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 $48,000 - $55,000

JOB TITLE: Recreation Services Manager - Athletics Programs (FLSA Exempt)

SUPERVISOR: Athletic Program and Facilities Manager


The Recreation Services Manager is responsible for organizing, creating, budgeting, promoting and implementing a variety of adult and youth athletic programs as designated by the Athletic Program and Facilities Manager. The Recreation Services Manager is under the direct supervision of the Athletic Program and Facilities Manager but is granted opportunities for independent supervision over part time staff and volunteers in related areas of responsibility.


Graduate of a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education with a Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, or closely related field; minimum two (2) years full-time related experience required in recreation program management; or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


• Demonstrated knowledge, creativity and skill in programming a variety of youth and adult athletic programs along with special events as assigned.

• Working knowledge of principles, practices, and objectives of youth and adult athletics programming and management, and community recreation.

• Must possess the ability to hire, organize, direct and lead the work of subordinate employees for program responsibilities.

• Must have good oral and written communication skills; ability to work with minimal supervision, to solve problems and produce work on a timely basis.

• Demonstrated initiative, dependability, professionalism, resourcefulness, and management skills with the ability to work in a positive manner with the general public, Park District staff and Board of Commissioners.

• Must able to read, write and speak in English. Bi-lingual a plus. • CPR/AED certification.

• Valid Illinois driver’s license required.


• Organizes, implements and evaluates a comprehensive selection of youth and adult athletic programs designed to meet the needs of the community.

• Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, terminates, schedules and evaluates all staff for programs, volunteers, and instructors. • Orders and distributes program supplies to instructors as needed.

• Maintains appropriate inventory and supply for all programs in area.

• Prepares annual budget projections and monitors revenue and expenses in areas of responsibility.

• Prepares monthly board reports, bi-weekly payroll, program evaluations, annual reports, and any special reports requested by the Superintendent of Recreation Programs and Facilities.

• Prepares seasonal program guide information and creates publicity materials in cooperation with the marketing personnel.

• Evaluates the effectiveness of existing programs and submits recommendations for program development, changes and pricing structure to the Athletic Program and Facilities Manager or Superintendent of Recreation Programs and Facilities.

• Maintains required records of programs, fees and participation statistics as required.

• Works cooperatively with Risk Management Conducts required training and safety programs as established and recognized by the Wheeling Park District.

• Utilizes district’s computer software and systems applicable to area.

• Researches current trends and develops new programs in response to the community’s needs and desires.

• Communicates maintenance issues repairs and coordinates room setup as well as school, park, and gym scheduling as needed for programs and activities with the appropriate staff.

• Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with affiliated groups and community organizations.

• Ensures goals are being met within area of responsibility as well as being a productive team member to achieve division and department goals.

• Supports and exhibits the organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition and appreciation, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people. Must support and demonstrate organizational values and quality standards of the Wheeling Park District.


• Attends professional conferences and workshops to promote knowledge in related areas of responsibility.

• Attends all meetings when appropriate. Maintains a clean and organized work environment. Coordinate assistance as needed from Parks for programs.

• Performs other duties as assigned from Supervisor such as special projects or tasks.


The employee shall be considered to be on duty whenever a need exists for their services. This will require non-traditional work hours that will vary depending on the season and workload.


We offer a competitive starting salary of $48,000 - $55,000 based on qualifications and experience.

In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefits package including: Medical Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, or PPO, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Pension/Benefit Plan (IMRF), and more.


 Wheeling Park District


Jennifer Sweeney

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