OFFICE ASSOCIATE - Polish Speaking Job at State of Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • State of Illinois
  • Chicago, IL

Job Description

OFFICE ASSOCIATE Opt. 2 - Polish Speaking


Agency : Department of Labor 
Closing Date/Time: 07/15/2024 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary (effective 7/1/24 $3,852.00/mo. Full Range $3,852.00 - $5,046.00/mo
Job Type: Salaried 
County:  Cook
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU:  RC014


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


We recommend a copy of your resume be included with the application.  


Posting Identification Number 38584

Agency Statement

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is one of Illinois' most important and dynamic Agencies. With an annual budget of $12.8 million, and an authorized staff of nearly 100 full-time employees, IDOL has the capacity and capability to provide administration and enforcement of over 25 labor and safety Laws. At IDOL, we take pride in our Agency's mission: to promote and protect the rights, wages, welfare, working conditions, safety, and health of Illinois workers through enforcement of state labor laws, and to safeguard the public through regulation of amusement rides and to ensure compliance with all other labor standards.

Position Statement

There is availability for flexible work and hours, including the potential for hybrid remote work.


This Fair Labor Standards clerical position serves as the first point of contact for various constituencies, including Polish constituents, looking for assistance from the Department of Labor. A typical day might start with translating in a hearing to help Polish citizens understand the process and legal requirements to recoup wages and end with responding to emails seeking help from the Department of Labor. Every day will be different. If you enjoy helping people, please apply to join our team.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of high school and two years of office experience.
2. Requires the ability to keyboard accurately at 45 wpm.
3. Requires ability to speak, write and translate Polish at a colloquial level.

Essential Functions

  1. Performs intake functions on mail, email, and online complaint applications received by the Department of Labor (DOL). Reviews complaints for jurisdiction, completeness, and correctness. Data enters complaints into the online system. Screens claims and creates new paper and electronic files. Works to resolve issues with wage claims applications.
  2. Provides responses to general inquiries involving employment of minors. Reviews child employment certificates for correctness. Reviews and keyboards information of night waivers of child performers into a data base. Identifies and forwards child labor violations and detailed child labor inquiries to the attention of managers and compliance officers.
  3. Answers multiple telephone lines for the Fair Labor Standards Division, including phone lines handling minimum wage and overtime, child labor and wage payment and collection act inquiries - Forwards technical calls to appropriate staff and answers general inquiries. Responsible for checking and responding to voicemails for these lines. Serves as backup receptionist as needed. Reports call data weekly. Communicates in Polish with claimants about resolving incomplete wage claim applications.
  4. Performs translating functions for Polish-speaking clients seeking information and assistance from the Department of Labor who cannot read or speak English. Responds to in-person, telephone and written inquiries concerning Fair Labor Standards issues for Polish constituents. Performs translation for other divisions of the agency when required for Polish-speaking constituents including but not limited to attendance at informal and formal legal proceedings to translate between parties and ground rules for proceedings. Records interactions of Polish translation services into a database daily for Polish-speaking constituents including but not limited to attendance at informal and formal legal proceedings to translate between parties and ground rules for proceedings. 
  5. Proofreads and translates materials produced by the agency for Polish audiences regarding labor laws. Assists with outreach projects as directed by section managers toward Polish speaking communities.
  6. Responds to general inquiries received by Fair Labor Standards email addresses. Forwards technical inquiries to the appropriate staff. Reports email volume weekly.
  7. Serves as designated back up person for the processing and verification of monies collected by the agency. Keyboards checks received by the agency into the agency’s Fiscal Tracking system database. Verifies that the information correctly entered into the database.
  8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

1. Two (2) years of experience working on a multi-line phone system.
2. One (1) year of experience with office practices, procedures, and programs.
3. One (1) year of extensive skills in writing, composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
4. One (1) year of utilizing Microsoft Office Suites, with a heavy emphasis in database skills.
5. One (1) year of experience with general office filing techniques.


1. This position is considered medium work as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor (20 CFR 404.1567(c)). Medium work involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
2. Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be requested or required/mandated to work overtime including scheduled, unscheduled, or last-minute overtime. This requires the ability to work evenings and weekends.
3. Requires ability to utilize the Polish language in the performance of all duties.



Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Flex Schedule Optional)
Work Location: 160 N La Salle St Chicago, IL 60601-3130
Agency Contact:  


Danielle Routh


Phone #:217-786-0744


Posting Group:  Office & Administrative Support


This position [DOES NOT] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).


Revolving Door:

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.


The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:


Job Tags

Minimum wage, Full time, Contract work, Immediate start, Remote job, Flexible hours, Night shift, Weekend work, Afternoon shift, Monday to Friday,

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