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Date:  Oct 1, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-5076

Job Requisition ID:  7875

Agency:  Department of Public Health 

Office: Office of the Director

Division: Legal Services

Posting ID: 02-22-0089
Posted: 10/1/2021
Salary:  $8,333-$10,000/month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Exempt under 4d(1), (2), (3), or (6) Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


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Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as Deputy General Counsel; as a principal policy making official, formulates and implements policy and procedures relating to health facilities and environmental health including licensing, administrative reviews, administrative rules and related laws; provides primary legal strategy on matters relating to the regulation of health information, registries, vital records, clinical research and medical studies, particularly relating to emergency preparedness/response and epidemic/pandemic response and primary legal strategist for food, drugs and dairies and communicable/infectious disease programs; researches, develops and writes proposals affecting changes in statutes and administrative rules; analyzes proposed legislation and drafts proposed amendments in the area of responsibility to better align with the Department's operational goals and objectives; interprets legislation and administrative rules; interprets case law and legal precedent/principles affecting the Department; conducts and coordinates investigations.


  • Develops, drafts and reviews contracts, interagency agreements, protocols, policies and procedures regarding the Department's transactional functions such as data exchanges or receipt, health information, registry access, vital records access, medical studies and clinical research, with emphasis on emergency preparedness/response and epidemic/pandemic response.


  • Serves as full line supervisor; assigns and reviews work; provides guuidance and training to assigned staff; counsels staff regarding work performane; reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs; establishes annual goas and objectives; approves time off; adjusts first level grievances; effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge; prepares and signs performance evaluations; determines and recommends staffing needs.


  • Serves as agency spokesperson, on behalf of the General Counsel, to all internal and external entities, public, private and federal officials regarding the Legal Services Office issues, interpreting policies and procedures; possesses significant authority on behalf of the General Counsel to bind the Department to specific courses of action.


  • Serves as the agency Ethics Officer; interprets and administers the Ethics Act; reviews various ethics related matters and other investigative referrals made to or from the Office of the Executive Inspector General (OEIG); provides "safe harbor" advice to Department employees seeking guidance how to best conform their conduct to the proscriptions of the Ethics Act; conducts or supervises investigations and provides recommendations based upon findings to the General Counsel.


  • In conjunction with the General Counsel, develops, prepares and provides in service legal training and informational materials to Department personnel; provides advice for EMT/paramedica and trauma center certification; serves as the Administrator of the Springfield legal services office in the absence of the General Counsel.


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

Minimum Requirements

  • Requires completion of law school.


  • Requires possession of a license to practice law in the State of Illinois.


  • Requires prior experience equivalent to four years of progressively responsible administrative experience four or more years professional experience in the practice of law.


  • Requires thorough knowledge of common laws; Federal and State laws, and regulations pertaining to public health or other health and human services regulatory programs.


  • Requires extensive knowledge of judicial and quasi judicial and administrative procedures and the rules at all judicial levels.


  • Requires extensive knowledge of legal methods, practices and procedures in the agency.


  • Requires working knowledge of principles of management, including organization, controls and techniques used in dealing with management and procedural problems.


  • Requires ability to plan, layout, coordinate and review the work of a technical or legal program or units as required.


  • Requires ability to draft complex and technical legal documents.


  • Requires ability to develop and maintain effective professional and public contacts and satisfactory working relationships with others.


  • Requires ability to analyze and appraise facts, evidence and precedents in developing pertinent issues and in applying fudamental principles to unusual, difficult and complex problems and to give full and complete, though brief, expression to such issues and facts, evidence and precedents pertaining to same.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefers experience supervising and directing legal staff.

Education Degree

  • Requires the possession of a license to practice law in Illinois.

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Work Location: 535 W Jefferson St Springfield, IL 62702-5076 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance 


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is tasked with the oversight of communities within Illinois to achieve and maintain optimal health and safety.  With an annual budget of over $600 million in state and federal funds, 7 regional offices, 3 laboratories and over 1,100 employees, IDPH is equipped to fulfill its mission of protecting the health and wellness of the people of Illinois throguh the prevention, health promotion, regulation and control of disease and injury.