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Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator

SALARY/SALARY RANGE: This is a Full -Time salaried position ranging from $34,000 - $36,000/yr.

FLSA: Exempt

BENEFITS: Complete medical/health/life/vision and dental package; vacation, holidays, personal and sick days; IMRF pension plan, 457b, NCTRC, IPRA and ATRA Membership, continuing education, and the Member District leisure benefits.

DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The Executive Director

RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTLY SUPERVISING: Assists Executive Director with supervising Part-Time Staff, Volunteers, Day Camp Site Directors, Interns


Responsible for the interviewing, training and orientating, supervising and managing agency part-time staff, Volunteers, Interns, and Program Leaders to work with individuals with different abilities participating in recreation and leisure programs and services within the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association (KSRA) five member districts. Responsible for maintaining part-time staff records including statistics and preparing monthly and quarterly board reports. Coordinates staffing for all programs, secures subs for programs, assist with part-time staff recruitment and the proofing of part-time staff payroll. Represent KSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone. To assist with the coordination of all aspects of the General, Camp, and Inclusion programming for individuals with different abilities. To support the Inclusion process for individuals with different abilities participating in recreation and leisure programs and services within the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association (KSRA) 5 member districts, in cooperation with the member district staff, the participants and parents/guardians. To assist the Executive Director with in-service training for member district staff and KSRA staff regarding Inclusion and ADA.


  1. Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study.

  2. Must have knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with different abilities.

  3. Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or the ability to get certified within an allotted time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director.

  4. Must have a minimum of two years of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions, and experience in planning and implementation of a wide range of recreation programs for people with disabilities.

  6. Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activity programs for recreation, leisure and therapeutic recreation programs.

  7. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with full-time staff, student interns, part-time staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, participants, park district and school district personnel, as well as members of the general public.

  8. Experience in the supervision, training and evaluation of part time employees with a supervisory style that includes well-developed organizational skills.

  9. Must demonstrate strong leadership qualities; confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism.

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 Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association


Dawn Schaefer

 Closing Date

October 10, 2018


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Description: Under the supervision of the Jewett Park Program Manager, the recreation supervisor is responsible for the supervision of a variety of before and after school programs, summer camps, school enrichments and several district special events.

Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in Parks and Recreation, Education or a related field is required. A minimum of 2 years of programming experience required. CPRP is preferred. Work experience with school age youth and programming needed. In addition, candidate should possess strong skills in leadership, staff development, innovative programming along with excellent communication and customer service skills.

Responsibilities: Includes the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of part time staff in areas of position's responsibilities. Preparation and management of annual budgets for assigned programs and events. Planning, organization, implementation and supervision of Before and After School Care, After School Club, After School Enrichment programs, Holiday Camps, Before and After Camp Care, after camp programming, summer lunch concerts and Kids Flea Market. Purchase, distribute and maintain proper inventory of all supplies and materials. Management of program participant's electronic emergency, health history and allergy forms.

Position is a non-exempt full-time position. The district offers a benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 457 plan(s), IMRF pension, vacation, holiday and sick time.

Resumes and cover letters may be sent to: or complete an application at

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 Deerfield Park District


Linda Anderson

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Range $12.00 - $15.00 per hour

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Job Title: EAGLES Assistant Supervised by: EAGLES Manager Position Status: Permanent Part Time Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday from 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.


The EAGLES Assistant is responsible for assisting with the EAGLES Program. This includes providing a safe, learning environment for the participants and staff, assisting the coordinator and leader with program planning and lesson plans, and purchasing supplies.

Position Qualifications:
• High School Diploma required; college degree preferred. • Two years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. • Valid Driver’s License, CDL, CPR/First Aid, CPI/Conflict Resolution. Must have these certifications or be able to obtain within six months. • 21 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others. • Availability to commit to working Monday – Friday approximately 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. year round with some holiday breaks.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist EAGLES Coordinator in the development, planning, and implementation of daily activities for EAGLES participants. • Successfully work with Full-Time staff, EAGLES Leader and other Assistants, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs. • Discuss and concerns and issues with EAGLES Coordinator. • Participate and supervise in all planned activities.
• Know the physical, mental, and medical limitations of all participants; be prepared to provide appropriate attention to all participants in all situations. • Ensure safety factors relative to program and participant needs. • Know and use proper disciplinary techniques; provide behavior management when necessary. • Be available to listen to parental concerns and answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff. • Create some lesson plans which include appropriate activities, contacts, and timelines. • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained. • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures.

Marginal Responsibilities:
• Motivate staff and participants to initiate success. Be flexible to change when considering their needs. • Act as an advocate for the participant when necessary. • Provide behavior management when necessary. • Be dependable and punctual. • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program. • Gathering, loading, transporting, and setting up equipment if necessary.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: • Safety and Security: Use good safety awareness, judgment and follow SEASPAR policies at all times; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment following manufacturer safety instructions; and follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures. • Problem Solving: Identify and appropriately resolve problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics. • Interpersonal Skills: Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others’ ideas; and try new things. • Oral Communication/Language Skills: Speak clearly and effectively in all situations; listen and ask for clarification from supervisor if needed; respond appropriately to questions; read and interpret all necessary agency documents. • Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; be able to interpret written information; and present clear, legible handwriting for all SEASPAR forms and documents. • Judgment/Reasoning Ability: Exhibit sound and accurate judgment when making all program related decisions; solve problems involving a few concrete variable; include appropriate people in the decision making process. • Professionalism: Approach others in a tactful manner, react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments. • Adaptability: Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method as necessary; deal with frequent changes, delays, unexpected events or program cancellations. • Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrate consistent attendance and on time arrival; ensure responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings, in-services, and trainings on time. • Dependability: Follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary; and complete tasks on time. • Leadership: Lead participants to have successful recreation experiences, demonstrate positive interactions with other staff members, individuals with disabilities, and parents/guardians; the ability to enlist the support of others to accomplish a common task. • Adaptability: Adapt activities based on the skill level and needs of each participant to encourage appropriate participation on a regular basis.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or transfer up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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Cathy Morava

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Hours: Tuesday’s Tot classes from 4:30-6:15pm, Thursdays Hip Hop/Tap/Solo/Duets classes from 4:30pm-9pm and Saturday’s Tot classes from 9:30am-11:45am. Substitute hours may vary depending on when you are needed.

Qualifications: Must be currently instructing classes. Previous experience interacting and teaching children are a plus. Must meet minimum qualification to teach beginner level classes of three or more disciplines. Must be CPR and First Aid certification. Must have a valid IL driver’s license and provide own transportation.

Duties: Under the direction and supervision of the Recreation Supervisor, the Dance Instructor is responsible for teaching a variety of dance programs. The Dance Instructor is responsible for general classroom management, planning, and instruction including dance terminology, warm ups, basic stretching, dance technique, and choreographed routines. During the recital session, instructors are responsible for selecting costumes, assisting in measuring dancers, assisting in handing out costumes and any information that is needed. This is an at-will position.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out our job application online:

Contact: Andrea Wilford, Recreation Supervisor Contact E-mail: Phone: (847) 818-3200 x225 Address: 3705 Pheasant Drive Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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 Rolling Meadows Park District


Andrea Wilford

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 40,000-50,000 DOQ

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For consideration: Please submit your resume, cover letter, one example of a writing sample (preferably meeting minutes, staff report, or something narrative), and one example of a graphic design you were responsible for to Debbie Trueblood, Executive Director, at . No phone calls, please. Application closes Monday, October 1 at noon Central Time. Location: La Grange, IL Type: This is a full time, non-exempt position. Required Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience. Main Responsibilities: This position reports to the Executive Director and is 50% marketing and 50% administrative support. This critical support role is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Executive Director and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Board of Directors as well as the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Board of Directors through preparing board minutes, coordinating logistics for statewide board meetings, facilitating communication, scheduling meetings, managing logistics, etc. Further, this person is also responsible for marketing projects including graphic design, in collaboration with the Outreach Director, which may include drafting/graphic designing and sending marketing materials with creativity and has the sole responsibility for social media marketing under our IPRA, IPRF, and Unplug Illinois brands. Additional duties include: • Collaborating with staff and volunteers on the foundation’s fundraising efforts, • Supporting the volunteers on the scholarship application/review/approval process. • Office management/supply management/distributing mail, • Scheduling meetings, • Proof reading, • And serving as a backup for answering and responding to phone calls, answering questions whenever possible and transferring calls as appropriate. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience. • Minimum three years of administrative experience and/or two years’ experience in marketing. • Experience working for a non-profit organization or association preferred. • Must have experience taking minutes during a meeting not using a recording. • Willingness to work occasionally outside of business hours. • Ability to travel to local meetings and events to take pictures or assist. • Ability to travel for short business trips (including one week each January and five overnight board meetings per year, one additional national conference per year). Skillset needed: • Must write professionally and accurately. • Must be creative for marketing, social media, and graphic design work. • Must maintain professional demeanor. • Must have positive attitude and support our mission. • Must be self-directed and work with limited supervision. • Must be proficient with Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point. Compensation and Benefits • Hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30, working on site at the office in La Grange. While a 40-hour work week will be the norm, occasionally overtime will be expected. • IPRA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance (after 30 days on the job) for the employee and their family. Currently, IPRA pays for 95% of the employee’s insurance premiums and 90% of the family premiums. • IPRA provides short term disability insurance, long term disability insurance, and life insurance. • In the 401K program, IPRA will match one-for-one up to the first 2.5% of the employee’s salary that the employee contributes to his or her account. Additionally, IPRA currently contribute 5% of the employee’s annual salary to the plan. • IPRA offers 12 vacation days a year (accruing throughout the year), 2 personal days per year, 12 sick days per year (accruing throughout the year), 11 paid holidays, and 2 floating paid holidays per year. • IPRA offers opportunities for professional development. • Once given, the offer of employment will be contingent upon the individual's successful completion of a drug test, criminal background check, reference check, and driver’s license abstract review. • IPRA is an equal opportunity employer. Our association: Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s (IPRA) mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. IPRA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our members are the individual professionals in the park and recreation industry in Illinois. IPRA is a small staff of eight people. Our largest event is a professional conference held in Chicago each year which attracts over 4,000 people. IPRA also provides a variety of educational offerings for our members statewide. For more information about IPRA, please call us or visit the IPRA website:

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 Illinois Park & Recreation Association


Debbie Trueblood

 Closing Date

October 1, 2018