Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Assoc: Looking For Program Director

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association – headquartered in Lake Forest Illinois, is looking for a full-time Program Director.   If you are unfamiliar with GLASA, you should check our their website or facebook page to learn more about their mission, and recently, some of the paralympic athletes they support.  The  mission of GLASA  is

 “to promote and support the optimal development and well being for youth and adults who have a primary physical or visual impairment through the provision of inclusive recreational, fitness and competitive sports activities and to offer opportunities for empowerment through education, leadership and training in collaboration with community based organizations.   GLASA is a Paralympic Sport Club, the regional sports organization for Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports,USA, Chapter of Disabled Sports USA and United States Association of Blind Athletes.

More details on the position:

Close Date: Until position is filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and education

Hours:  Full-time Position – Variable schedule includes evening and weekend hours.  Exempt from overtime.

Key Responsibilities

Job duties include promotion, development, implementation, coordination, and supervision of various adaptive sports and recreational programs for youth, teens and adults who have a primary physical or visual impairment.  This includes weekly programs, specialized sports camps, injured military, clinics, competitions and special events.  The position will include direct coaching and instruction.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities

  •  Knowledge of adaptive sports planning and procedures, including scheduling, individualized goal setting, staffing, reporting and safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of various disability sports organizations on a regional and national basis.
  • Ability to relate effectively with athletes, fellow employees, and the public; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and training in medical concerns and sports programming, that relate to GLASA’s target population.
  • Ability to provide instruction or obtain resources for all levels of adaptive and integrative sports and recreation activities.
  • Ability to supervise volunteers and part-time staff.
  • Strong organizational, public relations, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong leadership skills to promote programs and recruit participants.
  • Experience in organizing and conducting adaptive sports day camp.

Desired Personal Attributes

  •  Enthusiastic, Positive Attitude, High Energy, Creative, Organized and Flexible
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; various writing styles to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitment to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Visionary Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action policies and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking – Understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standards of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments.

Minimum Qualifications

  1.  Education:  Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation and Leisure Services, Therapeutic Recreation, Adapted Physical Education, related field, or proven track record of successful implementation in adaptive sports programming.  Masters degree and NCTRC eligible a plus.
  2. Experience:  One (1) year of full-time leadership, teaching and programming experience with Paralympic eligible population.
  3. Valid driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record.
  4. Good computer skills, including word, excel, and power-point.
  5. Strong personal passion to provide sports to persons with a physical or visual impairment.


Please submit resume to:


Cindy Housner

400 E. Illinois Road

Lake Forest,IL 60045

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