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CEJA Central Regional Administrator (SPSA, OPT 1)

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 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:  Jun 21, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1509

Job Requisition ID:  16800

Agency:  Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 
Closing Date/Time:  07/06/2022 
Salary:  $4,295.00 - $13,237.00 Average Monthly Starting Salary 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 



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 Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is looking to hire a Regional Administrator of the Office of Employment and Training to oversee the administration of the workforce programs authorized by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. The Regional Administrator with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) formulates, plans and administers major components of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), other relevant programs and subsequent iterations; administers statutes of the Act, supervises staff and community-based organizations; analyzes status of the programs, coordinates with other division and agency staff with projects that cross multiple divisions. The ideal candidate will also able be able to work with the OET management team to identify and operationalize best practices in serving populations experiencing barriers to employment using public and private funding at the federal state and local levels. We welcome interested applicants who can be a part of a leadership team that strives to build a strong workforce in the Central region in Illinois to apply.  


Job Responsibilities


1.  Serves as the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) Regional Administrator for the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) for the Central Illinois Program Delivery Area.

2.  Oversees the development and maintenance of the CEJA programs including the programmatic and fiscal oversight of the organizations operating the CEJA programs.

3.  Work with OET Assistant Deputy Director and other subject matter experts to recommend, develop and implement policy changes that improve CEJA program services to job seekers, employers, and local workforce systems in the Central Illinois Program Delivery Area.

4.  Direct the outreach activities supported by the Energy Transition Navigator Program that provides community-based providers with funding to conduct outreach, education, and recruitment to equity focused populations.

5.  Serve on the Energy Transition Workforce Commission.

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 courses in business, public administration, or close related fields of study.

2.  Requires four (4) years of professional experience in the design and management of a workforce or human services grant program.

Preferred Qualifications


1. Prefer three or more years of experience working within the clean energy industry including an awareness of industry trends and activities and working with employer or sectoral partnerships.

2. Prefer three or more years of experience in working with underserved and environmental justice communities.

3. Prefer three or more years of experience overseeing the administration of workforce and/or human service programs.

4. Prefer cultural and language competency of the respective communities in service area.

5. Prefer three or more years of experience in working with employers to support the regional workforce and economic development priorities.

6. Prefer three or more years of experience developing program policies, procedures to support grant programs related to workforce or human services.

7. Prefer three or more years of experience with community-based organizations and labor organizations.

8. Prefer three or more years of experience developing and delivering public presentations in a variety of settings.

9. Prefer three or more years of experience utilizing software such as Microsoft Office Suite and web based information management tools.

Conditions of Employment


1. Requires a valid and current driver's license.

2. Requires ability to travel with some overnight stays.

3. Requires ability to pass a background check.

4. Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines.


Work Hours:  M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm 
Work Location: OFFICE OF EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING, 500 E Monroe St Springfield, IL 62701-1509 
Agency Contact: 
Job Family: Administration/Management 


About the Agency:

The mission of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is to support and maintain a climate that enables a strong economy for our customers, taxpayers, businesses, workers and communities by keeping, attracting and growing businesses, maintaining a skilled workforce, and enhancing communities so that the climate here is one in which businesses, small and large, and workers, can succeed to the greatest extent possible.  The Illinois Department of Commerce delivers impactful and efficient programs and services through focused on business, community, and workforce development.