Executive Director

State of Illinois - Sangamon County, IL

Full-time | Commission
Description of Duties/Essential Functions

Job Description:
The Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) promotes ethics in public service and ensures that the State of Illinois' business is conducted with efficiency, transparency, fairness, and integrity. The Commission's activities range from overseeing an annual ethics training to enforcing the Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act for all employees of the executive branch of State government. The EEC also provides independent oversight of the procurement process.

The Executive Ethics Commission is currently accepting applications for the Executive Director position, which serves as the chief executive of the EEC with overall responsibility for the welfare and effectiveness of the office. The Executive Director serves as the director of the staff of the Executive Ethics Commission and is responsible for the employment of necessary professional, technical and administrative staff as directed by the Commission. The Executive Director serves at the guidance of the nine-member Executive Ethics Commission.

Key Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is responsible for all tasks and duties necessary for the proper functioning of the Commission, including, but not limited to:
  • Leading, managing and directing the operations of the EEC, including providing direction to staff and ensuring proper fiscal and operational management;
  • Initiating, establishing, and implementing policies, procedures and standards in the operation of programs of the Executive Ethics Commission;
  • Reporting regularly to the EEC, serving as a key liaison to Commissioners and ensuring that Commissioners have access to information necessary to effectively carry out their governance and statutory responsibilities;
  • Providing leadership to statewide ethics officers and other state employees on the subject of state ethics;
  • In conjunction with the Commission, appointing Chief Procurement Officers and ensuring procurement practices are conducted in an ethical, lawful, and efficient manner;
  • Managing the Commission's day-to-day fiscal, budgetary, legislative, staffing,
operational and educational functions;
  • Engaging with the public and other state agencies, including through public speaking
engagements and presentations on topics relevant to the EEC;
  • Serving as an Administrative Law Judge as needed in Commission proceedings;
  • Facilitating the orientation of new commission members;
  • Preparing for EEC meetings by creation of the agenda, distribution of materials and
reports and any other reasonable tasks;
  • Acting as the EEC's principal legislative liaison responsible for coordinating the agency's
legislative strategy and appearing in legislative hearings in connection with proposed
legislation and regulations;
  • Organizing the EEC's annual ethics training provided to all state ethics officers; and
  • Creating a positive and supportive environment that values diversity and inclusion, and
fosters the development of strong and effective teams.

Conditions of Employment:
  • The Executive Director is based in Springfield, Illinois, with some travel, primarily to
Chicago, Illinois.
  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Minimum Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:
The following factors will be considered in evaluating candidates for the role of Executive

Director:
  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience;
  • A reputation of utmost integrity and a passion for maintaining high ethical standards;
  • Knowledge of and experience with Illinois ethics and procurement-related laws, rules,
and procedures;
  • Superior organization and managerial skills; a dynamic, collegial, consensus-building
leadership style;
  • Exceptional written and communication skills;
  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques;
  • Experience in fiscal and budgetary operations;
  • Knowledge of the legislative process;
  • Knowledge and experience in strategic planning;
  • Experience serving as an administrative law judge or appearing in administrative law
forums;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fairness and honesty, diversity and inclusion; and
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an advanced degree in Law or a
related field required.

Work Hours & Location/Agency Contact
Office Information
The Executive Director works in a collaborative environment. Successful members of this team are self-motivated, observant, and positive. This position will interact with state employees via email, telephone, and in person. The work location is an office setting, requiring business casual or business dress attire.

Address: 401 South Spring Street, William Stratton Building,
Springfield, Illinois 62706

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

Benefits: This position is eligible to be a member of the State of Illinois Group Insurance program which offers 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.

This is a non-code position. This position is not subject to collective bargaining and does not require a current grade from Central Management Services.

NOTE: Salary amounts shown are only to be used as a guide; actual salary will be determined at the time of hire.

How to Apply

Application Process:
For full consideration, a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three
professional references should be sent by email no later than November 1, 2019 to:

Christine Lazarides
Human Resources Director
Illinois Executive Ethics Commission
401 South Spring Street
Room 513 William Stratton Building
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Christine.Lazarides@illinois.gov

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission is an equal opportunity employer. The EEC 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.

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.