Assistant General Counsel (Senior Public Service Administrator)

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Date:  Jul 1, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60607

Job Requisition ID:  39087



Agency:  Department of Healthcare and Family Services 

Job Posting ID: GC39087


Start Date: 07/01/2024
Closing Date:  07/29/2024 
Salary:  $8,834 - $9,667 (Anticipated Starting Salary Dependent Upon Qualifications) 
Job Type:  Salaried 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  None 


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.


Job Posting Details:

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Office of General Counsel, is seeking an enthusiastic and detail-orientated attorney to serve as an Assistant General Counsel.  The position will serve as the lead counsel in providing technical and legal consultation for the agency.  Additionally, the position will supervise attorneys and advise administrators and staff on the implementation of new or revised objectives, policies, rules, regulations, and statutes.  The ideal candidate will have experience with developing, reviewing, and interpreting proposed legislation, policies, and regulations. The candidate will also possess strong organizational and communication skills, be adaptable, work collaboratively with the legislative body, prioritize tasks to ensure timely completion of work, and achieve set goals while demonstrating independent initiative. 

HFS values employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.


Working for the State of Illinois, HFS employees receive a robust benefit package including:

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas. (Remote work may be an option for certain positions.)
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)


If you are seeking a new opportunity, and this position appeals to you, please apply today!


At the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), we value staff as our greatest asset. We work in a spirit of teamwork to help millions of Illinoisans access high quality healthcare and fulfill child support obligations to advance their physical, mental, and financial well-being. We provide healthcare coverage for children and adults through Medicaid and other medical programs, and we help ensure that children receive financial resources from both their parents through Child Support Services. The HFS Office of the Inspector General investigates, audits and reviews program activity to ensure the integrity of our programs is maintained.


HFS is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We welcome and value employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.  It is the collective sum of our individual differences that provides a broad perspective, leading to greater innovation and achievement.  In recruiting for our team, we recognize the unique contributions of each applicant regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. HFS is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as a legal and technical advisor to HFS’s Deputy General Counsel Programs and General Counsel
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates complex studies of agency operations affected by changing policies and/or legal requirements
  • Serves as full line supervisor
  • Assists the Deputy General Counsel Program and General Counsel with agency-wide projects
  • Develops and recommends changes in legislation to promote the integrity of the agency’s programs
  • Serves as back up to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires graduation from a recognized law school
  • Requires the possession of a license to practice law in Illinois
  • Requires prior experience equivalent to four (4) years of progressively responsible administrative legal experience in a public or business organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Four (4) years of experience interpreting and applying state and federal law, rules and regulations preferably for the State of Illinois
  • Three (3) years of experience conducting legal research and evaluating the function and activities of an organization
  • Three (3) years of experience providing legal guidance on the legality of an organization’s activities, policy matters, rules, regulations, procedures, administration, operations, and litigation
  • Three (3) years of professional experience analyzing proposed legislation, amendments, resolutions, procedures, rules, and regulations to recommend changes that promotes the integrity of the organization’s programs
  • Three (3) years of experience supervising professional staff
  • Three (3) years of experience developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships
  • Two (2) years of experience developing short-term and long-term objectives to advance the organization’s goals

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires completion of a background check and self-disclosure of criminal history
  • Requires the ability to maintain state issued equipment including laptop and cellphone
  • Requires the ability to travel in the performance of duties, with overnight stays as appropriate
  • The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM 
Work Location: 401 S Clinton St, Chicago, Illinois, 60607 
Agency Contact: 
Posting Group: Leadership & Management 


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