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Office of Employee Services

If you are interested in working for Illinois DCFS and have employment-related questions, submit an online inquiry and one of our employment recruiters will contact you.


For a list of current available vacancies click here.

If you are applying for a position that is not currently listed, please continue to check back often as new positions are added daily.

DCFS is continuously hiring. Join us at a virtual employment workshop or job fair to learn about job openings and how to apply.
July - December 2024 Virtual Employment Workshops
Upcoming virtual and in-person job fairs and events
Video: Tips for using the new online application process


DCFS Academic Internships

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services offers several programs for college students to gain experience working in the child welfare field. For more information about our Academic Internship, University Partnership and Shadow programs, click here.

Available positions and benefits

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is the state agency charged with safeguarding the welfare of Illinois children. DCFS is a large, nationally recognized and respected child welfare agency.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services needs qualified candidates for full-time positions as caseworkers, investigators, attorneys, accountants, supervisors, managers, computer programmers and administrative professionals. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged.

Central Management Services Division of Examining and Counseling administers several programs including the Accommodated Testing Program, Alternative Employment Program (AEP), and Successful Disability (SD) Opportunities Program for people with disabilities through the Disabled Workers Program. These programs help meet the directive required by P.A. 96-0078, effective July 24, 2009; which requires CMS and other state agencies to develop and implement programs to increase the number of qualified employees with disabilities working for the state.

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. For more information regarding any of the programs offered by the CMS Disabled Workers Program, please contact:

CMS Disabled Workers Program Coordinator
Springfield Assessment Center
130 W. Mason Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 217-524-1321

Benefits include: continuing education programs; paid vacation, holidays and sick time; and a retirement/pension program. For more information, click here.

Choose from multiple job titles and statewide office locations.  Click here for a list of our locations.

Child and Family Services Intern (Trainee) positions may be available in select counties. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in social work; a related human service field, including any degree obtained in the field of education; a related criminal justice field OR a master’s degree in a related human service field or a related criminal justice field. No experience is necessary for this title. Vacancies will be posted at

Information on employment opportunities, job qualifications and application procedures, as well as the required employment application are available at

Hiring and application process

Candidates may search for current vacancies in a few ways.

  1. By searching either by key word of zip code.
  2. By searching for jobs on the map. Candidates can zoom in on an area of Illinois to see which counties may have open vacancies.
  3. By using the featured jobs section. This section has vacancies filtered by job types such as clerical, heath care or technology.
  4. View All Jobs will provide of listing of all current vacancies.

The first step in application process is creating a candidate profile. To create an account, you will need to read and accept the data privacy statement. You are able to request to receive email notifications for posting that meet your interests.

Once you have identified a position you would like to apply for, start by clicking the Apply Now button.

Review the posting carefully and completely to ensure you are prepared to provide all information needed to apply.  

After clicking “Apply Now,” the system will take you to your Candidate Profile to give you an opportunity to make any changes you wish to make before applying. If your Candidate Profile is accurate, click “Next” at the bottom right.

The first section of the application includes voluntary disclosure sections. 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. Please consider completing these voluntary disclosures. The State can utilize this high-level data to identify trends and improve recruitment strategies.

Frequently filled job titles

To see some of the more frequently filled job titles at DCFS (not a reflection of current positions available), read the Are You Interested in a Career with DCFS? publication in English, en español or Polish (Polskie).

You may also click here for a list of current key vacancies by county. For current available vacancies please visit

Contact us:

If you are interested in employment with the Department of Children and Family Services and have questions, contact the Office of Employee Services' Recruitment and Selection Unit for more information at the following:

Office of Employee Services
406 E. Monroe, Sta. 373
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-785-2586

Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.