Bureau Chief – Disability Rights - Public Interest - Chicago
Title: Bureau Chief
Division: Public Interest
The mission of the Disability Rights Bureau is to protect and advance the interests of persons with disabilities in Illinois. The Bureau enforces state and federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities and is specifically charged with enforcing the Environmental Barriers Act, 410 ILCS 25/1, et seq. and the Illinois Accessibility Code, 71 Ill. Admin. Code 400.110 et seq., which ensure physical access to public facilities and multi-unit housing for people with disabilities. When an investigation confirms that a state or federal disability rights law has been violated, the Bureau attempts to amicably resolve the complaint. When this is not possible, the Bureau may file a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief, damages, and fines in the name of the People of the State of Illinois.
The Bureau also provides technical assistance, information, and referral services to persons with disabilities and public and private entities seeking to comply with disability rights laws. In this role, the Bureau responds to questions from people with disabilities, professionals, business owners, school districts, community groups, employers, and others regarding their rights and responsibilities under local, state, and federal disability laws. The Disability Rights Bureau is also engaged in training the public on their rights and responsibilities, reviewing and proposing legislation, commenting on policy, and advising on amicus curiae briefs or multi-state efforts with the goal of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The next Bureau Chief should have at least 7 years of experience, be a skilled litigator, be committed to aggressively enforcing state and federal Disability laws, and have excellent communication and management skills. Specifically, the Bureau Chief must be able to effectively manage a team of lawyers and support staff, provide and be receptive to feedback, interact well with other supervisors, and be involved in day to day operations of the Bureau. Additionally, the Bureau Chief will be involved in the hiring, training, case management, and evaluation of Bureau employees. The Bureau Chief must be able to work with the Disability Rights community and foster a spirit of communication and responsiveness.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Illinois Attorney General's Office is an equal opportunity employer. The Office considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.