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 $120,000+ DOQ

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The Lake Bluff Park District is seeking a financially focused, community minded, dynamic professional and excellent communicator who can lead a progressive and aspiring agency.  The Park District is situated on Lake Michigan in a beautiful community that is friendly, social, and dedicated with pride and passion for Lake Bluff.  The Park District boasts a vast array of facilities, programs and parks for a small community.  The Executive Director must be able to lead an innovative and family-oriented staff into the future and collaborate with the seven, elected officials prioritizing capital projects, operations and finances.  Lake Bluff is a community that has amazing history while blending new approaches into the present and future.  He/she must be able to balance the needs of the community, sustaining fiscal discipline, seeking new revenue opportunities and prioritizing capital projects through strategic planning.  Minimally seven years administrative experience as a Department Head or Executive Director is preferred.  Please contact Ron Salski for more information about the position and/or agency.

The application deadline is April 22. 


  • Provide current resume, including employment history and certifications

  • Supply three professional references, including contact information

  • Submissions made to: Lake Bluff Park District, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff IL. 60044, Attention: Executive Director Search


Include, but are not limited to:


  • Inform the District Board of progress and problems in the District in a timely manner.

  • Develop and recommend District operational policies for consideration and action by the Board; to advise the Board on policy matters as requested; to put into effect and administer approved policies.

  • Provide professional leadership in the District; study, keep informed of, and stimulate interest of the staff in new developments in parks and recreation through visits to other communities, attendance at educational conferences and encouragement of park and recreation innovation and exploration by the staff.

  • Develop and supervise the divisions of the District, as well as the general operations and the business affairs of the District.

  • Direct the administrative operations of all the District divisions, programs, and services; to supervise administrative operations relative to legal, personnel, fiscal, capital developments, public relations and other business functions.

  • Administer and carry out or cause to be carried out in a timely manner all policies, ordinances, rules and regulations adopted by the District Board.

  • Assign and direct research and special studies on issues impacting matters of policy, fiscal concern, planning and/or development; to apprise the District Board of findings and to make subsequent recommendations.

  • Attend all meetings of the District Board (except for necessary absences) to respond to District Board inquiries regarding policy execution, personnel issues, programs and facilities, and other concerns relating to the efficiency, effectiveness and development of the District; to advise the District Board of District staff concerns and suggestions.

  • Direct the timely and proper preparation and submission of fiscal control documents such as the Truth-in-Taxation Resolution, the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance and the Tax Levy Ordinance, to administer the budget as enacted by the District Board in accordance with the Board’s requirements and adopted policies and limitations.

  • Promote park and recreation programs, facilities and services through involvement with professional and civic organizations and the maintenance of an effective public and media liaison.

  • Prepare, or cause to be prepared, requisite records, files and reports of District operations and activities.

  • Represent the District in negotiations between the District and vendors; school districts, local government agencies and State and Federal Governmental agencies.

  • Have responsibility for the hiring, compensation, and discipline (including termination) of District employees, consistent with Board policies.

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned to him/her by the District Board which are generally associated with or related to the position of Executive Director of an Illinois park district and within the scope of the general duties enumerated above.


  • Ensures compliance with Illinois Park District Code, be aware of other Federal, State, and Local Statutes and Ordinances, both existing and proposed, which affect Park District operations.

  • Plan and coordinate efforts to receive federal, state, and foundation funds to assist the Park District’s Operations.

  • Serve as district representative to Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association.

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


BA/BS in Park and Recreation Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; MA/MS/MBA in Park and Recreation Administration or Business Administration preferred; five years of demonstrated experience in park and recreation or more years of demonstrated success in a managerial or department head level of a park and recreation agency or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

  • CPRP Certification

  • CPR and AED Certification required within six months of employment

  • Valid Illinois Class “D” Driver’s License

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of park and recreation administration

  • Strong knowledge of the principles and methods of program and facility planning and development

  • Strong knowledge of state and federal grant programs relating to parks and recreation

  • Strong knowledge of the principles of public sector or park district financial management

  • Strong knowledge of master and comprehensive planning

  • General knowledge of the Park District Code of Illinois, state statutes and federal regulations

  • Good knowledge of general laws and administrative policies and procedures of human resources management

  • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precaution and risk management procedures


  • Ability to lead staff in the development and execution of long-range strategic planning initiatives.

  • Capacity to identify and analyze community trends and needs for parks and recreation programs, facilities and land, and to recommend strategies for meeting those trends and needs.

  • Ability to cooperate with and interpret Park District philosophies in relation to governmental, public and private groups and agencies and to the general public Ability to hire, supervise, train and evaluate the work of professional and clerical employees.

  • Ability to serve as the Park District spokesperson at public and community meetings and with the press.

  • Capacity to communicate agency philosophy and to lead and motivate staff to achieve agency goals and objectives.

  • Ability to work harmoniously and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, patrons, community groups and other units of local government.

  • Ability to work independently under general direction of the Board of Commissioners.

  • Capacity to be self-motivated and achieve goals by utilizing effective time management and organizational skills.

  • Capacity to proactively troubleshoot, problem solve and make sound judgments.

  • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.

  • Capacity to maintain confidential records and information.

  • Ability to follow directions and communicate in English verbally and in writing, and to read and understand materials printed in English.

  • Proficiency in word processing, advanced spreadsheet, and basic database applications.

  • Ability to pass the Park District’s Defensive Driving training, in order to drive to various Park District locations.

The Lake Bluff Park District provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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 Lake Bluff Park District


Tina Brewer

 Closing Date

April 22, 2020

 $15.00 - $17.00/hr

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The Assistant Golf Professional position is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the NaperbrookGolf Course, which include the planning, directing and overseeing the guest services, personnel training and management, tournament and outing coordination, retail merchandising and golf instruction programs. This position is under the direction of the Head Golf Professional.

Primary Responsibilities: Season Reserved Tee Time Program: Administers foursome weekend morning permanent tee time program. Communicates tee time availability, payment, weather delays and play restrictions, tee games and weekly results. Required to be present during tee times to ensure program’s success. Retail Merchandising: Orders, prices, presents and promotes golf shop merchandise. Provides product knowledge and training to golf shop sales associates to enhance customer relations, as well as achieve profit margin department goals. Instruction Programs: Administers and instructs programs for adults and juniors. Assumes the lead role in presentation of instruction for weekend adult beginner, women only, playing lesson with the pros and Golf 101 programs. Serves as PGA Junior League team captain and conducts weekly team practice and Saturday afternoon matches.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Monitor safety of golf patrons. Establish, support and maintain collaborative efforts with internal and external customers and organizations. Participate in budget planning by tracking and monitoring financial activities. Optimize traditional and alternative revenue sources available for programming objectives. Maintain golf shop inventory and driving range. Coordinate food & beverage operation and golf course facility rentals. Instruct golfers of different abilities. Prepare records regarding golf course programs, equipment, facilities, participation and operational records detailing attendance, waitlists, demographics, specific trends and other metrics. Assist in the establishment of a golf marketing plan for the park district’s program guides and assist in the design and development of flyers, posters, and brochures. Assist in developing a diversity of golf programs. Assist in managing the season reserved tee time program. Demonstrate and support park district customer service standards. Follow district and departmental safety, personnel, and administrative policies, procedures and ordinances.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: Speak to and participate in local groups and organizations to build positive rapport between the district and the community. Perform job responsibilities of the player assistant/Monitors pace of play. Perform job responsibilities of the cart/range attendant. Perform job responsibilities of the food service cashier.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Demonstrate excellent communication skills (i.e., professional ability to attend to customer needs). Ability to address complaints and resolve concerns as needed. Excellent computer skills in common software. Knowledge of the principles, theory and philosophy of the golf services profession. Knowledge of the development and operations of golf course/facilities. Knowledge of the food and hospitality business. Excellent cash handling skills. CPR and AED certification required.

Education and Experience: Associate’s degree in Business, Recreation and Park Administration, Golf Course Management or related field. Minimum three (3) years of experience in golf instruction, operation and tournaments. Valid driver’s license. Member or Apprentice in good standing with PGA. Possession of, or ability to obtain, BASSETT certification within three (3) months of date of hire.

Special Considerations: Subject to modified/flexible work schedule during high volume work periods. Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions Occasional exposure to pesticides and exhaust fumes. Ability to lift light to medium weight (20-50 lbs.) objects.

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 Naperville Park District


 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Summary: Under the direction of the Recreation Supervisor II - Recreation, the Recreation Supervisor – Recreation & Athletics is responsible for the supervision of a variety of summer camps, on and off-site after school programs, seasonal athletic programs, and occasional program instruction. The Recreation Supervisor is directly responsible for the execution of the 4th of July Parade in collaboration with the City of Highland Park. Supervisory responsibilities include recruiting, training, and oversight of seasonal and part-time program staff.

Responsibilities: Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate adequate staff and volunteers to operate areas of responsibility. Assist with the preparation of an annual budget, including fee recommendations for areas of responsibility, and supervise the expenditure of funds once approved by the Board of Park Commissioners. Record and process all bills, request forms, end of season reports, and any miscellaneous reports as would be pertinent to said operations in accordance with Park District policies and procedures. Work closely with recreation, athletic and facility staff to develop comprehensive programs. Make recommendations to the Recreation Supervisor II - Recreation for proposed long-term and short-term improvements for areas of responsibility. Make recommendations for dissemination of news releases, flyers, brochures and other public relations and materials. Assist with the preparation of seasonal brochures and marketing plan for areas of responsibility. Plan, organize, implement the 4th of July parade in collaboration with the city and assists in the execution of other special events seasonally. Purchase supplies and equipment used in areas of responsibility in accordance with the District's purchasing Policy. Plan, organize, implement and evaluate special events and programs, including a variety summer camps, on and off-site after school programs, seasonal athletic programs, and special events (seasonal). Make recommendations for the continual improvement of existing programs and the development of new programs and services that meet the current recreational needs of residents. Complete all required paperwork and accurately review and approve part-time staff’s payroll. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Related professional certification preferred. Ability to apply education, training and work experience to improve performance of organization.

Classification: Full-time (exempt). Schedule fluctuates seasonally, must have flexible schedule.

Wage Range: $51,000.00/year starting wage, DOQ

Apply online at

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

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 Park District of Highland Park


Natalie Liang
(847) 579-3131

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Recreation Specialist

$40,0000 FLSA Exempt

Description: Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) serves members of the community in the Park Districts of Des Plaines, Golf-Maine, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Skokie and the Village of Lincolnwood. Located in the north suburbs adjacent to Chicago, IL, M-NASR is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, teens and adults with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities by providing quality Therapeutic Recreation programs. Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field. Strong organizational, written, verbal and leadership skills. Must be comfortable with public speaking and leading seasonal orientation sessions. Must work effectively with individuals with disabilities, parents, Member District staff, M-NASR part-time staff, community personnel and co-workers. CTRS Certification strongly preferred, and required within one year of employment. Certification in CPR & First Aid, Lifeguarding and Handle with Care required within six (6) months of employment. Applicant must have a clean driving record and valid Illinois license. Pre-employment physical, criminal background check and drivers abstract are required prior to start date. Responsibilities: Recreation Specialist will develop, coordinate, lead and evaluate a variety of recreational activities for individuals with special needs of all ages. Specialist will work closely with the Senior Operations Manager or Program Manager to train, coordinate, supervise, implement and evaluate programs. The Recreation Specialist will directly lead a variety of weekly recreational programs, special events or overnight trips for all age ranges and ability levels, including evening and weekend hours. Additional responsibilities include documentation, budgeting, planning, developing write-ups for seasonal brochures, supervision of part time staff in programs, networking, driving accessible agency vehicles, and other duties as assigned.

M-NASR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

M-NASR 6820 W. Dempster Street Morton Grove, IL 60053

Apply online at For questions, contact: Lauren Ruiz, Program Manager 847-966-5522 ext. 3013

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 Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation


Lauren Ruiz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Hourly Rate: $10.75 -- $14.75/hr.

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Temporary Position: 40 weeks Location: Libertyville, IL Hourly Rate: $10.75 -- $14.75/hr. Application deadline: Open Until Filled


The Visitor Services Assistant is focused on museum front desk operations, museum store retail operations, and museum visitors’ experiences. This position is responsible for greeting and providing general information to the public; handles financial transactions; conducts monthly and year end inventories in the museum store; assists with product selection, purchasing, and arranging store displays; conducts visitor evaluations; assists with the planning and staffing of special events, artist receptions and exhibit openings. The Visitor Services Assistant is required to work weekends and some evenings. Performs tasks that require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.


One year of experience in visitor services, including experience handling cash transactions, visitor engagement, merchandising, event planning, and conducting visitor evaluations. Customer service and communication skills necessary to provide a positive experience for the public.


Interest in Forest Preserve employment can only be expressed by submitting a Forest Preserve Employment Application. Applications are accepted online at


As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we manage more than 30,900 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all people. Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 205 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, ponds and lakes for fishing, public golf courses, historical and cultural venues, public access to the Fox River and Lake Michigan and award-winning nature and history education programs and events.


Date Posted: February 20, 2020

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 Lake County Forest Preserves


Lake County Forest Preserves Human Resources Department

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled