Athletic Manager

Starting Salary Range: $42,000-$48,000 (Note: Must be within the first 40% of the Salary Range.)

Working Hours: The Athletic Manager is a Full Time position working a minimum of 40 hours per week. The hours for this position vary with weeknights and weekends required, depending on the season. Park District office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, including 1/2 hour unpaid lunch.

Summary: The Athletic Manager is responsible for managing the platform tennis program; all athletic children, youth, and adult programs; all athletic leagues; all athletic camps; and special events. The Athletic Manager schedules, communicates and manages the calendar and payments for facility and park rentals and permits. The Athletic Manager schedules and communicates intergovernmental and private school utilization for the Park District. The Athletic Manager directly manages program and facility staff, and volunteers.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in park and recreation or closely related field. A minimum of 3 years' experience in recreation programming management with preference given to those individuals with a parks and recreation background and experience in platform tennis. Knowledge of computers and athletic software programs. A valid Illinois State Driver License (Class D). Ability to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) within 2 years.

Immediate Supervisor: The Athletic Manager reports to the Superintendent of Recreation. All platform tennis & athletic program contractors; athletic program staff; facility rental staff; and volunteers reports directly to the Athletic Manager.

Essential Functions:

  1. Prepare board reports, financial reports, and administrative reports for the board and/or committee meetings.
  2. Communicate with the Superintendent of Recreation regularly on Park District matters.
  3. Prepare and maintain the fiscal control of the recreation department budget in the areas of platform tennis; athletic programs, leagues, camps, and special events, and park and facility rental operations.
  4. Prepare payroll for all staff directly reporting to this position.
  5. Plan and prepare performance appraisals.
  6. Recruit, hire, train, and coach employment of Park District personnel. Directly manage the platform tennis facility; children, youth and adult athletic programs, athletic leagues; athletic camps; and special events.
  7. Develop, implement, and directly manage program curriculum. a. Leagues include but not limited to Platform Tennis Travel and House, Travel and House Youth Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Pickleball, and Bocce. b. Camps include, but not limited to: Sports Camp, Thrill Zone Camp, and all sports related summer camps.
  8. Directly manage all platform tennis and athletic contractors, seasonal program staff, and volunteers. Directly purchase all program supplies.
  9. Prepare and monitor registration information through ActiveNet software system and manage waitlists, refunds, and program transfers
  10. Serve as the liaison with the platform tennis membership.
  11. Regularly meet with organizations/affiliates to schedule field needs and special events. Establish field use and light use schedule in accordance with the Park District Field Use Policy. Submit monthly invoices for field and light use. Serve as the liaison with all youth sport organizations/affiliates
  12. Serve as Chairperson on the Youth Basketball Committee.
  13. Directly manage the rentals for all parks and facilities. Directly manage facility rental staff.
  14. Collaborate and coordinate program space with local schools.
  15. Research, utilize, and manage current software for platform tennis court reservations; and travel and house leagues scheduling, rankings, and results/standings. 16. Work with the Communications & Marketing Supervisor to effectively market all platform tennis & athletic leagues, athletic programs, athletic camps, and special events.
  16. Develop and submit seasonal Fun Guide, monthly newsletter, fliers, and social media information to the Communication and Marketing Supervisor. Solicit youth basketball program sponsors.
  17. Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills in all communications.
  18. Promote a quality loss control/safety program for the Park District.
  19. Enforce program, park, and facility rules and regulations and comply with safety standards associated with risk management.
  20. Demonstrate solid judgment in evaluating everyday operations as well as pressure type situations.
  21. Exhibits a high level of Customer Service. Collaborates with internal and external customers in a positive manner; soliciting feedback and actively working to resolve issues that may arise.
  22. Prepares and submits necessary records, logs and reports to include attendance reports, invoice transmittals and purchase orders for, athletic equipment and supplies, and program and staff evaluations.
  23. Perform any duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Marginal Functions: 1. Attend Park District meetings as necessary. 2. Conduct regular staff meetings. 3. Represent the Park District in various public forums. 4. Assist the registration desk with registration and customer service. 5. Substitute for the Superintendent of Recreation, Administrative Assistant, or program staff if they are unable to perform their work.

Psychological Considerations: 1. Must provide team leadership. 2. Ability to work effectively in a climate of political assertiveness and interaction, requiring timely administrative responsiveness and flexibility. 3. Must be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment. 4. Must be able to deal with people under stressful and demanding situations. 5. Must be able to function under stressful situations when first aid or CPR is required.

Physiological Considerations: 1. Perform tasks that require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching, and sitting. 2. Drive a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. 3. Perform lifting tasks up to 50 pounds.

Environmental Considerations: May be exposed to the elements when driving to meetings, supervising a program, or at an outdoor site; these conditions include lighting, humidity, and temperature.

Cognitive Considerations: The Athletic Manager must exhibit good problem solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Park District.

Platform Tennis Supervisor

The Platform Tennis Supervisor is responsible for managing all platform tennis leagues, drills, clinics, and all racquet sport special events.

Qualifications: Extensive background in platform tennis and tennis administration and instruction. USPTA and PPTA certification preferred. Basic knowledge of computers. A valid Illinois State Driver License (Class D).

Hours: The Platform Tennis Supervisor is a part-time exempt position working a flexible schedule. The peak work periods for this position are the months before the fall, winter and winter/spring seasons.

Starting Salary: $25-$30 per hour for Administrative Work

Contact: Interested candidates should email a resume to Michael Sletten at

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Park Specialist

mid May-mid August

Assist with the day-to-day operations of maintaining the Park District's parks and facilities.

Qualifications: Minimum 18 years of age. Sufficient strength to lift and hold 50 pounds Valid Illinois State drivers license. Use of District vehicle to perform duties.

Hours: Monday-Friday; 7:00 am-3:30 pm

Starting Salary: $13 per hour

Contact: Questions or applications can be sent to John Beto, Superintendent of Parks; or call (708) 366-6660 x 103

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the park district's special events, please contact Karen Stille,, 708-366-6660 ext. 105.

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Download the application below. Completed applications can be mailed, emailed, or dropped off at The Depot:

River Forest Park District
401 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest, IL

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