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Deputy Chief of Staff

Vacancy Announcement

  • Location
    Springfield, IL or Chicago, IL
  • Posted Date
  • Closing Date
    This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by May 25, 2022 will be given first consideration.
  • Division
    Office of Statewide Pretrial Services, Division of Pretrial Operations
  • 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 Deputy Chief of Staff is a senior level position responsible for ensuring efficient and effective operations of the Office of Statewide Pretrial Services (OSPS). The Deputy Chief of Staff directs the senior management team under the general supervision of the Chief of Staff and works with considerable independence, exercising professional judgment.


  • Serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of State of Statewide Pretrial Services.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director of Performance Management and Deputy Director of Pretrial Operations, advances office priorities and oversees pretrial policy implementation.
  • Manages special projects within the Director’s Office.
  • Serves as a trusted advisor and provides support to the Office’s leadership.
  • 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.
  • Conducts internal investigations regarding operations of the Office, including personnel related matters.
  • Assists in the preparation of the Office’s budget and tracks overall headcount.
  • Prepares briefings, reports and correspondence, frequently of a highly confidential nature, on behalf of the Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in state or local government or business administration.
  • Knowledge of organizational structures, human resources, and state government.
  • Two years of large management experience, including system analysis, strategic planning, and operational design.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to positively and professionally interact with stakeholders, including but not limited to judges, pretrial staff, attorneys, trial court administrators, the public, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Must 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or, a Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration.
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.[JO1]
  • 3 years of supervisory experience.


  • 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.


Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter through the form below.

This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by May 25, 2022 will be given first consideration.

Initial interviews for this position will take place the week of the first two weeks of June.

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


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