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Recreation Specialist-Adult Athletic Programs and Services

Company: Waukegan Park District
Location: waukegan
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Status of Employment:

Full-Time, Exempt


$40,483-$44,500 annual salary depending on qualifications plus excellent benefit package.

Description / Duties:

Plan, organize, implement, and oversee athletic programs, services, and special events with an emphasis on adult sports and fitness activities. Provide developmentally appropriate activities that meet the needs and interests of the participants. Assist in the development and implementation of long range plans and strategies. Develop and implement annual goals and objectives. Evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services making recommendations on introduction and/or deletion of programs and services. Assist in the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for recreation programs, services, and facilities consisting of appropriate pricing and promotional efforts. Assist in the development and implementation of specific program details consistent with recreation marketing strategy. Recruit, select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff and volunteers. Contract with independent contractors and vendors for programs and services as needed. Review and prepare costs for the annual budget. Oversee the expenditure and accounting of funds within area of responsibility, including cash reports. Submit recommendations for Capital Improvement Projects. Secure alternative funding through grants, sponsorships and fundraising. Purchase, distribute, and maintain proper inventory of all supplies and materials. Prepare and maintain management reports and records regarding programs and services. Schedule facility rental and program use. Oversee athletic field scheduling and rentals, communicating regularly with Parks Department regarding field usage and major maintenance items of concern. Work closely with school officials whose facilities are being used by the park district, making regular program inspections at school sites. Regularly communicate with representatives of the Parks Department, School District, and City of Waukegan to discuss major maintenance items of concern. Maintain cooperative working relationship with sports associations, acting as liaison between the association and the park district. Establish a cooperative planning and working relationship with community agencies and organizations. Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions. Conduct self according to the policies and procedures as established by the park district. Participate in park district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed and services provided are implemented in a safe manner. Assist staff and volunteers in the performance of their duties. Participate and become involved in organizations and/or community meetings whose purpose will be of benefit to the park district operation. Serve on in-house committees. Attend seminars and training workshops. May perform reception, front desk, and lobby duties as needed. Perform other duties as assigned.



Bachelor Degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Management, or related field.


Minimum one (1) year experience in a recreational setting, preferably in a recreation department, school district, social services agency, or non-profit organization. May be obtained through a combination of seasonal, part time, or temporary positions. Previous experience in managing a large seasonal staff preferred. Previous experience in managing athletic fields and facilities preferred.


General knowledge of recreation, parks, and leisure services field. General knowledge of recreation principles and philosophy. Thorough knowledge of athletic facility and program management. Bilingual English/Spanish desirable.

License / Certification:

Valid driver's license required. NYSCA (National Youth Sports Coaches Association) certification required within six months. Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification required within one year. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one year. Food Service Sanitation Certification required within one year.


40 hours per week. Work schedule will be Sunday - Thursday during peak season months April - October and Monday - Friday during November - March.

Work week will include evenings and weekends. May involve additional hours on an as needed basis.

Conditions of Employment:

* Must provide proof of date of birth, copy of driver's license, driver's abstract, and verification of education. * Submit to: reference check, employment verification, state criminal background check, pre-placement physical and drug test, and TB test. * Submit to random, reasonable cause, and post-accident drug and alcohol testing. * Successfully complete a six (6) month probationary period. * National Youth Sports Coaches Association certification required within six months and renewal certificates as required. * Certified Park and Recreation Professional certificate required within one (1) year of employment and renewal certificates as required. * First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one (1) year of employment and renewal certificates as required. * Food Service Sanitation Certification required within one (1) year of employment and renewal certificates as required. * Employees are strongly encouraged, but not required, to become residents within the boundaries of the Waukegan Park District.


Kaitlin Fischer

Manager of Sports and Fitness



Closing Date:

Open until filled.

Keywords: Waukegan Park District, Waukegan , Recreation Specialist-Adult Athletic Programs and Services, Other , waukegan, Illinois

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