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TECHNICAL ADVISOR II - Aurora

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Apr 5, 2021
Location: 

Aurora, IL, US, 60506-4127

Job Requisition ID:  2110

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services  
Closing Date/Time:  04/16/2021 
Salary:  $5,100-$7,661 / Anticipated Starting Salary $5,100 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Kane 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC010 

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification #

2003007-033811

Job Responsibilities

Under general direction of the Downstate Supervisory Regional Counsel, serves as Regional Counsel; represents the Department at hearings on calendars in Juvenile Courts of assigned counties; appears personally in court, especially on high profile or complex cases, in the performance of duties; provides technical advice and counsel to agency personnel involved in administrative hearings; provides input into or conducts legal screenings; advocates for the filing of termination of parental rights petitions; provides legal case consultation to regional staff regarding areas of law affecting the Department’s operations; responds in an appropriate manner to requests for assistance from State’s Attorneys; provides assistance with subpoena compliance; drives to various locations in the performance of duties. 

 

1. As directed, represents the Department at all hearings on calendars in the Juvenile Courts of assigned counties, including temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, permanency, status, progress, termination of parental rights, and motion hearings; appears personally in court, especially on high profile or complex cases, in the performance of duties; drives to various locations in the performance of duties.

 

2. Provides technical advice and counsel to Agency personnel conducting all levels of administrative “fair hearings”; serves as the Department’s representative in the “fair hearing” process; represents the Department in administrative hearings on cases where requests have been made to expunge or amend records of child abuse or neglect and service appeals; makes recommendations on appropriate action.

 

3. Provides input into or conducts legal screenings to determine whether matters are legally sufficient to present to the court and to assist in preparing cases for guardianship transfer or termination of parental rights (TPR); when deficiencies are identified, informs the workers and supervisor of the deficiencies and recommends necessary corrective action; advocates for the filing of TPR petitions in cases determined to be trial ready through the legal screening process; documents appropriate action in all assigned counties.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

4. Provides legal advice and case consultation to regional staff regarding moderately difficult questions involving the application of laws, rules, and regulations affecting the Department’s operations; provides technical assistance to court liaisons, supervisors, and social workers in developing case presentations and interpreting court orders, statutes, and regulations; provides input into regional and administrative meetings as requested by the Regional Administrator or Downstate Supervisory Regional Counsel.

 

5. Prepares pleadings necessary to transfer guardianship from the Department to foster parents or relative caregivers and complete the court proceedings in a timely manner; prepares probate petitions and related legal pleadings to transfer guardianship responsibilities from DCFS to the Office of State Guardian for developmentally disabled wards age 18, 19, or 20, who require continued legal supervision.

 

6. Serves in a liaison capacity with the judiciary, State’s Attorney Offices, and various court personnel in assigned counties; responds in an appropriate manner to all requests for assistance from State’s Attorneys; monitors to ensure the Department’s position is effectively advocated in all courts in assigned counties; facilitates positive working relationships with all State’s Attorneys and judiciaries in area of assignment.

 

7. Serves as liaison with the Attorney General’s Office in cases in which the Department is represented by an Assistant Attorney General; provides assistance with subpoena compliance by preparing referral letters to the Attorney General for approval and signature by the Deputy General Counsel; advises the Downstate Supervisory Regional Counsel of cases in which Attorney General representation should be obtained.

 

8. Maintains current working knowledge of new legislation, agency rules and policy, statutory law, court rules, and all relevant state and federal law; conducts legal research and analysis and prepares reports on findings.

(Job Responsibilities Continued)

9. In a timely manner, advises the Downstate Supervisory Regional Counsel of pertinent issues and critical situations within the region, communicating all significant developments prior to taking any action which will determine the Department’s position or response; provides complete reporting of subsequent developments.

 

10. Attends all Regional Counsel and Office of Legal Services staff meetings; develops reports and conducts special projects, as assigned; monitors the activities of liaisons and provides training to address problematic areas and enhance liaison performance.

 

11. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

  • Requires working knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Requires working knowledge of the common law and the provisions of state and federal laws relating to administrative and regulatory functions.
  • Requires working knowledge of the principles of administration and management, including organization, controls and techniques used in dealing with management and procedural problems.
  • Requires litigation skills.
  • Requires ability to maintain satisfactory public contacts and working relationships with others.
  • Requires ability to exercise sound judgment in appraising and evaluating problems of a procedural nature.
  • Requires ability to use expediently all primary and secondary legal source materials, to analyze all legal documents and instruments and to prepare, conduct and report formal or informal administrative hearings.
  • Requires skill and ability in analyzing, appraising, and organizing facts, evidence and precedents and in presenting such material, involving a moderately complex problem, in clear and logical form in written media as briefs, memoranda, summarizations, research reports or regulations.
  • In addition to English verbal and written skills, candidates may be required to translate, speak and write a foreign language at a colloquial skill level. Some positions may require manual communication skills.

 

Employment Conditions

 

  • Require possession of a valid appropriate driver's license or an ability to travel.
  • Requires possession of a valid license to practice law in Illinois

 

Education Degree

 

  • Requires graduation from a recognized law school.

 

Work Hours:  8:30 - 5 Mon-Fri  
Work Location: 8 E Galena Blvd Aurora, IL 60506-4127  

--- USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR APPLICATION.  DO NOT APPLY ONLINE ---

Posting/Bid ID # 2103007-033811

Agency Contact:

Kelly Firebaugh

Email:kelly.j.firebaugh@illinois.gov

Phone #:217-557-9234

Fax # 217-524-3970

406 E Monroe St, Springfield IL  62701

 

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPERATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

Please submit application via email to: kelly.j.firebaugh@illinois.gov 

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B(version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisiton ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requistion ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after)and official college transcripts(Where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s)will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.