Center at the attention of Meghan Tillson.

255 Briargate Road Cary, IL 60013

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Meghan Tillson
(847) 639-6100 x 101

 Closing Date

October 22, 2021


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Job Type: Part-time

Description This position contributes to the creation of a warm and welcoming environment for a diverse community of swimmers and is responsible for teaching swim lessons and assisting with the operation of the learn-to-swim program of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Flying Fish Aquatics Program.

Essential Duties:

Instruction in Learn-To-Swim Program:

Teaches swim lessons daily for all ages and levels Helps instruct community groups that come in for swim lessons Monitors/lifeguards and helps evaluate classes when not instructing Assists in ensuring the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies in the pool area


Responsible for ensuring the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies in the pool area

Other Duties:

Understands and follows all appropriate Illinois and National safety procedures and policies Understands and adheres to all YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as the YWCA employee handbook. Back up/assist other instructors and lifeguards when necessary Other duties as assigned by management

Requirements Skills:

Education: Some High School or equivalent basic skills

Work Experience: Prior work experience not required.


General knowledge of swimming and youth development at many ages and levels – toddlers through pre-teen. Understanding of the program’s educational and swimming philosophy

Preferred Certifications:

American Red Cross Lifeguarding, 1st Aid, CPR

Ability to interact and communicate effectively with clients Attention to detail Cooperative attitude, team player Strong service orientation Tact and discretion Physical Demands:

Thorough understanding and ability to demonstrate various swimming skills and teaching progressions for various ages and levels Regularly required to sit and stand and be in water for lengthy periods of time Occasionally required to push, pull, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds Must be able to perform rescues which may require lifting/helping remove 150 plus pounds out of the water

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 YWCA Evanston/North Shore


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Job Type - Part-time

Job Description:

This position is located in Evanston, Illinois

Swim Coach I contributes to the creation of a warm, welcoming, safe, and respectful environment for a diverse community of swimmers and assists in the development of the swim team of the YWCA Flying Fish Aquatics Program.


On-deck Coaching (80%)

Helps to direct daily practices for various groups swim team groups Attends swim meets regularly Communicates with staff and swimmers at daily practices Assists with monitoring and evaluating swimmers throughout each season Assists Head Coaches as needed

Program Support Duties (15%)

Reviews meet entries and results Tracks swimmer’s attendance and development May be required to communicate with and respond to swimmer inquiries via email, answering voicemail and walk-ins Helps with fundraising efforts and other related duties as assigned Back-up coaching, instructor, or lifeguard staff when necessary
Understands and follows all appropriate Illinois and National safety procedures and policies


Provides and attends staff trainings and participates in agency committees. Pursues professional development
Understands and adheres to all of YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Education: High School Diploma

Experience and/or Training: At least two years as an aquatic’s instructor or coach

Licenses/Certificates: Valid driver’s license, auto insurance


Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Reliable access to a personal automobile to attend local and regional swim meets



American Red Cross Coaches Safety American Red Cross Lifeguarding American Red Cross First Aid American Red Cross CPR
All Requirements for USA Swimming Membership and Certification

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 YWCA Evanston/North Shore


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled