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PARALEGAL ASSISTANT

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

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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:  Nov 22, 2021
Location: 

Marion, IL, US, 62959-1187

Job Requisition ID:  9556

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:  12/08/2021 
Salary:  $4,006-5,755 (Anticipated starting salary $4006) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Williamson 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC062 

 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Paralegal.  Under direct supervision of a licensed attorney, this position will conduct legal research and write/prepare legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other documents as assigned by and under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.  The position will prepare case notes, place court orders in legal files, and provide assistance in advancing hearings as assigned.  This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their paralegal skills 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.

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification # 2103014-035363

Job Responsibilities

1. Conducts legal research and writes/prepares legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other documents as assigned by and under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney, who reviews and approves all products; assumes no independent responsibility for the legal validity of work performed.

2. Attends court hearings as directed; prepares case notes, places court orders in legal files, and provides assistance in advancing the hearing as assigned; drives to various locations in the performance of duties.

3. Reviews all files on call sheet to ensure that files have been received; separates courtroom files from hearing officer files; creates duplicate files for missing files; retrieves service plans from the distribution unit; reviews files to ensure placement of service plans in appropriate file; checks to ensure that reminder system is entered for their respective calendars at least four days in advance; forwards copies of call sheet to calendar attorneys and appropriate staff at least one day in advance.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

4. Performs special projects and prepares statistical or other reports.

5. Receives and processes all subpoenas received by staff; arranges for production of records or attendance of worker; consults with licensed attorneys regarding motions to quash.

6. Obtains legal materials upon request of staff attorneys, either from law libraries or from other Department offices.

7. Under the direction of staff attorneys, files court documents and serves legal papers.

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

Education Degree

1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college with coursework in such areas as legal, pre-legal, English, statistics or directly related coursework.

Employment Conditions

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check

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

Location: 2309 W Main St Marion, IL 62959

Work Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm

Supervisor: Wade, Lisa

Bid ID #: 2103014-035363

Agency Contact:

Michael Bernardy

Phone: 217-558-8163

Fax: 217-524-3970

Email: Michael.Bernardy@Illinois.gov (preferred)

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.