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 $42,500-$45,500 DOQ

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The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association is looking for a trustworthy therapeutic recreation professional who is ready for the job of a lifetime! Join our fun work atmosphere filled with innovative staff. Does compassion for individuals with disabilities just come naturally for you? Do you have a theater background? The NISRA team could be the place for you.

Our NISRA core values of FUN, PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, TRUSTWORTHY AND INNOVATIVE clearly describe the culture by which we are guided in all of our programs, people we hire and places where we provide services.

Position: Manager of Cultural Arts/Adult Day Program-Full Time Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association 285 Memorial Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 459-0737

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, social work or a related field with three years of progressive full-time experience. Current certifications as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (or attained after one year) or Certified Parks & Recreation Professional (or attained one year after eligibility). Must have an extensive knowledge of recreation activities and program planning and possess leadership abilities in a variety of recreation areas with special populations. Experience with staff supervision including recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation. Must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to work independently. Class “D” driver’s license, and certification by Handle with Care and First Aid/CPR/AED or obtainable upon hire.

Summary: Oversee all operations of the agency Cultural Arts programs and Adult Day Program. Develop and maintain relationships with families, member districts and service organizations and collaborators. Supervise and lead programs, special events and overnight trips. Complete training to drive agency vehicles. Work schedule will include evening and possibly Saturday hours. Active participation in strategic planning and overall agency development.

Salary: Salary range: $42,500-$45,500 DOQ

Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance package, pension plan, monthly travel reimbursement & cell phone stipend, sick, vacation, holidays, personal days and deferred compensation program available.

Hiring Manager: Dana Seehafer, CPRP Senior Manager of Operations

To Apply: Go to and follow the link to employment and volunteering.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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 Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)


Dana Seehafer
815-459-0737 Ext 227

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $39,000 + DOQ

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Recreation Specialist For Adults with Physical Impairments / Visual Impairments

Accountability: Support Staff Manager FLSA Status: Exempt

The 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. FLSA: The Recreation Specialist is a full-time employee with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening or weekend programs and meetings.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree plus knowledge and/or training in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, adaptive physical education or a related field from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. Ability to complete NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification within six (6) months of employment in addition to First Aid/CPR, AED and other certifications as required. A valid Illinois class “D” Driver’s License is required.

Essential Functions: 1. Plan, conduct, oversee, implement, and evaluate and/or assist recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to implementation of lesson plans, adaptions, behavior management strategies and documentation including but not limited to budgeting, program evaluations and incident reports. It also includes gathering, loading, transporting, and set up of necessary program equipment. 2. Provide supervision of overall program, assisting staff, and participants. Participant supervision may include lifting and transferring, feeding, and other personal care. Provide physical and emotional support to children and adult with disabilities. 3. Safely transport participants of varying ages and abilities using agency vehicles. 4. Assist with agency-wide and Foundation events. 5. Advocate for community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities. 6. Represent M-NASR through attendance at community meetings and functions, and address schools, parents, participants, Member Agencies and/or other service groups. 7. Adhere to all agency policy, procedure, and safety manuals by exhibiting a working knowledge of general and department specific rules and operations.
8. Provide timely response to communication. 9. Utilization of computer software and specific databases, specifically Microsoft Office and RecTrac.

Job Specific Essential Functions: 1. Assist in training and orientation of support staff, direct supervision of support staff in programs. 2. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of all adapted sports programs. 3. Plan annual trips/overnights including but not limited to the PI/VI trip and Boccia National Tournament. 4. Oversee the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program. 5. Other agency related responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor, Superintendent of Rec., or Executive Director.

Marginal Functions: 1. Drive agency or personal vehicle to daily programs, seasonal special events or away trips. 2. Attending meetings for state or local organizations. 3. Deliver seasonal brochures and other flyers to member district facilities.

Safety Considerations: 1. Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner. 2. Attendance at various safety in-services will be required. Psychological Considerations: 1. Must be able to respond to needs of individuals with disabilities. 2. Must be able to work under stressful conditions. 3. Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities. 4. Must be willing to work as part of a team. 5. Must be confident when presenting to a group at orientations and trainings. Physiological Considerations: 1. Must be able to lift and transfer participants or equipment safely. 2. Must be able to perform physical restraints if necessary. Environmental Considerations: 1. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions (i.e. during damp seasons, rain, snow and heat). 2. May be exposed to elements when driving to meetings/programs or when assisting in outdoor functions. 3. May be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy) during activities. 4. May work with flammable material. Cognitive Considerations: 1. Must exhibit good problem-solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of M-NASR 2. Must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment. 3. Must be able to follow rules and directions. 4. Read and understand large volumes of electronic or non-electronic paperwork. 5. Must be able to communicate effectively. Essential Physical Capabilities: 1. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and walking. 2. Ability to closely supervise individuals with disabilities. 3. Operating a passenger vehicle. 4. Capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items weighing 20-50 pounds with mechanical assistance or team lift.

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Aaron Glickson
(847) 966-5522 x3016

 Closing Date

July 10, 2021

 Salary $45,000-$55,000. Salary commensurate with experience

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 Recruit, orient, train, supervise and evaluate all volunteers. Monitor performance with continual feedback. Promote growth and development, providing support and/or disciplinary action as needed through program visits.

 Communicate with the Support Services Manager on issues and activities related to the Support Services area in an effort to ensure effective operations of the agency.

 Prepare reports as deemed necessary by management.

 Monitor area financial activities.

 Work up to ten programs a season (special events, weekly programs, disability awareness, agency events and inclusion), with no more than three in one day.

 Assist in purchase, inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment.

 Maintain a relationship with local support groups, private and public agencies, and school districts in an effort to strengthen and maintain positive working relationships and increase awareness in WDSRA member districts.

 Develop, plan, organize and implement seasonal meetings and annual trainings.

 Schedule, input, update and manage volunteer resources and information in computer databases.

 Plan Aktion Club activities, meetings, and volunteer opportunities and work with other advisors and Kiwanis groups to coordinate club activities.

 Maintain volunteer policy and procedure manuals.

 Perform other duties as assigned.


 Extensive knowledge of behavior management techniques and other tools to help train and support staff and volunteers in programs

 Possess knowledge of therapeutic recreation continuum for various ages and ability levels

 Ability to direct and supervise

 Strong ability to communicate professionally, both orally and in writing, with various audiences

 Ability to solve problems comprehensively and effectively

 Performs well under stressful situations

 Effectively transition through multiple tasks and/or multiple interruptions

 Ability to accommodate evening and weekend programs, presentations or meetings

 Oversee weekend programs while on call duty approximately every 12 weeks

 Possess a valid Illinois Class “D” driver’s license to drive personal and agency vehicles to/from designated programs, between program sites and for general transport of participants, supplies and equipment

 Perform work indoors and outdoors

 Assist people in wheelchairs, including lifting and transferring people and pushing people in wheelchairs

 Supervise program participants including behavior management, transferring, personal care, and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation

 Assist in inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment


 Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university based on a major in Therapeutic Recreation or related field

 A minimum of one (1) year of experience coordinating programs for individuals with disabilities across a variety of ages

 A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and/or Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to obtain

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 Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)


Nieta Gates

 Closing Date

July 2, 2021

 Weekly Stipend

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The Therapeutic Recreation Intern is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities of all ages. Hours will vary depending on the weekly activities and special events; however, the intern will work approximately 37.5 hours per week, including nights and weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS: Currently working towards a college degree in Recreation Therapy or related field. Must have experience working with individuals with disabilities in a recreation setting. The Recreation Intern must possess exceptional oral and written communications skills.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: 1. Develop individual program plans, goal writing and tracking current progress. 2. Paperwork - planning programs, complete weekly and final program evaluations and complete seasonal part-time/volunteer staff evaluations. 3. Display professionalism in oral and written communications. 4. Manage personal schedule, combining pre-scheduled activities, special events, meetings, and university requirements. 5. Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up equipment. 6. Supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing medication, and assistance in daily self-care. 7. Collaborate with all facets of the agency and Special Recreation including Lekotek and Inclusion Services. 8. Assist with behavior management suggestions to Inclusion Aides and partner agency staff. 9. Help develop, implement, and evaluate individual behavior/inclusion plans. 10. File incident reports and perform emergency care in accordance to WSSRA safety program. 11. Consistently communicate with parents/guardians. 12. Provide activities for day and away trips. 13. Perform orientation and training of seasonal part-time staff, volunteers and new employees. 14. Prepare for and attend special events. 15. Assist in the supervision, training, and evaluation of part-time supervisors for programs and special events. 16. Actively support WSSRA risk management program including enforcing safety rules, reporting accidents and injuries, and developing ideas for the prevention of future incidents. 17. Drive to and from programs and facilities. 18. Transport participants and others in agency vehicle to and from WSSRA programs. 19. Attend agency and local community meetings.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Carla Pakenas at

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 West Suburban Special Recreation Association


Carla Pakenas
847-455-2100 ext. 219

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled