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Special Projects and Review Specialist, Children and Family Research Center (CFRC)

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) Divisions of Quality Enhancement and Clinical Practice have been called upon by the IDCFS Director and the Senior Deputy of Operations to conduct case reviews and clinical assessments for special high-profile cases. These cases often generate media attention. In addition to reviewing these types of cases for lessons learned, there is a need to identify trends and make recommendations for policy/procedures changes to impact direct service practices. As the individual and team level case reviews continue, the position will lead, participate, and consult with both IDCFS teams and child welfare Purchase of Service (POS) agencies to provide agency reviews, data support, and training of caseworkers and supervisors. The position will work in collaboration with IDCFS Quality Enhancement, Operations, Child Protection, Clinical Review Teams, and child welfare agencies throughout the state. (Closes August 31, 2021)

Instructional Designer, School of Social Work

The Instructional Designer collaborates with team members, subject matter experts, and facilitators to develop and implement creative, engaging, and high-quality learning and development solutions for the workforce, across all levels and job classifications. (Closes August 23)


Field Specialist

The Field Specialist will train the IM+CANS model and other HFS directed clinical initiatives to community behavioral health staff and leadership, provide on-going coaching and support for new initiatives, and serve as Subject Matter Expert for New Service Initiatives and Systems of Care (SOC)  curriculum.

(Closes October 1, 2021)

Systems of Care (SOC) Specialist

The Systems of Care Specialist will train the Illinois model of wraparound to IHH care coordination staff and leadership, provide on-going coaching and support for IHH staff, provide oversight of fidelity to the wraparound model, and serve as SME for SOC curriculum.

(Closes October 1, 2021)

Implementation Coach and Training Technician

As a member of a specialized Statewide training Field Support Team, the Implementation Coach and Training Technician will facilitate trainings to support in the application of family-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based practices, as well as other key Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) initiatives. This person will provide field support to enhance the transfer of learning from the training classroom to field operations; partner with staff, supervisors, and key stakeholders and conduct regular and frequent face-to-face meetings; conduct assessments, complete gap analysis, identify strengths and areas of challenge for agency staff as assigned; and provide coaching, constructive feedback and solution focused problem solving with references to identified challenges and areas of improvement.


Implementation Coach and Training Specialist

As a member of a specialized statewide training Field Support Team, the Implementation Coach and Training Specialist will work collaboratively with agency partners to provide training, coaching, mentoring and professional development to agency staff, supervisors, and managers; provide both introductory awareness and post-training content reinforcement/support in the application of family-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based practices, as well as other key Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) initiatives. This person will facilitate and at times develop training, learning groups, and coaching for agency leadership (supervisors and managers) in content related to leadership and supervisory skills, and provide field support to enhance the transfer of learning from the training classroom to field operations.

Pre-Service & In-Service Trainer

Pre-Service and In-Service Trainer
School of Social Work
Workforce Research and Development

Multiple positions available Statewide

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Office of Workforce and Research Development (WRD).

The Pre-Service and In-Service Trainers are responsible for facilitating child welfare employee staff trainings, supporting the School of Social Work’s Workforce Development Project which serves the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ Pre-Service and In-Service Training Program.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate child welfare staff trainings as needed, which includes classroom and or online trainings. Trainer can only decline 50% of the trainings assigned. Trainers will adhere to teaching from training curriculum, but may also share approved stories, experiences, and testimonies which reinforce training objectives. Facilitate a minimum of 2 trainings (classroom and online) over a 6-month period (4 yearly).
  • Responsible for monitoring work schedule, based on job classification hourly/daily allowable work hours. Responsible for not exceeding allowable work hours for Job classification and UIUC approved hours. Trainers are responsible for submitting payroll and travel documentation according to Manager’s expectations to meet UIUC payroll and mileage expectations. Responsible for completing documentation related to all trainings facilitated, including entering participant attendance into the online Learning Management System.
  • Quarterly, the Trainer will participate in classroom observations, supervision, coaching, and/or staff Development activities.
  • Travel Required.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience as an IDCFS Child Protection Specialist, or prior experience in training Illinois Child Protection Specialist direct service employees required.
  • Current or previous Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL) in Illinois required.
  • Prior experience training Illinois child welfare employees preferred.

Successful candidates will also have:

Good organizational, problem solving/multitasking skills; Innovative thinking to develop new systems and strategies for effective workflow; Aptitude and skill level necessary for the use of independent judgement; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Follow oral and written instructions; Strong phone, verbal communication and active listening skills; Good customer service focus; Strong facilitation skills with capacity to deliver multi-day child welfare staff training inclusive of pre-service new hire staff training for child protection specialists in Illinois; Computer literacy, including various internet browsing systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel), and Windows Operating Systems; Operate standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, printers filing cabinets and fax machines; Personal Computer/Laptop with Microsoft office software; Internet access and proficiency in the use of internet-based computer programs; Familiarity and capacity to facilitate trainings over common online video conferencing platforms; Email access; Ability to access PDF files (Adobe, Excel and Acrobat Reader) and perform data entry skills.


Salary and Appointment Information

This is a part-time Academic Hourly position, appointed on a 12-month service basis. The position is grant funded and several positions are available statewide.  Renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. The expected start date is as soon as possible.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by July 30, 2021. Send Resumes to To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit Cover letter and Resume or Curriculum Vitae to

Step 2) Submit transcripts (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable)

Step 3) Submit names/contact information for three references.

For questions about the application process, please contact Jana Lenz at (217) 244-1654.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Contract Specialist - multiple positions available Chicago or Champaign-Urbana

As a key member of the team of the Office of Professional Development and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) Clinical and Child Services, the Contract Specialist manages, monitors and reconciles contracts with appropriate staff in resolving fiscal and programmatic issues with contracted vendors to ensure services are expedited according to program plans and budgets. (Closes August 30, 2021)

Research Program Coordinator-Center for Prevention Research and Development

The Research Program Coordinator (RPC) for the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), within the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, will lead a team that conducts data collection and analysis, data reporting, and evaluations targeting the juvenile and criminal justice systems. CPRD is a vibrant applied research center that recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary.  CPRD has a $3.5 million-dollar portfolio of applied research projects in juvenile justice, substance use prevention, early childhood health, teen pregnancy prevention, and middle school education reform.

They will work on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission’s initiatives which currently involve tracking all juvenile detention admissions, reporting on juvenile transfers to adult court, and monitoring racial and ethnic disparities. The person in this position will also assist with providing technical assistance to detention centers, circuit clerks and State’s Attorney’s offices regarding data collection.  They will also oversee the development, implementation, budgeting and evaluation of multiple work projects and work plans and write or contribute to policy briefs and publications on these efforts.  Strong interpersonal and leadership skills are essential to this position

(Close date September 24, 2021)

Undergraduate Affairs Coordinator

The School of Social Work is seeking an Undergraduate Affairs Coordinator to join our team. The Undergraduate Affairs Coordinator is responsible for coordination of undergraduate recruitment and retention efforts, review of BSW and iBSW applications, and working closely with other members of student affairs team in providing support and mentorship to students and implementation of student programming events. Provides back-up advising and coordination of services to holistically support the personal, educational, and professional development of undergraduate Social Work students. Functions as a member of the Student Affairs team in the Academic Programs unit within the School of Social Work.

(Closes September 28, 2021)


Workforce Learning and Development Specialist-PATH

The Workforce Learning and Development Specialist works as a member of the Workforce Development team to design and implement engaging, effective course curriculum to meet workforce needs of behavioral health and other professionals in the field. Under the general direction of the Workforce Development Clinical Lead in coordination with Workforce Development Coordinator, the Workforce Learning and Development Specialist will collaboratively develop and publish content across a variety of learning and development formats.

(Closes October 11, 2021)


Specialized Faculty (Open Rank, Non-Tenure Track)

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign School of Social Work invites applications for a full–time specialized faculty position (i.e., non–tenure track) with a focus on teaching and associated administrative and service activities. We seek a talented and innovative educator who will be primarily responsible for teaching and curriculum development for the School’s Leadership and Social Change (LSC) concentration in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The LSC concentration prepares students for macro-level advanced social work practice that emphasizes social change both within social service agencies and through public policy and advocacy. This concentration focuses on changing larger social systems, such as communities, organizations and/or policy. It includes a broad spectrum of macro practice areas such as program planning, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, community organizing and development, policy analysis, legislative advocacy, and program evaluation. The LSC curriculum also incorporates international social work content.

The successful candidate will have established experiences and expertise in macro social work practice, teaching, and curriculum development, and the ability to work effectively within a research-intensive school committed to excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Candidates must possess a master’s degree in social work (MSW) or in a related field and must have at least three years of experience in macro social work or related fields, as well as preferred teaching experience at the college or university level. A Ph.D. or Doctoral of Social Work (DSW) degree is preferred. The ability to teach in-person classes at the Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as virtual online classes is required.

(Closes September 28, 2021)

Specialized Faculty (Non-Tenure Track) Clinical Assistant Professor, Field Education

The School of Social Work seeks applications for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor for Field Education. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty position with academic responsibilities primarily on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus. The Clinical Assistant Professor will encompass all activities related to Field Education including, but not limited to, planning for student field placements, field liaison duties with students and partner organizations, teaching field seminar classes, and developing placement sites.

(Closes October 8, 2021)


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