Application Deadline April 25!! Illinois Juvenile Justice Employment Opportunities

Sent on behalf of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice Jones


Colleagues and friends:


We are pleased to announce our search for a visionary leader to become Superintendent of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice School District.  The School District serves youth in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, as well as certain youth in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  We are looking for a strong leader to join our team and press for transformative change.  Please share this announcement throughout your networks.  Candidates are encouraged to send materials to Delores McKinney at: by April 25th.    


Announcement of Vacancy

Superintendent of Schools

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice School District


Department of Juvenile Justice School District

There are approximately 800 youth committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice located throughout six facilities statewide in Chicago, Harrisburg, Kewanee, Pere Marquette, St. Charles, and Warrenville.  The School District is authorized in the Illinois Compiled Statutes in the School Code (105 ILCS 5/13-40 et al.) to enhance the quality and scope of education for youth and inmates so that they will be better motivated and better equipped to restore themselves to constructive and law abiding lives in the community. 


The District is responsible for the education of youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice, and inmates age 21 or under within the Department of Corrections who have not yet earned a high school diploma or a G.E.D.  And, the District may establish primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special and advanced educational schools in order to meet the needs of persons committed.  


Job Responsibilities

The appropriate candidate will provide leadership and guide an administrative team for the Department of Juvenile Justice School District (“School District”) under the direction of the Department of Juvenile Justice Board of Education.   The Superintendent serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the School District and is expected to develop, administer, and evaluate the statewide educational programs for the School District including the academic, career, and technical education programs; serve as an education liaison to other state and federal educational agencies; develop and implement policies and procedures; provide overall direction to the special education services within the District to meet the needs of students with disabilities; and supervise staff.  The Superintendent’s primary responsibility will be to ensure that students develop academic competencies that enable them to successfully reenter their home communities and pursue continuing education or employment.   


The Superintendent will monitor and coordinate the development of the School District budget for all programs under the jurisdiction of the School District; monitor compliance with funding requirements of all sources of funds; and make recommendations to the School Board  concerning the budget, building plans, location of sites, instructional materials, selection of textbooks, and courses of study.   The Superintendent will report to the Director of the Department and the School Board regarding the School District’s planning, staffing, and related activities; and meet frequently with each facility Superintendent to ensure proper coordination of educational and program services. 


Salary and Benefits

The salary will be in the range of $125,000 - $135,000 plus a comprehensive benefit package.  The final salary will be based on proven experience, qualifications, and education. 



The candidate must have or be qualified to obtain a Professional Educator License with a Superintendent’s endorsement in the State of Illinois.  Questions about certification should be directed to the Illinois State Board of Education either by telephone at 217-557-6763 or through the Illinois State Board of Education website at:


Deadline and Selection

All materials submitted as part of the superintendent application will remain confidential to the extent allowed by law, which includes Board review in a closed session of the Board of Education.  After all applicants have been reviewed and screened, interviews will be scheduled.  The Board of Education will make the final selection.


By April 25, 2014, interested applicants should submit a formal letter of application, resume, at least three letters of reference, official transcripts, and proof of qualification and certification to be a Superintendent in the State of Illinois or other evidence showing qualification to be a Superintendent in another state to:  Delores McKinney:


Questions should be directed to Holly Brake, Assistant to Director Jones, at:  217-557-1030, extension 3007.