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Peer Self Advocate (Personal Service Contract)

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

The State of Illinois is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Further, federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job, interview for a job, or for any other activity related to the hiring process. Examples of reasonable accommodation include, but are not limited to, making a change to the application process (if possible), providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

To be provided a Reasonable Accommodation during the hiring process, you will need to provide a certification of disability from a physician, psychiatrist, school official or an Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor. Supporting documentation should be uploaded under My Documents → Additional Documents section for each application.

Any questions on Reasonable Accommodations can be directed to Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at or call (217) 524-7514 for further information and to request or discuss 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:  Jan 25, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62762

Job Requisition ID:  20213

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-41-20213

Opening Date: 01/25/23
Closing Date/Time:  02/23/2023 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $13.53 - $28.80 per hour 
Job Type:  Hourly Intermittent 
County:  Sangamon; Adams; Alexander; Bond; Boone; Brown; Bureau; Calhoun; Carroll; Cass; Champaign; Christian; Clark; Clay; Clinton; Coles; Cook; Crawford; Cumberland; DeKalb; DeWitt; Douglas; DuPage; Edgar; Edwards; Effingham; Fayette; Ford; Franklin; Fulton; Gallatin; Greene; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Henderson; Henry; Iroquois; Jackson; Jasper; Jefferson; Jersey; Jo Daviess; Johnson; Kane; Kankakee; Kendall; Knox; LaSalle; Lake; Lawrence; Lee; Livingston; Logan; Macon; Macoupin; Madison; Marion; Marshall; Mason; Massac; McDonough; McHenry; McLean; Menard; Mercer; Monroe; Montgomery; Morgan; Moultrie; Ogle; Peoria; Perry; Piatt; Pike; Pope; Pulaski; Putnam; Randolph; Richland; Rock Island; Saline; Schuyler; Scott; Shelby; St. Clair; Stark; Stephenson; Tazewell; Union; Vermilion; Wabash; Warren; Washington; Wayne; White; Whiteside; Will; Williamson; Winnebago; Woodford 
Number of Vacancies:  5 
Plan/BU:  Personal Service Contract



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 Human 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.

Position Overview

Provide peer-led self-advocate presentations alongside staff in the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to individuals receiving sub-minimum wage to provide employment-related services and support.

Job Responsibilities

  1.  Participate in planning and training sessions with staff in the Division of Rehabilitation Services on Career Counseling & Information and Referral Services in preparation for statewide training to be conducted with providers who offer employment at a sub-minimum wage (known as 14(c) entities).
  2. Co-present information alongside staff in the Vocational Rehabilitation program to groups of individuals receiving a sub-minimum wage throughout the Region.
  3. Articulate personal experiences, including services and supports, that provided assistance to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or regain competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A successful applicant must have been a former participant of services in a sub-minimum wage (known as 14-(c) entity) organization, and have gained competitive integrated employment.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Be an effective oral communicator, present information, and ability to present personal experiences regarding competitive integrated employment.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Work Location: 

2 vanancies are remote with reporting location: 555 West Monroe, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

1 vacancy is remote with reporting location: 2901 Finley Rd, Ste 109, Downers Grove, IL 60515

1 vacancy is remote with reporting location: 211 Fulton St, St 207, Peoria, IL 61602

1 vacancy is remote with reporting location: 100 South Grand Ave East, Springfield, IL 62762
Agency Contact:
Job Family: Clerical and Administrative Support; Social Services 


About the Agency

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


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Nearest Major Market: Springfield