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SENIOR PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR 8L / ASSISTANT DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL - AGENCY ETHICS OFFICER

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.

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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 15, 2021
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1222

Job Requisition ID:  9264

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. The Office of Legal Services works in a supportive capacity to ensure Departmental adherence to all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and court orders. 

 

Agency: Department of Children and Family Services
Closing Date/Time: 12/15/2021
Salary: Anticipated starting salary: $8,334-10,833
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: Sangamon
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 

 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results-oriented individual to serve as Assistant Deputy General Counsel/Agency Ethics Officer. Subject to management approval, this position will provide legal advice and counsel regarding legislation affecting the Department and will provide interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Additionally, the position will provide oversight of annual ethics training and serve as liaison to the Office of the Executive Inspector General regarding various ethics-related issues. This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their skills as an attorney to benefit 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.

 


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


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.

Job Responsibilities

1. Provides legal advice and counsel regarding legislation and legislative affairs affecting the Department

  • Advises the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs regarding legal aspects involved in newly developed legislative proposals drafted by staff for submission to the Director
  • Reviews, interprets, and critiques state and federal legislation
  • Advises staff on legal requirements and issues associated with proposed legislation in the General Assembly
  • Monitors federal child welfare legislation
  • Provides legal advice and consultation regarding proposed rules, policies, and procedures, providing extensive input into the rulemaking process
  • Plans and conducts complex research on issues affecting the Department and prepares opinions based on research

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2. Serves as Ethics Officer for the Department and provides interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act

  • Provides oversight of annual ethics training to ensure that all employees and appointees complete the training as required by state law
  • Reviews completed Statements of Economic Interests and submits for filing with the Secretary of State
  • Serves as liaison to the Office of the Executive Inspector General regarding various ethics-related issues, including questions concerning revolving door determinations and investigation requests

3. Serves as Department liaison to and interacts with members of the General Assembly and Congress and their staffs on issues of interest to the Department, presenting the Department’s interests in contacts regarding legislation and legislative agendas

  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

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4. Serves as full-line supervisor

  • 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 requests for time off re
  • Adjusts first-level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

(Job Responsibilites continued)

5.Serves as an expert for the Department on all new legislation, agency rules and procedures, and all relevant law

  • Reports to legal and executive staff on significant case rulings affecting the Department

6. Provides testimony before the General Assembly to present the Department’s viewpoint and legal opinion regarding current and proposed legislation and ramifications on the Department, foster and adoptive parents, children, and families

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

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

Preferred Qualifications

1. Prefers professional experience in administering and overseeing ethics protocols

2. Prefers experience as an attorney conducting legal research and drafting legal opinions

3. Prefers experience as an attorney drafting and providing legal counsel regarding proposed legislation, rules, and/or policies

4. Prefers experience supervising and/or managing professional staff

5. Prefers professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities

6. Prefers thorough knowledge of statutes and/or rules that govern or may have a substantial impact on DCFS’ operations

 

 

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:
Michael Bernardy
Email: Michael.Bernardy@illinois.gov
Phone #:217-558-8163
Job Function: Legal and Compliance; Administration/Management
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.

 

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


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.