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 $44,722.80+ annually DOE

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities through a partnership with 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, day camps and inclusion in Park District programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities. 

Job Summary: 
Coordinator will support the Support Services Department.  Coordinator will assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate recreation and leisure programs for children and adults with disabilities. Assists the Support Services Manager with overseeing and managing part-time/seasonal employees in supporting programs for individuals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of coordinating and implementing programs while working closely with agency teams to support individuals with disabilities in the least restrictive environment and the most inclusive settings. 
  • Responsible for developing, planning, and organizing recreation programs while working with assigned member districts coordinating before and after school care, preschool, general programs, special events, trips and summer day camp. 
  • Complete observations, assessments and follow up with the necessary paperwork, phone calls, and debriefing after each observation. 
  • Provide training for part-time/seasonal staff and member districts, when needed. 
  • Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot and address behaviors, programming issues, and concerns regarding program issues and participant behaviors.
Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field of study. Must have knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director. 

Scheduling and Pay:
This is a full-time, exempt position. Weekly schedule is generally 40 – 45 hours. Weekends and evenings occasionally based on schedule. Position starting range is $44,722.80 annually DOE.

Benefits we offer: 
  • Medical Coverage                              
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Group Life Insurance 
  • AFLAC Indemnity Plans
  • IMRF Pension Plan
  • Mission Square Retirement 457b Plan
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation Days
  • Sick Days
  • Personal Days
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To Apply:  Visit us at to complete an online application and submit your current resume.  For questions on this position please call Darleen Negrillo - Superintendent of Administrative Services at (847)392-2848 or email at

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 Northwest Special Recreation Association


Darleen Negrillo

 Closing Date

September 29, 2023

 $44,500.00 - $48,500.00

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), is a two-time National Gold Medal winner and leader in the field of special recreation. WDSRA is a progressive organization that is focused on meeting the needs of both its communities and its employees in the best manner possible. We are seeking motivated, qualified professionals to join our dynamic team. We are building our culture through flexibility and work-life integration, a competitive benefits package, a supportive team environment, and a renewed focus on talent management. We hope you consider applying to become a valued member of our energetic and enthusiastic organization.

The Inclusion supervisor candidate should be energetic, detail-oriented, creative at solving problems, and passionate about inclusion.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

• Provide specialty training to seasonal inclusion staff in areas of ADA compliance, and behavior management, handle with care crisis management techniques and oversee their performance in inclusion programs, and mentor/support staff as needed.

• Analyze member district program requirements then secure appropriate staff support based on participant needs and staff skillset, create/secure necessary support tools, and provide appropriate communications with all parties to ensure a successful inclusion experience.

• Assess participant needs and develop individualized accommodation plans addressing ADA compliance, and behavior management and handle with care crisis management techniques to ensure each participant's success and safety during inclusion programs. Maintain participant records by conducting new family intakes and updating medical information as needed.

• Develop and conduct training sessions for full-time and seasonal member district staff on the inclusion process and best practices, ADA compliance, disability awareness, behavior management, and crisis management. Develop & maintain relationships with member district staff and provide mentoring/on-site assistance.

• Maintain up-to-date program records in registration, seasonal staff scheduling, timekeeping database, and various other spreadsheets to accurately report participation, seasonal staff hours worked, inclusion billing, etc.

• Approve seasonal inclusion staff timesheets for bi-weekly payroll processing.

• Fill the role of Head Instructor, Assistant, Driver, or Inclusion staff as needed in programs by executing established lesson plans, encouraging participant engagement, and ensuring participant safety. Monitor after-hours/weekend phone and respond to on-call situations as needed.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Fulfill your job duties in line with agency policies, mission, vision, core values, and cultural expectations


• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university based on a major in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field

• A minimum of three (3) years working with individuals with disabilities

• Behavior Management, training, and scheduling experience preferred

A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and/or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) preferred

To apply go to:

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 Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)


Lisa Santoria

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 32,000 - 38,000


To be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of services to participants and employees with disabilities and the provision of special recreation programs and services for McDonough County year round.


A Bachelor's degree in Parks & Recreation or Bachelor's degree in a related field combined with four years of progressive experience in leading and supervising special recreation programs. Qualified candidates must also have a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) certification or ability to complete and pass the certification exam within one year of employment.


To organize a work schedule as to who will be working which events to the extent that they designate who is to be the Program Leaders and who will be the Program Assistant for different events throughout the season schedule.

To create, develop, plan, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate a full spectrum of the special recreation programs that offer a balance in the physical, social, cognitive, and affective domains.

To select, train, coach, and evaluate the Program Leader, the Program Assistants, and the Volunteer Program Assistants, and all of the participants.

To provide quality customer service to all patrons, guests, and other district employees.

To actively seek and develop creative approaches to inclusive recreation.

For a complete description of the position, Please visit

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 Macomb Park District


Rachel Lenz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 43,000-46,000 DOQ

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 recreation 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:                              Regional Coordinator
                                            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.  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, program planning, and possess leadership abilities in a variety of recreation areas with special populations.  Must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Class “D” driver’s license, and certification by Handle with Care and First Aid/CPR/AED or obtainable upon hire.             
Summary: Plan, implement and evaluate year round recreation programs and budgets for assigned programs.  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 Saturday hours.  Active participation in strategic planning and overall agency development.
Salary:  Beginning salary $43,000-$46,000 - commensurate with experience
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: Rebecca Moore, CTRS, CPRP - Senior Manager of Recreation
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)


Rebecca Moore

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Recreation Specialist - Full Time

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


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. Candidate must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) highly desired.


The chosen candidate will work with a team of recreational professionals in the provision of specialized services for individuals with disabilities. This position will include assisting with the organization and implementation of recreation services and program leadership for individuals of all ages and abilities. This includes preparation of program budgets, supervision and mentoring of support staff, transportation of program participants, completion of written work including brochure descriptions and reports.

The Recreation Specialist will assist with agency outreach efforts, development of new programs and services, development and maintenance of working relationships with consumers/parents/affiliates.


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, Discretionary Days


Full Job description, with more detailed information on the position, along with the application is available at


Colleen Cline • Recreation Manager

Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association • 1770 West Centennial Place • Addison, IL 60101

630-620-4500 /

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 Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association


Colleen Cline

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled