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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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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:  Sep 21, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60605

Job Requisition ID:  18608

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.  The Office of Legal Services works in a supportive capacity to ensure Departmental adherence to all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and court orders. 


Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 10/05/2022
Salary:   Anticipated starting salary: $4,164/month (Step 1C)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU:   RC062  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

Job Responsibilities

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Paralegal.  Under direct supervision of a licensed attorney, this position will obtain documents in response to subpoenas sent to the Department and will review and redact documents according to rules and procedures, providing redacted documents to an attorney for review and approval.  The position will prepare legal documents or other documents as assigned by and under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney, who reviews and approves all products.  This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their paralegal skills to benefit child welfare services.  DCFS 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 innovative team to help make a difference in the lives of children and families.


Job Responsibilities continued

1. Serves as Paralegal

2. At the direction of a licensed attorney, prepares legal documents or other documents as assigned

3. Provides leadership among supportive staff to help ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency of unit operations

4. Performs special projects and prepares special reports

5. Obtains legal materials upon request of staff attorneys, either from Department offices, external state agencies, and/or third parties

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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college with coursework in such areas as legal, pre-legal, English, statistics or directly related coursework

Preferred Qualifications

1. 2 years of professional experience as a paralegal or administrative assistant

2. 2 years of experience maintaining documents in a physical or electronic document management system

3. 1 year of professional experience drafting pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents

4. 2 years of experience utilizing Microsoft Office programs in a public or private organization

5. 2 years of professional experience serving in a liaison capacity for a public or private organization

Employment Conditions

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check

Work Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm  
Work Location: 60 E Van Buren, Suite 1339, Chicago, IL 60605  
Agency Contact:

Michael Bernardy 

Email: (for questions only)

Phone #:217-558-8163

Job Family:  Legal and Compliance  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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