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PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR - Special Assistant General Counsel

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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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.

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Date:  Apr 1, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60601-3130

Job Requisition ID:  2128

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


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results-oriented individual to serve as Special Assistant General Counsel. Under administrative direction, this position will provide legal advice and counsel to the Department’s administrative and professional staff.  The position will also consult with division staff regarding the utilization of contractual services, providing advice on the viability of such requests. Additionally, the position will provide interpretation of court orders, statutes, and regulations for implementation by DCFS personnel and will advise and provide input into the implementation of specific mandates pursuant to consent decrees. This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their skills as an attorney 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.


Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  04/21/2021 
Salary:  Pay Range is $3,116 to $10,253 / Anticipated Starting Salary is $7,083 to $7,917 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  2 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 010 


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Job Responsibilities

1.  Provides legal advice and counsel to the agency’s administrative and professional staff, particularly with regard to matters related to the Office of Contract Administration, Office of Child and Family Policy, Office of Legislative Affairs, Central Office, Executive Staff, and Department administrative staff (25%)

  • Conducts legal research and writes legal opinions
  • Responds to public inquiries on matters of a legal nature affecting Department operation and practice and child welfare law
  • Represents the Department on various interagency task forces and/or committees as directed by the General Counsel
  • Develops and provides timely reports to the General Counsel as requested and advises of pertinent developments and emergency situations
  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

2.  Confers and consults with division staff requesting the utilization of contractual services (20%)

  • Advises staff on the viability of such requests based upon Department need and budgetary availability
  • Drafts Office of Legal Services contracts
  • Provides input into annual budget preparation

(Job Responsibilities continued)

3.  Provides interpretation of court orders, statutes, and regulations for implementation by DCFS personnel (15%)

  • Advises and provides input into the implementation of specific mandates pursuant to consent decrees
  • Examines documents for compliance with all relevant confidentiality guidelines
  • Provides advice and counsel on Title IV-E

4.  Provides advice and counsel to staff of the Division of Licensing regarding questions on licensing rules, statutes, and procedures (15%)

  • Represents the Department in licensing meetings in which the opposing party is represented by counsel

5.  Serves as Special Assistant Attorney General and appears in Juvenile Court in cases where the Regional Counsel is unable to appear due to scheduling or other conflicts (10%)

6.  Develops and provides responses to Office of Inspector General recommendations as assigned (5%)

  • Serves as Departmental expert on HIPAA issues and questions

7.  Represents the Department in administrative hearings and licensing appeals, which involve some adverse decision or action regarding a DCFS license, such as revocation, placement hold, non-renewal, license denial, etc. (5%)

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Prefers a minimum of three years of professional experience drafting contracts
  2. Prefers a minimum of three years of experience providing legal counsel regarding confidentiality and/or HIPAA-related issues in a government setting
  3. Prefers a minimum of three years of professional experience conducting legal analysis
  4. Prefers a minimum of three years of professional experience conducting legal research and writing legal opinions
  5. Prefers a minimum of one year of professional experience presenting and arguing legal cases in court or administrative hearings
  6. Prefers a minimum of one year of professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities
  7. Prefers thorough knowledge of Illinois law gained by work as an attorney or paralegal

Employment Conditions

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

Education Degree

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires possession of a valid license to practice law in Illinois
  2. Requires three years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law

Work Hours:  M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 160 N La Salle St Chicago, IL 60601-3130 
Agency Contact:  Kelly.J.Firebaugh@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance 

PINS:  03-2400 and 03-2401