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Date:  Mar 15, 2023

Kankakee, IL, US, 60901-5018

Job Requisition ID:  18706

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date/Time: 03/15/2023
Closing Date/Time: 03/28/2023
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $5,536 - $8,279 per month.  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Kankakee  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


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.


While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for any degrees earned and a copy of any applicable professional licenses is recommended and should be uploaded to the Additional Documents section of your application. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended.

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


Posting Identification Number  10-75-18706

Position Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to hire a Hearing & Speech Specialist for Shapiro Center located in Kankakee, Illinois to provide professional clinical services to individuals regarding testing, evaluation and development of a regimen of treatment and therapy for the resolution of communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders on an assigned unit. Provides direct speech, language and swallowing therapy. Administers tests and interprets test results. Evaluates the nature and extent of impairments. Provides specialized instruction to develop and improve individual’s functional communication, hearing and/or swallowing skills.  Counsels individuals in adjusting to the hearing and/or speech/language impairment. Utilizes manual communication skills with individuals we are deaf and/or hard of hearing.

Job Responsibilities

  1. On an assigned unit, provides professional clinical services to individuals regarding testing, evaluation and development of a regimen of treatment and therapy for the resolution of communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders.  
  2. Provides clinical supervision and guidance to mental health technicians and other staff.
  3. Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  4. Conducts standardized speech and language assessments to determine individual’s level of functioning in the areas of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic language ability, articulation, voice, fluency and need for alternative and augmentative communication devices upon admission of the individual. 
  5. Signs for individuals who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.
  6. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires possession of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology from an approved program.
  2. Requires a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR).
  3. Requires a valid, current Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsement as a speech-language pathologist (either teaching or non-teaching) issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  4. Requires the ability to communicate using manual communication at a colloquial skill level.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends and holidays.
  2. Requires the ability to physically restrain individuals as necessary to prevent injury to the patient or others.
  3. Requires the ability to apply techniques, methods and principles utilized in the clinical practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology.
  4. Requires the use of psychological processes of learning as applied to instructing individuals with physical, intellectual or developmental difficulties.
  5. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.
  6. Requires the ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  7. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.   

Work Hours:  8:00am - 4:30pm, Mon - Fri with one early, one late and one weekend day per month.  
Work Location: 100 E Jeffery St Kankakee, IL 60901-5018  

Shapiro Developmental Center

Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Health Services; Social Services  


About The Agency:

The Illinois Department Human Services serves families in need all across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
  • 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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