Attorney

  • Executive Ethics Commission
  • Springfield, IL 62706
  • Jan 22, 2020
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) of the State of Illinois seeks skilled attorneys for positions with our legal staff.  These attorney positions fulfill a range of responsibilities including technical research and review, and making recommendations on legal issues and litigation related to Illinois law including, but not limited to, the Illinois Procurement Code, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

The EEC is a nine-member commission. Five commissioners are appointed by the Governor, and one commissioner each is appointed from the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer.  The Commission promotes ethics in public service and ensures that the State's business is conducted with efficiency, transparency, fairness, and integrity by facilitating compliance, implementation, and enforcement of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act. The Commission is responsible for appointing Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs).


Responsibilities include, under direction of the General Counsel:

  • Providing legal counsel and guidance to the EEC and CPOs on all legal matters relevant to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Illinois Procurement Code, employment law, policies, procedures, rules and regulations, and other laws and regulations.
  • Conducting technical legal research for EEC staff and respective CPOs and preparing legal memoranda and briefs.
  • Providing litigation support activities and coordination with the Illinois Attorney General's Office. Coordinating litigation-related activities for general matters involving the EEC and its staff as well as CPOs and their respective staffs.
  • As Protest Review Officer, reviewing all protests, communicating with protestors when necessary, and recommending written determinations for the respective CPO’s consideration.
  • Serving as procurement liaison to streamline communications related to facilitating resolutions of substantive procurement issues between the Procurement Division and the EEC, to include consulting on disputes between the CPO, PCM, and the agencies/universities.
  • Conducting hearings on behalf of, or at the direction of, the CPOs or EEC Executive Director and preparing recommended decisions.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • License to practice law in the State of Illinois.

 


 

Preferences:

  • Three years’ experience with procurement, ethics, Freedom of Information Act, and administrative law.
  • A working knowledge of the functions of state government and relationships between the branches and within the executive branch.
  • Excellent legal research skills utilizing sound judgement.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills along with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external constituencies.

 

Office Information
The members of the legal staff work in a collaborative environment, subject to the direction of the General Counsel.  Successful members of this team have a demonstrated interest in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to public service.  The desired candidate is self-motivated, with an ability to resolve complex issues with a resourceful, independent attitude.    The work location is an office setting, requiring business casual or business dress attire. 

 

Work hours: This is a full-time position with a work week consisting of 37 ½ hours per work during normal business hours.

 

Benefits: This position is eligible to be a member of the State of Illinois Group Insurance program with health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage options.  Additionally, this position will earn 12 paid sick days per calendar year, a minimum of 10 paid vacation days per calendar year, 3 paid personal days per calendar year, and 12 paid state holidays per calendar year, prorated based on start date.

 

Address:  Illinois Executive Ethics Commission,

401 South Spring Street, William Stratton Building, Room 515

Springfield, Illinois 62706

 

This position is not covered by the Personnel Code and not subject to collective bargaining.  It does not require a current grade from Central Management Services.  Employees of the Executive Ethics Commission are not permitted to hold public office or engage in certain political activity.

Agency Contact: Executive Ethics Commission
Human Resources Office
401 South Spring Street, William Stratton Building, Room 515
Springfield, Illinois 62706

 

How to Apply
For full consideration, applicants should send the following to the address above by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020:

  • A letter of interest, explaining how your training, experience, and/or coursework qualify you for this position, and identifying how you learned of this position,
  • A detailed resume, and
  • Contact information for three professional references.

 

Applicants may also submit required information via email to Christine.Lazarides@illinois.gov.

 

 

The Executive Ethics Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. Please contact the Human Resources Office with requests for reasonable accommodations.
 
The Equal Employment Opportunity / American with Disabilities Act Officer is responsible for ensuring compliance with these laws. Any issues or concerns should be addressed to the EEO/ADA Officer at 401 S. Spring St, Room 515, Springfield, Illinois, 62706, or by calling (217) 558-1393.

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