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 Hiring range: $36,000 – $43,000

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Function - The Recreation Coordinator’s role is to plan, lead, and evaluate assigned recreation and leisure programs, as well as to assist with Inclusive practices.

Supervision - The Recreation Coordinator reports to the Inclusion Manager.


  • To instruct recreation and leisure programs as developed and sponsored by SEASPAR, with a range of twelve - sixteen hours of direct leadership per week.

  • To plan and coordinate seasonal programs for teens and adults which must meet the needs and interests of SEASPAR's residents in addition to coordinating the use of community facilities to meet program needs.

  • To assist the Inclusion Manager in promoting, implementing and evaluating SEASPAR’s inclusive practices with our member entities.

  • To assist with developing, organizing, and planning weekly activities, special events, day camp, and leisure education programs for people with disabilities.

  • To contact residents of group homes within SEASPAR’s member communities to encourage program participation.

  • To assist in the planning of seasonal programs and special events.

  • To develop and implement Programs for Veteran’s with a focus on the Home Front Health program.

  • To act as the liaison to SEASPAR's Drop-In Center program.

  • To contact vocational workshops, nursing homes and senior care facilities within SEASPAR’s member communities to offer assistance in coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of supplemental recreation programs for their residents

  • To develop and manage department budgets, revenue and expenditures. Assist in the formation and management of the recreation department budget.

  • To actively support SEASPAR’s risk management program.

  • To prepare and present reports relevant to job duties.

  • To assist with preparation and distribution of SEASPAR brochures and promotional materials.

  • Obtain and maintain certifications in first aid, CPR, Handle with Care, and others.

  • To attend job related in-services, conferences, workshops, and classes.

  • To monitor local, state, and national trends relevant to SEASPAR functions.

  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions; Must be able to sit 70% of the work day. Must be able to carry equipment up to 35 lbs. for up to 100 feet. Lift equipment/participants up to 50 lbs. 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 work day.

Worker Traits:

  • 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 a licensed driver, provide and insure his/her own car, and use his/her own car for SEASPAR business, and must pass the pre-placement physical and drug test.

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Dawn Krawiec

 Closing Date

February 10, 2020

 $36,500-$50,000 DOQ

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This position has an approved minimum salary of $40,000 per year effective May 1, 2020.


The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC) is located in the North Suburban area of Chicago. The Agency is a cooperative of the Park Districts of Grayslake, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills; Villages of Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, and Lincolnshire.


Applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation or related field. One year of full-time experience in special recreation or related field also preferred but not required. CTRS or CPRP desired. Strong organization, written, speaking, and leadership skills are a must. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to effectively work with participants, parents, educators, Member Agency staff, and community contacts.

Certification in First Aid & CPR required or obtained within three months of employment. Applicant must have a valid Illinois driver’s license. Pre-employment physical and criminal background check is required and to be completed prior to start date.

SRACLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service or status as a veteran, in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws.


The primary responsibilities will include coordinating SRACLC’s highly successful Active Adult day program including adult day special events.

The Supervisor will assist the Superintendent with program development, promotion, and strategic planning. Program leadership responsibilities will include weekly programs and special events.


Complete medical and dental insurance package, vacation, sick days, holidays, personal days, continuing education, and mileage reimbursement.

Anticipated starting date is March 9, 2020

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume.

Kelly Smith, Superintendent


290 Oakwood Rd., Vernon Hills, IL 60061

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 Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County


Kelly Smith

 Closing Date

February 7, 2020


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Assists in the planning, organizing, coordination and implementation of special recreation and/or therapeutic recreation programming. Shift could include evening, weekend, and special events.

Works under the general supervision of the Special Recreation Supervisor.


Plans, organized, coordinated and implements special recreation and/or therapeutic recreation programs.

Assists in managing Special Recreation Summer Camp and After School Care.

Acts as a Liaison between Veterans Park District and the neighboring schools, agencies, and organizations.

Acts as a Therapeutic Recreation and/or Special Recreation Program Facilitator.

Teaches a variety of physical, leisure and recreation activities in a safe and appropriate manner.

Acts as an inclusion aide, instructor, and/or Special Olympics coach, as needed.

Effectively promotes and advertises special recreation programs.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Associate’s Degree in therapeutic recreation or related field required; Bachelor's Degree preferred. Must have or be eligible for the Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS). NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

No less than one year experience working with people with developmental disabilities. No less than one year supervisory experience. Considerable knowledge of therapeutic recreation philosophy, planning and administration. Ability to assess different levels of disability in individuals based on their available school and medical files, communication with school staff/parents, and observations... SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Valid state driver's license or ability to obtain one.

Drive a fourteen passenger van.

First Aid and CPR certification.

Able to pass a criminal background check.

Part Time

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 Veterans Park District


Marge Stabile

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Recreation Specialist - PI/VI Adults (Adults w/ Physical Impairments / Visual Impairments)

Job Description   Accountability: Program Manager The PI/VI Recreation Specialist is responsible for the implementation of leisure services for individuals with a disability or special need from child to adult. This position requires the application of specialized therapeutic training to formulate and administer a broad recreation delivery of services for individuals with special needs without exclusion. This position is full-time, with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening and weekend programs and meetings.   Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, adapted physical education or a related field from an accredited college or university. Ability to complete NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification within six months of employment. A valid Illinois Driver’s License and personal transportation to accomplish position responsibilities. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. Knowledge and/or training in the area of therapeutic recreation, recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field.   Essential Functions: Personal management for support staff Direct leadership of leisure service for individuals of all ages with special needs and ability levels as well as active participation in programs Supervision of program participants including behavior management, transferring and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of individuals with a disability Assist with development of curriculums for community-based recreation programs Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up of equipment necessary for program implementation Assist in the training and orientation of support staff. Successful passage of lift/transfer training within one year of employment Assist in the daily management of programs through paperwork and record keeping systems – planning programs, program evaluation and occasionally incident reports Preparation for special events Other Agency related responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor, Superintendent or Executive Director

Marginal Functions: Safety Policy Compliance Driving a van or car to daily programs, seasonal special events or away trips Picking up general materials (i.e. printed brochures, special supplies) Attending meetings for state and local organizations

Safety Considerations: Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner Attendance at various safety in-services will be required Psychological Considerations: Must be able to function under loud and stressful conditions Must be sensitive to needs of individuals with disabilities Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities

Physiological Considerations: May work with flammable materials for campfires May be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy) during camping activities

Environmental Considerations: May be exposed to the elements with driving agency vehicles, leading programs and supervising individuals Several activities are performed outdoors, including safely transferring participants to and from agency vehicles

Cognitive Considerations: The PI/VI Specialist must exhibit good problem-solving ability while leading programs, assisting participants and supervising support staff Good judgment is needed to provide safe program atmosphere Must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness Must be able to follow rules and directions

Essential Physical Capabilities: Capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items weighing 20 – 50 pounds or use mechanical assistance or team lift. Good vision Prolonged periods of standing, walking, climbing, bending and carrying Operating a passenger vehicle. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, walking, and running.

To apply, please complete a formal application at the link below.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Lauren Ruiz
847-966-5522 ext. 3013

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $42,849-53,562 Annually

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Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), a two time National Gold Medal Winner and leader in the field of special recreation, is seeking applicants for Adult Day Program Assistant Manager position. Our Rec & Roll Program is a community based recreation post-transition adult day program that emphasizes leisure independence, social interaction, community outings and service projects. Staff utilize recreational activities to help adults with disabilities develop and enhance their quality of life. The daily schedule can include animal therapy, volunteer projects, gardening, field trips, fitness, swimming, bowling, outdoor recreation, art therapy, crafts and games.

The ideal applicant is someone who is people oriented with strong interpersonal skills to create a team atmosphere and can mentor and develop their staff professionally to improve the overall quality of the program for our participants. They will act as the initial liaison for all new participants and families to the Rec and Roll program. The Adult Day Program Assistant Manager works collaboratively with another assistant manager to run the Rec & Roll Adult Day Program and administer additional agency programs.

Additionally this applicant should be a self starter, able to demonstrate initiative, organized, big picture thinker, team player and collaborate well with others.

Responsibilities: Oversite of the Rec & Roll program daily plans, staff, and participants. Assist in interviewing, mentoring and supervising day program staff. Create and administer training specific to the Rec & Roll staff. Managing day program staff schedules, time off and working program when needed. Coordinating program partnerships Intake of new families, determine placement and aid in registration process. Management of program budget & reporting. Plan and administer other various agency programs

The Day Program Assistant Manager will be expected to create a culture of accountability, problem solve, make decisions for the good of the organization, work as a team, and embrace and commit to the agency’s mission, vision and core values.

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of four-year experience in therapeutic recreation setting preferred. Experience supervising part time staff preferred. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. Must demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility. Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills required. Certification or ability to work towards obtaining certification as a Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP or CTRS). Certification in CPR, AED, and First Aid desired. Valid Illinois Driver’s License with acceptable driving record. Pre-Employment physical and drug test required

Anticipated Starting Date: February 24th, 2020

To apply please submit resume and cover letter with completed application to

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 Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)


Gail Bettcher

 Closing Date

January 24, 2020