Location: Illinois-Chicago Northwest
Mission(s): Government
Other / Not Listed
Recreation and Leisure
Salary: $110,000/Yr - to - $145,000/Yr
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: Jul 06, 2021

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: Management (Manager/Director/Supervisor)
Nonprofit Experience: 2-10 Yrs


Lincolnwood, IL. (Population 12,590) is located 10 miles north of downtown Chicago is seeking highly professional, energetic candidates interested in serving as its next Director of Parks and Recreation.  This Department Director position includes both administrative and managerial work related to planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Parks and Recreation Department.  The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate the interpersonal skills and judgment to create trust, deliver results and mentor staff.

Lincolnwood serves as the gateway to Chicagoland’s North Shore, and it is an ethnically diverse community with tree-lined streets, beautiful neighborhoods and parks, an excellent school system, and prosperous business community.  The outstanding quality of life in Lincolnwood is greatly enhanced by a quality Parks and Recreation Department.

The present-day Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department evolved from The Lincolnwood Day Association, a non-profit organization which began to acquire land to build a network of neighborhood playgrounds in Lincolnwood.  In 1955 a Parks and Recreation Board was created to establish, maintain, and conduct recreation programs. Since that time, the name was changed to the Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department.

The Department has grown to include management of 13 parks, an aquatics center, and a 5,038 square foot community center.  The Parks and Recreation Department relies heavily on partnerships with the school district and area businesses and community groups to fulfill the recreation needs of its residents.  The Department now offers a wide variety of programs and events including aquatics, seniors, summer camps, fitness, after school programs, athletics, outdoor recreation and special events.

The next Director shall: 

  • Have a strong commitment to excellent customer service and be highly collaborative leader with a proven track record in the management of parks, recreation facilities and programs in a municipal environment. 
  • Be an active leader with a professional and engaging communication style with respect to residents, elected and appointed officials, the business community, and staff. 
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field, from a four-year college or university and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, public administration, or related field is strongly preferred. 
  • Have at least five years progressive experience in parks and recreation or a related field, is required. 
  • Be a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). 

The Village of Lincolnwood offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Starting salary for the position is $110,490 to $145,847, DOQ.   

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references online by August 6, 2021, to the attention of GovHR USA-Charles Balling and Steve Scholten at

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