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Location:  East Saint Louis, IL, US, 62201-3005
Job Requisition ID:  21718
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. 
Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 01/30/2023 
Salary:   Anticipated starting salary: $5,052/month Step 4 
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time 
County:   St. Clair 
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 website. State of Illinois employees MUST click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal in order to be considered an internal bidder.
Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

Job Responsibilities

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Paralegal. Under direct supervision of a licensed attorney, this position will conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other documents as assigned by and under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney. The position will attend administrative and court hearings as directed and will prepare case notes and place court orders in legal files. This position is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to use their paralegal skills 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 Paralegal
2. Attends administrative and court hearings as directed
3. Reviews all files on call sheet to ensure that files have been received
4. Performs special projects and prepares statistical or other reports
5. Receives and processes all subpoenas received by staff
6. Obtains legal materials upon request of staff attorneys, either from law libraries or from other Department offices
7. Under the direction of staff attorneys, files court documents and serves legal papers
8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college with coursework in such areas as legal, pre-legal, English, statistics or directly related coursework

Preferred Qualifications

1. 2 years of experience in a law office or legal area of a public or business organization applying working knowledge of precedent cases, writing style format, and vocabulary appropriate to the legal profession
2. 2 years of experience in a law office or legal area of a public or business organization applying working knowledge of technical report writing, vocabulary, and word usage
3. 2 years of experience in a public or business organization utilizing the ability to write in a clear and concise manner
4. 2 years of experience in a law office or legal area of a public or business organization utilizing the ability to analyze and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and drafting written material to legal staff in a clear and logical format
5. 2 years of experience in a public or business organization applying the ability to organize and present statistical data

Employment Conditions

1. Requires the ability to pass a background check
2. Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to travel
Work Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm  
Work Location: 10 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis, IL 62201-3005  
Agency Contact: 
Michael Bernardy 
Email: (for questions only)
Phone #:217-558-8163
Job Family:  Legal and Compliance  
This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).