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 $110,490 to $145,847, DOQ

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Lincolnwood, IL. (Population 12,590) is located 10 miles north of downtown Chicago is seeking highly professional, energetic candidates interested in serving as its next Director of Parks and Recreation. This Department Director position includes both administrative and managerial work related to planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Parks and Recreation Department. The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate the interpersonal skills and judgment to create trust, deliver results and mentor staff.

Lincolnwood serves as the gateway to Chicagoland’s North Shore, and it is an ethnically diverse community with tree-lined streets, beautiful neighborhoods and parks, an excellent school system, and prosperous business community. The outstanding quality of life in Lincolnwood is greatly enhanced by a quality Parks and Recreation Department.

The present-day Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department evolved from The Lincolnwood Day Association, a non-profit organization which began to acquire land to build a network of neighborhood playgrounds in Lincolnwood. In 1955 a Parks and Recreation Board was created to establish, maintain, and conduct recreation programs. Since that time, the name was changed to the Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department.

The Department has grown to include management of 13 parks, an aquatics center, and a 5,038 square foot community center. The Parks and Recreation Department relies heavily on partnerships with the school district and area businesses and community groups to fulfill the recreation needs of its residents. The Department now offers a wide variety of programs and events including aquatics, seniors, summer camps, fitness, after school programs, athletics, outdoor recreation and special events.

The next Director shall:

 •    Have a strong commitment to excellent customer service and be highly collaborative leader with a proven track record in the management of parks, recreation facilities and programs in a municipal environment.

 •    Be an active leader with a professional and engaging communication style with respect to residents, elected and appointed officials, the business community, and staff.

 •    Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field, from a four-year college or university and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, public administration, or related field is required. 

 •    Have at least five years progressive experience in parks and recreation or a related field, is required.

 •    Be a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

The Village of Lincolnwood offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Starting salary for the position is $110,490 to $145,847, DOQ.

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references online by August 15, 2021, to the attention of GovHR USA-Charles Balling and Steve Scholten at

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 Village of Lincolnwood


Charles Balling or Steve Scholten

 Closing Date

August 15, 2021

 $42,500-$45,500 DOQ

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The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association is looking for a trustworthy therapeutic recreation professional who is ready for the job of a lifetime! Join our fun work atmosphere filled with innovative staff. Does compassion for individuals with disabilities just come naturally for you? Do you have a theater background? The NISRA team could be the place for you.

Our NISRA core values of FUN, PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, TRUSTWORTHY AND INNOVATIVE clearly describe the culture by which we are guided in all of our programs, people we hire and places where we provide services.

Position: Manager of Cultural Arts/Adult Day Program-Full Time Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association 285 Memorial Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 459-0737

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, social work or a related field with three years of progressive full-time experience. Current certifications as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (or attained after one year) or Certified Parks & Recreation Professional (or attained one year after eligibility). Must have an extensive knowledge of recreation activities and program planning and possess leadership abilities in a variety of recreation areas with special populations. Experience with staff supervision including recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation. Must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to work independently. Class “D” driver’s license, and certification by Handle with Care and First Aid/CPR/AED or obtainable upon hire.

Summary: Oversee all operations of the agency Cultural Arts programs and Adult Day Program. Develop and maintain relationships with families, member districts and service organizations and collaborators. Supervise and lead programs, special events and overnight trips. Complete training to drive agency vehicles. Work schedule will include evening and possibly Saturday hours. Active participation in strategic planning and overall agency development.

Salary: Salary range: $42,500-$45,500 DOQ

Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance package, pension plan, monthly travel reimbursement & cell phone stipend, sick, vacation, holidays, personal days and deferred compensation program available.

Hiring Manager: Dana Seehafer, CPRP Senior Manager of Operations

To Apply: Go to and follow the link to employment and volunteering.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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 Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)


Dana Seehafer
815-459-0737 Ext 227

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $13.00 - $17.00

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TITLE: Guest Service Representative (FLSA non-exempt)

SUPERVISOR: Guest Service Manager


•Prefer High School or further Education

•Previous office or customer service experience helpful but not necessary

•CPR/AED certification preferred.


•General computer skills.

•Ability to deal with guests diplomatically, handle conflict appropriately and answer questions regarding Park District operations.


The Guest Service Representative is responsible for greeting and assisting guests.


•Develop general knowledge of Park District programs to respond to specific questions and to direct guests to the appropriate staff.

•Greet guests.

•Open/close Guest Service office.

•Answer telephone and provide accurate information or direct calls appropriately, taking accurate messages when necessary.

•Familiarity with the facility floor plan and emergency/evacuation procedures.

•Familiarity with the day’s activities scheduled in the facility.

•Handle cash.

•Process program registrations and appropriate paperwork and waivers.

•Process/issue photo Identification cards to pass holders, members and employees.

•Operate office machines.

•Maintain a clean and organized work environment.

•Attend staff meetings/trainings.

•Performs the job safely and in compliance with Park District policies, procedures, work and safety rules.

•Maintain necessary files.

•Process incoming/outgoing mail.

•Work as scheduled.

•Supports and exhibits the established organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people.


•Attend required training and safety programs.

•Perform other duties or special projects as assigned.


The work week shall be designated by the Guest Service Manager as necessary to provide proper service and support to internal and external guests. The number of hours will be an average of 15-20 per week.




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 Wheeling Park District


Bethany Koudelka

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Under the direction of the Fitness Manager, the Membership Services Coordinator assists in membership relations at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, including maintaining the membership base and the coordination of membership programs.

Responsibilities: Responsible for providing excellent customer service and developing customer relations while assisting prospective and current members with membership and service options. Greet customers in a friendly manner when entering and exiting the building, as well as during member interactions. Register membership with varying billing options ensuring accuracy of paperwork. Take registration for all Park District programs and have a general knowledge of PDHP offerings serving as Rec center front line staff. Assist members with all membership transactions. Responsible for auditing the recreation management system and contacting members to clear account debts. Assist with Recreation Center special events and programs. Regularly communicate with Rec Center managers and supervisors regarding membership projects, concerns, or information relative to the coordination/maintenance of facility operations. Serve as the Manager on Duty in the absence of managers and supervisors. Maintain the cleanliness of workspace as well as the cleanliness and safety of the building. Perform light office work such as, filing, copying, and answering phone calls.

Requirements: - 1 year of experience in the fitness industry or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and possess strong organizational skills. - Experience with registration software is preferred. - Previous experience in membership service and/or fitness programming a plus. - Must be available to work weekends

Classification: Part-Time Class 2 (20 - 29 hours/week), non-exempt

Benefits: IMRF pension and Employee Ambassador Program

The Park District of Highland Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Park District of Highland Park


Jodi DiTomasso

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $39,000 + DOQ

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Recreation Specialist For Adults with Physical Impairments / Visual Impairments

Accountability: Support Staff Manager FLSA Status: Exempt

The Recreation Specialist is responsible for the implementation of leisure services for individuals with a disability or special need from child to adult. This position requires the application of specialized therapeutic training to formulate and administer a broad recreation delivery of services for individuals with special needs without exclusion. FLSA: The Recreation Specialist is a full-time employee with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening or weekend programs and meetings.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree plus knowledge and/or training in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, adaptive physical education or a related field from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. Ability to complete NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification within six (6) months of employment in addition to First Aid/CPR, AED and other certifications as required. A valid Illinois class “D” Driver’s License is required.

Essential Functions: 1. Plan, conduct, oversee, implement, and evaluate and/or assist recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to implementation of lesson plans, adaptions, behavior management strategies and documentation including but not limited to budgeting, program evaluations and incident reports. It also includes gathering, loading, transporting, and set up of necessary program equipment. 2. Provide supervision of overall program, assisting staff, and participants. Participant supervision may include lifting and transferring, feeding, and other personal care. Provide physical and emotional support to children and adult with disabilities. 3. Safely transport participants of varying ages and abilities using agency vehicles. 4. Assist with agency-wide and Foundation events. 5. Advocate for community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities. 6. Represent M-NASR through attendance at community meetings and functions, and address schools, parents, participants, Member Agencies and/or other service groups. 7. Adhere to all agency policy, procedure, and safety manuals by exhibiting a working knowledge of general and department specific rules and operations.
8. Provide timely response to communication. 9. Utilization of computer software and specific databases, specifically Microsoft Office and RecTrac.

Job Specific Essential Functions: 1. Assist in training and orientation of support staff, direct supervision of support staff in programs. 2. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of all adapted sports programs. 3. Plan annual trips/overnights including but not limited to the PI/VI trip and Boccia National Tournament. 4. Oversee the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program. 5. Other agency related responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor, Superintendent of Rec., or Executive Director.

Marginal Functions: 1. Drive agency or personal vehicle to daily programs, seasonal special events or away trips. 2. Attending meetings for state or local organizations. 3. Deliver seasonal brochures and other flyers to member district facilities.

Safety Considerations: 1. Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner. 2. Attendance at various safety in-services will be required. Psychological Considerations: 1. Must be able to respond to needs of individuals with disabilities. 2. Must be able to work under stressful conditions. 3. Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities. 4. Must be willing to work as part of a team. 5. Must be confident when presenting to a group at orientations and trainings. Physiological Considerations: 1. Must be able to lift and transfer participants or equipment safely. 2. Must be able to perform physical restraints if necessary. Environmental Considerations: 1. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions (i.e. during damp seasons, rain, snow and heat). 2. May be exposed to elements when driving to meetings/programs or when assisting in outdoor functions. 3. May be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy) during activities. 4. May work with flammable material. Cognitive Considerations: 1. Must exhibit good problem-solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of M-NASR 2. Must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment. 3. Must be able to follow rules and directions. 4. Read and understand large volumes of electronic or non-electronic paperwork. 5. Must be able to communicate effectively. Essential Physical Capabilities: 1. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and walking. 2. Ability to closely supervise individuals with disabilities. 3. Operating a passenger vehicle. 4. Capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items weighing 20-50 pounds with mechanical assistance or team lift.

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Aaron Glickson
(847) 966-5522 x3016

 Closing Date

July 10, 2021