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Date:  Jul 2, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60612

Job Requisition ID:  38085

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.


Agency: Department of Children and Family Services

Title:  Senior Public Service Administrator- Option 6 (Area Administrator)

Closing Date/Time: 07/28/2024

Salary: Anticipated Starting Salary $8,750-$12,000/Month. Full Salary Range $8,486-$14,668/Month.

Job Type: Salaried 

County: Cook

Number of Vacancies: 1

Plan/BU: None 


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Children and Family Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

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. 


Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as Area Administrator of Child Protection Services

2. Serves as full line supervisor of subordinate supervisory staff

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

4. Coordinates program support services within the region

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

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

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires an MSW or master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate
  2. 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

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

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

Conditions of Employment

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

Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Work Location: 1026 S Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60612

Supervisor: D'SOUZA,STANY

Agency Contact: 

Brandi Lake 


(Questions Only) 

Posting Group: Social Services


Revolving Door:
Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.

Term Appointment:
Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services’s discretion.


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