Waukegan Park District Recreation Department Position Vacancy


Position: Recreation Specialist – Aquatics Programs and Services

Salary Range: $36,452 – $60,757 annually depending upon qualifications plus excellent benefit

General Statement of Duties: Planning, organization, and supervision of programs, activities, and special events. Operation of indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities.

Description/Duties: Assist with planning, organization, implementation, and oversight of
recreational/general interest programs and special events with an emphasis on
aquatics activities. Assist in the development, implementation, and maintenance of aquatics operational procedures. Assist in the assigning and scheduling of aquatics personnel to maximize customer satisfaction. Assist in the coordination of new member orientation appointments with service staff. Assist in the management of fitness member registration, renewals, leave of absence, and refunds. Manage service to patrons at aquatics facilities. Provide direct leadership and supervision to all assigned recreation programs and services. Provide developmentally appropriate activities that meet the needs and interests of 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 program and services, making recommendations on introduction or deletion of programs and services. Assist in the development and implementation of specific program details consistent with recreation marketing strategy. Assist in the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for recreation programs, services, and facilities consisting of appropriate pricing and promotional efforts. Assist with membership recruitment, registration, retention and marketing. Recruit, select, train, supervise, and evaluate part time, seasonal/temporary staff and volunteers. Contract with independent contractors and vendors for programs and services as needed. Review and prepare costs for program centers of the annual budget. Secure alternative funding through grants, sponsorships, and fund raising. Purchase, distribute, and maintain proper inventory of all supplies and materials. Prepare and maintain management reports and records regarding programs and services. Transport program participants and supplies via park district vehicles. Assist with management of field house and pool as needed. Assist with scheduling aquatic facility program use. Monitor safety and cleanliness of the aquatic facilities including such amenities as the floor/deck, equipment, and locker rooms. Perform basic pool chemical applications. 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. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor Degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Fitness Management, Exercise Physiology/Science, or related field.

Experience: Minimum one (1) year experience in a recreational setting, preferably in a recreation department, swimming program, or aquatic facility. May be obtained through a combination of seasonal, part time, or temporary positions.

Knowledge: General knowledge of recreation, parks, and leisure service field. General knowledge of recreation principles and philosophy. Specific knowledge of aquatics programs and services. Specific knowledge of aquatics equipment and training. Specific knowledge of Ellis Aquatic Standards.
License /

Certification: Valid driver’s license required.
Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certificate required within one year. Aquatic Facility Operator certificate required within one year.
First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one year.
Hours: Full-time, year-round position at 40 hours per week. Work schedule may vary and will include regular nights and weekends. May involve additional hours on an as needed basis.
Conditions of

Employment: – Successfully complete a six (6) month introductory period.
– Must submit proof of date of birth, verification of education, a copy of driver’s license and driver’s abstract.
– Must submit to a reference check/employment verification, to a state criminal background check, to a pre- placement physical and drug and alcohol test, to a TB test, and to random, reasonable cause and post accident drug and alcohol testing.
– Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certificate required within one year.
– Aquatic Facility Operator certificate required within one year.
– Ellis and Associates Lifeguard Instructor certificate required within six months.
– Water Safety Instructor certification required within six month.
– First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one year.

Contact: Apply online at www.waukeganparks.org
Jay Lerner, Superintendent of Recreation
Recreation Department
Waukegan Park District
800 N Baldwin Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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