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Child Protection Regional Administrator (SPSA OPT 6 - 4007006)

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:  Apr 7, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60616-1310

Job Requisition ID:  2211

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 
Closing Date/Time:  04/20/2021 
Salary:  $4,295.00- $12,734.00 - Anticpated starting salary range $9,167.00-$11,667.00 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Exempt under 4d(1), (2), (3), or (6) of the Personnel Code 000 


****************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 Responsibilities

  • Serves as Regional Administrator
  • Plans and coordinates service delivery with the Deputy Director and other Executive offices of the Department
  • As primary policy formulating administrator for the region, formulates and implements policies and procedures
  • Plans, develops, organizes, manages, and controls regional child protection services
  • Reviews and monitors program activities to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, policy, and performance standards and to ensure that those activities are coordinated to provide the greatest benefit to clients
  • Monitors to ensure the development and coordination of a system of community-based services relevant to child protection services
  • Provides consultation, guidance, and policy interpretation to the private sector
  • Drives to various locations throughout the state to attend meetings, conferences, etc.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Serves as full line supervisor of 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
  • Manages and controls investigations within the region
  • Coordinates service delivery with other divisions and other offices of the Department
  • Interprets and enforces program compliance with Illinois statutes, state and federal laws, and Department rules and procedures
  • Analyzes programs and operations to develop initiatives to resolve problems or revise legislation, rules, and procedures
  • Establishes and maintains professional working relationships with social services, health care, law enforcement, private agencies, and other human service organizations in the region
  • Explains and enforces Department policy, procedures, and state statutes and describes agency operations and programs
  • Represents the Director and the Department to the community and press, public officials, governmental and private agencies, welfare councils, and civic organizations
  • Establishes and maintains effective public relations through the press, radio, and television and public speaking engagements
  • Makes decisions which have the capacity to commit the Department to specific courses of action
  • Serves as a member of the Director’s expanded Executive Council for recommending changes in legislation, policies, and procedures to improve statewide administration as required by the Director, Deputy Director, or Chief Deputy Director
  • 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 supervisory and management experience in human services with an MSW or five years of supervisory and management experience in human services 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 a minimum of 6 years of experience supervising professional staff
  2. Prefers 4 years of professional experience in the oversight of a large program with multiple sites or multiple teams of subordinate professional staff
  3. Prefers 6 years of experience managing or conducting child protection investigations
  4. Prefers professional experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  5. Prefers professional experience conducting planning activities for a social work program on a regional or statewide basis in a management capacity
  6. Prefers professional experience conducting community outreach as a representative of a public or business organization

Employment Conditions

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

Work Hours:  M-F 8:30 am- 5:00pm 
Work Location: 1911 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60616-1310 
Agency Contact:  Tracey Hardrick
Job Function: Administration/Management; Social Services 


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Regional Administrator for Cook County Child Protection.  This position will plan and coordinate service delivery with the Deputy Director and other Executive offices of the Department and will serve as principal policy formulating administrator for the region.  The position also plans, develops, and manages regional child protection services and reviews and monitors program activities.  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.