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Legal Clerical Assistant

Date Posted:  May 12, 2022
Requisition ID:  354445

Gary, IN, US, 46402


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.



The starting salary for this position is $25,766 annually. 


About the Department of Child Services:

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

About the Job:

The Legal Assistant works in a local office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and provides legal administrative and clerical support services to local office staff attorney(s).

A Day in the Life:

  • Maintain a variety of legal files, updates case files as new material is collected, ensures that information is kept organized and that all necessary case documentation is contained therein;
  • Prepare routine legal and court documents, such as pleadings, motions and discoveries;
  • Schedule hearing dates and sites, communicating directly with involved parties;
  • Obtain required report and case documents from clients;
  • Receive and respond to routine requests for subpoenas and other pre-hearing documents by directing the preparation and processing of requested documents;
  • Receive and respond to routine inquiries from attorneys regarding current hearings;
  • Provide clerical assistance at depositions and hearings by taking notes, providing follow-up questions to attorneys and keeping track of documents;
  • Maintain legal files and case information; 
  • Communicate with agency staff for the purposes of coordinating case, trial, and/or hearing information;
  • May travel to hearings sites to set up site, materials and/or equipment;
  • Perform other administrative tasks for section/division;
  • May supervise clerical staff, ensuring that routine mailings such as notices of pre-hearing conferences, continuances, etc., are accomplished in a timely fashion;
  • Perform other related duties as required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What We're Looking For:

  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required. 
  • Previous experience in Child Welfare is preferred. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge of clerical procedures involved in the gathering and compiling of statistical data or the preparation of reports;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in private law firm or public law office;
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and documentation;
  • Knowledge of the format of legal documents;
  • Knowledge of court filing and appeals procedures;
  • General knowledge of legal procedures pertaining to the field of child welfare;
  • Working knowledge of DCS programs, policies and procedures;
  • Ability to organize caseloads and work to set priorities in order to meet the case and client needs;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to draft and develop routine forms, legal documents and correspondence;
  • Working knowledge of computer software systems and data entry procedures;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing or verbally;
  • Ability to use tact and empathy in dealing with clients and local office visitors and answering telephone calls;
  • Proficient in English grammar and composition; 

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


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Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago