Supervisory Regional Counsel

at Illinois Department of Children & Family Services in Rock Island, Illinois, United States

Job Description


Rock Island, IL, US, 61201

Job Requisition ID:  37277

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 

Title: Public Service Administrator Option 8L (Supervisory Regional Counsel)
Closing Date/Time:  05/29/2024 

Supervisor: Emily Seifert

Agency Contact:  

Michael Bernardy (for questions only)

Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary $7,875 - $9,583 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried 
County:  Rock Island 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
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 Supervisory Regional Counsel.  Under administrative direction, this position will represent the Department at all 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 provide technical advice and counsel to Agency personnel conducting all levels of administrative “fair hearings” and serve as the Department’s representative in the “fair hearing” process, while supervising a subordinate attorney or paralegal.  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 Supervisory Regional Counsel

2. Provides technical advice and counsel to Agency personnel conducting all levels of administrative “fair hearings”

3. Serves as full line supervisor

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 agency liaison to judiciary, State’s Attorney offices, and various court personnel in each county in the region

7. Serves as local agency liaison to the Attorney General’s Office in cases in which the agency is represented by an Assistant Attorney General and represents the Department when the Attorney General’s Office authorizes self-representation by the agency

8. Maintains current working knowledge of new legislation, agency 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

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Job Posting: 11871045

Posted On: May 02, 2024

Updated On: May 29, 2024

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