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PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR OPT 8L / LEAD CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES POLICY COUNSEL

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 CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov 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:  Nov 22, 2021
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1222

Job Requisition ID:  9494

DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children. Our goal is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families. In every effort, from receiving hotline calls to reaching family reunification or foster care and adoption, children and families are our focus.

 

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  12/08/2021 
Salary:  $6,692-$10,204 (Anticipated starting salary: $6692)
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC010 

 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Lead Child and Family Services Policy Counsel.  Under administrative direction, this position will provide leadership and utilize specialized legal knowledge in the drafting, review, and revision of administrative rules, policy documents, and Departmental procedures.  The position will conduct high level review and will prepare and finalize rulemaking documents for all stages of the rulemaking process, including pre-policy review, first notice, second notice, and adoption.  This position will supervise professional legal staff and will represent the Office of Child and Family Policy at meetings with the staff of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.  This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their skills as an attorney to benefit policy development related to child welfare services.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent legal and organizational skills and strong leadership capabilities.  We invite all qualified applicants to apply to join our innovative team to help make a difference in the lives of children and families.

 

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification # 2168007-682674

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as working supervisor of Children and Family Services Policy Counsels

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves/disapproves time off requests
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations

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2. Serves as Lead Child and Family Services Policy Counsel

  • Provides leadership and utilizes specialized legal knowledge in the drafting, review, and revision of administrative rules, policy documents, and Departmental procedures
  • Prepares and finalizes rulemaking and other procedure and policy documents for all stages of the rulemaking process, including pre-policy review, first notice, second notice, and adoption
  • Prepares and finalizes other procedure and policy documents, including pre-policy review
  • Analyzes submitted comments, prepares responses, and revises rulemaking, policy, and procedure documents in response to the comments as appropriate
  • Reviews unit activities to ensure that complete electronic files for each rulemaking and policymaking project are properly assembled and stored for retention purposes

3. Provides input into work groups composed of management and/or subject matter experts representing various divisions/disciplines within the Department

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4. Conducts legal research

  • Analyzes and interprets case law, federal and state law, administrative rules, regulations, procedures and policies

5. Represents the Office of Child and Family Policy at meetings with the staff of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR)

  • Prepares for and attends JCAR hearings
  • Provides timely and accurate oral or written responses as requested by JCAR committee members or staff
  • Drives or travels to attend meetings

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6. Prepares written Bill Review analyses or written analyses of pending legislation which has the potential to affect the Department

  • Works cooperatively with the Department's Office of Legislative Affairs to ensure the effective implementation of policy resulting from enacted legislation

7. Responds to inquiries received in the Office of Child and Family Policy online mailbox by providing staff and the public with timely and accurate DCFS policy information or by referring the inquiry to other Department staff who can knowledgeably respond to their inquiries

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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires graduation from a recognized law school

2. Requires possession of a valid license to practice law in Illinois

3. Requires 3 years of professional experience in the practice of law in an administrative, regulatory, or government setting

4. Requires 2 years of legal supervisory experience in an administrative, regulatory, or government setting

Preferred Qualifications

1. Requires the ability to provide guidance and direction to subordinate staff in the area of specialization and assign, direct, review, and control assignments and projects to completion

2. Requires thorough knowledge of common law and of state and federal laws, particularly relating to administrative and regulatory functions

3. Requires ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and complete complicated assignments by set deadlines

4. Requires ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with superiors, other attorneys, staff, and stakeholders

5. Requires skill and ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, policy, and precedents in clear and logical form for oral or written presentation

Preferred Qualifications

6. Requires ability to exercise analytical thinking and sound judgment in evaluating complex legal concepts

7. Requires extensive knowledge of personal computers, related software programs, and applications including Westlaw, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint

8. Requires excellent oral and written English communication skills

9. Prefers at least 4 years of professional experience in the practice of law in an administrative, regulatory, or government setting

10. Prefers experience in the practice of juvenile, family, or child law

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

Location: 4 W Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701

Work Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm

Supervisor: Vacant

Bid ID #: 2168007-682674

Agency Contact:

Michael Bernardy

Phone: 217-558-8163

Fax: 217-524-3970

Email: Michael.Bernardy@Illinois.gov (preferred)

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.