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CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR II

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:  Apr 30, 2021
Location: 

Pontiac, IL, US, 61764-2323

Job Requisition ID:  2763

Agency:  Department of Corrections - Pontiac Correctional Center
Closing Date/Time:  05/13/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary $4,546/month; CBA applies; Full Range $4,546-$6,830/month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Livingston 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC062 

 

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 #2763

 

Position Description and Job Responsibilities

 

Under general supervision of the Correctional Casework Supervisor, performs correctional counseling at journeyman level providing professional services to established caseload of inmates; plans, counsels, coordinates, and reviews services for inmates; provides input into the orientation of new inmates; processes routine furloughs; prepares inmates for reintegration into community; enforces and maintains safety, sanitary, security and custodial measures.

 

20%      Provides regular interview routine for each assigned inmate seeing them no less than once every 60 days.

 

20%      Provides input into each inmate unit admission in development of program plan in conjunction with intake/assessments.

 

15%      Performs professional counseling and guidance to inmates and performs case management functions, developing initial and follow-up reentry assessment goals for offender.

 

10%      Prepares professional reports, i.e. reclassification, transfer reports, and supplemental program consideration reports and participates in overall management of assigned housing unit.

 

10%      Serves as liaison for enhancement of the reentry program initiatives.

 

10%      Performs various assignments, i.e., specialized treatment program, substance abuse, veteran's group, pre-start interacting with inmate monitoring and charting programs.

 

05%      Attends and provides input into institutional committees or projects such as assignment committee, adjustment committee and program team for disposition of minor disciplinary reports.

 

05%      Conducts crisis intervention counseling to inmates on assigned caseload according to development needed and makes referrals to psychologist/psychiatrist as appropriate.

 

05%      Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above.
 

Minimum Requirements

 

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental developmenmt equivalent to completion of four years of college with a bachelor's degree in behavioral or social sciences.
  2. Requires written and spoken knowledge of the English language.
  3. Requires one year of progressively responsible professional experience in corrections, behavioral, social sciences or a related field.
  4. Requires working knowledge of counseling and guidance principles and techniques.
  5. Requires working knowledge of theories of personality and deviant behavior, delinquency, criminology and corrections.
  6. Requires working knowledge of research techniques and the writing of professional reports.

 

Conditions of Employment

 

  1. Requires the ability to pass the Illinois Department of Corrections background check
  2. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois.  Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department's zero tolerance Drug Testing policy.  The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position is prohibited.

 

About the Agency

 

The Illinois Department of Corrections is a multicultural agency deeply committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion. This commitment is at the forefront of our operations, hiring, policies and procedures, and training. We recognize the benefit of workplace empowerment, the importance of diversity and fully support an environment where ALL employees are treated fairly, respectfully, and have equal access to opportunities and resources necessary to thrive and contribute to the agency’s success. IDOC genuinely values the differences of individuals in our custody and is committed to ensuring a healthy living environment where they feel valued, respected, and included.

 

Through our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we shall establish and uphold agency policies and practices conducive to eliminating all forms of exclusion including, but not limited to, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, and religious oppression.

 

The IDOC team works to serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization.


Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance; retirement plan and deferred compensation; state holidays and other benefit time off; tuition reimbursement; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.


The Illinois Department of Corrections is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to join our team.

 

Work Hours:  8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Friday  
Work Location: Pontiac Correctional Center - 700 W Lincoln St Pontiac, IL 61764-2323  
Agency Contact:

Elaine Rentz

Email:  elaine.rentz@illinois.gov

Job Function:  Public Safety; Social Services  

 

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

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

Please submit application via email to: elaine.rentz@illinois.gov, send via fax to 815/842-9079 or via USPS.

 

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 Requisiton 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 Requistion 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.