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Local Office Attorney

Date Posted:  Oct 11, 2019
Requisition ID:  6877
Location: 

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46806

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.

 

Hire Salary: 

The minimum starting salary for this classification is $52,000. Additional experience is commensurate with years as a practicing attorney. 

 

About the Department of Child Services:

DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the State of Indiana. 

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services.

Vision: Indiana children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.

Values: Respect, Prevention, Safety, Stability, Permanency, Responsibility, Accountability, Continuous Improvement

Summary/Objective:

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.  The incumbent will work closely with Family Case Managers to prepare for court hearings and may serve as legal counsel for internal employment issues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Advises Department of Child Services staff on various program and legal areas as assigned;
  • Drafts and reviews contracts and correspondence;
  • Serves as a liaison to the Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters;
  • Drafts and reviews legislation and administrative rules;
  • Performs legal research and writing assignments;
  • Provides general legal support for Office of General Counsel;
  • Oversees contract process for local office attorneys;
  • Conducts legal trainings for Family Case Managers, attorneys and others as requested;
  • Litigates Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights cases in State Courts representing the agency in such actions;
  • Handles administrative matters and hearings as assigned;
  • Organizes and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation;
  • Generates appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses;
  • Delegates to and provides support for any legal support staff;
  • Drafts 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;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What We're Looking For:

  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence;
  • 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.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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