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Associate Regional Administrator-Senior Public Service Administrator Opt. 6

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

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Date:  Nov 23, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60616-1310

Job Requisition ID:  7868

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized professional and results oriented individual to serve as Associate Regional Administrator of Child Protection Services. Subject to management approval, this position will oversee Area Administrators through the region who are responsible for the oversight of Investigations Team Supervisors involved in managing child protection investigations.  The position provides high level consultation to the Regional Administrator in all areas of child protection services.  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.


Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  12/08/2021 
Salary:  $4,295-$12,734 monthly/Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $8,333 - 10,833 monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Subject to Term Appointment Provisions 


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Job Responsibilities

30%  1. Serves as Area Administrator of Child Protection Services. 

  • Plans, develops, and oversees the administration and integration of comprehensive child protective services for assigned areas within the region. 
  • Maintains authority and accountability for system outcomes and continuity of care in designated areas.
  • Directs, corrdinates, and reviews the activities of program personnel.
  • Provides extensive input into the formulation and development of policies and procedures for program services and directs their implementation within area of oversight.
  • Interacts with and coordinates community and field office support with the appropriate Area Administrators for Permanency Services
  • Advises the Associate Regional Administrator of program needs, achievements, and problematic issues, developing strategies and proposals to address problem areas and enhance operations.
  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties.    

30%  2. Serves as full line supervisor or subordinate supervisory staff. 

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves/disapproves time off requests
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge
  • Works independently with Labor Relations regarding disciplinary issues, providing significant input regarding proposed disciplinary actions.
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs  

20%  3.  Provides input into all regional planning activities for child protection and coordination with child welfare services.

  • Interprets and enforces state and federal statutes and Department policies and procedures
  • Designs and implements evaluation tools
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and communicates recommendations to the Associate Regional Administrator

10% 4. Coordinates program support services within the region.  

  • Reviews and assesses the quality and effectiveness of individual child protection team functioning.
  • Considers results of random review and performance indicator measurements in planning and implementing corrective action.   

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

  • Provides input and speaks to community groups and agencies concerning the development and coordination of a system of community-based services relevant to child welfare and protective services.
  • Provides input into the development and implementation of local, county, and statewide programs and initiatives.

5%   6.  Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.       

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications: 

  •  Requires an MSW or master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate.
  •  Requires four years of progressively responsible administrative child welfare experience with an MSW OR five years of progressively responsible 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)

  • 5 years of experience in managing or conducting child protection investigations
  • 3 years of experience supervising professional staff
  • Professional experience in the oversight of a large program with multiple sites
  • Professional experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Professional experience conducting planning activities for a social work program on a regional or statewide basis in a management capacity
  • Professional experience conducting community outreach as a representative of a public or business organization
  • Professional experience coordinating program services in a public or business organization.

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires ability to satisfactorily pass and in-depth background check as a condition of employment.
  • Requires possession of a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.

Education Degree

  • Requires an MSW or master's degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate. 
  • 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. 

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM 
Work Location: 1911 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60616-1310 
Agency Contact:  Tracey.Hardrick@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management 


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.