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General Counsel

Vacancy Announcement

  • Location
    Springfield IL or Chicago IL
  • Posted Date
    06/06/22
  • Closing Date
    This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by June 23, 2022 will be given first consideration.
  • Division
    Office of Statewide Pretrial Services, Director’s Office
  • Benefits
    An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation and generous leave time.
  • Salary
    Minimum $95,318; starting salary commensurate with experience

The Office of Statewide Pretrial Services’ (OSPS or Office) mission is to assist in the administration of justice and promote community safety by ensuring fairness and equality in the pretrial process. The OSPS is a statewide office that provides pretrial services under the Pretrial Services Act, 725 ILCS 185. The Office develops pretrial standards and employs pretrial service officers who conduct pretrial investigations and provide pretrial supervision.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The General Counsel is a senior level position responsible for advising the Office’s Director, Chief of Staff, Deputy Directors and Section Chiefs on legal issues related to pretrial matters and criminal procedure. The General Counsel interprets state and federal law under the general supervision of the Chief of Staff and works with considerable independence, exercising professional judgment.

FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Serves as the General Counsel for the Office of State of Statewide Pretrial Services.
  • Advises and counsels the Director, Chief of Staff, Deputy Directors, and Section Chiefs on legal issues related to the administration of state and federal laws pertaining to pretrial matters;
  • Reviews pending legislation and prepares legal memorandum outlining the impact, operationally and fiscally, of proposed bills.
  • Drafts amendments to the Pretrial Services Act and other statutes, as directed.
  • Provides legal counsel to the Human Resources Manager on human resource related issues such as employee discipline, the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), State of Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, workers’ compensation, leave, benefits, and other employee related issues.
  • Reviews grant applications, notices of funding opportunities, grant agreements, procurement documents, contracts, and leases for OSPS.
  • Reviews pretrial standards to ensure compliance with state and federal legislation and caselaw.
  • Assists in promoting and maintaining effective work environments.
  • Participates in strategic planning and problem-solving by thoroughly evaluating operational needs.
  • Supports the Office functions by staying abreast of new developments in pretrial service operations by conducting relevant research.
  • Assists with internal investigations regarding operations of the Office, including personnel related matters.
  • Represents the Director before other governmental entities, private and public organizations, and other community and professional groups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Required Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Five years in the practice of law.  
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • A valid Illinois Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance to operate a personal vehicle on state business, as well as maintain a safe driving record.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven years in the practice of law.
  • Five years of experience with legal research and writing.
  • Two years of experience drafting, researching or analyzing legislation.
  • Two years of experience with criminal procedure in Illinois or federal courts.
  • One year of experience with preparing and/or delivering training on statutory or regulatory provisions.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to sit for extended time periods.
  • Professional office working environment requiring telephone usage and ability to process written documents.
  • Ability to travel, mostly within Illinois, including overnight stays, as required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter through the form below. https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/cfdfd666f464473185cdbbd0a5b7b361

This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by June 23, 2022 will be given first consideration.

Any questions about this position or the application process can also be submitted via email at the following address: pretrialservices@illinoiscourts.gov.

 

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