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Senior Regional Counsel

Website Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Date:  Apr 24, 2024
Location:  Chicago, IL, US, 60612
Job Requisition ID:  37144
Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services

Title: Public Service Administrator Option 8L (Senior Regional Counsel)
Closing Date/Time:  05/22/2024

Supervisor: Faith Wynn Seals

Agency Contact:

Michael Bernardy

Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary $7,875 – $9,583/month
Job Type:  Salaried
County:  Cook
Number of Vacancies:  3
Plan/BU:  None


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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. This position will represent the Department in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The position will also provide legal advice and counsel to professional staff in various divisions of the Department and will represent the Department in various civil and administrative hearings. 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
1. Serves as a Senior Regional Counsel

2. Provides legal advice and counsel to professional staff in various divisions of the Department

3. Serves as Department representative at all levels of administrative “fair hearings”

4. Maintains current working knowledge of new legislation, Department rules and policy, and all relevant law

5. Provides legal training to Department administrators, supervisors, and staff on various topics including testifying in court

6. 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 license to practice law in Illinois

2. Requires three years of experience as an attorney presenting and arguing cases in court and/or administrative hearings

3. Requires experience as an attorney in cases involving child welfare or juvenile law

Preferred Qualifications
1. Thorough knowledge of Illinois statutes and rules that have a substantial impact on Illinois juvenile court proceedings and/or DCFS’s administrative hearings

2. Substantive legal writing experience as an attorney in the areas of motions, pleadings, briefs, and memoranda

3. Professional experience working in a liaison capacity with various internal and external entities

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 8:30am-5:00pm
Work Location: 2245 W Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60612
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.



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