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Date:  Jan 23, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60605

Job Requisition ID:  23347

Agency:  Department of Juvenile Justice 

Opening Date/Time: 01/24/2023 12:00am
Closing Date/Time:  02/06/2023 11:59pm
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary: $6,000-$9,500/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 



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and any Certificates/Endorsements claimed 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 Requisition ID: 23347

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Assistant Chief Legal Counsel for the Northern Region. Subject to management approval, this position will provide advice and counsel regarding legal issues affecting the Department and youth in its custody, including matters related to education, contracts and procurement, and labor and employment. Additionally, the position will conduct hearings, manage litigation, and execute responses to ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or other privacy inquiries. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their skills as an attorney to benefit juvenile justice reform. IDJJ offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent legal and organizational skills and strong leadership capabilities. We invite all qualified applicants to apply to join our team to help make a difference in the lives of youth and the greater community.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as the Northern Region Assistant Chief Legal Counsel.
  2. Provides legal advice and counsel to DJJ on all contract and procurement legal issues.
  3. Provides legal advice and counsel to DJJ on issues involving Ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or other privacy matters.
  4. Oversees and assists management staff and/or staff attorneys with all labor and employment issues.
  5. Serves as full-line supervisor.
  6. Serves as Open Meetings Act Officer for the Department on all related boards, providing legal advice and counsel to DJJ on all Open Meetings Act related items.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires licensure as an attorney to practice in the State of Illinois.
  2. Requires four (4) years of professional experience in juvenile justice, labor and employment, litigation, and/or state agency matters.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers at least four (4) years of experience conducting trials, quasi-judicial, or administrative hearings.
  2. Prefers at least three (3) years of experience practicing Education Law.
  3. Prefers at least two (2) years of experience performing legal research and writing.
  4. Prefers at least two (2) years of experience negotiating, drafting, or reviewing contracts.
  5. Prefers at least two (2) years of responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  6. Prefers at least one (1) year of experience working in the field of corrections, juvenile justice, or criminal justice.
  7. Prefers at least one (1) year of experience facilitating trainings.
  8. Prefers at least one (1) year experience practicing labor and employment law including experience with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or Affirmative Action claims.
  9. Prefers at least one (1) year experience working in a legal capacity with community stakeholders, board members, or high-level management.
  10. Prefers at least one (1) year of experience reviewing or drafting legislation or policies.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to pass an IDOC/IDJJ background check.
  2. Requires ability to pass a drug screen. The use of unauthorized drugs by an employee, regardless of position held, is prohibited.

Benefits Information

  • 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)

Work Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm 
Work Location: 60 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1374

                           Chicago, IL 60605
Agency Contact: 

IDJJ Human Resources Department

Job Family: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance; Public Safety; Social Services 


About the Agency

The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is to build youth skills and strengthen families by promoting community safety and positive youth outcomes. Over 900 staff members from across various departments—security, programming, education, mental health, and more—collaborate
with the understanding that youth are physically, emotionally, and cognitively different from adults. The department provides extensive services to young people through a developmental, treatment-focused model of care that builds youth resiliency, engages families, and promotes community safety at the five
youth facilities it operates across the state. IDJJ serves and houses approximately 150 youth and is responsible for approximately 500 youth on Aftercare in various Illinois’ communities.


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Nearest Major Market: Chicago