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Indian Child Welfare Administrator (PSA Opt. 6)- 3701506

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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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.

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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:  Feb 19, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60616-1310

Job Requisition ID:  979

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  03/22/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary Range $5000-$6250 monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  2 
Plan/BU:  Agency Excluded 063 

Job Responsibilities


20% 1. Serves as an Indian Child Welfare Administrator

  • Administers and coordinates the Department’s statewide Indian Child Welfare Advocacy (ICWA) Program for assigned areas of the state
  • Provides advice and guidance to the Director and Deputy Director on matters involving Indian Child Welfare
  • Provides input into the formulation of policies and procedures and implements and administers policies and procedures to facilitate long-term strategic program goals
  • Evaluates overall Department policies and plans to ensure sensitivity and responsiveness to concerns unique to children within the Native American population
  • Develops, administers, and implements program services for assigned areas of the state
  • Anticipates, identifies, recommends, and administers program expansion, needs, and adaptations 


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20% 2. Represents the Director and Deputy Director to various external entities, including state, federal, and private agencies on matters concerning Indian Child Welfare Services.

  • Develops and facilitates an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Illinois Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council, utilizing input from a collective tribal voice of statewide tribal program/agency directors to develop innovative, culturally sensitive child welfare practices geared toward the Native American community
  • Solicits input from tribes for service plan creation and implementation
  • Develops and implements recruitment efforts for Native American foster and pre-adoptive homes
  • Administers and implements workforce recruitment of Native Americans to expand utilization of the Native American population in employment within the Department
  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

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20% 3. Develops training curricula and conducts training on ICWA issues for Child Welfare Specialists, Child Protection Specialists, juvenile court judges, and other appropriate parties.


15% 4. Serves as an expert authority, providing consultation to DCFS staff and service providers

  • Explains programs and services to DCFS staff, service providers, and the general community
  • Provides consultation on the development of appropriate service planning for Native American youth in care
  • Provides technical assistance and input in case reviews, staffings, and court hearings to ensure that appropriate services are being provided


​​​​​​​10% 5. Reviews and analyzes statistical reporting and other data collected on services provided

  • Develops and reviews qualitative and quantitative outcomes to identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement
  • Formulates strategies to enhance programs and service provision

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5% 6. Consults with American Indian Health Services of Chicago to identify, partner, and refer ICWA children and families to access culturally and clinically appropriate services via a Native American clinical psychologist.


5% 7. Develops management reports related to Indian Child Welfare issues.

  • Analyzes and evaluates research, analysis, and program initiatives designed to affect operational practice and develops guidelines based on findings.


5% 8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field from a recognized college or university.
  1. Requires prior experience equivalent to three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in child welfare.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers experience working with Native American organizations or programs.
  2. Prefers enrollment as a member of a Native American tribe.
  3. Prefers experience in the recruitment of foster and pre-adoptive homes.
  4. Prefers a master’s degree in social work or a related human services field.
  5. Prefers experience in the review and analysis of statistical reporting and service-related data.
  6. Prefers experience in the formulation of strategies to enhance programs and service provision.
  7. Prefers experience in the development of management reports.

Employment Conditions

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

Work Hours:  8:30a-5:00p Mon-Fri 
Work Location: 1911 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60616-1310 
Agency Contact:  Lorrie.Coleman@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.