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Date:  Aug 4, 2022

Bourbonnais, IL, US, 60914

Job Requisition ID:  17653

Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 08/18/2022
Salary:   $4,982-$7,369 Monthly (Anticipated Starting Salary $4982)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Kankakee  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered. It is recommended that you upload official college transcripts.   

(Posting Identification Numbers 332447)

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Permanency Specialist. Under general supervision, this position will provide professional child welfare casework services to children and families, determining the need and coordinating the placement of children in substitute care facilities. Additionally, the position will conduct interviews with clients and professionals to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development of treatment plans. This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring the safety and stability of children and youth. 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 communication 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.

Job Responsibilities

1. Provides experienced professional casework services to children and families

2. Works with intact families and children in home and/or substitute care; develops service plans to address needs of families within agency timeframes; evaluates service delivery and reviews service plans and permanency goals, making changes to meet the needs of the child and family.

3. Conducts interviews with clients and professionals to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development of treatment plans

4. Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing them in substitute care, and when changing placement location

5. Prepares and maintains case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating services

6. Participates in case staffings to facilitate case transfer and participates in multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services

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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Preferably requires a master's degree in social work;


2. Requires a master's degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one (1) year of directly related professional casework/case management experience;


3. Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one (1) year of directly related professional casework/case management experience;


4. Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field and two (2) years of directly related professional casework/case management experience 


The college or university issuing a bachelor's or master's degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education. The directly related professional casework/case management experience must be related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling, and advocacy services or a related field.


Conditions of Employment

1. Requires a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance

2. Requires ability to pass a background check

3. Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties

4. Requires ability to work in a 24 hour "on call" capacity

Work Hours:  M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM  
Work Location: 230 John Casey Road West, Bourbonnais, IL 60914  
Agency Contact:

Phone #: 312-814-0017

Supervisor: W. Mitchell

Job Function:  Social Services  


In addition to filling this position, the Department reserves the right to extend additional employment offers to applicants on the sub-regional eligible list. The Department will defer assignment of these additional employees to specific work locations within the sub-region*


This position does not contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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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 of foster care and adoption, children and family are our focus.


Nearest Major Market: Kankakee
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradley