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Area of Concentration: Athletics & Trips

(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.

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 Specialist is responsible for the coordination and implementation of safe, high-quality recreation services for individuals with disabilities of all ages.


• Direct leadership of recreation programs and overnight trips for individuals with disabilities of all ages.

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

• Solve problems at programs by demonstrating adaptability and flexibility.

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

• Assist in the daily management of programs through paperwork and record-keeping systems.

• Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate part-time seasonal employees and volunteers.

• Develop curricula and goals for recreation programs. Compile information required for the program guide including completion of program budget.

• Under the supervision and direction of the Recreation Manager, work as a team to coordinate, supervise, implement, and evaluate athletic and trip programs provided by NSSRA.

• Work with Recreation Manager and Special Olympics to complete and maintain reports, files, and paperwork necessary for the athletic and trip program areas.

• Attend meetings and conduct program-specific educational sessions for athletic and trip staff, as necessary.

• Recruit participants, respond to inquiries about program offerings, and anticipate future program offerings.

• Conduct sports and coaches training for agency Special Olympics coaches.

• Active member of ITRS Interagency Sports Committee and coordinate all tournaments hosted by NSSRA.

• Comply with safe work requirements and customer service standards and encourage other staff members to do the same.


• 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.

• Ability to sit for the NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification within six (6) months of employment.

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

• Knowledge and/or training in the area of therapeutic recreation, recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field.

• Must have reliable transportation to visit other NSSRA locations as needed to accomplish position responsibilities.


This is a full-time, year-round position that requires evening and weekend work. Salary is $47,500 to $53,500 a year, dependent on qualifications.


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


Complete an online application at to schedule an interview.

The position is open until filled. 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



 Closing Date

May 5, 2021


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Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) is an organization dedicated to the provision of recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our work environment is both professional and fun, and we provide an excellent salary and benefits package for our employees. If you are looking for a career and not just a job, if you desire variety, challenge, and opportunity for advancement, if you want to put your skills and talents in recreation to good use, and if you want to make a significant impact in the lives of people with disabilities, look no further! Check out our website at

Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in therapeutic recreation, recreation administration/management, education, or a related field, and experience working with individuals with special needs. Candidate should have strong leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to plan and implement recreation programs for youth and adults with special needs. Strong oral and written communication skills are required, as well as interpersonal skills to create good working relationships with participants, family members, teachers, allied professionals, and community contacts. The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook applications. Applicants much possess or have the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) highly desired.

Responsibilities: The chosen candidate will work with a team of recreational professionals in the provision of specialized services for individuals with disabilities. Primary responsibilities include program leadership for individuals of all ages and abilities; preparation of program budgets; supervision and mentoring of support staff; transportation of program participants; completion of written work including brochure blurbs and reports; assisting with overall agency outreach efforts and the development of new programs and services; development and maintenance of good working relationships with consumers, parents, affiliate organizations, and school personnel.

Benefits: Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO • Prescription Coverage • Dental Coverage • Vision Reimbursement Program • Life Insurance (basic & voluntary) • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • Flexible Spending Accounts • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Time, Personal Days

Send cover letter and resume to: Jerry Barton; 1770 W. Centennial Place Addison, IL 60101;; 630-576-4040

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 Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association


Jerry Barton

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 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