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Date:  Nov 16, 2023

Vienna, IL, US, 62995

Job Requisition ID:  32847

Agency : Department of Corrections - Shawnee Correctional Center
Closing Date/Time:11:59 pm,  12/05/2023
Salary:   Anticipating Starting Salary $ 4,692/monthly; CBA Applies; Full Range $4,692-$6,818/month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Johnson  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
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 the illinois.jobs2web.com website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Qualifying state employees in the Upward Mobility Program should follow the Upward Mobility Policy Guidelines when applying for this title. Here are the links: Upward Mobility Program and UMP Program Titles and Information


Posting Identification Number  32847


While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is recommended.  When applicable, titles that require specific coursework, professional license or certification will include a notation requesting the appropriate document(s) be uploaded in the Additional Documents section of your application.  Failure to upload requested transcripts, license and/or proof of certification when specified may result in ineligibility.  Please note that the Department of Corrections must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) regardless of vacancy title before any offer can be extended.

Position Overview

As a Counselor, you will be part of a diverse team who provides opportunities designed to assist individuals in making a successful transition from a corrections environment to the community. These opportunities not only help individuals to develop and enhance their skillsets, but they also better equip them to be a productive member of society. We invite you to come make a difference in other’s lives and truly impact change.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Assists in providing a regular interview routine for each assigned individual in custody seeing them no less than once every 60 days to address the needs of the individual in custody.
  2. Conducts beginning level counseling sessions with individuals in custody providing assistance to each individual in custody in the development of a program plan in conjunction with staff completing the risk and needs assessments.
  3. Prepares progress reports including required professional reports.
  4. Communicates with the families and support systems of the individuals in custody relative to requests, adjustment, emergency furloughs, visitation, parole plans, and issues related to family members.
  5. Participates on institutional committees or projects, i.e., assignment committee, adjustment committee, grievance committee and/or program team; prepares reports.
  6. Receives on-the-job training relating to counseling principles and techniques for increased job responsibilities and job proficiency.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of those duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college, with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral or social sciences. 

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year professional experience providing counseling services to individuals in a custody setting.
  2. Prefers at least one (1) year of professional experience participating as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  3. Prefers at least one (1) year professional experience documenting progress of individual in relation to case/treatment plans.
  4. Prefers at least one (1) year of professional experience utilizing departmental or equivalent computer systems.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires written and spoken knowledge of the English language.
  2. Requires ability to pass the IDOC/IDJJ background check.
  3. Requires ability to pass a drug screen. The use of unauthorized drug by an employee, regardless of the position held, is prohibited.
  4. Applicants are required to abide by all vaccine and/or other medical standards as set out by the employer.

About the Agency

The Illinois Department of Corrections is a multicultural agency deeply committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment is at the forefront of our operations, hiring, policies and procedures, and training. We recognize the benefit of workplace empowerment, the importance of diversity and fully support an environment where ALL employees are treated fairly, respectfully, and have equal access to opportunities and resources necessary to thrive and contribute to the agency’s success. IDOC genuinely values the differences of individuals in our custody and is committed to ensuring a healthy living environment where they feel valued, respected, and included.


Through our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we shall establish and uphold agency policies and practices conducive to eliminating all forms of exclusion including, but not limited to, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, and religious oppression.


The IDOC team works to serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in behavior of individuals in custody, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization.


Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance; retirement plan and deferred compensation; state holidays and other benefit time off; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.


The Illinois Department of Corrections is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Work Hours:  8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday (Days Off Sat/Sun)  
Work Location: Shawnee Correctional Center,  6665 State Route 146 E Vienna, IL 62995-3122  
Agency Contact: 

Daphne Pratis

Email: Daphne.Pratis@illinois.gov

Phone #:618-658-8331

Job Family:  Public Safety  


This title is within the Upward Mobility Program.  General Program information can be found by clicking on the Upward Mobility Program link or for specific title information at UMP Title Descriptions. There are three categories of UMP titles: 1) certificate titles which require passing a written proficiency exam; 2) credential titles which require the possession of a specified college degree and/or licensure; and 3) dual titles for which a certificate may be earned by following either the certificate or credential pathway.


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



Use the “Apply” button at the top right or bottom right of this posting to begin the application process.

If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so. 

State employees should sign in to the career portal for State of Illinois employees – a link is available at the top left of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon. 

Non-State employees should log in on the using the “View Profile” link in the top right of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon.  If you have never before signed in, you will be prompted to create an account.

If you have questions about how to apply, please see the following resources:

State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid

Non-State employees: on Illinois.jobs2web.com – click “Application Procedures” in the footer of every page of the website.


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