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Serve as an integral part of a highly collaborative, 7-person marketing and communications team committed to fostering a dynamic culture of continuous improvement while celebrating the benefits of recreation to a community of 150,000 residents. The Communications Manager will work on a wide variety of communications-focused projects to support internal departments in addition to generating content to promote the organization and educate the community (e.g., blogs, podcasting, special events) while staying true to our mission, vision and core values.

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To be considered for this position, interested individuals must complete the online application accessible at Materials submitted through mail, email, or fax will not be considered.

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 Naperville Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $60,000-$65,000 DOQ

DeKalb Park District
Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Recreation
TITLE: Recreation Supervisor 1

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of a variety of recreation programs and events including aquatics, rentals of District facilities and venues, adult and teen variety programs, fitness and wellness, day trips, 4th of July entertainment and programming, specialty camps, and other community events Hires, trains, schedules, supervises and evaluates program staff, prepares and monitors program budgets and assists with marketing and promoting programs to the community. Oversees the daily operations and maintenance of Haish Gymnasium and Hopkins Pool, including staffing, facility scheduling and risk management.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Superintendent of Recreation

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly supervises Aquatics Supervisor, facility staff including building supervisors, maintenance staff and office/front desk staff along with a variety of part-time and seasonal recreation program staff and instructors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties and responsibilities listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a full and exhaustive listing of all of the duties and responsibilities of this position.

1.Develops, plans and conducts instructional, recreational, and educational programs andevents that are relevant to the community. Areas of responsibility include but are notlimited to aquatics, rentals of District facilities and venues, adult and teen varietyprograms, fitness and wellness, day trips, 4th of July entertainment and programming,specialty camps, and other community events.
2.Continually researches and identifies national and local trends in recreation and educational programming and develops similar programs and opportunities for District residents and participants.
3.Evaluates programs, events, and facilities under assigned area of responsibility. Makes recommendations to improve, modify, continue, or eliminate the program offerings to the public.
4.Actively seeks feedback from the public to ensure the current roster of recreational, educational and aquatic programming, events and services are meeting the needs of the community and the long and short-term goals of the District.
5.Actively assists in the marketing and promoting of programs and facilities within assigned area of responsibility including the development of program material for the seasonal brochure.
6.Assists with coordinating and instructing CPR and First Aid training for the District,including oversight of lifeguard training and certifications.
7.Oversees the daily operations of Haish Gymnasium and Hopkins Pool including staffing,scheduling, coordination of outside users, rentals and District programs.
8.Schedules and monitors daily maintenance of Haish Gymnasium and Hopkins Pool.Plans and implements seasonal maintenance tasks.
9.Oversees program registration functions and maintains program records for assignedarea of responsibility. Displays proficiency at using the District’s registration software.Accounts for all funds received and daily deposits.
10.Responsible for the development and implementation of the budget under assigned area of responsibility. Monitors revenues and expenditures and prepares reports as requested. Authorizes departmental purchases within policy limitations. Makes recommendations for capital improvements.
11.Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates staff to provide quality recreational, educational and aquatic programming in a safe environment for both participants and staff.
12.Promotes a positive image for the District by providing excellent customer service and responding to inquiries and complaints in a timely and professional manner.
13.Incorporates risk management practices in the implementation of programs and facility operations. Completes reports, documentation, and District wide assessments. Complies with overall District risk management goals and objectives.
14.Works closely and cooperatively with other department heads and staff in a team environment.
13.Attends all meetings as requested and maintains open communication with the Superintendent of Recreation.
15.Other duties as assigned.

1.Periodically substitutes for absent staff, program supervisors, or instructors as necessary.
2.Instructs and certifies District staff in First Aid and CPR, including oversight of lifeguardtraining and certifications.
3.Participates in community groups and committees that relate to area of responsibility.
4.Serves on internal District committees or project teams as assigned.
5.Attends conferences, seminars, and educational sessions and participates in professional associations as they pertain to area of responsibility.

1.Education and Experience:
A. Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation or related field.
B. Two (2) - four (4) years of experience in recreation administration with an emphasis on supervision, recreation programming and facility management.

2.Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A. Considerable knowledge of all phases of recreational, educational and aquatic programming.
B. Ability to develop and run innovative programs that meet the needs of the community.
C. Ability to hire, train, lead and direct staff in an effective manner.
D. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written format.
E. Facility management skills to include daily operations and maintenance.
F. Basic computer skills and an ability to learn and display proficiency at using the District’s registration software.
G. Ability to interact with customers in a professional manner and resolve complaints and issues in a timely manner.
H. Ability to develop and implement program and facility budgets and to be fiscally accountable for areas of responsibility.

1.Possess a Certified Park and Recreational Professional (CPRP) certification.
2.Possess a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification.
3.Possess CPR, First Aid, and AED instructor certification.
4.Bilingual preferred, but not required.

1.Possess a valid driver’s license.
2.Must have or obtain certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED.
3.Evenings, weekends and holiday hours will be required at times.

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to drive, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, see, hear, and speak. The position requires substantial time on the phone, sitting while using a computer and sitting at a desk. The employee may need to stand for prolonged periods of time and be required to walk, run, jog or perform other physical maneuvers in order to demonstrate a skill or component of a program.
The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. by themselves and 75 lbs. with assistance.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties associated with this job the employee may work near people playing a variety of sports, instructors conducting youth/adult activities or specialized program classes, or near a fitness area, gymnasium or field house. The employee may be occasionally exposed to loud noises such as fireworks or noises associated with athletic or special events with crowds. The position is exposed to outdoor weather conditions, including extreme heat and humidity, cold, rain and/or snow.

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference and /or background check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

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 DeKalb Park District


Mark Copple
8157586663 x7283

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $161,000 - $233,450 DOQ

The Winnetka Board of Park Commissioners is seeking to hire an Executive Director with well-rounded experience in parks, beaches, recreation programming, facility management, and working with a board of commissioners. The ideal candidate must have a proven record of being a strong, collaborative leader who is able to combine vision, strategy, and innovation in the oversight of the Winnetka Park District. The ideal candidate also will be a decisive, community-engaged leader with the ability to establish and maintain trusting relationships with staff, board members, community leaders and the community at large. 

The Winnetka Park District is a separate governmental entity and serves approximately 14,500 residents. The community covers 4.8 miles in Northern Cook County adjacent to Lake Michigan, approximately 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. A board of seven elected Park Board commissioners sets policy and conducts the official business of the District. The Executive Director, who is hired by the Board, manages the day-to-day operations of the District and oversees a staff of approximately 30 full-time, 47 part-time, and 230 seasonal employees. Each year, the District offers more than 1,200 programs and special events for everyone to enjoy. The District also offers 26 parks, 5 beaches, and 4 facilities and has an annual operating budget of more than $12,000,000. The Park District is a member of the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) and works collaboratively to provide recreational activities for residents with special needs. 

The successful candidate will:  
● Have a commitment to the preservation and protection of parks and open space, the maintenance and continuous improvement of the park district facilities, programs, and special events. 
● Be experienced in the principles of good governance and working collaboratively to build consensus among board members. 
● Be a well-respected collaborative leader able to effectively engage with a highly talented team of employees, commissioners, agency partners, the school district, and the Village of Winnetka. 
● Possess a clear vision and goals for the agency’s future and communicate that vision clearly and effectively to staff and all sectors of the community. 
● Have strong planning, project management, and facility renovation experience.  
● Possess the financial skills and experience to support and lead the District’s fiscal future. 
● Possess well-developed oral and written communication skills; comfortable with public speaking and making presentations. 
● Be supportive of the employees’ ongoing development and quickly identify what motivates each employee to succeed. 
● Demonstrate the ability to build a strong, cohesive, and highly motivated team and rally support around a common goal. 
● Be a transformative leader, a conductor/connector who solicits input, makes sound recommendations or decisions, acts confidently and decisively. 
● Have a proven track record of connecting with stakeholders and working innovatively to deliver the parks, programs and services desired by the community. 
● Be present, approachable, a good listener and open-minded with community members, board members, and staff. 
● Be a person who leads and motivates by personal example, encouraging high standards of performance, productivity, accountability and ethical conduct from self and all staff. 
● Participate and engage in various District and community events and programs. 

Experience and Education:  

● Must have experience leading an organization of similar complexity and have a broad range of experience with the diverse types of community-based recreation services, programs, and facilities that the Winnetka Park District offers. 
● Should have at least 10 years of progressive management and operational experience at a parks and recreation agency, park district, municipal department, or related field with experience overseeing the management of a large team of employees. 5 years of experience as a Director reporting to an elected board is preferred. 
● Graduate from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Leisure Studies, Facility Management, Public Administration, Business, Finance, or a related field; Master’s degree is a plus. 
● Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) designation is preferred. 

The starting salary range for this position is $161,000 - $233,450. The actual salary will be determined by the selected candidate’s qualifications and commensurate experience. Additionally, the Winnetka Park District offers an extensive benefit plan, including a defined benefit pension plan, competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance, 457 savings plan, car allowance, flexible spending plan, and a variety of other recreational benefits. 

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by Friday, October 6, 2023. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Joe DeLuce or Chuck Balling, Vice Presidents, and Executive  Recruiters, GovHR USA. TEL: 847-380-3240 Ext.130  

The Winnetka Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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 Winnetka Park District


Joe DeLuce or Chuck Balling
847-380-3240 Ext.130

 Closing Date

October 06, 2023

 $61,049 - $72,000

ABOUT US: The Des Plaines Park District, established in 1919, features more than 50 parks and facilities. As an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency, we service a culturally diverse and growing community with hundreds of affordable recreational and educational programs, classes, and events for kids, teens, adults, and families each season. "Enriching Lives Everyday" is our vision and our constant goal. 

Job Title: Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
Grade: 9   - $61,049 - $72,000
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Department: Parks

Reports to: Superintendent of Parks & Planning
Supervises: Full Time Landscape I, Landscape II , Assistant Landscape Supervisor, Seasonal/Part-Time Grounds Maintenance Workers

BASIC FUNCTION: The Landscape Maintenance, with the assistance of the Assistant Landscape Supervisor, is directly responsible for the coordination and supervision of landscape, forestry and horticultural related maintenance operations to provide safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds. In addition this position oversees all sports field maintenance and inspections.

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 7:00-3:30pm

  1. Maintain the daily grounds maintenance operations for the district.
  2. Oversee the high production mowing of approximately 330 acres of land.
  3. Plan, coordinates and implements the horticultural program for turf, ornamentals and landscaped beds.
  4. Plan, develops and coordinates maintenance schedules, landscape improvements and renovations.
  5. Oversee hiring, staff schedules, daily direction and evaluations for assigned staff.
  6. Plans and oversees budget.
  7. Oversee the seasonal preparations of sports field’s district wide including seasonal irrigation start up and shut down.
  8. Oversee staff in charge of daily maintenance operations of Mountain View Mine including course preparations, custodial cleaning and pond maintenance.
  9. Coordinate the design of all planting beds.
  10. Coordinate with the Recreation Department by overseeing the daily requirements for sports field use.
  11. Operate trade specific equipment such as; skid steer, boom lift, back hoe, z-turn mower, and snow plow.
  12. Diagnose/identify plant problems and recommends and implements remedies.
  13. Regularly coordinates maintenance activities with other supervisors.
  14. Manage urban forest thru oversight of removals, plantings, pruning and tree inventory management.
  15. Establish standards and procedures for operations.
  16. Complete purchasing of supplies and equipment.
  17. Winter Operations including snow and ice removal and ice rink establishment and maintenance.

  1. Make recommendations and prepares specifications for capital and other improvements as assigned.
  2. Attend training sessions for professional development.
  3. Inform all staff of any changes in policy, procedures or rules handed down by supervisors.
  4. Manage the tree of life program.
  5. Wildlife management throughout parks as assigned.
  6. Supervise storage of landscape related chemicals.
  7. Assist patrons with providing information as requested.
  8. Follow all safety policies and procedures as outlined in the Park District Safety and Crisis Manuals.
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned.
  10. Member of Park District committee(s) as assigned.

Education:   Associates degree or certification program requiring two years of Horticulture or Landscape Architecture studies.
Experience:  Three years to five years related experience with supervisory experience included.

In addition to one or both of the above, candidates must have demonstrated competencies within multiple trade disciplines; landscape design, equipment operation, landscaping, golf course maintenance, forestry, ornamental/tree plantings, natural resource management techniques. Must be able to read and understand blueprints/ construction drawings. Basic computer skills: Outlook, Word and Excel.

Certifications: Pesticide Applicator License: Possess at least one of the following with the ability to obtain the remaining licenses within 12 months of employment: Turf Grass, Ornamentals, Aquatics;
CPR and First Aid Certified-classes available through Park District; Valid Illinois Driver’s License          

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • Life insurance (basic & voluntary additional coverage)
  • IMRF Defined Benefit Pension
  • 457 Defined Contribution Plan
  • Paid Time Off (sick, vacation, and personal)
  • Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account with Employer Contribution (for applicable HDHP)
  • Park District Facility & Program Discounts

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 Des Plaines Park District


Nicole Dale

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $80,000 - $85,000

General Statement of Position:  
Plan, supervises, and coordinates the operation and maintenance of District parks and recreation facilities.
Completion of an associate degree in park maintenance, horticulture, or landscape architecture with a minimum of three years landscape maintenance experience; or any combination of relevant education which provide the following: Experience with practical and technical aspects of grounds and building maintenance including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and organizational skills. Ability to prioritize. Must have a valid State of Illinois driver’s license.
Representative Essential Job Functions:
  • Creates and manages the vision, mission, goals, and strategic plan for the Park Services Division to align and support the mission, vision, strategic priorities, and needs of the organization.
  • Develops and implements the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the District. Identifies and implements priorities for capital purchases, improvements, and planned major maintenance. Develops, maintains, and implements a long-range plan for asset acquisition, development, alterations, and planned major maintenance.
  • Plans and directs the implementation of a comprehensive maintenance and facility operations program and total asset management for all District physical assets, including but not limited to parks, properties, athletic fields and courts, structures, equipment, facilities, infrastructure, and equipment.
  • Oversees the creation, implementation, and maintenance of long-range planning documents.
  • Directs capital improvements and the perpetual maintenance and operations of the District’s parks, properties, and open spaces in a manner that supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the District.
  • Oversees the reporting requirements of grants, as well as volunteer and related stewardship programs.
  • Develops, implements, and manages annual capital and operating budgets with support from staff.
  • Directs and oversees implementation of the Division work plan, assigned work, activities, and projects.
  • Recommends, develops, and maintains Division policies and procedures.
  • Coaches, mentors, and trains direct report staff in support of District goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Provides continuous performance management and conducts employee performance evaluations. Addresses performance and/or behavior issues, clarifying expectations and providing feedback.
  • Creates a culture where information sharing, team-based resolutions, cross-training, and process improvements are encouraged, and staff are held accountable for goal achievement and results.
  • Works with Division staff to proactively identify opportunities to improve systems, processes, and services.
  • Prioritizes and organizes work plans based on objectives and desired outcomes. Collaborates and shares responsibility for decisions and monitors progress toward goals by establishing strong feedback channels.
  • Creates and maintains an inclusive work environment that respects diverse ideas, backgrounds, and styles. Creates, drives, and maintains an employee engagement culture.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
To apply please send cover letter and resume to

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 Channahon Park District


Mike Leonard

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled