The Waukegan Park District serves a community of over 90,000 residents located in northern Illinois 40 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. The park district provides year round recreation and leisure opportunities to all ages and abilities.
The Waukegan Park District is seeking a qualified Recreation Professional to oversee the Aquatics Programs & Services including the addition of a new indoor aquatics facility at the Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center. This position will 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.
Bachelor Degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Fitness Management, Exercise Physiology/Science, or related field.
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.
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.
Valid driver's license required.
Residency - Employees are strongly encouraged, but not required, to become residents of the Waukegan Park District.
Additional Salary Information: $38,036-$45,000 annual salary depending upon qualifications plus excellent benefit package
CharteredEstablished by local referendum on December 26, 1916 as a special purpose unit of government as provided by the Illinois Park District Code.GovernanceAn elected Board of Park Commissioners consisting of five members constitutes the governing board of the Park District. Commissioners are elected to serve 6-year terms. Commissioners serve without receiving any compensation.OfficersCommissi...oners elect officers each year: President, Vice President and a Treasurer. These officers each serve a one year term.Appointed OfficialsCommissioners appoint an Executive Director and an Attorney/Secretary. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer for the Park District and carries out the policies of the Board.BoundariesPark District is approximately coterminous with the City of Waukegan north of Tenth Street. The Park District also includes most of Waukegan Township and portions of Benton, Warren, Newport, and Libertyville Townships, and portions of Beach Park and Gurnee Villages. The Park District boundaries encompass approximately 21 square miles.PopulationPark District population is approximately 90,100 (2010).Real EstateEqualized assessed value of real estate for 2014 is $923,714,061.Tax RateLevy year 2014 – $1.125927 per $100 of assessed value.Fiscal Year BudgetProposed operating and capital budget for FY 2015-16 is $29,565,207. The fiscal year begins on May 1 and concludes on April 30.Bond RatingMoody’s Rating Service rates the 2008B Bond Issue, 2012B Bond Issue and 2013A Bond Issue as Aa3. Standard & Poor’s Rating Service rates the Bond Issues as AA.Park ResourcesThe District has 47 properties and control of 721 acres of land, which includes the 18-hole Bonnie Brook Golf Course and the 9-hole Greenshire Golf Course which are managed by GolfVisions Management, Inc. Other park resources include a bird sanctuary, nature preserve, wild flower and wetlands areas. The District operates 4 recreation centers: Belvidere Recreation Center, Bevier Center, the Community Recreation Center (licensed to The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County) and the Field House Sports and Fitness Center at Hinkston Park, as well as the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, an outdoor swimming pool (Howard E. Ganster), the Waukegan History Museum, the Waukegan SportsPark, 1 rental hall (Jane Addams Center), 19 ball diamonds, 19 soccer fields, 13 tennis courts, 12 picnic areas, 7 picnic shelters, 33 playgrounds, 14 basketball courts, 1 skate park, 1 BMX track, 1 disc golf course, 3 spray parks, 1 dog exercise area, 1 pickleball court, 1 formal garden and 15 jogging/hiking trails.Programs and ServicesProvides a full range of activities and services year round. Major recreation programs include athletics, music, visual arts, dance, drama, day camps, fitness, preschools, outdoor recreation, trips, and special events. Programs and services are provided for special populations such as senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The District sponsors the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus. The District also sponsors the Bowen Park Theatre Company.StaffingFifty nine authorized full-time staff and over 220 part-time, year round, seasonal and temporary employees.AffiliationsNational Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA).AccreditationsThe Distinguished Park and Recreation Accredited Agency from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA); Agency Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).