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Careers at IDJJ

IDJJ is almost always hiring for Juvenile Justice Specialist positions at all of our youth centers! A description of the position, instructions for applying, and information on the mandatory employment screening is listed below.

A link to explore all other open positions can be found at the bottom of the page!

Juvenile Justice Specialists

The Juvenile Justice Specialist position plays a key role in facilitating this mission, which is to mission is to build youth skills and strengthen families by promoting community safety and positive youth outcomes. .

If you are interested in being part of an environment that is committed to preparing youth for successful reintegration into their communities through programming, treatment, and services while providing them with safety, security, and accountability, we welcome you to apply for the Juvenile Justice Specialist position. The starting salary for the position is $62,532.

Please note the following:

  • This is a full-time, shift work position
  • IDJJ has five youth centers located throughout the state: IYC Chicago, IYC Harrisburg, IYC Pere Marquette (Grafton), PEACE Center at St. Charles, and IYC Warrenville. 
  • A sixth center is scheduled to open in Lincoln, IL in early 2025. Hiring process for Lincoln begins the summer of 2024.
  • All interested candidates are asked to attend an employment screening. Information & instructions for screenings are below.

Qualifications for Juvenile Justice Specialist Position

  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent and either;    
  •     (A) any bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university or
  •     (B) Verification of 2 or more years of experience providing direct care to youth in the form of residential care, coaching, case management, or mentoring
  • 21+ years of age
  • Valid driver's license
  • U.S. citizen or authorized alien with proof of permanent resident card
  • Speak, read, and write English
  • Fluency in additional languages is a plus and can be compensated accordingly
  • Requires physical agility and strength to stand and walk for up to three hours at a time, to run for short distances, and to provide physical intervention and control, as necessary, in order to protect and/or restrain individuals.

How to Apply for Juvenile Justice Specialist Position

  1. Be sure you meet the qualifications listed above.
  2.  Fill out an Electronic Application at least 3 business days before the screening you will attend.
  3. Download the CMS 100 form. It must be printed, completed, and brought to the screening (screening dates are below). Note: For a list of other forms needed for screening, go to the Items to Bring to Screening page.  Fill out all forms and bring to the screening. 
  4. Gather the needed identification documents listed on the Items to Bring to Screening page. Most importantly, bring a COPY of your driver's license AND your original license to the screening
  5. Attend an employment screening. (Be sure you have done the electronic application a few days in advance. Don't forget to bring your driver's license, a copy of your driver's license, and the printed and completed CMS 100 form. Bring all other additional completed forms as well. )

Upcoming Juvenile Justice Specialist Employment Screenings

All screenings begin at 8 a.m. & take 4-6 hours. Please complete the electronic application prior to arrival and bring the required documents to screening. (See above.)

IL Southern Region

IYC Harrisburg- 1201 W. Poplar Harrisburg, IL 62946


Alton Mental Health Center- 4500 College Ave, Alton, IL 62002


IL Northern Region

Phoenix Emerging Adults Center (PEACE) at St. Charles- 3825 Campton Hills Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175

IL Central Region

Lincoln Park District-1400 Primm Road in Lincoln, Illinois.

August 19, 20- 2024

Please note that applicants who don't have access to a printer can pick up an application packet at the Lincoln Park District beginning July 10th.

Questions about Juvenile Justice Specialist positions, application process, and screenings can be directed to

Other Staff Positions

Assistant Superintendent of Extended Educational Services (SPSA, Opt. 8T) (Exempt) located in Cook County, Posting ID: 39881, Position # 40070-27-10-000-00-03 -Closes 7/22/24 at 11:59 p.m.

State of Illinois Employees:

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All other applicants (non-state employees): please apply by clicking on using this link:

OTHER OPEN POSITIONS: External Applicants can search all open positions using the link below:


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