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Assistant Deputy General Counsel for Northern Region - SPSA 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:  Apr 27, 2021

Joliet, IL, US, 60435-6724

Job Requisition ID:  2377

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.


Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  05/18/2021 
Salary:  $4,295 - $12,734/month (Anticipated Starting Salary: $7,917 - $10,417/month) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Will 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results-oriented individual to serve as Assistant Deputy General Counsel/Agency Ethics Officer. Subject to management approval, this position will provide legal advice and counsel regarding legislation affecting the Department and will provide interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Additionally, the position will provide oversight of annual ethics training and serve as liaison to the Office of the Executive Inspector General regarding various ethics-related issues. 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.


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

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

1. Manages and coordinates the workload and flow of juvenile court and administrative hearings and service appeals for areas in the Northern Region

  • Monitors activities to ensure uniformity of policy determination and application
  • Assigns administrative hearing cases to regional counsel in the Northern Region
  • Participates in administrative hearings involving complex issues of fact and law and presents the Department’s case in administrative hearings and service appeals
  • Prepares for hearings by researching and analyzing Department rules and procedures, Rules of Civil, Criminal, and Administrative Procedure, and administrative and court rulings and decisions
  • Reviews evidence to ensure legal and statutory compliance
  • Prepares legal memoranda that summarize evidence presented and include statements of facts and conclusions of law
  • Makes regular reports to the General Counsel on critical cases, significant events, and personnel issues arising in the Northern Region
  • Drives to various locations in the performance of duties

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2. Serves as full-line supervisor

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • 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/disapproves requests for time off
  • Adjusts first-level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs


3. Provides interpretation of court orders, statutes, and regulations for implementation by regional personnel

  • Advises on and assists in implementation of specific mandates and injunctions pursuant to consent decrees
  • Examines documents for compliance with all relevant Department confidentiality guidelines and other rules and procedures

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4.  Interacts with and serves as Department liaison with State’s Attorneys, public defenders, private attorneys, and other legal representatives to define issues for resolution and for hearing, to resolve cases as appropriate, and to coordinate scheduling and other procedural matters in court and administrative proceedings

  • Advises regional administrative staff on the legal requirements for achieving various permanency options
  • Screens termination of parental rights cases to determine whether cases are trial-ready and provides case consultation to child welfare workers and supervisors, particularly with respect to the development of termination of parental rights cases and the legal preparation of case plans
  • Serves as liaison to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and drafts, approves, and signs referral letters and assists the assigned Assistant Attorney General in preparing their case on behalf of the Department


5.  Personally represents the Department and provides oversight to subordinate professional staff and outside legal counsel who are assigned to represent the Department in contested juvenile court proceedings or administrative hearings in which the Department represents itself

  • Monitors to ensure that consistent litigation strategies are carried out in consultation with the General Counsel
  • Provides advice and counsel to Department staff participating in and attorneys representing the Department in all levels of juvenile court and administrative hearings and service appeals

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6.  In a timely manner, advises the General Counsel of pertinent issues and critical situations within the region and provides complete reporting of significant subsequent developments

  • Prepares appropriate reports, pleadings, motions, etc. as required
  • Maintains current working knowledge of all Department rules and procedures and other relevant state and federal laws


7. Provides input into regional operational and administrative meetings and reviews

  • Provides training to Department personnel regarding administrative hearing and court procedures and rules


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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Prefers experience supervising and/or managing professional staff
  2. Prefers experience as an attorney in cases involving child welfare or juvenile law
  3. Prefers experience as an attorney presenting and arguing legal cases in court and/or administrative hearings
  4. Prefers experience as an attorney conducting legal analysis
  5. Prefers substantive legal writing experience as an attorney in the areas of motions, pleadings, briefs, and/or memoranda
  6. Prefers professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities
  7. Prefers thorough knowledge of Illinois statutes and rules that have a substantial impact on Illinois juvenile court proceedings and/or DCFS’s administrative hearings

Employment Conditions

Requires the ability to pass a background check

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

Education Major

Requires possession of a valid license to practice law in Illinois

Requires four (4) years of experience in ther practice of law

Work Hours:  M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 1619 W Jefferson St Joliet, IL 60435-6724 
Agency Contact:  Kelly.J.Firebaugh@illinois.gov (for questions only)
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance

PIN:  03-5649




****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

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.