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Date:  May 4, 2024

Centralia, IL, US, 62801

Job Requisition ID:  35669

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date: 03/08/2024
Closing Date/Time: 11/07/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $3,700 - $5,041 per month ($44,400 - $60,492 per year)  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Clinton  
Number of Vacancies:   200  
Plan/BU: RC009   


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.


While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is recommended. When applicable, titles that require specific coursework, professional license or certification will include a notation requesting the appropriate document(s) be uploaded in the Additional Documents section of your application. Failure to upload requested transcripts, license and/or proof of certification when specified may result in ineligibility. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) regardless of vacancy title before any offer can be extended. Please note, trainee positions are filled on a continuous basis. There may be extended wait timesbetween application and job offer.


Posting Identification Number  35669

Position Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to hire a Mental Health Technician Trainee at the Murray Developmental Center located in Centralia, Illinois. The incumbent will, for a period of time from six and not to exceed twelve months, receive instruction and training in providing care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Conducts activities and programs and escorting of individuals to participate in the receipt of community services. Attends formal classes for instruction in the basic elements of nursing practices and techniques and to gain an elementary understanding of the causes, nature, treatment and habilitation of mental illness or developmental disabilities.

Essential Functions


1. For a period from six and not to exceed twelve months, receives instruction and training in caring for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.   

  • Actively participates in classroom and on the job training classes including conducting activities and program and escorting individuals to participate in the receipt of community services. 

  • Receives instruction and training for a minimum of 120 hours in formal classroom training and a minimum of 400 hours in on-the-job training in the basic elements of nursing practices and techniques to gain an elementary understanding of the causes, nature, treatment and habilitation of mental illness or developmental disabilities. 

  • Participates in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing or monitoring personal care services in personal hygiene, toileting, dressing, feeding.

  • Learns to observe and communicate significant aspects of individual behavior, physical condition, and personal needs.

  • Receives instruction and training in first aid and assisting ambulatory and other physically supportive techniques.

  • Receives instruction on the policies and procedures associated with the implementation of behavior intervention programs and performs these activities under direct observation.


2. Observes the technical staff in the general performance of technical duties carried out within a unit/cottage related to resident’s general care and management in compliance of residents’ rehabilitation plan.

  • Receives instructions from supervisors regarding individual’s care and employee conduct.


3. Receives training in techniques of observation of residents, reports on their behavior and interacts with them in a positive manner.

  • Physically restrains individuals as necessary to prevent injury to the individual or others.
  • In performance of job duties, works after business hours, weekends and holidays.


4. Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly unit by performing general housekeeping tasks, such as spot mopping, cleaning spills, wiping tables and making of beds and lifting up 50 pounds.

  • Travels in performance of job duties.


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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of high school.

Employment Conditions

1. Requires ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
2. Requires the ability to physically restrain individuals as necessary to prevent injury to the Individual or others.

3. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends, and holidays.

4. Requires the ability to utilize office equipment, including personal computers.

5. Requires the ability to travel in performance of job duties, with overnight stays as appropriate.

6. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.

7. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.

* The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours:  24/7 Variable Shifts  
Work Location: 1535 W McCord St, Centralia, Illinois, 62801  

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Murray Developmental Center

All Units/Shifts

Agency Contact:

Posting Group:  Health Services ; Social Services  


About the Agency: 

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)

          * Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour & part-time Work Schedules (as applicable)

  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • GI Bill® Training/Apprenticeship Benefits eligibility for qualifying Veterans
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid

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