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Assistant Deputy General Counsel/Agency Ethics Officer (SPSA 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

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.

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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 1, 2021
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1222

Job Requisition ID:  2176

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:  04/21/2021 
Salary:  $4,295 - $12,128/month (Anticipated Starting Salary: $7,917 - $10,417/month) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
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.  Provides legal advice and counsel regarding legislation and legislative affairs affecting the Department (25%)

  • Advises the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs regarding legal aspects involved in newly developed legislative proposals drafted by staff for submission to the Director
  • Reviews, interprets, and critiques state and federal legislation
  • Advises staff on legal requirements and issues associated with proposed legislation in the General Assembly
  • Monitors federal child welfare legislation
  • Provides legal advice and consultation regarding proposed rules, policies, and procedures, providing extensive input into the rulemaking process
  • Plans and conducts complex research on issues affecting the Department and prepares opinions based on research

 

2.  Serves as Ethics Officer for the Department and provides interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (20%)

  • Provides oversight of annual ethics training to ensure that all employees and appointees complete the training as required by state law
  • Reviews completed Statements of Economic Interests and submits for filing with the Secretary of State
  • Serves as liaison to the Office of the Executive Inspector General regarding various ethics-related issues, including questions concerning revolving door determinations and investigation requests

 

 

 

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3.  Serves as Department liaison to and interacts with members of the General Assembly and Congress and their staffs on issues of interest to the Department, presenting the Department’s interests in contacts regarding legislation and legislative agendas (20%)

  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

 

4.  Serves as full-line supervisor (15%)

  • 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 re
  • Adjusts first-level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

 

5.  Serves as an expert for the Department on all new legislation, agency rules and procedures, and all relevant law (10%)

  • Reports to legal and executive staff on significant case rulings affecting the Department

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6.  Provides testimony before the General Assembly to present the Department’s viewpoint and legal opinion regarding current & proposed legislation and ramifications on the Department, foster and adoptive parents, children, and families (5%)

 

7.  Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above (5%)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Prefers professional experience in administering and overseeing ethics protocols

Prefers experience as an attorney conducting legal research and drafting legal opinions

Prefers experience as an attorney drafting and providing legal cousel regarding proposed legislation, rules, and/or policies

Prefers experience supervising and/or managing professional staff

Prefers professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities

Prefers thorough knowledge of statutes and/or rules that govern or may have a substantial impact of DCFS' operations

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: 4 W Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701 
Agency Contact:  Kelly.J.Firebaugh@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance

PIN:  03-3537S

 

 

 

****************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.