2024 IPRA Board Application

The IPRA Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill the remaining one-year term of the vacated Chicago-Metro Region Representative seat. Qualified applicants must be employed at an agency in the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will.  Applications are due to Margaret Resnick by 5pm on November 24, 2023.

The IPRA Board Executive Committee will interview qualified candidates, make a recommendation to the IPRA Board of Directors and will be voted upon.

The Illinois Park and Recreation Association Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction, establishing policy, and ensuring the fiscal integrity of the Association. In order to ensure a strong vibrant organization relevant to the park and recreation industry, and one that can effectively lead the well-being of its membership it is imperative that a diverse and dedicated Board is in place to lead the organization. The IPRA seeks Board members who internalize the core value of integrity and that have demonstrated a commitment to the field of parks and recreation.  

Characteristics and Attributes of an ideal IPRA Board Member 

Proven Performance

Leadership requires knowledge, talent, skill, vitality, and the desire to make a difference.  In the association environment that translates into a solid track record of contribution to the success of programs, projects, or events. 


Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward, but it requires a demonstrated commitment to the organization and its mission and goals.

Time to Serve

Participating fully requires time to prepare for, attend, and on occasion travel to and from association meetings, events, and activities.

Understanding of Teamwork

Many people contribute their efforts toward the realization of the association’s strategic plan.  Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential for effective teamwork.


By virtue of the positive current leaders are mentors and teachers to future leaders.  Enthusiasm for serving the association is an important ingredient that leaders must be able to pass on to their successors.

Ability to Subordinate Special Interests

Leaders often emerge because of their special expertise or effective representation of a specific constituency.  Leadership, however, may require subordinating those interests for the greater good of the association.

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