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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:  Jun 22, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-1813

Job Requisition ID:  14657

Agency:  Department of Agriculture 
Closing Date/Time:  07/07/2022 
Salary:  $7,500-$9,167/anticipated monthly starting salary 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


The Illinois Department of Agriculture (AGR) administers an annual budget of more than $100 million and employs more than 300 people statewide, with several hundred more temporary employees hired during the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair.  Separate bureaus administer programs and services directed at conserving the state's land and water resources; protecting the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals; overseeing state and county fairs; regulating seed, feed and fertilizer products; ensuring the financial stability of grain dealers and warehouses; promoting Illinois food and agricultural products; and operating the state's horse racing program.  


AGR values employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.  


AGR offers a robust benefit package including; 

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules in many program areas
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 10 Weeks paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Pension Plan
  • Deferred Compensation, and other pre-tax benefit programs
  • Employees earn twelve (12) paid sick days annually
  • Ten to twenty-five (10-25) paid vacation days based on years of service
  • Employees earn three (3) paid personal days pro-rated based on start date
  • Thirteen - Fourteen (13-14) paid state holidays annually


If this opportunity appeals to you, please apply today!



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.


Position Overview

The Bureau of Environmental Programs is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Bureau Chief (Senior Public Service Administrator). The Bureau Chief provides oversight to the operations of bureau programs and ensures that personnel practices are conducted in accordance with the departmental policies, contractual language and union processes and rules.  The Bureau Chief also establishes goals, strategies, and performance measures for all functional areas/programs in the bureau that are consistent with and to implement the regulatory oversight of all federal and state legislation. The bureau will engage with various stakeholders to exchange ideas and rally support for bureau and department initiatives.  Above all, the Bureau Chief serves as an effective member of the division/department management team working collaboratively and cooperatively with other bureau chiefs and division management staff to complete assignments given by the division administrator or upper management.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Directs and supervises the statewide regulatory programs of the Bureau of Environmental Programs.
  2. Serves as full line supervisor of staff headquartered both remotely and in Springfield office.
  3. Develops and implements policies and procedures utilized in the implementation and maintenance of the Bureau of Environmental Programs.
  4. Acts with full authority in meetings with Department officials, representatives of other state and federal agencies and a variety of outside interest groups regarding all bureau programs.
  5. Directs program budget preparation and controls appropriation expenditures for the bureau.
  6. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college, with coursework in business, public administration, agriculture, natural resource management or environmental sciences.
  2. Requires prior experience equivalent to four (4) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization with two (2) of those years in agriculture.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three years of experience in principles, techniques, and practices of public administration, including the interpretation and enforcement of regulatory laws and regulations.
  2. Two years of experience working with laws, rules, regulations relative to the pesticide industry, nursery industry and livestock industry. 
  3. Three years of experience establishing and implementing regulatory policies.
  4. Three years of experience in the management and implementation of a program budget.
  5. Three years of experience supervising staff which includes assigning and reviewing work, establishing annual goals and objectives, preparing and issuing performance evaluations, providing guidance and training, and determining staffing needs.
  6. Two years of experience resulting in advanced proficiency working with Microsoft Office products.
  7. One year of experience presenting to small and/or large audiences.
  8. One year of experience with legislation and rulemaking.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to successfully pass a background check.
  2. Requires a valid driver’s license.
  3. Requires the ability to travel and be on travel status when indicated.
  4. Requires the ability to occasionally travel overnight, in state and out of state.
  5. Requires the ability to work outside normal work hours if needed.


Work Hours:  8am-4:30pm/Monday-Friday 
Work Location: 801 E Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62702-1813 
Agency Contact: 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources 

Bureau of Human Resources

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during  State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.

About the Agency:
The Bureau of Environmental Programs administers programs directed toward control and eradication of plant pest and disease. It regulates pesticide use by registering products, certifying and licensing applicators, and investigating suspected misuse. Staff also administer programs concerning proper pesticide record keeping and waste reduction; pesticide and fertilizer storage, containment and disposal; pesticide container recycling; noxious weed control; and other groundwater protection initiatives. The in-house laboratory tests groundwater, plant, animal and soil samples for pesticide residues and proper formulation. The Bureau also oversees the Livestock Management Facilities program which regulates many aspects of livestock production, including siting criteria, construction design standards, nutrient management plans, and livestock manager certification.

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