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Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Administrator - SPSA Opt 6

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:  Apr 6, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60605-2358

Job Requisition ID:  1859

Posting ID: 1859

Agency:  Department of Juvenile Justice 
Closing Date/Time:  04/19/2021  11:59 pm
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary $6,250 - $9,166.67/month; Full Merit Comp Range $4,295 - $12,734/month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


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Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) 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 Responsibilities

30%  Serves as the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Administrator, the subject matter expert of substance use prevention and recovery best practices and programming for youth in custody and on Aftercare Supervision within DJJ.


25%  Serves as expert consultant and resource within DJJ and with external partners.


20%  Manages grants related to substance use prevention and recovery for DJJ.


10%  Prepares substance use prevention and recovery data reports.


5%  Promotes continuing care for youth in substance use programming.


5%  Serves as full line supervisor to substance use prevention and recovery staff.


5%  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 a Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Administration of Justice, or Behavioral Sciences.
  2. Requires four years of progressively responsible adminstrative experience in supervising in a Behavioral Health field.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers at least five total years of progressively resonsible administrative experience preferably in supervising in a Behavioral Health field.
  2. Prefers 1-2 years' experience in setting and implementing policy.
  3. Prefers 1-2 years' experience in managing contracts.
  4. Prefers 1-2 years' experience adminstering grants.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Experience utilizing the theories and assumptions underlying the field of addictions counseling.
  2. Experience utilizing the application of counseling and addiction treatment to social and emotional deviation, mental disease and rehabilitation of justice involved individuals.
  3. Experience applying the theory of addictions treatment, abnormal psychology, and adolescent development.
  4. Extensive experience implementing the state and federal rules and regulations governing the field of addictions counseling.
  5. Experience utilizing supervisor and managerial techniques and principles.
  6. Ability to independently multitask and manage multiple projects at once.

Employment Conditions

  1. Must be certified, at a minimum as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).
  2. Requires the ability to pass the IDOC/IDJJ background check.  
  3. Requires ability to pass a drug screen. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois. Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department’s zero tolerance Drug Testing policy. The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position held is prohibited.

Position Statement

The Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Manager leads and oversees all aspects of the Department's substance use services, from assessment to early intervention and treatment to continuing care. The position works in a strong team environment alongside other programming adminstrators where innovation and outcome improvement are valued.

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.

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm; Saturday/Sunday off 
Work Location: Dept. of Juvenile Justice, 1112 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605-2358 
Agency Contact:  Emily.Dirks@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Public Safety