Description:Work for Indiana
Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana's communities every day.
At the State of Indiana, we don't just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.
Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.
About the Department of Child Services:
Join a team that engages with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. DCS engages authentically with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers family preservation and prevention services, foster care, and child support throughout the State of Indiana. You will relentlessly pursue permanency for children and families through reunification, guardianship, adoption or support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. While this job is difficult and may have long and sometimes unconventional hours, this is more than a job—it is a calling to improve your community and neighbors. Will you join us in supporting our Mission, Vision, and Values?
Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state's response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.
- Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
- Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:
- Respect for all
- Racial justice
Diversity and Inclusion:
- A culture of safety
- A commitment to continuous improvement
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $75,010. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
This position is located in Monroe and/ or Brown County.
The Child Services Attorney provides legal advice and legal services to Central Office, County Offices and/or staff of DCS for Juvenile law matters relating to Child Welfare, Child Support and personnel matters and to represent and assist the Agency in administrative and/ or court matters. The attorney will be responsible for representing the State in Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), Adoptions, Foster Care Licensing Actions, and other general legal issues relating to the safety of children. This individual will work closely with Family Case Managers to prepare for court hearings and may serve as legal counsel for internal employment issues.
A day in the life:
- Advise Department of Child Services staff on various program and legal areas as assigned;
- Draft and reviews contracts and correspondence;
- Serve as a liaison to the Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters;
- Draft and reviews legislation and administrative rules;
- Perform legal research and writing assignments;
- Provide general legal support for Office of General Counsel;
- Oversee contract process for local office attorneys;
- Conduct legal trainings for Family Case Managers, attorneys and others as requested;
- Litigate Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights cases in State Courts representing the agency in such actions;
- Handle administrative matters and hearings as assigned;
- Organize and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation;
- Generate appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses;
- Delegate to and provides support for any legal support staff;
- Draft appeals and appellate briefs;
- May be required to participate in committees, groups or teams such as screen out committees;
- May be required serve as local counsel for the Indiana Office of Attorney General on assigned cases;
- Perform other duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.
What You'll Need for Success:
- Doctorate of Jurisprudence;
- Indiana bar admission with license in good standing OR admission to the bar of any state within the United States with license in good standing and willingness to obtain temporary foreign license status under the conditions and limitations of Rule 6.1 of the Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys pending admission to the Indiana bar
- Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing;
- Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills;
- Strong communication and public speaking skills;
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law and rules.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
- Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
- Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
- Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
- Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
- Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
- Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
- A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
- 150 hours of paid new parent leave
- Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
- Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
- 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Group life insurance
- Referral Bonus program
- Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
- Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Free Parking for most positions
- Free LinkedIn Learning access
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.