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Recreation Manager

Salary & Benefits $55,000-$63,000/year

Full benefits package including health insurance, IMRF Pension, paid time off (10 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 13 holidays), program discounts and complimentary pool & fitness center memberships for you and your immediate family.

Hours 40 hours per week, working primarily weekdays with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Position Summary The Recreation Manager is responsible for the management of the Before & After Care program and summer Action Hours drop-in community program. This position also oversees two Recreation Supervisors of summer camp, special interest classes, Days Off Club, adult trips, and preschool.

Essential Job Functions • Directly manage all aspects of the Before & After Care and Action Hours programs. • Recruit, train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate Recreation Supervisors, staff, and contractors. • Effectively manage a team. Oversee programs and serve as primary point of contact when Recreation Supervisors are not present. • Develop content for seasonal program guides, promotional materials, and reports. • Ensure high quality programs by researching and implementing trends and innovations within the industry. • Continuously review and improve operations to develop efficiencies, increase quality, maximize safety, and reduce costs. • Develop, maintain, and maximize program budgets; analyze financial reports. • Promote excellent customer service relations with participants, parents, and other affiliates. • Maintain an effective relationship and regular communication with the school district.

Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Education, or related field is preferred. • Minimum of four years experience in childcare or related recreation programming and staff supervision.
• Strong leadership, management and organizational skills. Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and problem-solve. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Able to interact and collaborate with all levels of employees. • Experience with budget development and oversight. • Experience with computer, office, and recreational equipment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. The ability to use ActiveNet registration software, Incode accounting software, and TimePro payroll software after training. • A valid Illinois drivers license is necessary. CPR & first aid certification will be required (and provided). • Must successfully pass a post offer drug test and drivers abstract.

To apply, please complete an online application along with submitting a cover letter and resume through our website at

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 Carol Stream Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled



The Arlington Heights Park District (AHPD) is a public park and recreation agency located in Arlington Heights, lllinois- one of the largest communities in Chicago's prestigious northwest suburban corridor. Our mission is to enrich the community by providing fun, accessible and impactful recreation and facilities for every age and season. However you choose to recreate, we have something for you. We aim to serve everyone equally and fairly across our 29 facilities­ including five community centers with outdoor pools, Arlington Ridge Center, two tennis clubs, two public golf clubs, Lake Arlington, Arlington Heights Historical Museum and Senior Center­ and 58 parks across 716 acres of land. In our 95-year history we have earned multiple distinctions recognizing our high-quality standards of excellence, including three National Gold Medal Awards, maintaining a Moody's AAA bond rating for nine years and receiving multiple awards for fiscal responsibility.


Cultural Arts programs include dance, both competitive and instructional, as well as theater classes and productions under our Expressions Performing Arts Academy. Through our Expressions School of Art, visual art classes for youth, teens and adults are offered. Programs take place in our 4 dance studios, and two dedicated art studios.


Join our Recreation team to provide a comprehensive program of youth, teen and adult cultural arts including forms of dance, drama, music and arts to our community. Supervise and coordinate our annual dance recital for over 900 dancers as well as oversee our award winning Vibe Dance Company competitive dance team. In addition to dance, responsibilities include our theater classes and quarterly theater productions including both plays and musicals. This position also coordinates gymnastics classes through our partnership with the Rolling Meadows Park District, year round art classes, Arts Alive summer camp program, and serve as liaison to the Village's Cultural Arts Commission.


• Organizes, directs and supervises cultural arts programming including, but not limited to, dance, drama, music, arts and camps • Supervises Hasbrook Cultural Arts Center • Coordinates annual dance recital for over 900 dancers, encompassing two days and 10 performances • Oversees competitive dance company, Vibe • Coordinates gymnastics classes through partnership with Rolling Meadows Park District • Supervises theater classes and quarterly productions • Schedules, in collaboration with Special Events Supervisor, adult concerts in North School Park


• BA/BS in Parks and Recreation, Arts or closely related field from an accredited college or university • Minimum of three or more years of demonstrated success as a cultural arts programmer • CPRP Certification preferred • Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training • Valid Illinois Class "D" Driver's License • Ellis and Associates Vanguard Training required within six months of employment • CPR and AED Certification required within six months of employment

Interested applicants apply online at including a cover letter and resume.

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 Arlington Heights Park District


Kristy McCann

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Qualifications: Must be a student of an accredited university pursuing a bachelors or masters degree in Recreation, Leisure Services or a related field. All the necessary requirements must be met with respective college or university to be eligible. Must have a valid drivers license. First-Aid/CPR/AED certification is preferred, but will train.

Duties: The Winfield Park District is offering a professional internship to students working towards a degree within the field of parks and recreation. The internship will provide a well rounded experience in park district operations, administration, public recreation, safety, facility management, special events, fiscal management, marketing, maintenance and program management.

Internship opportunities are available in the spring and summer.

To apply please email resume and cover letter to

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 Winfield Park District


Thomas Bower

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $44,000 - $49,000 annual salary DOQ + excellent benefits package

The Waukegan Park District serves a community of 90,000 residents in northeastern Illinois, 40 miles north of Chicago, on Lake Michigan. The Park District provides year-round recreation and leisure opportunities to all ages and abilities. The Waukegan Park District is seeking to fill the position of Recreation Specialist of General Recreation Programs and Services at our Belvidere Recreation Center in the newly renovated Corrine J. Rose Park. The Park District offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package to all full-time employees.

Essential Functions Description/Duties:  Assist with planning, organization, implementation, and oversight of General Recreation programs with an emphasis on and direct supervision of the before and after school program (B.A.S.E.) and other out of school programs, summer camps, nature, family, youth programs, and special events.  Assist with facility management and operations which may include direct supervision of program registrations, front desk procedures, reconciling daily receipts and deposits, facility rentals and room usage, monitor and ensure cleanliness of facilities, handle general repair situations as they arise, and complete work orders for repairs as needed.  May assist with vehicle use and safety inspections for General Recreation vans.  May provide direct leadership, or assistance, with recruitment and placement of volunteers in various programs and events.  Provide direct leadership and supervision to all assigned recreation programs and services.  Provide developmentally appropriate activities that meet the needs and interests of participants.  Assist in the development and implementation of long-range plans and strategies. Develop and implement annual goals and objectives.  Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services, making recommendations on introduction or deletion of programs and services.  Assist in the development and implementation of specific program details consistent with recreation marketing strategy.  Assist in the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for recreation programs, services, and facilities consisting of appropriate pricing and promotional efforts.  Recruit, select, train, supervise, and evaluate part-time/seasonal/temporary staff and volunteers.  Contract with independent contractors and vendors for programs and services as needed.  Establish a cooperative planning and working relationship with community agencies and organizations.  Review and prepare costs for assigned programs, services, and facilities for the annual budget.  Secure alternative funding through grants, sponsorships, and fundraising.  Purchase, distribute, and maintain proper inventory of all supplies and materials.  Prepare and maintain management reports and records regarding programs and services.  Transport program participants and supplies using park district vehicles.  Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions.  Conduct self in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the park district.  Participate in park district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed, and services provided are implemented in a safe manner. Marginal Functions:  Assist staff and volunteers in the performance of their duties.  Participate and become involved in organizations and/or community meetings whose purpose will be of benefit to the park district operation.  Serve on in-house committees.  Attend seminars and training workshops.  Perform other duties as assigned.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Administration or related field.

Experience:  Minimum one (1) year experience in a recreational setting, preferably in a recreation department, school district, social service agency, or non-profit organization. May be obtained through a combination of seasonal, part-time, or temporary positions.

Knowledge:  General knowledge of recreation, parks, and leisure services field.  General knowledge of recreation principles and philosophy.  Thorough knowledge of personnel management.  Thorough knowledge of facility operations.  Specific knowledge of youth, adult, and family general recreation programs and services.  Specific knowledge of day camp and out of school program operations.  Specific knowledge of nature programs and services.  Specific knowledge of special event program operations.  Sound fiscal management.

License/Certification:  Valid driver's license required.  Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certificate required within one (1) year or as soon as eligible.  First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one (1) year.  Temporary Food Service Permit required.  Babysitter and Child Care Training certification.

Hours: 40 hours per week. Work schedule may vary and will include regular nights and weekends. May involve additional hours on an as needed basis.

Conditions of Continued Employment All the following are required:  submit proof of date of birth.  provide copy of driver's license.  provide driver's abstract.  provide verification of education.  submit to a reference check and employment verification.  submit to a state criminal background check.  submit to a pre-placement physical.  submit to pre-placement drug testing.  submit to a random, reasonable cause, and post-accident alcohol and drug testing.  satisfactorily complete a six (6) month introductory period.  provide a copy of Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certificate within one (1) year of employment or as soon as eligible, and renewal certificates as required.  provide a copy of First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one (1) year of employment and renewal certificates as required.

Residency: Employees are strongly encouraged, but not required, to become residents within the boundaries of the Waukegan Park District.

Apply Online at

Contact: Jennifer Dumas Manager of General Recreation & Special Recreation 847-360-4705

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 Waukegan Park District


Elizabeth Fallon

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $14.00 - $30.00

Are you a Gymnastics Instructor or Coach looking looking for IMRF eligible position?

The Park District of Highland Park is looking for you!! Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Park District of Highland Park has a mystique all its own just waiting to be discovered. Founded over a century ago, it is one of the oldest park districts in Illinois. The Park District serves over 30,000 residents in the City of Highland Park, Illinois and a small portion of the Village of Deerfield and is located approximately 25 miles north of Chicago.

We are currently looking for Gymnastic Instructors & Coach's to teach a variety of gymnastics classes in a positive, safe, educational and fun environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Instruct gymnastics lessons in accordance with PDHP gymnastics curriculum. • Teaching skills essential to the development and growth of gymnasts’ abilities and progress. • Understand skill levels and teach in a progressive and safe manner. • Possess knowledge of gymnastics skills and progressions and proper apparatus execution. • Must be able to work days, evenings and weekend as needed.

Instructor salary range: $14 - $20 Team Coach salary range: $14 - $30

View full job description at

All applicants must apply online at

Park District of Highland Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 Park District of Highland Park


Carol Sassorossi

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled