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Supervising Administrative Law Judge (PSA, Opt. 8L)

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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Date:  Jun 7, 2021
Location: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60603-2804

Job Requisition ID:  3912

Agency:  Department of Employment Security 
Closing Date/Time:  06/21/2021 
Salary:  $95,004/Year 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:   

 

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Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as a Supervising Administrative Law Judge. This position will direct subordinate staff in conducting hearings and preparing decisions on Unemployment Insurance appeals cases. Responsibilities include reviewing completed cases for adherence to applicable state and federal statutes, preparing and evaluating case files for review by the U.S. Department of Labor, and serving as a liaison to internal and external parties in matters regarding appeals cases. This position provides a great opportunity for someone who has a strong knowledge of administrative hearings and unemployment insurance law and is dedicated to improving policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and timeliness and quality standards. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills, strong leadership skills, and experience supervising a team of legal staff. IDES offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of Illinois employers and job seekers.

Job Responsibilities

25%  1. Under general direction, serves as a Supervising Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

  • Organizes, plans, executes, controls, coordinates and evaluates the implementation of policies and procedures for appeals cases for IDES
  • Establishes goals and objectives
  • Interprets complex rules, regulations, policies and procedures for conducting hearings and preparing decisions on appeals from local office or other agency determinations
  • Implements policies and procedures
  • Provides guidance and instruction on more difficult issues and cases
  • Monitors to ensure uniform administration and compliance with provisions of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act and other applicable rules and regulations
  • Reviews completed cases for content and validity of recommended decisions and relevance and adherence to applicable state and federal statutes

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Recommends relevant further actions for cases that fail to meet federal, state and/or agency standards
  • Coordinates with other IDES Appeals staff to assign cases and schedule hearings
  • Monitors and adjusts distribution of caseloads to ensure timeliness and quality standards are met
  • Travels to remote sites to conduct and/or observe and evaluate hearings and inspect site conditions

 

25%  2. Serves as a full line Supervisor

  • Plans, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of subordinate staff
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves time off
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Conducts meetings to keep staff abreast of changes in policy, procedures and program operations
  • Discusses problem areas
  • Coordinates the implementation of corrective action
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively implements disciplinary action, up to and including discharge
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

 

15%  3. Provides technical assistance to the Appeals Manager in the development and revision of policies, rules, and regulations as they apply to appeals cases

  • Conducts legal research
  • Directs and/or performs studies of work methods, operations, procedures and standards
  • Makes recommendations for improvement of timeliness and quality standards and/or planning needs
  • Monitors and evaluates overall effectiveness of appeals through analysis of caseload statistics and computer-generated reports related to appeals from agency, financial and other relevant systems including but not limited to the Illinois Benefit Information System (IBIS) and GenTax

(Job Responsibilities continued)

15%  4. Prepares and evaluates case files for review by external agencies and/or organizations including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)

  • Evaluates and scores hearings cases in compliance with USDOL requirements
  • Reviews quality of case materials
  • Compiles case files and inspects each case file prior to submission to verify that it includes all relevant materials, including but not limited to copies of all documents and recordings pertinent to the case, in the format(s) requested by USDOL

 

10%  5. Serves as a liaison to internal and external groups in matters related to appeals cases

  • Reviews case file documents and other agency material to respond to inquiries from walk-ins and phone calls
  • Prepare responses to correspondence for written inquiries
  • Explains and interprets appeals proceedings and hearings​​​​​​​

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Answers general inquiries from employers, claimants, authorized representatives and/or attorneys, legislators, governmental agencies and/or other interested parties
  • Collaborates in ad hoc agency committees, panels and/or seminars as directed
  • Travels to represent Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) at conferences with external groups including but not limited to employers, labor organizations and other governmental or civic groups regarding appeals procedures

 

05%  6. Keeps abreast of new developments in applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines as they apply to appeals, including but not limited to timeliness and quality standards

  • Travels to participate in training and development programs, seminars and classes

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05%  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires graduation from a recognized law school
  2. Requires possession of a valid license to practice law in Illinois
  3. Requires three(3) years of professional experience in the practice of law and participation in judicial or administrative hearings

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Ten (10) years of trial or hearing expereince, applying legal rulings and principles to fact situations found within the cases
  2. Two (2) years of experience supervising legal staff, including providing training and evaluating staff performance
  3. Experience drafting complex and technical legal documents in simple language
  4. Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  5. Experience applying provisions of Unemployment Insurance law to cases
  6. Experience in administrative law
  7. Experience analyzing financial information for legal cases

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires abiltity to travel occasionally, including overnight stays

Work Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM 
Work Location: 33 S State St Chicago, IL 60603-2804 
Agency Contact:  IDES.JobPostings1@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance 

 

About the Agency:

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as a Supervising Administrative Law Judge. This position will direct subordinate staff in conducting hearings and preparing decisions on Unemployment Insurance appeals cases. Responsibilities include reviewing completed cases for adherence to applicable state and federal statutes, preparing and evaluating case files for review by the U.S. Department of Labor, and serving as a liaison to internal and external parties in matters regarding appeals cases. This position provides a great opportunity for someone who has a strong knowledge of administrative hearings and unemployment insurance law and is dedicated to improving policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and timeliness and quality standards. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills, strong leadership skills, and experience supervising a team of legal staff. IDES offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of Illinois employers and job seekers.