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 32,000 - $35,000

Recreation Coordinator – Day Camp and Special Events Director Ray Graham Association – Hanson Center, Burr Ridge

Company: Gateway Special Recreation Association – Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities provides year round meaningful therapeutic recreation programming to people with developmental and physical disabilities. Gateway SRA was formed through an intergovernmental agreement and is an extension of the Park Districts of Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Pleasant Dale, Westchester and York Center and the Villages of Hinsdale, Willowbrook, and Countryside. Gateway SRA promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in meaningful activities that maximize their health, well-being, and quality of life. Recreation is a central component of a healthy lifestyle. This philosophy is carried out through all our recreational services for people with developmental and physical disabilities.

Job Description: As a Recreation Coordinator you are responsible for planning and implementing many of the programming aspects of Gateway SRA namely seasonal weekly day camps (i.e., summer, winter, spring), special events, and a variety of programming for the following areas; youth programming, autism specific programming, health and wellness, and cultural arts.

As the agency Special Events Coordinator you will arrange all special events, dances and community outings as offered seasonally, including event budgets, reservations, facilities, ticket payments, staffing, supplies and day of on-site management.

As the agency Day Camp Director you will be responsible for recruitment, interviewing, selecting, training and evaluation of part-time day camp site supervisors, activities supervisors, and counselors. The Day Camp Director is also responsible for camp budgets, staff orientation, facility reservations, field trips planning, securing camp supplies, and camp transportation. Develop activity schedules for each camp, including swimming, therapeutic horsemanship classes, field trips, and special guests. Develop and implement individual positive behavior supports for campers as needed. Assist Superintendent with inclusion assessments requests from member agencies. The Day Camp Director must be able to effectively communicate with families, via phone, printed mail and email.

On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to develop activity plans for assigned special events and weekly programs. Conduct recreational therapy assessments for individuals registering for programs to determine best possible outcome for that program. Communicate all aspects of programming with Superintendent, fellow Recreation Coordinators, part time Recreation Leaders and Aides. To achieve this, you will be working as part of a comprehensive team to ensure Gateway SRA is providing the best quality therapeutic recreation programming to members in our area. Gateway SRA also promotes full participation in professional development areas by attending Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section meetings, workshops, and conferences. We encourage Coordinators to join committees within IPRA, ITRS and other professional development commitments as related to job duties.

Requirements and Qualifications: Ray Graham Association and Gateway SRA is looking for someone who can demonstrate professionalism, dedication, compassion, collaboration and teamwork to promote the core mission and values of our association. You will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with a concentration on Therapeutic Recreation, Adapted Physical Education, Special Education, or related field and will have a minimum of 1-3 years of experience in working with people with disabilities and supervision of part time employees. Potential candidates will be willing to travel between Ray Graham Association/Gateway SRA office and various member park districts and meetings, available for evening and weekend programs, on-call for specific assigned programs, overnight programs, actively participate in professional committees/conferences, and ability to pass pre-employment background check. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. Have knowledge or ability to design and create agency marketing materials for programs, special events, and fundraiser. Be available to attend community events for promotion of Gateway SRA/Ray Graham Association programs and services and willing to engage in conversations with community members about services provided and answer questions related to Gateway SRA/Ray Graham Association.

How To Apply: Cover letters and resumes may be submitted by January 15, 2018 via post mail or online submission at

Attention: Ms. Ryan Massengill Superintendent of Recreation Ray Graham Association/Gateway SRA 15W431 59th Steet Burr Ridge, IL 60527

 Gateway Special Recreation Association


Ms. Ryan Massengill
630-325-3857 ex.110

 Closing Date

January 15, 2018  Print