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Assistant General Counsel (PSA Opt 8L)

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:  Jan 11, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60602-3134

Job Requisition ID:  10028

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-17-10028

Opening Date: 01/12/2022
Closing Date/Time:  01/26/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $6,916 - $7,400 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 000 



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 Human 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 Office of General Counsel is seeking to hire a dynamic, organized, detail-oriented licensed attorney in Illinois to serve as an Assistant General Counsel.  The Assistant General Counsel will perform complex, professional, legal work for the Department and represent the Department as lead counsel in administrative hearings.  This individual will be responsible for all aspects of the hearing process including the preparation of pleadings, motions, discovery requests and responses, and hearing.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Assistant General Counsel.
  2. Represents the Department as lead counsel in administrative hearings. 
  3. Conducts analysis on individual lawsuits regarding exposure of the Department.
  4. Advises and counsels administrators of the Department on a wide variety of legal issues. 
  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 four years college, preferably with courses in law or legal studies.
  2. Requires three years progressively responsible administrative legal experience for a public or private organization.
  3. Requires the possession of a license to practice law in Illinois.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Three (3) years of professional experience in administrative law, including but not limited to analyzing and researching legal documents and instruments in order to prepare and conduct formal or informal administrative hearings, from initial pleadings and responses, through discovery, hearing, and post-hearing filings.
  2. Three (3) years of professional litigation experience, including but not limited to contracts, tort, civil rights and complex class actions for a public or private organization, including experience with all aspects of discovery and trial.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience working with statutes and administrative rules, case law, and other legal literature.
  4. Three (3) years of professional experience developing and presenting oral and written legal opinions.
  5. Three (3) years of professional experience meeting deadlines with strong attention to detail and the ability to use critical thinking skills while multi-tasking multiple projects.
  6. Three (3) years of professional experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring detailed and critical analysis of work performed.
  7. Three (3) years of professional experience reviewing proposed legislation, amendments, resolutions, procedures, rules and regulations for a public or private organization.
  8. Three (3) years of professional legal experience conducting thorough research on a variety of legal issues.

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires the ability to travel.
2. Requires the ability to work outside of normal business hours as needed.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Work Location: 69 W Washington St Chicago, IL 60602-3134 

Office of Legal Services

Division of Litigation
Agency Contact:  Melissa.Long@Illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance; 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.