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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:  May 11, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62704

Job Requisition ID:  9677

Agency:  Department of Central Management Services 
Closing Date/Time:   
Salary:  $7,084 - $8,334/monthly - $7,084 anticipated 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Confidential Exclusion 010 


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.


The Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Legal Services is looking for an experienced, self-motivated, energetic labor attorney to fill the position of Labor Relations Counsel for Labor Relations matters. This position is within the Legal Services—Labor section, collaborates with other attorneys, and performs highly technical legal work in all areas of State labor relations. The ideal candidate is seeking a fast-paced legal practice that makes a positive impact on State government. We invite all dynamic attorneys interested in meaningful legal work to apply.

CMS Legal Services is comprised of several units, including attorneys and support staff, who provide counsel to CMS management and operations bureaus/offices as well as other governmental stakeholders. Legal Services' CMS bureau/office clients include the CMS Director's Office, Administrative Operations; Finance and Management; Internal Audit; Governmental Affairs, Bureau of Property Management; Administrative Hearings; Agency Services; Benefits; Business Enterprise Program; Communication and Information; Diversity and Inclusion; Labor Relations; Project Management; Operational Excellence, Rapid Results; Personnel; and Strategic Sourcing.


  • Represents the State in arbitration hearings regarding contractual (e.g. collective bargaining agreement) grievances
  • Represents the State in matters pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board
  • Provides technical advice and legal policy determinations on a wide variety of difficult and complex legal questions, laws, rules, policies and procedures as they pertain to labor relations
  • Participates in Agency, Boards, and Commissions requests for suspensions over 30 days or discharges
  • Conducts research on technical and specialized labor relations matters
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above


  • Requires graduation from a recognized law school
  • Requires the possession of a valid and current license to practice law in the State of Illinois
  • Requires prior experience equivalent to three (3) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization with at least one (1) year of professional experience in labor relations law


  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience in labor relations law
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience in arbitration practice
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience with collective bargaining agreements, including negotiations and administration matters
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience in legal issues related to oversight and coordination of labor relations related grievance and discipline matters
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience with a unionized workforce environment
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience with legal research and writing memoranda in labor relations
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience presenting legal training
  • Prefers two (2) + years of professional experience working with State and other governmental law, rules, and policies


Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be required/mandated to work overtime including scheduled, unscheduled, or last‐minute overtime

Requires a current, valid Driver’s License and the ability to travel, including overnight stays.Requires the ability to be on-call

Requires the ability to be on call

Requires ability to pass a background check

Requires use of agency-supplied technology

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 401 S. Spring St Springfield, IL 62704 
Agency Contact:  Susan.ODonnell@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Legal and Compliance; Administration/Management 


About the Agency:

Central Management Services (CMS) is the operational engine working behind the scenes to enable the State's more than 60 agencies, universities, boards, and commissions to deliver efficient, reliable services to all Illinois citizens.  The Agency's mission is to support the State by delivering innovative, responsive, and effective services that provide the best value for Illinois State government and the people it serves.  Among the services CMS provides are human resources facilitation; benefits programs for employees, retirees and local governments; property and facilities management; diversity initiatives for public contracting and State employment; joint purchasing support; vehicle fleet oversight and support; surplus property programs; print and electronic communications services; and administrative hearings coordination. 

Nearest Major Market: Springfield