EEO/AA/ADA Attorney

Website IL_Insurance Illinois Department of Insurance

Job Title: EEO/AA/ADA Attorney (PSA – Opt 8L)
Agency: Department of Insurance
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 09/25/20 11:59 PM Central Time
Salary: $75,000.00 – $95,000.00 annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Sangamon County, Illinois
Number of Vacancies: 1
Bid ID#: 37015-14-01-200-30-01

POSITION OVERVIEW:The Illinois Department of Insurance is seeking to hire an EEO/AA/ADA Attorney who serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Officer for the Department, responsible for organizing, developing and implementing policies, guidelines and standards of the EEO program. The position will serve as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator providing guidance and direction in the Department’s efforts to comply with ADA requirements. The position will also assist the Ethics Officer and General Counsel with other ethics and legal responsibilities. The EEO/AA/ADA Attorney position serves within the Department’s Office of Legal Affairs and reports to the Deputy General Counsel. The Office of Legal Affairs consists of 6-10 attorneys who provide legal counsel to all other units within the Department. In addition to their primary duties as EEO/AA Officer and ADA Coordinator, the EEO/AA/ADA Attorney will provide general legal counsel to the Department with a focus on employment law and Human Resources. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and organizational qualities and have the ability to work independently or manage a team to complete reports and projects. We invite all qualified applicants to apply.

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 Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 – 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
25%    Serves as an Attorney for the Department:
Plans, directs, and conducts extensive and complex research into various legal and administrative matters concerning employment laws, the Personnel Code/rules, State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, and other legal issues impacting the Department,
Advises management of research findings, conclusions, and recommendations and presents to high level administrators,
Drafts and reviews contracts for personal services and personnel related memorandum of understandings (MOU) and Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA),
Drafts and reviews employment related policies and procedures, administrative code rules, and legislation,
Drafts formal and informal legal opinions.

25%    Serves as Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Officer for the Department:
Organizes, develops and implements policies, guidelines and standards of the EEO/AA program,
Advises the Director and management staff on the development, adaptation and implementation of policy related to EEO/AA recruitment and workplace rules programs,
Regularly confers with managers, supervisors and employees to assure that the Department’s EEO policies are observed,
Designs and implements internal audits and internal reporting systems for measuring the effectiveness of Department programs, indicating need for remedial action and determining the degree to which the Department’s goals and objectives have been attained,
Assists in the evaluation of employees and job applicants so that minorities, women and people with disabilities are given equal opportunity,
Assist in the recruitment of minorities, women and people with disabilities,
Investigates situations indicative of discrimination against protected classes,
Provides counseling to employees or applicants for employment who believe they have been discriminated against,
Works cooperatively with supervisors and employees to resolve such complaints,
Evaluates validity of complaints, makes decisions for remedial actions, and follows charges through to settlement of each case,
Travels statewide to resolve EEO/AA complaints and charges,
Serves in an advisory and consultant capacity to the Director and Department management staff relative to program goals and objectives,
Works to ensure legality of all EEO/AA actions taken,
Compiles, prepares, and files monthly, quarterly, and annual statistical informational and special reports, as required by statute,
Compiles, prepares, and files the Department’s Annual Affirmative Action Plan,
Reports on and/or analyze Layoff Reports, Reorganization Reports, Hiring and Promotion Monitors and Exit Questionnaires,
Represents the Department before the Department of Human Rights.

15%    Serves as Ethics Coordinator for the Department:
Supports the Ethics Officer in effectuating their duties under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act,
Assists in developing, implementing, and maintaining policies related to the Department’s Ethics Training Program,
Helps guide employees in the interpretation of Ethics rules, regulations, and policies,
Works closely with Ethics Officer in determining what remedial actions are necessary for employees to be in compliance with the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act,
Assists Ethics Officer in conducting internal investigations of ethics complaints and referrals from the Office of the Executive Inspector General (OEIG),
Drafts responses and gathers documents per OEIG requests,
Tracks and reviews statements of economic interest and disclosure forms,
Helps maintain the Department’s “C List” and “H List” of employees subject to Illinois’ Revolving Door prohibition,
Assists with timely reviewing and processing Revolving Door forms including the Ethics Officer’s Revolving Door Statement.

10%   Serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the Department:
Advises and directs the Department’s efforts to comply with ADA requirements to ensure that employees with disabilities are provided equal opportunities to participate in training to improve job performance and provide opportunities for advancement,
Coordinates and participates in resolving issues of compliance or complaints,
Gathers and researches information and meets and discusses with management staff and/or the complainant to resolve issues,
Attends ADA update training and disseminates relevant information to appropriate Department staff,
Prepares reports of ADA activities,
Serves as the coordinator of the Reasonable Accommodation Committee (RAC),
Reviews reasonable accommodation request by employees to determine if, and what modifications or adjustments can be made to assist employees with performing essential functions of their positions.

10%    Serves as assistant legal advisor for statutory interpretations and compliance related functions of the Department:
Provides advice and consultation on policy matters, rules and regulations as they pertain to the implementation and administration of newly enacted insurance related legislation.

5%    Confers with others including, attorneys, legislators and members of the public on statutory interpretations and compliance involving proposed insurance legislation and regulations pertaining to entities over which the Department has statutory jurisdiction:
Drafts interpretations and rulings on behalf of the Department.

5%    Drafts proposed bills, amendments, contracts, procedures, administrative rules and regulations over which the Department has statutory jurisdiction:
Analyzes and provides day-to-day advice regarding statutory interpretations,
Drafts and reviews contracts,
Reviews proposed legislation affecting the Department.

5%  –  Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Requirements:
Requires (3) three years of progressively responsible administrative work experience
Requires the possession of a license to practice law in Illinois.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience working with Equal Employment Opportunity programs and administrative reports
Experience working with the Americans with Disability Act and requests for reasonable accommodations.
Experience working with employment recruitment of minorities, women, and people with disabilities
Experience conducting internal investigations.
Experience drafting written administrative reports or policies and procedures
Experience ensuring compliance with State Officials and Employees Ethics Act
Experience working with employment laws

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
All applicants must be able to meet the following Conditions of Employment to be considered for this position.  The State of Illinois complies with federal and state disability laws and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.
Requires ability to travel
Requires a valid & current driver’s license
Requires ability to pass a background check

Work Hours & Location/Agency Contact:
Work Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Work Location:

320 W. Washington St
Springfield, IL 62767

 

ABOUT THE AGENCY:
The Department of Insurance (DOI) regulates the insurance market in the State of Illinois including, but not limited to, licensing and educating insurance agents, investigating Workers Compensation fraud, examining the operations and finances of insurance companies domiciled in the state.  We are committed to protecting consumers and regulating the insurance industry with innovation and efficiency.  DOI has approximately 220 employees who are split between our Chicago and Springfield offices.

To apply for this job please visit agency.governmentjobs.com.