Assistant General Counsel

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Date:  Jul 1, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60607

Job Requisition ID:  39076



Agency:  Department of Healthcare and Family Services 

Job Posting ID: GC39076


Start Date: 07/01/2024
Closing Date:  07/29/2024 
Salary:  $8,417 - $9,100 (Anticipated Starting Salary Dependent Upon Qualifications) 
Job Type:  Salaried 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  None 


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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 provide technical and legal consultation for the agency.  Additionally, the position will 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 contracts, proposed legislation, policies, and regulations. The candidate will also possess strong organizational and communication skills, be adaptable, work collaboratively with the organization’s staff, 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 work in a spirit of teamwork to help millions of people in Illinois lead healthier and more successful lives.  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.  HFS is an equal opportunity employer.


HFS is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace culture that embraces diversity 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. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as Assistant General Counsel in performing complex, professional, legal services for the Department of Healthcare & Family Services (HFS)

  • Reviews and evaluates major contract development and implementation issues and determines possible impact on agency policies and programs

  • Researches information and develops case evidence for litigation in defense of departmental actions regarding contract development and implementation

  • Assists the supervisor with difficult legal issues

  • Drafts proposed legislation governing contract development and implementation procedures and compliance with medical program

  • Conducts professional, legal research and provides legal interpretations and advice for the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and administrative staff in matters involving contract developments and implementation, and medical programs

  • Serves Assistant Privacy 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 three (3) years of progressively responsible administrative legal experience in a public or business organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of professional experience interpreting and applying state and federal law, rules, and regulations preferably for the State of Illinois
  • Three (3) years of professional experience reviewing and analyzing policies, rules, regulations, and other legal sources concerning contract development and compliance of medical programs
  • Three (3) years of experience reviewing and evaluating contract development and implementation issues and their possible impact on an organization’s policies and programs
  • Three (3) years of experience conducting legal research and providing guidance on policy matters, rules, regulations, procedures, administration, litigation, and operations in an organization setting
  • Three (3) years of experience drafting legislation and government contracts
  • Three (3) years of experience developing and implementing medical program compliance procedures

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires completion of a background check and self-disclosure of criminal history
  • Requires the ability to utilize and maintain state issued equipment such as a laptop
  • 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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Nearest Major Market: Chicago