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Executive Director 


Qualifications, Skills & Personal Characteristics

The Board of Commissioners is seeking to employ an Executive Director.  Annual Salary: $144,000+ (Commensurate with experience). 

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications, characteristics and traits:

  • Ability to administer all functions of the Park District as required by the Board.
  • Graduation from a college or university with a degree in park and recreation administration, business, park management or related field.
  • At least seven years of responsible administrative or supervisory experience in the field of parks and recreation. Preference given to municipal parks and recreation.
  • There is a Bolingbrook residency requirement.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification preferred.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • A thorough knowledge of the theory and philosophy of recreation and park management and the ability to interpret this philosophy to others.
  • The Executive Director should have a sound administrative base and theory of management.
  • Attention to detail, problem-solving expertise, and the ability to articulate well in both verbal and written form are all-important qualities, which must be demonstrated frequently.
  • Possess working knowledge of park district laws and legislation, finances, and personnel administration.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to plan long range, facilitate and manage change and foster innovation.
  • Possess working knowledge of computer programs.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs.



Position Executive Director  
Position Requirements

All applicant packets must be completed and submitted by Monday, February 13, 2023 and must contain the information below in order to meet Board consideration. Each numbered item below needs to be no more than one page. The applicant is subject to a criminal background check. A written waiver to allow a criminal background check will be requested from the applicant.

  1. Formal letter of application indicating reasons you desire to be a candidate. Please furnish written permission to contact past employers.
  2. Current resume needs to include employment history (including dates of employment), duties, number of employees supervised, and budget amount managed.
  3. Complete list of accomplishments/completed projects.
  4. Provide at least three (3) current letters of recommendation. These written references ideally should include a balance of former employers, employees and board members.
  5. You must also supply 3-6 professional references with complete names, addresses and phone numbers. These references need to be different from those providing letters of recommendation and will be contacted by the Board of Commissioners upon receipt.
  6. Typewritten responses to the following management questions. Please limit your response one page per question.
    1. Describe your management style.
    2. State and discuss your philosophy of parks and recreation.
    3. What issues do you consider to be critically important to the park and recreation field today?
    4. Describe your hands-on financial knowledge and experience.
  7. Complete set of up-to-date credentials which include legal proof verifying educational degrees. Transcript or copy of diploma is acceptable.


$144,000+ (Commensurate with experience).

Application Deadline

February 13, 2023

Projected Start Date

May 1, 2023

Job Inquiries: Please contact Commissioner Sue Vastalo at, or call the Bolingbrook Park District Human Resources office at (630)783-6505. 


Park District Board of Commissioners

Board Members                                 First Appointed/Elected     Current Term Expires

Sue Vastalo, President                        1995                                      2023

Jerry Hix, Vice President                     1983                                      2023

Dorothy Andrews, Treasurer                2019                                      2023

Jake McVey, Secretary                        2021                                      2025

Frank McKay, Commissioner              2021                                      2023*

* Completing 2-year Term from resigned Commissioner

Open Date 1/13/2023  
Close Date 2/14/2023  
Salary Range $144,000+ (Commensurate with experience)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s) Terri Tamer  
Location Bolingbrook Park District - Annerino Community Center  
Category Administration  
About the Organization Established in 1970, Bolingbrook Park District has become a nationally-recognized and forward-thinking organization committed to providing the highest quality service to its residents.

Bolingbrook Park District is one of the largest districts in Illinois employing 60 full-time employees and over 350 part-time and seasonal employees. The Park District offers over 1,500 innovative recreational programs each year reaching the full spectrum of ages and abilities. Bolingbrook is a facility rich district operating a 9-hole golf course, restaurant, indoor/outdoor aquatic park, maintenance facility, fitness center, and two community centers. The Park District owns just over 183,000 square feet of buildings and park concessions. There are 52 parks for a combined acreage of just over 1,100 acres that include playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas, rest rooms, concession stands, skate parks, fishing ponds, football field, soccer fields, shelters and ice rinks during the winter months.

Bolingbrook Park District prides itself to be an organization where people feel like family. A place where staff not only strives for excellence, but is also innovative, attentive and passionate about what they do. Its promise to the residents of Bolingbrook is to provide world class park and recreation services in a fiscally responsible manner to enhance the community's quality of life. We truly Make the Fun Happen!!

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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