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Village of Orland Park Assistant Recreation & Parks Director in Orland Park, Illinois

Opportunity at a Glance

The Village of Orland Park, a dynamic, progressive, growing community seeks anAssistant Recreation & Parks Director ( to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Recreation Department. The Assistant Recreation & Parks Director is a senior management position which will be responsible for directing the activities of one or more divisions within the department, in addition to being assigned various activities and projects to assist the Recreation Director in carrying out the department's mission and goals. The department includes a recreation program that regularly enrolls more than 22,000 children and adults annually, supports six (6) programmed facilities and many community wide special events including the Taste of Orland Park and various concerts.

The Community

Orland Park is a premier community located 30 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop with a residential population of nearly 60,000 (full build-out expected to peak at 75,000), and is the commercial and retail hub of the Chicago south suburban region. Orland Park continues its wave of growth and prosperity from a historic, rural community to a dynamic corporate and commercial center.

Orland Park has a unique blend of residential and business communities in the midst of more than 700 acres of parks and open lands. In 2014, Orland Park was named one of Chicago Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Important factors for this recognition are its low crime rate, exceptional amenities and access to downtown Chicago.

The Village of Orland Park operates under the council-manager form of government, with legislative oversight provided by an elected Mayor and Board of Trustees. The corporate authorities include the Village President (Mayor), the Village Clerk and six (6) Village Trustees, each of whom is elected at-large to a four-year term.

The Village of Orland Park is a full service community employing approximately 275 full-time employees, approximately 650 part-time and seasonal employees combined. Departments include: Information Technology, Development Services, Finance, Human Resources, Public Works, Mayor’s Office, Parks, Police, Public Information Office, Recreation, and the Village Manager’s Office.

The organization’s strategic plan goals include economic development, downtown development, quality of life, fostering an environment that focuses on customer service, continuous service delivery improvements, and efficiency enhancements.

The Village is a home rule community with a very stable financial standing. The Village of Orland Park has excellent bond ratings of AA+ from Standard and Poor’s. Operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020 were balanced without the implementation of any new revenue sources.

Additional information, including the Village’s annual budget documents, CAFRs and PAFRs, can be found on the Village’s website at

Key Responsibilities

The Assistant Recreation & Parks Director will oversee and lead the development of strategic staffing goals and objectives for exempt, full and part-time employees, oversee and provide direction of ticketed concerts, and oversee and provide direction of assigned Recreation business lines including: Sportsplex and the Orland Park Health and Fitness.

This position will manage and oversee all aspects of recreation program offerings including strategic planning, development of programs, marketing, customer service, evaluation, budget formulation and tracking and staff oversight; supervise the Special Events Division overseeing all aspects of special events including budget development and tracking, strategic planning, marketing, the production, staffing and execution of events and the evaluation of Special Events staff; provide general oversight of the Special Recreation Division ensuring offerings meet participants' interests and needs ensuring the unique needs of each are met according to appropriate standards; collaborate with Sportsplex team towards the development of membership sales, marking and retention, customer service, facility maintenance and improvements, equipment purchases, facility amenities and offerings, the development and evaluation of full scope of fitness, recreation and athletic offerings; provide general oversight and support to Museum Curator in the development of programs, exhibits and activities which support preserving and exhibiting historical artifacts, farmland and nature preserve. Provides budget guidance and development of each of these unique attractions; provide general guidance and support to Civic Center General Manager in support of rental opportunities and operations including: and marketing, customer service, amenities and facility development; and assist the Director.

Additional responsibilities include assisting the Director with various leading projects and initiatives such as developing department marketing strategies, promotional pieces, brochure series and written media; analyzing and preparing overall department fee structures, expenditures, and budgets; website content and on-line registration; requests for proposals and contract review; facility interior/exterior evaluation, and/or redevelopment; leading, tracking, initiating proposed protocols and policies relative to the Department Safety Committee, along with participation in the development and cultivation of sponsorship opportunities including the sponsorship packet.

The attendance of various meetings to include but not limited to,the Civic Center, Museum and Stellwagen Advisory Boards. Will attend Board of Trustees, Committee of the Whole and Recreation Advisory Board meetings in the absence of the Director.

Recreation Department Overview

The Village is served by its own Recreation Department. The Department offers a comprehensive program for all ages that includes preschool activities, day camps, sports camps, dance, exercise, music, cultural arts, clubs, teen activities, senior activities and special recreation programs.

The Recreation Department boasts a variety of facilities to house our numerous programs. The Franklin Loebe Recreation Center includes classrooms, an indoor playground, indoor walking track, basketball/volleyball courts, wrestling and dance rooms, and the administrative offices of the Department.

The Sportsplex which opened March 2002 is a 90,000 square foot recreation center featuring a running track, sports performance area, free weights, a weight room and a youth-training area. The facility also includes 3 basketball/volleyball courts, indoor soccer center, gymnastics studio, 32-foot climbing wall, aerobic/dance studio and shuffleboard, indoor batting cages, women’s, men’s and family locker rooms, and child care services.

The state of the art Orland Park Health and Fitness Center was acquired by the village in 2016 and the Department oversees the contractual vendor who manages the day to day operation of the facility. The 78,000 sq. foot facility now boasts a robust membership base of over 3,900 members and was recently awarded by the Medical Fitness Association the 2019 MFA Certified Facility of the Year award.

The Orland Park Civic Center, which is located in the heart of the Village corridor, offers 3 rental spaces, an Exhibition Room, the Grand Hall and the Jane Barnes Annex. The Civic Center offers affordable community rental opportunities that have provided numerous organizations, residents, community groups and businesses an affordable option for their events.

The History Museum provides residents a glimpse into the past by highlighting the history of Orland Park. The curator offers a series of exhibits, events and has recently received the 2019 Best Practice award from the Illinois Association of Museums; the award represents superior achievement in building site preservation. In addition, the Orland Park museum also received an award on behalf of Stellwagon Farm from Landmarks Illinois.

The Recreation Department is also responsible for scheduling the Village’s 500 plus acre park system, including Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Centennial Park, the John Humphrey Sports Complex, and the Grinding Edge Skate Park. The John Humphrey Sports Complex encompasses 20 acres of lighted softball and baseball fields, along with concession and restroom facilities.

Centennial Park is a 236-acre site which boasts ball fields and soccer fields that are used by local organizations. State, regional and national tournaments have been hosted at Orland Park’s Centennial Park. In addition, Centennial Park includes a marina, path system, ice rink and sled hill.

The 360,000 square-foot Centennial Park Aquatic Center (CPAC), named the best waterpark in the Chicagoland area by Chicago Magazine, is the area’s foremost water park facility featuring a lazy river, a body flume, a drop slide, tube slides, a platform jump, a zero depth pool with kiddie play structure and lap lanes. CPAC also boasts sand volleyball courts, an on-site concession area and an annual attendance of over 85,000 visitors.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

An energetic, discreet, proactive, collaborative, and hands on professional will best serve as the Assistant Recreation & Parks Director for the Village of Orland Park’s Recreation Department. The position requires a minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressive professional experience working in a Parks & Recreation department or related organization. The ability to manage professional and part-time staff is required.

The perfect candidate must have experience running large scale special events, including but not limited to musical events, fireworks displays, and holiday events. In addition, candidates should have experience managing multi-purpse facilities, fitness centers and contractual vendors, as well as mutually managing contractual agreements

A Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Parks Administration, Public/Business Administration or related field is required. A Master's degree in a related field is highly preferred. Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification designation is also preferred. Strong budgeting, fiscal management, solid judgement, supportive and motivating leadership style, and a partnership oriented attitude are additional qualities that will make for a successful Assistant Director in the Village of Orland Park.

The selected candidate will share a dedication and commitment to the Village of Orland Park's employee values which include; integrity, communication, teamwork, professionalism and quality of life.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is +/- 115,000 depending on qualifications. The Village of Orland Park offers a comprehensive employee benefits program which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and an employee wellness program. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are provided along with the option to participate in a 457(b) plan with options through Nationwide, ICMA-RC, Mass Mutual, or AXA Advisors are also available. The Village of Orland Park also provides for paid vacation, personal, sick days, and holidays.

Job ID2021-1786

Employment TypeFull-Time

Job LocationUS-IL-Orland Park

IMRF EligibileIMRF Eligible

CategoryRecreation Programs and Services

Salary+- $115,000 (DOQ)