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Administrative Law Judge / Technical Advisor 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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To be provided a Reasonable Accommodation during the hiring process, you will need to provide a certification of disability from a physician, psychiatrist, school official or an Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor. Supporting documentation should be uploaded under My Documents → Additional Documents section for each application.

Any questions on Reasonable Accommodations can be directed to Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at or call (217) 524-7514 for further information and to request or discuss an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

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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:  Mar 13, 2023

East Saint Louis, IL, US, 62201-3005

Job Requisition ID:  23670

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.


Agency: Department of Children and Family Services
Closing Date/Time: 03/27/2023
Salary: $6,543 - $9,936 monthly (anticipated starting salary $7,101 mo - Step 1)
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: St. Clair
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: RC010 
Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees
earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your
application. Please note that the Department of Children and Family Services must verify proof of higher education for
any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the
position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.


Requisition Number 23670

Position Summary

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Administrative Law Judge. Under administrative direction, this position will monitor the adjudication of complaints issued under the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services from the date of issuance until completion of an order recommending final disposition thereof to the Director. The position will compose formal written recommendations for the Director’s action and will review tapes and transcripts, documentary evidence, and post hearing briefs in order to prepare recommendations for the Director. The position will prepare recommended orders and decisions and set forth specific findings of fact, conclusions of law, and analysis of the relevant statutes, regulations, and court decisions. This position will guide the appeal through pre-hearing phases and will preside at formal administrative hearings convened throughout the state. This position is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to use their skills as an attorney to ensure appropriate actions are taken through the administrative hearings process. DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent legal, analytical, and organizational skills. We invite all qualified applicants to apply to join our innovative team to help make a difference in the lives of children and families.


Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as Administrative Law Judge

2. Guides the appeal through pre-hearing phases

3. Presides at formal administrative hearings convened throughout the state of Illinois

4. Prepares complete administrative records in cases appealed to the Circuit Court on administrative review in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act

5. On a regular basis, reviews developments in the relevant law, both state and federal, and conducts legal research into more complex issues

6. Provides input to the Chief Administrative Law Judge in formulating and reviewing rules and procedures pertaining to the Administrative Hearings Unit

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 2 years of professional experience in the practice of law

Preferred Qualifications

1. Two years of experience applying thorough knowledge of common law and of state and federal laws, particularly relating to administrative and regulatory functions

2. Two years of experience applying extensive knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedure and of the rules of evidence, hearings, and trial procedures

3. Two years of experience applying extensive knowledge in the field of law with which primarily concerned

4.  Two years of experience applying the ability to plan, lay out, and review work relating to complicated legal problems

5. Two years of experience utilizing litigation skills

6. Two years of experience utilizing skill and ability in analyzing, appraising, and organizing facts, evidence, and precedents concerned in difficult and complex cases and in presenting such material in clear and logical form for oral or written presentation, as briefs, orders, reports, or decisions

7. Two years of experience applying the ability to exercise sound judgment in appraising and evaluating problems of a procedural nature

8. Two years of experience in a professional setting demonstrating the ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with superiors, other attorneys, employees, and the general public

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check

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


Work Hours:  Monday -Friday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM

Work Location: 10 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis, IL 62201-3005

Agency Contact: Angela Thurmond

Email: (Preferred)

Phone: (217) 299-8039

Supervisor: Carol Melton

Job Family:  Legal and Compliance

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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