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Date:  Aug 4, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60616-1310

Job Requisition ID:  17425

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  08/18/2022 
Salary:  $3,116.00-$11,079.00/monthly (Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $8,334.00 monthly) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 063 



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Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Chief Nurse.  Under administrative direction, this position will provide around the clock availability to respond to consultations regarding medically complex children who are new to the system and to approve specialized foster care on an emergency basis, due to medically complex needs.  The position provides oversight to regional nurses throughout the state and renders final decisions on complex or conflicting matters related to the nursing program.  This position provides a great opportunity for a compassionate medical professional who is focused on ensuring that children in the care of DCFS receive the best health care possible.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have exemplary medical skills, strong leadership abilities, and excellent communication skills.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Chief Nurse for the Department, providing around the clock availability to respond to consultations regarding medically complex children who are new to the system and to approve specialized foster care on an emergency basis, due to medically complex needs.
  2. Provides oversight of consultation and analysis to include health-related concerns in investigations reports, complex health records, and other related materials.
  3. Develops strategies for the application of nursing services in all functions/units within the Department, specifically protective service investigations, family preservation, and services to children in placement.
  4. Serves as full line supervisor.
  5. Provides input into the recruitment and hiring of all nursing personnel.
  6. Serves as the senior consultant to the Deputy Director, senior management staff, and Regional Administrators regarding nursing services.
  7. In association with the Department’s Medical Director, serves as Department liaison to community health programs and major medical, psychological, psychiatric, and substance abuse facilities in the state.
  8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a master’s degree in nursing or a related human services degree.
  2. Requires five years of progressively responsible experience in public or private child welfare supervision and/or administration.
  3. Requires licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois-copy of certificate required.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. 3 years of pediatric nursing experience.
  2. 3 years of nursing experience.
  3. 3 years of experience supervising professional staff.
  4. 3 years of professional experience working in the child welfare system.
  5. 3 years of professional experience developing or implementing performance standards for a nursing/medical care program.
  6. 3 years of professional experience performing quality assurance monitoring for the delivery of health care services.
  7. 3 years of professional experience developing and conducting training regarding health care services.

Employment Conditions

  1. Requires ability to pass a background check.
  2. Requires the ability to travel.
  3. Requires the ability to work on 24 hour on-call.

Work Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 
Work Location: 1911 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60616-1310 
Agency Contact:

Agency Phone: 312-814-3791
Job Family: Administration/Management; Health Services; Social Services 


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.


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