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 $48,000 - $55,000

JOB TITLE: Recreation Services Manager - Special Events & Fine Arts Programs (FLSA Exempt)

SUPERVISOR: Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities


The Recreation Services Manager is responsible for organizing, creating, budgeting, promoting and implementing a variety of community-wide special events, youth dance and enrichment programs and birthday parties as designated by the Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities. The Manager is under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Recreation Programs & Facilities 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 3 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 and managing community-wide special events as well as partner with other lead staff, part-time staff, and volunteers in the planning, execution and supervision of shared large-scale events.

• Working knowledge of principles, practices, and objectives of preschool, youth and adult 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 events and 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 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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