Date: Feb 5, 2021
Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60601-3218
Job Requisition ID: 530
Agency: Human Rights Commission
Closing Date/Time: 02/23/2021
Salary: $7,500.00 – $8,334.00 Anticipated Monthly
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: Cook; Sangamon
Number of Vacancies: 1

About the Human Rights Commission
The Illinois Human Rights Commission (HRC) provides a neutral forum for resolving complaints of discrimination filed under the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act). Our primary responsibility is to make impartial determinations of whether there has been unlawful discrimination, as defined by the Act. We strive to provide professional, competent, and considerate service to everyone who seeks information from us or who has a case before the Commission.

The HRC is segmented into two major divisions: (1) the Administrative Law Section (ALS), and (2) the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Each division is tasked with distinct duties to ensure proceedings before the HRC are handled as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Position Essential Functions
The Chief Administrative Law Judge (CALJ) reports to the HRC Executive Director and serves as part of the HRC Senior Management Team.

The CALJ is responsible for managing the Administrative Law Section (ALS) of the HRC, which consists of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and support staff in both Chicago and Springfield.
Coordinate, prioritize and regularly report on all work within the ALS section with principal responsibility for monitoring the caseload and job performance of all other Judges and support staff within the ALS.
Develop and monitor an ongoing process of continuing legal education opportunities for all ALJs.
Speak on behalf of the ALS at public proceedings of the HRC and at other public engagements on behalf of the HRC.
Manage a minimal caseload from start to finish including presiding over prehearing phases of cases as well as ruling on discovery disputes and dispositive motions.
Conducts settlement conferences to aid parties in reaching mutually acceptable dispute resolutions.
Presides at formal public hearings, applying the Illinois Rules of Evidence to compile a concise evidentiary record.
Prepares detailed, well-analyzed written orders recommending Commission action on the final disposition of cases.
Minimum Qualifications
Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
A minimum of five (5) years litigation experience as an advocate, hearing officer or judge.
A minimum of two (2) years as a hearing officer or judge.
Preferred Qualifications
Ablility to write clearly and analyze complex legal Issues.
Possess a thorough knowledge of the substantive law relevant to the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Ablility to handle a varied, high volume workload.
Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with hearing disputants, attorneys and members of the general public.
Experience in dealing with a diverse population of complainants and respondents, including Pro Se litigants.
Conditions of Employment
1. Ability to travel occasionally.
Agency Contact
Gail Kruger, Human Rights Commission
Email: [email protected]
How To Apply
This Is a Non-Code position and is not subject to Central Management Services (CMS) testing procedures; therefore, no application needs to be submitted to CMS, Division of Examining and Counseling, for grading. Applications are only accepted online. No paper applications will be accepted.

NOTE: Please attach a detailed Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application.
The Human Rights Commission is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Human Rights Commission is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from under-represented group members, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women. We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement
Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties. Please email the Agency contact, Gail Kruger, at [email protected] or call (217) 785-4395 for further information and to request an accommodation.
Sponsorship for Employment
The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status). To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
Work Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Work Location: 100 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601-3218
Agency Contact: [email protected]
Job Function: Legal and Compliance