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SENIOR REGIONAL COUNSEL

Company name
IL Department of Children and Family Services

Salary
Annually USD 7875 to 9583

Location
Collinsville, IL, United States

Employment Type
Full-Time

Industry
Legal

Posted on
Jun 01, 2024

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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

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 CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov 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.

Location:  

Collinsville, IL, US, 62234
Job Requisition ID:  37260
Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Title: Public Service Administrator Option 8L (Senior Regional Counsel)
Closing Date/Time:  05/29/2024 
Supervisor: Kreig Taylor
Agency Contact:  Michael Bernardy/ Michael.Bernardy@illinois.gov
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary $7,875 - $9,583 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried 
County:  Madison 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  None 

****************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.

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results-oriented individual to serve as Senior Regional Counsel. Under administrative direction, the position will represent the Department at hearings on calendars in the juvenile courts of assigned counties, including temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, permanency, status, progress, termination of parental rights, and motion hearings. Additionally, the position will evaluate, prepare, and present evidence on behalf of the Department in court and at administrative hearings and service appeals.  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.

Job Responsibilities continued

  1. Serves as Senior Regional Counsel
  2. Interviews Department witnesses
  3. Evaluates cases involving clients where the Department is involved in court or seeking expunction or indication
  4. Serves as legal advisor to the Regional Administrator
  5. Plans, directs, and conducts technical legal screening and provides case consultation to caseworkers and supervisors to help prepare cases for termination of parental rights (TPR), to determine when cases are trial ready for TPR, and to provide case consideration for case plan writing in all offices throughout the region
  6. Serves as Department liaison to judiciary, State’s Attorney’s Offices, and various court personnel in numerous counties in the region
  7. Serves as local Department liaison to the Attorney General’s Office in cases in which the Department is represented by an Assistant Attorney General and represents the Department when the Attorney General’s Office authorizes self-representation by the Department
  8. Maintains current working knowledge of new legislation, Department rules and policy, and all relevant law
  9. As legal counsel to the region, provides recommendations to regional management in the discipline process, arbitration preparation, and grievance preparation concerning regional staff
  10. 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 three years of experience in the practice of law

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers experience as an attorney in cases involving child welfare or juvenile law
  2. Prefers experience as an attorney presenting and arguing legal cases in court and/or administrative hearings
  3. Prefers experience as an attorney conducting legal analysis
  4. Prefers substantive legal writing experience as an attorney in the areas of motions, pleadings, briefs, and memoranda
  5. Prefers professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities
  6. Prefers thorough knowledge of Illinois statutes and rules that have a substantial impact on Illinois juvenile court proceedings and/or DCFS’s administrative hearings

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

About the Agency

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. 

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 1101 Eastport Plaza Dr, Collinsville, Illinois, 62234 
Posting Group: Legal, Audit & Compliance 

Revolving Door:

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.

The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:

  • donotreply@SIL-P1.ns2cloud.com
  • systems@SIL-P1.ns2cloud.com

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

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IL Department of Children and Family Services

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