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 18-20 per hour

Are you looking for a job with a purpose? An opportunity to do good things while getting paid? Look no further than SEASPAR!

We are a special recreation association, which is like a park district just for people with disabilities. We serve twelve communities in eastern DuPage and southern Cook counties, and our home base is in Downers Grove. SEASPAR offers year-round programming for all ages and all disabilities, including: weekly social, artistic, cultural, and fitness programs; special events and trips; Special Olympics training; adapted sports; multi-sensory rooms; and much more!

SEASPAR is currently seeking an energetic, creative, and flexible candidate for our Recreation Specialist position, which is responsible for assisting in the coordination of programs, leading safe programs, and assisting with inclusion supports.

This is a non-exempt, permanent part-time position located at the SEASPAR office, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove.

Interested? Read on for position details, then apply to become a member of Team SEASPAR today!

Summary:
The SEASPAR Recreation Specialist is responsible for assisting in the coordination of programs and services. This includes implementing and leading programs, providing a safe environment for the participants and staff, and assisting the Recreation Coordinators with program planning. Assisting the Inclusion Manager with support to member entities.

Position Qualifications:
• High School Diploma required; college degree preferred. • Two years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. • Valid Driver’s License, CPR/First Aid, CPI/Conflict Resolution. Must have these certifications or be able to obtain within six months. • 21 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others. • Availability to commit to working evenings and weekends.

Key Responsibilities:
• Supervise SEASPAR programs, special events, inclusion, and EAGLES programs. • Assist Inclusion Manager with inclusion observations and training. • Complete SEASPAR Intake process with new teen and adult participants and their families. • Regular and predictable on-site attendance. • Successfully work with Full-Time staff, EAGLES support staff, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs. • Supervise and delegate responsibilities to program support staff and volunteers. • Discuss any concerns or issues with Inclusion Manager. • Know the physical, mental, and medical limitations of all participants; be prepared to provide appropriate attention to all participants in all situations. • Ensure safety factors relative to program and participant needs. • Know and use proper disciplinary techniques; provide behavior management when necessary. • Be available to listen to parental concerns and answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff. • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained. • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures. • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Marginal Responsibilities:
• Be dependable and punctual. • Motivate staff and participants to initiate success. Be flexible to change when considering their needs. • Act as an advocate for the participants when necessary. • Provide behavior management when necessary. • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program. • Lift, transport, and set up equipment if necessary.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: • Worker Traits: Demonstration of enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, SEASPAR staff, SEASPAR member entity staff, parents/guardians, participants, school personnel, and community groups, as well as members of the general public. • Safety and Security: Use good safety awareness and judgment and follow SEASPAR policies at all times; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment following manufacturer safety instructions; follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures. • Problem Solving: Identify and appropriately resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics. • Interpersonal Skills: Apply appropriate conflict management skills; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas; try new things. • Oral Communication/Language Skills: Speak clearly and effectively in all situations; listen and ask for clarification from supervisor if needed; respond appropriately to questions; read and interpret all necessary agency documents. • Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; be able to interpret written information; present clear, legible handwriting for all SEASPAR forms and documents. • Judgment/Reasoning Ability: Exhibit sound and accurate judgment when making all program-related decisions; include appropriate people in the decision-making process. • Professionalism: Approach others in a tactful manner and react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments. • Adaptability: Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method as necessary; deal with occasional changes, delays, unexpected events, or program cancellations. • Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrate consistent attendance and on-time arrival; ensure responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings, in-services, and trainings on time. • Dependability: Follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary; complete tasks on time. • Leadership: Lead participants to have successful recreation experiences; demonstrate positive interactions with other staff members, individuals with disabilities, and parents/guardians; enlist the support of others to accomplish a common task. • Adaptability: Adapt activities based on the skill level and needs of each participant to encourage appropriate participation on a regular basis.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or transfer up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.

Apply today at: https://seaspar.isolvedhire.com/jobs/755936.html

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 SEASPAR

 Contact

Shannon Tovey, Human Resources Manager
630-960-7600
stovey@seaspar.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 20-23 per hour

Are you looking for a job with a purpose? An opportunity to do good things while getting paid? Look no further than SEASPAR!

We are a special recreation association, which is like a park district just for people with disabilities. We serve twelve communities in eastern DuPage and southern Cook counties, and our home base is in Downers Grove. We offer recreational programming specifically for children and adults with special needs.

This position supports our EAGLES Adult Day Program, which provides year-round social, educational, and health-focused activities for adults with disabilities.

This is a non-exempt, permanent part-time position located at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street. Hours for this position are Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Interested? Read on for position details, then apply below to become a member of Team SEASPAR today!

Summary:
The SEASPAR EAGLES Site Director is responsible for leading the EAGLES Program. This includes implementing and leading the program daily, providing a safe, learning environment for the participants and staff, assisting the Coordinator with program planning and lesson plans, and purchasing supplies.

Position Qualifications:
• High School Diploma required; college degree preferred. • Two years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. • Valid Driver’s License, CPR/First Aid, CPI/Conflict Resolution. Must have these certifications or be able to obtain within six months. • 21 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others. • Availability to commit to working Monday - Friday approximately 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. year-round with some holiday breaks.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist EAGLES Coordinator in the development, planning, and implementation of daily activities for EAGLES participants. • Successfully work with Full-Time staff, EAGLES Support Staff, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs. • Supervise and delegate responsibilities to EAGLES Support Staff and volunteers. • Discuss any concerns or issues with EAGLES Manager. • Supervise and participate in all planned activities.
• Know the physical, mental, and medical limitations of all participants; be prepared to provide appropriate attention to all participants in all situations. • Ensure safety factors relative to program and participant needs. • Know and use proper disciplinary techniques; provide behavior management when necessary. • Be available to listen to parental concerns and answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff. • Create weekly lesson plans which include appropriate activities, contacts, and timelines. • Take daily/weekly attendance of staff and participants. • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained. • Regular and predictable on-site attendance. • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures. • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Marginal Responsibilities:
• Motivate staff and participants to initiate success. Be flexible to change when considering their needs. • Act as an advocate for the participant when necessary. • Provide behavior management when necessary. • Be dependable and punctual. • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program. • Gathering, loading, transporting, and setting up equipment if necessary.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: • Worker Traits: Demonstration of enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, SEASPAR staff, SEASPAR member entity staff, parents/guardians, participants, and community groups, as well as members of the general public. • Safety and Security: Use good safety awareness, judgment and follow policies; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment following manufacturer safety instructions; and follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures. • 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; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics. • Customer Service: Manage difficult or emotional patron situations; respond promptly to patron needs; solicit patron feedback to improve service; and respond to requests for service and assistance. • Interpersonal Skills: Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others’ ideas; and try new things. • Oral Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; and participate in meetings. • Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; be able to interpret written information; and present clear, legible handwriting. • Quality Management: Look for ways to improve and promote quality; and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness. • Judgment: Display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; and include appropriate people in decision making process. • Planning/Organizing: Prioritize and plan work activities and use time efficiently. • Professionalism: Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments. • Adaptability: Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method as necessary; deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events. • Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrate consistent attendance and on time arrival; ensure responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time. • Dependability: Follow instructions; respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary; and complete tasks on time. • Language Skills: Read and interpret documents such as safely rules, operating and maintenance instruction and procedure manuals; write correspondences as necessary; and speak effectively to patrons, coworkers, and supervisors. • Reasoning Ability: Apply common sense understand to carry out detailed by uninvolved written or oral instructions. Solve problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or transfer up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.

Apply today at: https://seaspar.isolvedhire.com/jobs/755911.html

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 SEASPAR

 Contact

Shannon Tovey, Human Resources Manager
630-960-7600
stovey@seaspar.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 45,000

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR), located just north of Chicago, has been providing recreational programs and services to individuals with disabilities since 1972. Today we serve over 1,300 children and adults in more than 600 programs, trips, and special events each year within our seven member districts:

Des Plaines Park District – Golf-Maine Park District – Morton Grove Park District – Niles Park District – Park Ridge Park District –Skokie Park District – Village of Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation

M-NASR is seeking qualified applicants for the position of a full-time Recreation Specialist for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. This position is responsible for the implementation and development of leisure services for individuals with disabilities, with an emphasis on the adult population. This position will also assist with coordinating and planning Special Olympics Programs.

In exchange for outstanding skills, M-NASR is offering a starting salary of $45,000. Employees also receive a comprehensive benefits package including generous medical, dental, and vision plans; IMRF pension; optional 457 deferred compensation; paid time off including vacation, sick, and personal time; free personal fitness membership to one of the seven member park districts we serve; and the opportunity for 12 work from home days a year. This is a full-time, exempt position with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening or weekend programs or meetings.

Essential Job Functions Include:

• Coordinate tournaments and state competitions for Special Olympics Programs • Implement and assist recreation programs and seasonal sport schedules for adults with intellectual disabilities by lesson planning, behavior management, equipment gathering and preparation, and program budgeting • Provide program leadership and supervision within all of M-NASR’s service areas • Support participant’s emotional and physical needs with lifting, transferring, and personal care • Transport participants with varying abilities using agency vehicles • Coordinate participant registrations with group homes and residential facilities • Assist with agency-wide and Foundation special events • Advocate for community access to recreation opportunities • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school plus knowledge and/or training in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adaptive Physical Education or related field. • Knowledge and understanding of recreational needs of persons with disabilities. • Ability to complete the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or comparable certification within six (6) months of employment. • Complete First Aid/CPR, AED, and other certifications as required within six (6) months of employment.
• A valid Driver’s License, class “D”, is required.

To join our team, candidates can email a resume and cover letter to Human Resources: kstonitsch@mnasr.org

For more information please visit: https://mnasr.org/ M-NASR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

 Contact

Keli Stonitsch
847-966-5522
kstonitsch@mnasr.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $61,500 to $75,000

Recreation Manager Area of Concentration: Programs (Full-Time, Exempt)

At NSSRA, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to play. Formed in 1970 with that goal in mind, we were the first Special Recreation Association in the country, offering programs and services for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. We are similar to a park district; however, we only serve residents in our partner communities with special needs.

Over fifty years later, we serve approximately 1,800 individuals throughout the year in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We’re all about creating an environment of belonging through play, and we want you to be a part of our team!

ABOUT THE JOB Members of Team NSSRA are dedicated individuals with enthusiasm and initiative. The Recreation Manager is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluation of full-time Recreation Specialists, part-time leaders, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

•Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate full-time Recreation Specialists, part-time leaders, part-time seasonal staff, and volunteers

•Oversee the provision of innovative and safe youth programs and adult programs through the supervision of Recreation Specialists

•Participate in the planning and implementation of assigned special events and attend all-staff events

•Represent NSSRA through attendance at community meetings and functions, and address schools, parents, participants, partner agencies and other social service groups, to promote NSSRA programs, services, and employment

•Assist the Superintendent in evaluating the effectiveness of assigned programs and services provided by NSSRA, and NSSRA policies and procedures for those services

•Participate in planning and maintenance of the annual budget, development of methods or materials for the evaluation of programs, and agency meetings which affect all employees and functions

•Conduct performance reviews of assigned staff on an annual basis or as needed

•Coordinate outreach to prospective NSSRA participants and conduct intake interviews of new participants, sharing information with the appropriate members of the Recreation staff

•Oversee the volunteer program

•Supervise individuals by utilizing behavior management, transferring and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of individuals with disabilities

•Oversee the development and implementation of participant plans

•Drive agency vehicles and transport program participants, as required, and assist in care and maintenance of NSSRA vehicle as required

ABOUT YOU

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, recreation administration, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field.

• Minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience in therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation, special education, adaptive physical education, or a related field.

• Demonstrable knowledge of disabilities and the recreational needs of persons with disabilities without exclusion.

• Enthusiasm, organizational skill, and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, seasonal staff, full-time staff, teachers, parents, and community contacts.

• Knowledge of current standards of professional practice and ability to apply these standards to daily work.

• Certification or acquiring certification within one year of hire, by the Crisis Prevention Institute is required.

• NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification on the state level is strongly preferred.

• A valid Illinois Driver’s License and personal transportation to accomplish position responsibilities.

SCHEDULING & PAY

This is a full-time, year-round position that requires evening and weekend work. Salary is $61,500 to $75,000 a year, dependent on qualifications.

BENEFITS WE OFFER

NSSRA offers a generous benefit package which includes medical, prescription and dental coverage, vision reimbursement, life insurance, pension plan, and paid time off.

JOIN THE TEAM

Complete an online application at www.nssra.org/jobs to schedule an interview.

The position is open until 12/04/2022. Please apply early as recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately.

NSSRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

 Contact


hr@nssra.org

 Closing Date

December 04, 2022

 40,000-46,000

Are you a dynamic therapeutic recreation professional looking for a new opportunity for growth? Would you love to expand your horizons with a great team by your side? Then SEASPAR is the place for you!

SEASPAR (the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) is a special recreation association providing year-round recreational programs and services to residents with disabilities in the following communities in Illinois: Brookfield, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Western Springs, Westmont, and Woodridge. SEASPAR offers year-round programming for all ages and all disabilities, including: weekly social, artistic, cultural, and fitness programs; special events and trips; Special Olympics training; adapted sports; multi-sensory rooms; and much more!

SEASPAR is currently seeking an energetic, creative, and flexible candidate for our Recreation Coordinator position, which is responsible for providing support and leadership to our EAGLES Adult Day Program, which serves more than 75 participants at four sites each weekday.

Function

Responsible for the coordination of daily activities for all of SEASPAR’s EAGLES Adult Day Program sites.

Duties

Plan, communicate, and evaluate program content for all sites of the EAGLES Adult Day Program. Secure reservations and input details in planning calendar for all EAGLES sites to facilitate lesson plan development.

Develop and organize activities that meet the needs of the EAGLES program participants.

Manage the day-to-day operations of the EAGLES program

Actively instruct recreation programming within the range of twelve to sixteen hours per week. Visit day program sites or fill role of Site Director, Program Leader, Driver, Support Staff, or Inclusion Aide as needed by executing established lesson plans, encouraging participant engagement, and ensuring participant safety.

In collaboration with Site Directors, create and distribute EAGLES newsletters.

Assist in the formulation of the day program annual budget. Monitor all day program site budgets and expenditures within set budget limits. Collect receipts and close out monthly budgets.

In collaboration with the Site Directors and Manager, assist in the day program planning meetings to meet the needs of EAGLES participants.

Actively support SEASPAR’s risk management program.

Prepare and present reports relative to job duties.

Assist with preparation and distribution of SEASPAR brochures and promotional materials. Represent SEASPAR at various public events to support outreach initiative as needed.

Obtain and maintain training and certification in first aid, CPR, Handle with Care, and others related to duties.

Gain certification as an instructor for an industry-specific topic such as first aid, CPR, CPI, or other related topics.

Develop skills and abilities necessary to carry out assigned duties by attendance at meetings, workshops, in-service training opportunities, webinars, conferences, and other development opportunities.

Monitor local, state, and national trends as they relate to SEASPAR functions.

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

Must be able to sit 70% of the workday. Must be able to carry equipment up to 35 lbs. for up to 100 feet, lift equipment/participants up to 50 lbs., and 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 workday. Must have regular and predictable on-site attendance.

Worker Traits

Demonstration of enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, SEASPAR staff, SEASPAR member entity staff, parents/guardians, participants, school personnel, and community groups, as well as members of the general public.

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 an Illinois licensed driver, provide and insure their own car, and use their own car for SEASPAR business; pass the pre-placement physical and background check. Must have or must attain CDL within six months of hire.

Location and Schedule

The Recreation Coordinator primarily works at the Darien Sportsplex, located at 451 Plainfield Road in Darien. Frequent travel to program sites is required. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but evening and weekend commitments should be expected.

Compensation

In exchange for your time and talent, this position offers competitive compensation with a starting salary of $40,000-$46,000 based on experience and qualifications, in addition to medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension plan, medical and dependent flexible spending account, paid time off (including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick), and tuition reimbursement.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.

To apply online, visit the SEASPAR website.

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 SEASPAR

 Contact

Dawn Krawiec
6309607600
dkrawiec@seaspar.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled