Announcements

  • It's Here - The CPRE Exam Prep Series!

    Are you CPRP-certified and looking for additional advancement opportunities? Look no further than IPRA's fall CPRE preparation course. Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is a national certification program through the National Park and Recreation Association, and it establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and executives and connects you to the latest trends and information. 

    CLICK HERE for further details about the program and to register for this wonderful career advancement opportunity! The first class in this two-part series is Monday, September 17th, so don't wait too long or you'll miss out. We hope to see you there!
  • 2019 Park & Recreation Compensation Survey

    Now in its second year, this survey was specifically created for the park district and special recreation industry and will report compensation data for 69 positions in Administrative Services, Facilities, Parks, Recreation, Food & Beverage/Concessions, Education, Rentals, HR/Finance, IT, and Membership/Marketing.

    With the help of a special committee coordinated by the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA), numerous park district and special recreation association contacts volunteered their time to identify and define additional jobs that should be included in the publication. New this year, you’ll find Food & Beverage Manager, Food & Beverage Server, Inclusion Aide, Before & After School Supervisor, Athletic Officials/Referee, Personal Trainer, Swim Instructor, Cashier, and many more. The survey is also adding a new compensation breakout category by geographic region. This will allow park and recreation agencies to compare compensation rates within a distinct geographic area.

    Participation Window:  August 28 – October 12

    Individual participation links allowing each organization to submit compensation data online or via a downloadable spreadsheet will be sent out soon, and participation will be open until October 12, 2018.

    To ensure that your organization receives a participation link, please visit our survey participation page or send us a quick note (including your contact information) to surveys@hrsource.org.

    As a reminder, all survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the final report, regardless of membership status with HR Source. The final report is scheduled to be released in 2019. It will also be available for purchase to non-participants. More details on participation dates and purchase prices can be found on our survey calendar. 

    Thanks in advance for your support and participation in this growing survey. If you have questions, please contact us at 800-448-4584 or email surveys@hrsource.org.
  • IPRA Board of Directors & Section Board Applications Due Monday, August 27

    Board of Directors
    Currently the IPRA Board is seeking potential candidates for the positions of Chicago Metro Representative and Southern Region Representative. In accordance with the bylaws, the Governance Committee will review and interview the candidates identified to determine eligibility, then make a recommendation to the Board for the slate, for election by the members. Opportunities to participate on the IPRA Board of Directors come annually in conjunction with the end of terms or as vacancies occur which may be filled in the interim per the bylaws.

    Board Candidate Applications are due Monday, August 27, 2018, at 5:00 PM to Debbie@ilipra.org.

    Section Boards
    The Section Boards of Administration and Finance, Communications and Marketing, Diversity, Facility Management, Parks and Natural Resource, Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation all have current openings within their five-person boards. Please review each section’s application for specific positions currently available as well as candidate requirements, term limits and the election timeline.

    Section Board Candidate Applications are Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM to Matt@ilipra.org.
  • Com Ed Energy Efficiency Webinar

    Com Ed is offering an Energy Efficiency Webinar for park districts on August 14th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST. CLICK HERE to learn more information and be directed to the registration page. There is no cost to participate in the webinar. Park district managers, buildings and grounds directors, facilities managers, maintenance professionals, sustainability officers, planning professionals, finance managers, and business managers are encouraged to participate.

    For additional questions, contact Brian Tomkins (Metro Region) at 312-201-4508 or btomkins@mayorscaucas.org.
  • IPRA Board Seeks Candidates for Positions

    The Illinois Park & Recreation Association Board of Directors is seeking leaders from the field who are dedicated to IPRA’s mission.

    Currently, the IPRA Board is seeking potential candidates for the positions of Chicago Metro Representative and Southern Region Representative.

    In accordance with the bylaws, the Governance Committee will review and interview the candidates identified to determine eligibility, then make a recommendation to the Board for the slate, for election by the members. Board Candidate Applications are due Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM to debbie@ilipra.org.
  • ProConnect Mentorship Program: Early-Bird Deadline Reminder

    Looking to expand your professional network? Look no further than IPRA’s nationally-recognized ProConnect Mentorship Program, which is a unique, multi-tiered program that places professionals in a three-part mentoring team designed to facilitate professional development.  Regardless of your current position or years of experience in Parks and Recreation, this program is designed for you and will help enhance your career. The Early-Bird Deadline is rapidly approaching, so get that application going and take that next step of growing your career!

    Early Bird Fee ($75) Deadline: July 12 
    Regular Fee ($90) Effective: July 13
    Applications Due: August 1
  • Supervisor Symposium Deadline is 4/6/18!

    Supervisor Symposium celebrates its 17th year in providing students and professionals in the recreation field a curriculum that builds a strong foundation of basic skills needed to obtain and succeed at a supervisory position.

    This year's keynote is Leslie Friedman - Leslie Friedman believes that we have the unique ability to control what others think of us and how they treat us. She also believes that by understanding that ability, and being able to use it wisely, we can dramatically change our relationship with co-workers and employees while accelerating our career. She believes this because she's seen it proven true time and time again. A best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, image consultant, and former fashion designer, Friedman combines a unique mix of image control and personal branding techniques to improve communication and understanding between managers, employees, and superiors. Her work in both the private and public sectors allow her to offer personal development ideas that are relevant, practical, and actionable. Although presented in a fun and entertaining way, at the end of the day, Friedman's main goal is to empower you to take control of your personal brand and use it to enhance both your life and the lives of those around you.
  • Joint Section Meeting and Education Event - 3/21/18

    Sponsored by IPRA's Joint Section Education Committee, this event occurs twice a year and gives professionals the opportunity to attend a section meeting, network with colleagues, and participate in an educational event all on the same day. This year's spring Joint Section Event will take place at Wheaton Park District's Community Center. Section meetings will commence at 1:30 p.m. and conclude in time for Katherine Broughton's 2:15 p.m. presentation titled "Communication". A social will follow the education event at 4:15 p.m., and it will take place at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. Participants must designate their section meeting at registration. Come on out and join your colleagues for a fun afternoon of networking and education. This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to attend.
  • Supervisor Symposium Registration is Open!

    Supervisor Symposium celebrates its 17th year in providing students and professionals in the recreation field a curriculum that builds a strong foundation of basic skills needed to obtain and succeed at a supervisory position. New and partially-seasoned professionals (and students) will be provided with opportunities to learn skills and emerging trends that can be implemented immediately at his or her agency. Come build your network and join other professionals aspiring to be a more effective supervisor and leader in the field of Parks and Recreation. Collegiate students with an active IPRA Student Membership can attend this event for FREE. Click here to register!