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General Counsel Executive Assistant (PSA Opt 1)

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:  May 11, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60602-3134

Job Requisition ID:  14776

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-17-14776

Opening Date: 05/13/22
Closing Date/Time:  06/03/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $5,834 - $8,500 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Managerial Exclusion 063 



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 individual to serve as Executive Assistant for the General Counsel. The Executive Assistant will coordinate projects from areas under the purview of the General Counsel, serve as primary point of contact between the General Counsel and representatives from other Offices/Divisions of the Department of Human Services (DHS), the public, and other state agencies, and speak on behalf of the General Counsel and as requested, the Department at meetings and in programmatic and policy matters. The Executive Assistant will conceptualize, develop, and recommend procedural guidelines for the development and implementation of programs related to the efficient operation of the Office and other areas of DHS and coordinate, direct, and participate in a variety of special projects, including those of a highly sensitive and confidential nature. The Executive Assistant will coordinate the processing of contractual documents and serve as the General Counsel’s designee in managing the time of direct reports.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Executive Assistant for the General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Human Services. 
  2. Monitors, directs, and participates in a variety of special projects, many of which are of a sensitive and/or highly confidential nature including legal decisions, pending legal actions by the Department, personnel issues, grievances, and labor relations issues, etc.
  3. Serves as representative of the General Counsel on Department-wide projects, work teams and task forces involving the Office.
  4. Coordinates the processing of DHS Contract Agreement Approval Forms and Decision Memos through the Office of General Counsel.
  5. Serves as General Counsel’s designee in managing the time of direct reports and as a liaison between the Office of General Counsel, outside attorneys, Governor’s Office staff, program areas, members of the public, customers, and other state agencies.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned or required which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years college with course work in business or public administration.
  2. Requires three (3) years progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or private organization.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Five (5) years of professional experience meeting deadlines with strong attention to detail and the ability to use critical thinking skills while multi-tasking multiple projects.
  2. Five (5) years of professional experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring detailed and critical analysis of work performed.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience in a private or public organization maintaining confidentiality and handling sensitive information with professionalism.
  4. Three (3) years of professional experience monitoring, directing, and participating in special projects for a public or private organization.
  5. Three (3) years of professional experience assisting on contractual, personnel, budgetary, and timekeeping matters for a public or private organization.
  6. Three (3) years of professional experience developing and interpreting policies and procedures for a public or private organization.

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

Office of General Counsel

Agency Contact:  Sarah.Raftis@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance 


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.


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