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WSSRA’s Superintendent of Recreation

Starting Salary: 65,000 DOQ

WSSRA Job OpportunityDescription: WSSRA is seeking a Dynamic, Creative Superintendent of Recreation who has the ability to plan and coordinate comprehensive recreation services for a variety of persons with special needs living within the Associations 11 partner communities and evaluate the effectiveness of those services.

This person is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the Managers as well as the Graphic Design staff. Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Administration and have a minimum of 6 years of full time supervisory experience in a community based setting or equivalent. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Must have demonstrable knowledge of varied disabilities, current on the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it applies to the recreation setting. Membership in NRPA & IPRA is desirable as is certification as a professional with NCTRC

Closing date: October 21, 2016

Contact Name: Marianne Birko

Contact Phone: (847) 455-2100

Send resume and cover letter to:

The West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is a cooperative extension of nine park districts and two villages. WSSRA was formed in 1976 to coordinateEmployment year round recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

Recreational Activities Include: Arts and Crafts, Sports Programs, Cultural Arts, Fitness, Social Clubs, Day Camps, Overnight Trips, and Special Olympics!

WSSRA runs 40-50 programs a week during a typical program season. During the summer we have 20-30 programs per week as well as 9 day camps.

WSSRA is always looking for qualified candidates to fill the following seasonal positions:

  • Recreation Leaders
  • Inclusion Aides
  • Program Supervisors
  • Day Camp Supervisors
  • Lifeguards
  • Day Camp Recreation Leaders

EmploymentSeasonal Programs
As a Recreation Leader you will be able to make a difference in someone's life through fun and meaningful program activities. Recreation Leader positions are available on a seasonal part-time basis. Programs are held Monday through Saturday with flexible morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Summer positions are also available in our Day Camp program.

Special Events
These one-time events are held annually, raising funds to support WSSRA. This opportunity is ideal for someone who cannot commit to working every week.

Inclusion Aides
You are responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities who chose to participate in park district and recreation department programs. Partners encourage peer interaction between people with and without disabilities. Hours are flexible.

Who Should Apply?
  • You
  • High School Students
  • Interns
  • Moms and Dads
  • Retirees
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • People with skills to share
  • Responsible Individuals
  • Anyone who wants to make a difference!
WSSRA is an ideal agency to complete your internship. You will have a variety of experiences that may guide you to a specific career.

Volunteer Experience
In addition to paid positions, WSSRA offers you the opportunity to volunteer and make a difference.

Who can volunteer?
Community groups, service clubs, corporate groups, and any Individual who wants to help others.

All staff and volunteers receive training prior to participation in a program. Orientations are held throughout the year, and teach program adaptations and disability awareness. We will review policies, procedures and staff expectations.

Things You Should Know
Involvement in WSSRA programs requires enthusiasm, patience, and commitment. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the program sites. You must be 16 years or older for paid employment. Individuals under 16 years of age are encouraged to volunteer with parent approval.