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PARALEGAL ASSISTANT

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 10, 2022
Location: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60612-4266

Job Requisition ID:  14587

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:  05/25/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated starting salary $4006 (Step 1C) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC062 

 

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, receives and processes subpoenas for Cook County Division of Child Protection records; reviews documents; conducts legal pre-screenings and screenings; reviews documents; researches and retrieves case files; provides follow-up with caseworkers and supervisors; maintains daily log of subpoenas and requests for records; travels in the performance of duties.

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification # 2203011-035860

Job Responsibilities

1. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, receives, reviews, and processes subpoenas for Cook County Division of Child Protection (DCP) records; maintains original subpoena in Local Central Index (LCI) and forwards subpoena and requested documents to appropriate source for redaction and distribution; redacts information as requested and provides redacted materials to secretarial staff for mailing; reviews documents and pre-screening packets submitted by caseworkers; obtains legal materials for staff attorneys.

2. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, conducts and/or participates in legal pre-screenings and screenings for termination of parental rights, subsidized guardianships, and other permanency options, including interviewing and consulting with child welfare workers, supervisors, and other appropriate personnel as deemed necessary; travels to various locations in the performance of duties.

3. Researches and retrieves LCI case files, investigative case notes from SACWIS, and microfilm; confers with supervisors and caseworkers to make inquiries regarding file status; independently corresponds with Departmental staff, clients, and outside attorneys regarding requested documentation; informs attorneys verbally and/or in writing if unable to locate files or meet deadlines.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

4.Follows up with caseworkers, supervisors, and Office of Legal Services staff regarding subpoena requests, reports, casework preparation, legal screenings, and other quality control issues; generates reports on problematic issues.

5. Monitors and maintains a daily log of subpoenas, legal screenings, records requests, and responses; monitors to ensure reasonable response time and provision of information to appropriate sources.

6. Prepares for and provides input into trainings presented by the Office of Legal Services; performs special projects and prepares reports.

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

Education Degree

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.

Employment Conditions

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check

2. Requires possession of a valid driver's license and ability to travel

Location: 2245 W Ogden Ave Chicago, IL 60612

Work Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm

Supervisor: Fox, David

Bid ID #: 2203011-035860

Agency Contact:

Michael Bernardy

Phone: 217-558-8163

Fax: 217-524-3970

Email: Michael.Bernardy@Illinois.gov (preferred)

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.