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Contract Liaison/Social Services Program Planner III

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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Disclosure of Salary Information

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Date:  May 22, 2023

Peoria, IL, US, 61614

Job Requisition ID:  26990

Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 06/06/2023 
Salary:   $5,536-$8,279/month (Anticipated Starting Salary $5,536/month)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Peoria  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062



This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number 26990

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and energetic individual to serve as Regional Contract Analyst.  Under general direction, this position will coordinate, plan, negotiate, interpret, and monitor purchase of service contracts in accordance with Department policy within the assigned region.  The position will collaborate with Department staff in developing needs assessment and in the development of program plans for integration in purchase of service contracts and monitoring.  The position will conduct monitoring reviews of assigned vendors/providers to ensure compliance with contract and program plan.  This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is detail oriented and focused on ensuring the Department receives the greatest value for its contract dollars.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication capabilities.  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 Regional Contract Analyst

2.  Conducts monitoring reviews of assigned vendors/providers to ensure compliance with contract and program plan

3.  Through the use of Department systems, prepares written reports of reviews conducted and performs necessary data entry functions in Contracts databases related to on-going evaluation and tracking of compliance and expenditures

4.  Maintains systems of data collection to ensure that vendor/provider contractual billing, quarterly reports, annual audits, and narrative reports are submitted to the region within timeframes indicated in the program plan

5.  Completes abstracts for all contracts and amendments for the assigned region as needed

6.  Attends meetings and trainings to develop and maintain an understanding of new state and Department initiatives and ensure effective implementation of those initiatives

7.  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 the completion of a master’s degree

2.  Requires one year of progressively responsible professional experience in community organization, social service work, or in program planning and development

Specialized Skills:

Of the previously noted year of experience, requires that the experience include one year of experience in contract budget analysis and one year of experience in the use of Excel, Access, and accounting systems

Preferred Qualifications

1.  1 year of experience in contract budget analysis in a public or business organization

2.  1 year of experience utilizing Excel, Access, and accounting systems in a public or business organization

3.  2 years of experience in a professional setting applying thorough knowledge of the program objectives of agencies developing social policy

4.  2 years of experience in a professional setting applying extensive knowledge of the structure, organization, and methods of social welfare institutions

5.  2 years of experience in a professional setting applying technical ability to analyze and evaluate programs and procedures

6.  2 years of experience in a professional setting applying the ability to verify that program operations comply with all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

7.  2 years of experience in a professional setting applying the ability to effectively communicate ideas in written and oral form

Employment Conditions

1.  Requires ability to pass a background check

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

About the Agency

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.

Work Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM  
Work Location: 5415 N University St Peoria, IL 61614-4789  
Agency Contact:

Chelsea Vance


Phone #:217-558-0502

Job Family:  Social Services; Office & Administrative Support  

PIN: 64-2205


This position DOES contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).


Revolving Door:

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, 
prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive 
Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.


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Nearest Major Market: Peoria