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Job Opportunities 

The State of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) provide job opportunities in a wide range of occupations and titles.  The State of Illinois also provides a variety of resources to assist job seekers as they evaluate and pursue career opportunities in state government.  In addition, it is important to note that the State of Illinois provides special preference to qualified veterans applying for state employment under the Governor.  Please review the sections below to learn more about these various areas.

IDVA Job Opportunities

Interested in a position with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs?  Please review any available job postings listed below to learn more about opportunities to join our team of hard-working professionals dedicated to serving Illinois’ veterans and their families. 

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LaSalle, IL Opportunities.doc

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Quincy, IL Opportunities.doc

Alternatively, you can find a comprehensive listing of job opportunities at IDVA by narrowing the job search by Agency by selecting “Veterans’ Affairs” on the Work 4 Illinois website.  Click here to visit navigate this searchable listing.

If you have specific questions about job opportunities at IDVA, please contact the following individuals based on position and/or location:

  •        IDVA Central Office – Renee Dougherty at (217) 785-1788
  •       Quincy Veterans’ Home – Brittany Heinecke at (217) 222-8641, ext. 204.
  •       Anna Veterans’ Home – Melanie McReynolds at (618) 833-6302
  •       Manteno Veterans’ Home – Jeri Gulli at (815) 468-6581, ext. 328
  •       LaSalle Veterans’ Home – FaithAnn DiRosa at (815) 223-0303, ext. 207 

IDVA -- VA Work Study Location 

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs provides VA work-study opportunities at its numerous offices throughout Illinois.  The federal VA work-study program provides part-time employment to students receiving VA GI Bill education benefits who attend school three-quarter time or more.   Work-study students are paid either the State or Federal minimum wage, whichever is greater.   Other available opportunities may exist at the school veteran's’ office, VA Medical Facilities, the VA Regional Office, and at approved veteran service organizations. 

For further information, please visit the VA Work-Study Program page.  
For information on VA Work Study locations available at IDVA, call 312-814-5538.

IDVA FY 2015 Recruitment Plan 

The purpose of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs Recruitment plan is to outline the responsibilities for the IDVA for Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention and provide goals and strategies for increasing the number of Veterans, Minorities, Females and Disabled individuals at the Department. IDVA is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce at all levels. The Recruitment Plan applies to all positions in all pay plans and exempt status. To meet its challenges and goals, IDVA shall continuously strive to hire a diverse workforce that reflects the population of our state and promote IDVA as a dynamic place where people want to work for generations to come.  

IDVA FY 2015 Recruitment Plan (PDF, 195 KB)

IDVA Veteran's Home Nurse Loan Repayment Program

The Veterans' Home Nurse Loan Repayment Program provides for the payment of eligible educational loans as an incentive for nurses to pursue and continue their careers at State of Illinois veterans' homes. The annual award to qualified registered professional nurses and licensed practical nurses may be up to $5,000 to repay their student loan debt. This award may be received for up to a maximum of four years. For more information on this benefit available to nurses of our veteran homes, please click here to be directed to the ISAC webpage.

Military Training Equivalency for Military Medics

IDVA is actively working to help veterans receive credit toward state licensing standards for relevant military training. Military medics with relevant/recent military experience may qualify to work at our veteran homes as a veteran nurse aide certified (e.g. certified nurse aide). So if you’re a veteran with experience in any of the area listed below, find out how your prior training applies toward state licensing standards by clicking here to be directed to the IDVA State Licenses page.

    Military Medics to Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) - Military medics are qualified to be a CNA and are exempt from training if they have proof of completing a hospital corpsman or medical service specialist training from the Air Force, Army, or Navy (certificate or DD 214).  If they have one of these, then they would only need to have a skills check-off and pass the written competency exam.  
    Military Medic - CNA Approved Assessment [Full Equivalency] (PDF, 164 KB) 


Work 4 Illinois


Work 4 Illinois is the State of Illinois’ web-based electronic hiring system.  This website provides information and resources for State of Illinois government jobs, employment, and careers.  This website will guide you through the state employment process for the departments under the jurisdiction of the Governor.

In addition to providing a comprehensive posting of current openings, it provides:

  •        A listing of all job titles;
  •       Job salaries and duties;
  •       Examination schedules;
  •       Agency contact numbers;
  •       Examining and career counseling services; and
  •       Various other informational resources. 


Veteran Preference for State Employment

Under state law, qualified veterans seeking employment with the state are entitled to points added to a passing grade and receive absolute appointment preference within a given grade.  Illinois National Guard/Reserves non-activated only receive points added to a passing grade.  All veterans are required to submit a certified copy of their DD214/DD215 as proof of service at the time of application.  For further information on veterans preference and available work opportunities, please contact Central Management Services’ Work 4 Illinois website.

Please view the following State Employment Tip Sheet for Veterans (PDF, 200KB), which provides important information pertaining to application essentials, employment counseling, CMS testing, and veterans' preference guidelines.