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Employment Opportunities | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

Dually Involved Youth Specialist

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  • Division
    Courts, Children and Families Division (Springfield, Chicago or possible remote work options)
  • 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 salary $63,862, salary at time of hire to be commensurate with experience
  • Hours of work:
    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Reporting Relationship:
    Assistant Director, Courts, Children and Families Division

Applicant may be required to submit additional material or complete job specific tests for this position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts seeks applicants for the position of Dually Involved Youth Specialist. Reporting to the Assistant Director, Courts, Children and Families Division, and working closely with the Probation Division, the Dually Involved Youth Specialist performs professional, advanced-level statewide coordination to establish resources, best practices, and training related to youth involved in the child protection and juvenile justice systems with a focus on dually involved youth disproportionately impacted based on race and ethnicity.


  • Research and develop best practices for the coordination between the child protection and juvenile justice systems.
  • Assist with federal grant administration including monitoring and coordination of sub-contractors and services delivered through outside organizations.
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data related to dually involved youth.
  • Provide staff support to committees addressing dually involved youth.
  • Develop training curriculum for the judiciary and other justice partners.
  • Serve as an informed resource and identify approaches for courts to assist in addressing racial disparities for youth involved in the child protection and juvenile justice systems.
  • Attends and participates in conferences, meetings and committees as a Courts, Children and Families Division representative.
  • Researches and develops judicial branch grant applications to support statewide and/or individual courts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in social sciences, social work, public administration, criminal justice or related field and a minimum of three years of experience in the child protection or juvenile justice system or related field including demonstrated experience with dually involved youth. The ideal candidate will have awareness, skill, or experience with dually involved youth disproportionately impacted based on race and ethnicity.

Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to: plan, develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate statewide programs and corresponding best practices; accurately gather data on dually involved youth; work effectively on multiple projects and to coordinate program logistics under tight deadlines; serve effectively as facilitator at group meetings to identify training needs and provide evaluation; assess the skills of presenters and select presenters who will provide a stimulating and intellectually rewarding training experience for participants; to prepare clear and concise reports; and, communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. This is a professional office working environment, with remote work options, requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents. Applicant must have the ability to travel and possess a valid Illinois driver's license and demonstrate proof of automobile insurance to operate a personal vehicle on state business, as well as maintain a safe driving record. Occasional overnight travel is required.

Interested individuals should submit - via email - a letter of interest, resume, and completed Judicial Branch Employment Application to:

This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by Friday, June 25, will be given first consideration.


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