The Wilmette Park District is seeking a strategic and visionary leader who demonstrates outstanding decision making ability while creating a certainty of execution. This engaged and charismatic individual must lead with a bias towards action with the ability to identify and develop great talent. The Superintendent of Recreation must display a broad range of competencies and be a prolific learner who fosters a culture of integrity, respect and excellence.
This candidate will be leading a motivated team of professionals responsible for the Wilmette Park District’s lakefront operations, recreational programming and facilities. Programming areas include aquatics, ice, tennis, racquet sports, special programs and events, older active adults, cultural/visual/theatrical arts, early childhood, gymnastics, sports, general recreation and a robust offering of summer camps.
As a member of the Wilmette Park District leadership team, this professional will report directly to the Executive Director while also working with our elected Board of Commissioners, governmental agencies and community stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists the Executive Director with the strategic management of the entire District.
Communicates and exemplifies the mission, vision and culture of the District.
Troubleshoots high-level issues.
Prepares, reviews, evaluates and executes detailed budgets for the entire recreation division.
Analyzes financial trends, costs, and revenue growth strategies.
Leads recreation staff in the development of diversified programming.
Attends all Board and applicable Committee meetings.
Chief developer of recreation staff.
Active proponent of succession planning and employee engagement.
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT OF RECREATION:
Bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation, tourism, public policy or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Five to ten years of experience in a manager, superintendent or director role. Prior supervisory experience required.
Demonstrated leadership ability that is measurable.
Excellent at building relationships with all District stakeholders including staff, patrons, board members, and other partnering agencies.
Excellent communication skills including listening, speaking, writing, negotiating and public presentations.
Significant knowledge of financial concepts.
Significant knowledge of facility management, maintenance, and construction planning and project administration.
Proficient computer skills using Microsoft Word/Excel, Recreation programming and financial Software.
Additional Salary Information:
COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS PACKAGE INCLUDING:
•Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO
•Vision Reimbursement Program
•Life Insurance (basic & voluntary)
•Short and Long-Term Disability (IMRF)
•Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF)
•457 Plan / Deferred Compensation Plan
•Flexible Spending Accounts
•Paid Holidays, Personal Days, Vacation, Sick Time
About Wilmette Park District
Founded in 1908, the Wilmette Park District is a government agency responsible for acquiring, developing, and maintaining natural areas, parks, and leisure facilities in the Village of Wilmette. Our suburban community is located 14 miles north of Chicago. We are the guardian of over 300 acres of parks and open land including Gillson Park and the Wilmette Beaches; Keay Nature Center; Community Playfield; Mallinckrodt Park and a portion of the Green Bay Bike Trail. Neighborhood parks can be found in 18 additional locations throughout our village. The Wilmette Park District also plans, develops and implements a wide range of recreational programs and activities that reflect the interests of all age groups in the Wilmette community.