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AREA ADMINISTRATOR - CHILD PROTECTION SERVICE (Senior Public Service Administrator Opt. 6) - 4007006

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

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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.

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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 30, 2021

Bloomington, IL, US, 61701-3720

Job Requisition ID:  2086

DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children.  Our goal is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families.  In every effort, from receiving hotline calls to reaching family reunification or foster care and adoption, children and families are our focus.  The Office of Employee Services works in a supportive capacity by managing human resources functions to enable front line workers to fulfill the Department’s mission of providing services for children and youth.


Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  05/18/2021 
Salary:  Salary Range is $4,295 - $12,734 Monthly / Anticipated Starting Salary is $7,917 - $10,417 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  McLean 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Area Administrator of Child Protection Services.  Subject to management approval, this position will oversee Investigations Team Supervisors who are responsible for investigations of allegations of child abuse and neglect.  The position provides input into regional planning activities for child protection and child welfare and coordinates community and field office support with its counterparts in the Permanency and Intact Family Services areas.  This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in being a leader in the administration of child protection services.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong leadership skills.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.


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Job Responsibilities

Serves as Area Administrator of Child Protection Services

  • Plans, develops, and oversees the administration and integration of comprehensive child protective services for assigned areas within the region
  • Maintains authority and accountability for system outcomes and continuity of care in designated areas
  • Directs, coordinates, and reviews the activities of program personnel
  • Provides extensive input into the formulation and development of policies and procedures for program services and directs their implementation within area of oversight
  • Interacts with and coordinates community and field office support with the appropriate Area Administrators for Permanency Services
  • Advises the Associate Regional Administrator of program needs, achievements, and problematic issues, developing strategies and proposals to address problem areas and enhance operations
  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

Serves as full line supervisor of subordinate supervisory staff

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves/disapproves time off requests
  • Adjusts first level grievances

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge
  • Works independently with Labor Relations regarding disciplinary issues, providing significant input regarding proposed disciplinary actions
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

Provides input into all regional planning activities for child protection and coordination with child welfare services

  • Interprets and enforces state and federal statutes and Department policies and procedures
  • Designs and implements evaluation tools
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and communicates recommendations to the Associate Regional Administrator

Coordinates program support services within the region

  • Reviews and assesses the quality and effectiveness of individual child protection team functioning
  • Considers results of random review and performance indicator measurements in planning and implementing corrective action

Consults with and advises community and regional advisory councils, committees, and private agencies on program needs, standards, and services

  • Provides input and speaks to community groups and agencies concerning the development and coordination of a system of community-based services relevant to child welfare and protective services
  • Provides input into the development and implementation of local, county, and statewide programs and initiatives

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

Education Degree

  • Requires an MSW or master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate
  • Requires four years of administrative child welfare experience with an MSW or five years of administrative child welfare experience with a master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Prefers 5 years of experience managing or conducting child protection investigations
  • Prefers a minimum of 3 years of experience supervising professional staff
  • Prefers professional experience in the oversight of a large program with multiple sites or multiple teams of subordinate professional staff
  • Prefers experience conducting quality review of team functioning
  • Prefers professional experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Prefers professional experience conducting planning activities for a social work program on a regional or statewide basis in a management capacity
  • Prefers professional experience conducting community outreach as a representative of a public or business organization

Employment Conditions

  • Requires the ability to pass a background check
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to travel

Work Hours:  M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 401 Brown St Bloomington, IL 61701-3720 
Agency Contact:  Mary.Goetten@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Social Services 

PIN:  85-6125S