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Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge (Senior Public Service Administrator Opt. 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 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:  Sep 20, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1222

Job Requisition ID:  19174

DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois. 


Agency: Department of Children and Family Services

Closing Date/Time: 10/04/2022

Salary: Anticipated Starting Salary $8,334 - $10,834 Monthly

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), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Children and Family Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Requisiton Number 19174

Job Responsibilities

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge.  Subject to management approval, this position will serve as second-in-command of the Administrative Hearings Unit and will direct, evaluate, and monitor the activities of attorneys engaged in administrative hearings and reviews on a variety of child welfare, child protection, and licensing issues.  This position establishes and maintains systems for receiving and docketing hearing requests, assigning and scheduling hearings, and reporting hearing officers’ recommendations to the Chief Administrative Law Judge and the Director. DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong leadership capabilities.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

1. Serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Children and Family Services

2. Serves as hearing officer for cases involving bargaining unit employees

3. Serves as full line supervisor


(Job Responsibilities continued)

4. Reviews incoming and pending appeals for pre-hearing disposition

5. Reviews and critiques proposed legislation and rulemaking affecting the Department

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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires completion of law school

2. Requires four years of administrative experience in the practice of law

3. Requires possession of a license to practice law in Illinois

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three years of experience supervising professional legal staff in a public or business organization
  2. Two years of professional experience in the practice of child law
  3. Two years of professional experience conducting or arguing hearings and appeals
  4. Two years of professional experience conducting legal analysis as an attorney
  5. Three years of professional management experience in a public or business organization



Conditions of Employment

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check

2. Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to travel

Work Hours: Monday -Friday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Work Location: 4 W Old State Capitol Plz Springfield, IL 62701-1222

Agency Contact:

Angela Thurmond
Email: (preferred)
Phone #:217-299-8039

Supervisor: Carol Melton
Job Family: Administration/Management; Legal and Compliance

Revolving Door:
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.

Term Appointment:
Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services’s discretion.


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