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Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Sterling, IL, US, 61081

Job Requisition ID:  32922

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: 12/05/2023 
Salary:  $5,456 - $8,140/Month - Anticipated Starting Salary $5,901/Month  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Whiteside​
Number of Vacancies:  2  
Plan/BU:  RC062  



This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number- 811228 and 811721



Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Child Protection Investigator.  Under direction, this position will receive and investigate reports of alleged child abuse/neglect within mandated time limits.  The position assesses the immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of child protection needed.  This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring the safety of children and youth.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Child Protection Investigator
  2. Prepares investigation reports for assessing validity of reports of allegations.
  3. Selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies.
  4. Determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities.
  5. Attends multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services.
  6. Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing them in substitute care, and when changing placement location.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Preferably requires a master's degree in social work;


2. Requires a master's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and one year of directly related professional experience;


3. Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one year of directly related professional experience;


4. Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and two years of directly related professional experience.


The college or university issuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance
  2. Requires ability to pass a background check
  3. Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties
  4. Requires ability to work in a 24 hour on call capacity

Work Hours:  8:30am - 5pm Mon - Fri.  
Work Location: 2607 Woodlawn Rd Sterling, IL 61081-4175

Supervisor:  Vacant


Agency Contact:  Mario A. Camilo Polanco 

E-mail: (questions only)



Job Function:  Social Services 


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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Nearest Major Market: Sterling IL