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Call for Due Process Hearing Officer Applicants

ISBE is seeking applicants for several openings as special education impartial due process hearing officers. Applicants must hold either a master’s degree or higher in education or another field related to disability issues, or a juris doctor degree. Other job requirements, as well as terms of the compensation, are listed in the cover letter/ job description linked below.

Pursuant to the Illinois School Code (see 105 ILCS 5/14-8.02a), due process hearing officers are responsible for the management and conduct of special education due process hearings throughout the state of Illinois. They serve as independent contractors exercising impartial and independent judgment in accordance with relevant provisions of federal and state special education law. Applicants will be chosen for interviews with the Illinois Due Process Screening Committee. Several finalists will be selected from the pool of interviewees to participate in a three-day orientation and initial training prior to final selection of candidates by the Screening Committee.

ISBE will be contracting with up to six new hearing officers to augment our existing corps of four hearing officers, as well as up to two others who may be willing to serve in a reserve pool. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application linked below and return it to Andrew Eulass, ISBE’s due process coordinator. Applications must be received by no later than 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, September 12, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Click here to find a complete cover letter and job description and other information pertaining to the positionPDF Document.

Please click here to access an applicationPDF Document. (Hard copy applications sent via USPS or other mail delivery service will be accepted. NO ELECTRONIC COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.) ​​

 Due Process Screening Committee Members

State Superintendent of Education or Designee:
Shanell Bowden, Assistant Legal Counsel, Legal Department

Attorney General or Designee:
Judith N. Levitan, Disability Rights Bureau Chief, Office of the Illinois Attorney General

State Superintendent of Education Appointments

Parent of Child with Disabilities
Kara Downs

Adult with Disability
Dr. Erica Thieman

Director of Special Education 
Dr. Christina Sepiol, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Indian Prairie School District 204

Attorney General Appointments

Parent of Child with Disabilities
Vickie Simpson

Experienced Hearing Officer

State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities 
Jennifer Naddeo*, Director of Special Education, Schaumburg School District 54

*Ex-Officio non-voting member

 Due Process Hearing Officers


There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

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