JOB: Executive Director, West Suburban Special Recreation Association – Franklin Park, IL

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    Stephanie Slade

    Job Description

    The West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is comprised of nine park districts and two municipalities who work together to serve the needs of their residents, both adults and children, who have physical or mental disabilities. WSSRA serves the residents of the region immediately west of Chicago including Berwyn, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Oak Park and River Forest. WSSRA has 13 full time and 4 part time employees and a $1.9 million annual budget. Most recent Executive Director served for 22 years.

    Job Requirements

    Candidates will be expected to have a strong background in administrative and financial management and a passion for special recreation with the ability to plan, develop and implement a diversified community recreation program for residents with disabilities. Candidates must have five to seven years increasingly responsible executive experience in an organization of comparable size and complexity. Experience in therapeutic recreation a plus. Position requires bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, recreation, public or business administration, education or related field. Master’s degree (MPA or MBA), or other advanced degree strongly desired as well as CPRP, CTRS or CLP. Candidates must possess excellent interpersonal skills, an approachable, welcoming style with the community and staff and a proven record in effective service delivery and creative problem solving.

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