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Date:  Jan 12, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-5643

Job Requisition ID:  10879

Agency:  Department of Corrections 
Closing Date/Time:  02/11/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary: $5,000-$5,833/month ($60,000-$70,000/year) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Excluded - Federally Funded 000 


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Position Overview


The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is seeking a Project Lead to serve on its new Expanding Literacy Attainment and Special Education Opportunities Grant funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). This project seeks to improve the quality and reach of IDOC’s adult education programs while also introducing new services for individuals with learning disabilities, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and those who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.


The Project Lead would be responsible for managing this 36-month $900,000 grant and ensuring that IDOC activities remain on schedule. They would also be responsible for all substantive grant coordination and be the primary point of contact for BJA on project-related questions. They would provide back-up grant administration support as needed. The Project Lead will be the primary implementer from the IDOC side, taking a lead role in project development and design. The Project Lead would be responsible for planning and overseeing the project to ensure it is completed in a timely fashion and within budget. They will also oversee a small team of four personnel and be responsible for convening and leading a Multi-Stakeholder working group with other state agency personnel, subject matter experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals.


An employee signing a Personal Services Contract is not covered by the provisions of the Personnel Code. 20 ILCS 415 et seq.  This employee agrees to be bound by and comply with the policies and procedures of the Agency. They are entitled to paid sick, vacation, holiday and personal leaves, but will not receive retirement contributions, health insurance, or life insurance.


Job Responsibilities


  1. Managing IDOC’s grant project and contributing to project design, monitoring progress on different grant milestones.
  2. Coordinating and convening key partner agencies, including the Multi-Stakeholder Implementation Working Group.
  3. Serve as a key interlocutor between the IDOC and BJA/DOJ, providing grant coordination and oversight, including drafting and reviewing required reports and submissions.
  4. Identifying, hiring, and supervising Education Assessment Specialists and two subject matter experts.
  5. Developing a more detailed project schedule and work plan as needed.
  6. Providing project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress, to include BJA and IDOC leadership.
  7. Serve as the primary liaison for other state agencies involved in this project, to include the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Community College Board.
  8. Manage any subcontracts/subawards.
  9. Regular travel to certain IDOC facilities to assist in the delivery of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).


Minimum Qualifications


  1. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, social sciences, or an education-related field.
  2. At least four (4) years of relevant professional experience.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of criminal-justice processes and adult education.
  4. Familiarity with office productivity software, especially Excel.
  5. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to develop reports and navigate roadblocks.
  6. Ability to work independently.


Preferred Qualifications


  • A master’s degree in public policy, public administration, criminology, education, or a social science.
  • Previous experience working on a federal grant or working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
  • Previous experience working with IDOC, DHS, or ICCB.
  • Previous experience managing at a small team and working with multiple stakeholders.


Conditions of Employment


  1. Ability to pass the IDOC/IDJJ background check.
  2. Ability to pass a drug screen. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois. Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department's zero tolerance Drug Testing policy. The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position held is prohibited.
  3. Ability to travel statewide.


About the Agency


The Illinois Department of Corrections is a multicultural agency deeply committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This commitment is at the forefront of our operations, hiring, policies and procedures, and training. We recognize the benefit of workplace empowerment, the importance of diversity and fully support an environment where ALL employees are treated fairly, respectfully, and have equal access to opportunities and resources necessary to thrive and contribute to the agency’s success. IDOC genuinely values the differences of individuals in our custody and is committed to ensuring a healthy living environment where they feel valued, respected, and included.


Through our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we shall establish and uphold agency policies and practices conducive to eliminating all forms of exclusion including, but not limited to, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, and religious oppression.


The IDOC team works to serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in behavior of individuals in custody, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization.


The Illinois Department of Corrections is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Work Hours:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday, Opportunity to work remotely 3-4 days a week 
Work Location: 1301 Concordia Ct Springfield, IL 62702-5643 
Agency Contact:  Robyn.Gazdziak@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Public Safety; Administration/Management 


Governor Pritzker announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all State employees whose job duties require them to work in a congregate care facility. All 24/7 congregate-care facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections are included in this mandate, which is scheduled to take place October 26, 2021. Administration is currently in negotiations with AFSCME for employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement in regard to this mandate. The State will offer the exemptions required under law for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical and/or religious reasons.